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Building Adventures

Building Adventures


Like any other form of fiction, a tabletop roleplaying adventure works best when there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. Player characters can pursue a goal without being railroaded into one specific way of achieving it. That same goal prevents characters from wandering aimlessly through an open-ended setting. A balance of styles will respect the players’ creativity and choices, while reducing...   [click here for more]
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Building Characters [Second Edition]

Building Characters [Second Edition]


A new edition of the best-selling classic! Tabletop roleplaying is about characters. It’s something so fundamental and obvious that it’s often taken for granted. If your tastes run toward the wargaming end of the spectrum, a character is your game piece, the way that you interface with the system. For those who lean more toward the storytelling end, your character is a means of self-expression,...   [click here for more]
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Building Theme [Revised]

Building Theme [Revised]


When discussing any other form of storytelling, the concept of theme will eventually come up. It doesn’t matter if the medium is a novel, a film, a television series, even a comic book or a song. The people having the discussion might be writers, readers, critics, or academics. Opinions will be exchanged about what the deeper meaning of the story is, and what the author of the piece was trying to...   [click here for more]
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Building Worlds [Second Edition]

Building Worlds [Second Edition]


A new edition of the bestselling classic, Setting Design! The term worldbuilding gets thrown around frequently by tabletop roleplayers in reference to the construction of a fantasy realm or even an entire fictional universe. There are maps and ecologies and complex histories involved, with all sorts of engaging little details sprinkled in. While these worlds are presumably being created to provide...   [click here for more]
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Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters, Revised

Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters, Revised


The PDF version has been revised to include photographic examples. Bullet journaling has become something of a phenomena over the past few years. The ability to combine the calendar functions of a day planner, the utility of to-do lists, and the personal documentation of a diary into a single, easy-to-use notebook is appealing and practical. It’s a simple, efficient,...   [click here for more]
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Cantrip Fantasy Roleplaying System

Cantrip Fantasy Roleplaying System


Cantrip Fantasy is a simple, easy-to-learn tabletop roleplaying system. It was designed for people who’d like to play something like that big, brand-name fantasy game but feel overwhelmed by big, fat books full of rules. This system was also created for people who don’t like being limited to the character options in those books, and would like to create their own. There are only...   [click here for more]
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Domnio

Domnio


Running a one-shot or short campaign, and need a system that doesn’t require a lot of prep? Wondering how to introduce roleplaying to people intimidated by big rulebooks? Be ready to play within minutes using Domnio! Domnio is a 4-page PDF packed with all of the information you need to create characters and run the game. The minimalist presentation uses every bit of space on useful content.  ...   [click here for more]
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DoubleZero Core Book

DoubleZero Core Book


DoubleZero is a percentile based, skill-driven tabletop roleplaying system. It is designed to emulate the action thriller genre, things like the Die Hard movies, Jack Ryan books and films, and the grittier entries in the James Bond franchise. It can be used for any sort of “realistic” modern setting that doesn’t lean into magic, the supernatural, or superpowers. For a...   [click here for more]
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Hardboiled Follies: A Setting for DoubleZero

Hardboiled Follies: A Setting for DoubleZero


In Hardboiled Follies, you take on the role of a completely unqualified amateur detective. You and your friends avoid your real problems by taking on cases and going undercover to solve mysteries. Opposing you are the trained and licensed professionals of the Columbia Detective Agency. They who urge you to please stop what you’re doing before you get hurt. You know the truth is that they just...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue Five

Hippogryph Issue Five


Welcome to Issue Five: Quaranzine Part 2 If you haven’t read Issue Four, I need to tell you that this is not an issue packed with advice converting the classic board game Pandemic in to a tabletop roleplaying scenario, nor is it a devoted to Max Max-style post-apocalyptic settings. Sorry. It’s the second of three issues that I’ve put together in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. I’ve...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue Four

Hippogryph Issue Four


Welcome to Issue Four: Quaranzine Part 1 A bit of clarification before we begin: This is not an issue packed with advice on running modern-day medical thrillers, developing post-apocalyptic fantasies, or rules for deadly viruses. Sorry. It’s the first of three issues that I’ve put together in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. During this period of social distancing and self-isolation,...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue One

Hippogryph Issue One


in this issue:  fandom as religion - In the past decade fandom has become contentious and un-fun. With the mainstreaming of things formerly relegated to the fringes, is there any reason to continue supporting an increasingly toxic fan culture? novel-style character profiles - A character sheet is only good for the game system it was created for, but a character profile...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue Seven

Hippogryph Issue Seven


In This Issue: The Soft Reboot Revisiting the Black Box Movement RPG Manual Cost as Barrier to Entry Game Design: The Man in the Arena Do What You Can Black Box: Everything is a Remix Politics in Roleplaying Settings Black Box and Remix Culture Freebies, Trolls, and What Have You Guide Instead of Gamemaster System Rather Than Rules Why “Player” Is In But “Game” Is Out Dancing Lights Press Forums Current...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue Six

Hippogryph Issue Six


Welcome to Issue Six: Quaranzine Part 3 If you’re experiencing a bit of deja vu, then you’ve already read Issue Four and Issue Five. Thanks! For those just tuning in, this “quaranzine” special is not an issue packed with advice recreating the 1995 medical disaster movie Outbreak at your tabletop. Nor does it delve into the possible armor class protection offed by hazmat suits. Sorry. It’s...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue Three

Hippogryph Issue Three


in this issue:  The Necessity of Kindness - Rather than write about horror as originally planned, I decided to focus on being pleasant to one another instead. There is no tabletop roleplaying without people. Play nice.  Paladins Revisited - We think of paladins as holy warriors, but what if we came at them from a more romantic perspective? Rather than devotion...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue Two

Hippogryph Issue Two


in this issue:  why do a wrestling issue? - If you don’t care about professional wrestling, why are you reading this issue? Well, it’s about unarmed combat, improvised weapons, character development, and storytelling. That’s RPG material right there. characters: wrestler archetypes - How to make RPG characters inspired by professional wrestling. Whether you’re...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Issue Zero

Hippogryph Issue Zero


In This Issue: Welcome to Issue Zero - It’s a game system! It’s a zine about tabletop roleplaying! It’s both! An introduction to the Hippogryph project, what to expect in this issue, and what you can look forward to in future issues. How to Create Things - From characters to magic items to worlds, a unified system for creating all of the elements that go into...   [click here for more]
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MOLOCH: A Setting for DoubleZero

MOLOCH: A Setting for DoubleZero


Conspiracy and Political Intrigue Ripped from Tomorrow's News In MOLOCH, players characters are members of an underground resistance movement fighting the machinations of a secret occult conspiracy determined to rule the world. Named for the folkloric metal that can harm malevolent supernatural creatures, the Cold Iron movement fights to wrest control of factual reality from those attempting to replace...   [click here for more]
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Names and Their Meaning

Names and Their Meaning


Please read this product description carefully. Look at the preview. It's probably not what you'd expect it to be based on the title. Tabletop roleplaying has instilled in me three things: a love of history, a love of words, and a love of lists. While other people gravitated toward Appendix N, what I loved most about the 1st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide were...   [click here for more]
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Phrases and Names

Phrases and Names


Please read this product description carefully. Look at the preview. It's probably not what you'd expect it to be based on the title. Can we just take a moment to reflect on what an amazingly pulpy name Trench Johnson is? It sounds as if he should be fighting crime alongside Doc Savage or the Shadow, or getting beaten up in a rain-slick alleyway by Mike Hammer or Sam Spade. I can’t...   [click here for more]
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Revelations in Cold Iron

Revelations in Cold Iron


In Revelations in Cold Iron, players take the role of members of a resistance movement fighting the machinations of a secret occult conspiracy that has taken over the world. Named for the metal believed to repel, contain, and harm malevolent creatures, Cold Iron uses magic to wrest control of reality from those who are attempting to rewrite it. The Cult of Moloch is an international...   [click here for more]
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Spectres of Mars: A Setting for DoubleZero

Spectres of Mars: A Setting for DoubleZero


A Cold War with Mars Set in a gloriously retro-future 2068, Spectres of Mars follows the Cold War between Earth and the Strangers, a race of incorporeal Martians able to possess human bodies. When the first human explorers accidentally desecrate a sacred dead city on Mars, the Strangers vow revenge and launch a series of reprisals against Earth. These are countered by Myriad, a global...   [click here for more]
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Foragers Guild Fantasy Roleplaying

Foragers Guild Fantasy Roleplaying


Foragers Guild Fantasy Roleplaying is a high fantasy story game. As members of the Guild, you explore the ancient world of Desteon seeking out powerful artifacts. Opposing you is the Moirologist Society, a secret organization of graverobbers, assassins, and necromancers. Can you keep the dangerous relics of lost civilizations from falling into the wrong hands? This product contains...   [click here for more]
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Hardboiled Follies

Hardboiled Follies


You hate your job. Your relationship is on the rocks. We won’t even get into your financial woes. Obviously something has to change. What you need is to inject some excitement into your life. The only logical thing to do is to become a private investigator! In Hardboiled Follies, you take on the role of a completely unqualified amateur detective. You and your...   [click here for more]
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Kaiju Patrol: Resurrection Babylon

Kaiju Patrol: Resurrection Babylon


An all new Lighthouse System edition of the giant monster story game! In a world where giant monsters roam the Earth and alien invaders threaten all of humanity, can the heroes of the Kaiju Patrol manage to find true love? The first explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki did more than unleash the atomic age. They gave birth to an age of giant atomic monsters! Fallout from...   [click here for more]
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Lighthouse System Core Book

Lighthouse System Core Book


A simple, universal storygame system. Core Mechanic Roll a d20 and add modifiers. If the result is high (11+) you succeed. If the result in low (10 or less) you fail. When the result is even, you narrate the outcome. When the result is odd, the guide narrates the outcome. Risk When you declare your action, you bid a die. The size of the die dictates...   [click here for more]
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Starlight Manifesto [Black Box Edition]

Starlight Manifesto [Black Box Edition]


Starlight Manifesto is a space opera story game. As Peacekeepers of the Starlight Union, you have sworn an oath to protect, maintain, and restore peace in the universe. This is done through exploration and discovery, the spreading of diplomacy and education, and as a last resort, through direct military intervention. Service aboard a Peacekeeping vessel tends to be equal parts scientific expedition,...   [click here for more]
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Starship Tyche: The Cosmic Zookeepers

Starship Tyche: The Cosmic Zookeepers


An all new Lighthouse System edition of the space opera story game! As humanity spreads out among the stars, it begins to discover questions about its own origins. Not only are there other intelligent species improbably similar to humans, there are hints that older, more technologically advanced beings may have had a hand in our development. Who they are, what exactly they have done, and why they...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Creatures [BUNDLE]

Worldbuilding Power: Creatures [BUNDLE]


In this collection, we’ll show you how to utilize various creature types in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make animals, monsters, and assorted horrors into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This special bundle...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Magic [BUNDLE]

Worldbuilding Power: Magic [BUNDLE]


In this collection of best-selling titles, we’ll show you how to utilize the different schools of arcane magic in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make each category of spellcasting into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Terrain [BUNDLE]

Worldbuilding Power: Terrain [BUNDLE]


In this collection of best-selling titles, we’ll show you how to utilize various environments in your worldbuilding endeavors. You’ll see how they can influence character, setting, and story elements. By the end, you’ll understand how to make various kinds of terrain into an essential, useful, and entertaining part of your tabletop roleplaying campaign. This special bundle...   [click here for more]
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Building Series Toolkits [BUNDLE]

Building Series Toolkits [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Building Adventures Regular price: $4.99 Bundle price: $3.99 Format: PDF Like any other form of fiction, a tabletop roleplaying adventure works best when there’s a beginning, a middle, and an end. Player characters can pursue a goal without being railroaded into one specific way of achieving it. That same...   [click here for more]
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Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]

Genre Structure: Fantasy, Scifi, Horror [BUNDLE]


3 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Add more excitement and bold vision to your science fiction adventures! Add more wonder and enchantment to your fantasy adventures! Only pay for titles you haven't previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Genre...   [click here for more]
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Adventure Design Guides [BUNDLE]

Adventure Design Guides [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Bitter Rivals: Adventure Design Guide Regular price: $1.99 Bundle price: $1.19 Format: PDF In a Bitter Rivals adventure, the player characters will be called upon to compete against an adversary that is their equal in nearly every way. The nature of the competition can...   [click here for more]
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Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]

Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]


10 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Works with any system, any setting, and any genre! Each volume walks you through building a different type of story! Only pay for titles you haven't previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Story...   [click here for more]
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Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]

Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]


10 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Works with any system, any setting, and any genre! Each volume walks you through building a different type of story! Only pay for titles you haven't previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. , Story...   [click here for more]
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Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]

Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]


5 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan New Adventures! 100 Plot Ideas per book! More than just story hooks or adventure seeds. Eah becomes your story to develop for your game's needs. Only pay for titles you haven't previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas Regular...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Aberrations

Worldbuilding Power: Aberrations


Use strange beings and alien creatures in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! People frequently want to add Lovecraftian horrors to their fantasy games, but they’ve been there since the beginning. Thing that are beyond the day-to-day existence of a standard high fantasy setting. Creatures so strange that their aims and desires are unfathomable. Beings that are so unlike...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Abjuration

Worldbuilding Power: Abjuration


Use Protective Magic in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding Abjuration comes from the Latin word abjurare, which translates as “to forswear”. As a category of magic, its purpose is protection and defense. The definition of abjuration magic has expanded over time to include spells that act as armor, prevent magical intrusion, and banish...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Alteration

Worldbuilding Power: Alteration


Use transmutation magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The magnum opus, or Great Work, of alchemy is the transmutation of base metals like lead into precious metals like gold. This is arguably the foundation of alteration and transmutation magic in fantasy roleplaying. The ability to turn one thing into another, even temporarily, can be both useful and frightening....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Beasts

Worldbuilding Power: Beasts


Use Ordinary Animals in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding Let’s be honest and admit that ordinary animals don’t get the love they deserve in fantasy roleplaying games. In fiction, as in real life, we love a cute cat or a precocious dog. They’ve got personality. Other beasts, like horses, rabbits, and monkeys, get a lot of affection. At the table,...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Celestials

Worldbuilding Power: Celestials


Use the highest order of good beings in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Divine beings don’t get the attention they deserve in fantasy roleplaying games. They should somehow play a larger role than they do in the cosmology of our favorite fictional universes, given that they are the extraplanar exemplars of all that is right and good in the multiverse....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Cities

Worldbuilding Power: Cities


Use centers of trade and culture in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! A city can be a lot of things. It might be a crossroads, the place where trade routes converge and merchants ply their trade. Some see it as a place of opportunity, to gain wealth and power, politically and otherwise. Others find it to be center of culture and the arts. It can be a refuge, where those...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Conjuration

Worldbuilding Power: Conjuration


Use the ability to call forth and command forces in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The word conjure stems from the Latin coniurare, to swear together or conspire. It means to command an oath, as in a pledge of duty or loyalty. Around the 14th century it took on the magical connotation of constraining a demon or spirit, forcing it to do that caster’s bidding....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Constructs

Worldbuilding Power: Constructs


Use artificial creatures in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Constructs are artificially created creatures. Typically mindless, they are programmed to obey their creator. Because they are technically not living, they lack the weaknesses of hired henchmen and mortal monsters. They are unfeeling, relentless, and can be virtually unstoppable. That’s what makes constructs...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Deserts

Worldbuilding Power: Deserts


Use dry and barren terrain in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! We think of the desert as a barren, hostile environment. It’s become synonymous with heat and sand. There is precious little water to be found, which results in a dearth of plant and animal life. What does live there is adapted for the climate, which often means it’s as dangerous as its environment....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Divination

Worldbuilding Power: Divination


Use Magical Insight in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding Divination comes from the Latin word divinare, which translates as “to be inspired by God”. As a category of magic, its purpose is to help the caster gain insight, if not direct answers, to a wide variety of situations. The definition of divination magic has expanded over time to include...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Dragons

Worldbuilding Power: Dragons


Use iconic monsters in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Dragons exist in folklore as far back as ancient Mesopotamia. Massive, serpent-like creatures can be found in the legends and mythologies of Egypt, Greece, and Northern Europe. In Western cultures, the image of the fearsome, fire-breathing dragon first appeared in the Middle Ages, an amalgam of the various traditions...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Elementals

Worldbuilding Power: Elementals


Use primordial creatures in your worldbuilding, character development, and storytelling! Elementals are the embodiment of the four classical elements, air, earth, fire, and water. The modern conception dates back to ancient Greece, but similar ideas existed in Babylonia, India, and Japan. The notion was that everything in the world was comprised of these elements. By the...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Enchantment

Worldbuilding Power: Enchantment


Use mind-affecting magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Enchantment, also known as charm spells, is magic the affects the mind of the target. A talented enchanter can alter attitudes and emotions, convince them to change their opinions and behaviors, and even compel them to do things they normally would not do. Antagonists will seek to leverage the same effects,...   [click here for more]
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