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Adventure Generator Vol. 1

Adventure Generator Vol. 1


A minimalist 96-page toolkit for creating memorable stories usable with any tabletop roleplaying system or setting. This Adventure Generator is a reusable toolkit for any tabletop fantasy roleplaying system or setting. With only a few die rolls you’ll have an outline for an exciting story with clear objectives and a distinct beginning, middle, and end. From there you can customize...   [click here for more]
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Building Worlds

Building Worlds


A minimalist 96-page guide to help you create memorable settings for any tabletop roleplaying system. Worldbuilding can be a lot of fun. Whether you're planning a campaign, designing your own tabletop roleplaying game, or just exercising your creativity with no set purpose in mind, developing a setting of your very own is deeply satisfying. You can spend hours, days, or years adding details and creating...   [click here for more]
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Building Adventures

Building Adventures


A minimalist 96-page guide to creating memorable stories for any tabletop roleplaying system or setting. Building Adventures is a system-agnostic book about respecting player creativity and agency while reducing the burden of gamemaster preparation. There is a way to create tabletop roleplaying scenarios that don’t require the gamemaster to be ready for every possibility, without...   [click here for more]
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Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters

Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters


Publisher's Note: A revised and expanded edition of this title is in the works. If you purchase this version, you will automatically have access to the updated edition when it is released. You will not need to purchase the new edition separately.  Advice on adapting the popular organizational tool for tabletop roleplaying games. Bullet Journaling...   [click here for more]
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How to Gamemaster

How to Gamemaster


A manual for running any tabletop roleplaying game using any system, setting, or genre. My first experience with tabletop a roleplaying games was as the gamemaster. It was 1979, and my friends and I had pooled our money to buy the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set. None of us had ever played before. There was no one else to run for us, or teach us how things were...   [click here for more]
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Building Worlds 2

Building Worlds 2


A minimalist 96-page guide with prompts to help you develop settings for any tabletop roleplaying system. Worldbuilding can be a lot of fun. Whether you're planning a campaign, designing your own tabletop roleplaying game, or just exercising your creativity with no set purpose in mind, developing a setting of your very own is deeply satisfying. You can spend hours, days, or years adding details and...   [click here for more]
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Adventure Generator Vol. 2

Adventure Generator Vol. 2


Adventure Generator 2: A minimalist 96-page toolkit for creating memorable stories usable with any tabletop roleplaying system or setting. 10 More Adventure Outlines! This second volume Adventure Generator is a reusable toolkit for any tabletop fantasy roleplaying system or setting. With only a few die rolls you’ll have an outline for an exciting...   [click here for more]
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Building Characters

Building Characters


A toolkit for creating tabletop roleplaying elements for any system, setting, or genre.    Building Characters explores what goes into crafting memorable and enjoyable tabletop roleplaying character backgrounds. The book looks at how they influence, and are influenced by, the worldbuilding, adventures, and rules of a tabletop roleplaying game. By the end you’ll have...   [click here for more]
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Building Monsters

Building Monsters


A minimalist 96-page guide to creating memorable adversaries for any tabletop roleplaying system or setting. Books filled with pregenerated monsters are a staple of tabletop roleplaying. Not just for fantasy, either. Modern horror needs its share of terrifying creatures. Science fiction needs aliens and extradimensional beings. Even superheroes get their share of strange mutations and scientific experiments...   [click here for more]
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DoubleZero Core Book

DoubleZero Core Book


Publisher's Note: A revised edition of this title is in the works for Summer 2021. If you purchase this version, you will automatically have access to the updated edition when it is released. You will not need to purchase the new edition separately.  DoubleZero is a percentile based, skill-driven tabletop roleplaying system. It's a minimalist,...   [click here for more]
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Setting Design [1st Edition]

Setting Design [1st Edition]


Design dynamic settings that support telling great stories! This is the first edition. You can find the second edition here.  Setting Design helps you to assembling the critical details that you will need in order to tell a story. More than mere worldbuilding, this book shows you how to save prep time by focusing on just the elements you'll need and use. With clear...   [click here for more]
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Hippogryph Codex

Hippogryph Codex


Publisher's Note: A revised edition of this title is in the works for Summer 2021. If you purchase this version, you will automatically have access to the updated edition when it is released. You will not need to purchase the new edition separately.  A complete core book inspired by D20 and Fate, a melding of story gaming and traditional tabletop roleplaying....   [click here for more]
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DoubleZero Gamemaster Guide

DoubleZero Gamemaster Guide


A manual for running real-world adventures using the DoubleZero System! As the gamemaster, you are the prime mover behind any DoubleZero game. You create and shape the setting that the characters inhabit, and prepare and run the adventures they’ll go on. It’s your role to tell the story, play the supporting characters, and manage the dynamics of the group. To do this,...   [click here for more]
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The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide

The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide


The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide will help gamemasters to create and prepare journey-centered adventures for your favorite role-playing game. This book acts as a “beat sheet”, a tool used by writers to outline and plan pivotal elements of a story. It allows them to know where they’re going, gather the research and information they need, and ensure that everything...   [click here for more]
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Story Structure [1st Edition]

Story Structure [1st Edition]


Use time-tested story structures to create better adventures! This is the first edition. You can find the second edition here.  All great stories need a beginning, a middle, and an end. On that basic structure writers and storytellers throughout the ages have woven variations and created masterpieces. We keep coming back to the same foundations today for one very good reason: those...   [click here for more]
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Building Characters [1st Edition]

Building Characters [1st Edition]


Create memorable characters with great story potential! This is the first edition. You can find the second edition here.  At the heart of all great stories are strong characters. It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading a short story, writing a novel, or watching a play. The characters found in TV series, comic books, and games are more alike on a creative level than they are...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Mystery Stories

Story Design: Mystery Stories


Add more thrills and dramatic tension to your mystery adventures! Story Design Volume 7 - The word mystery carries a lot of cultural baggage. From a genre point of view, it’s typically associated with murder. The story goal is to discover who did it, although more modern variations focus on figuring out how it was done, in order to prove who did it. A mystery doesn’t...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Forests

Worldbuilding Power: Forests


Use the woodlands in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! In the real world forests are the dominant ecosystem, covering around 30% of the Earth’s landmass. They hold most of the species of plant life, and can exist across a broad range of climates and habitats. There are boreal forests, or “snow forests”, near the poles comprised mainly of conifers like...   [click here for more]
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Hot Pursuit: Adventure Design Guide

Hot Pursuit: Adventure Design Guide


In a Hot Pursuit adventure, the player characters will be running for their life to get away from some person, organization, or force that’s chasing them. During the course of the adventure, they will have to run, hide, and do everything they can to slow doing their pursuer and stay ahead in the chase. By the end, they should safely escape, either by resolving the issue they’re...   [click here for more]
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Long Strange Trip: Adventure Design Guide

Long Strange Trip: Adventure Design Guide


In a Long Strange Trip adventure, the player characters will set out to see the world. They know that fortune and fame await them, but it won’t be found at home. It’s a type of adventure that’s more a showcase for your worldbuilding than it is a vehicle for character development. That doesn’t mean that the player characters can’t learn and grow, but it’s...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Journey Stories

Story Design: Journey Stories


How can you put more action and excitement in your traveling adventure stories? Story Design Volume 1 - In the journey plot, the protagonist travels and has an adventure. It’s a simple as that. There’s no deeper meaning or existential crisis underlying the trip. There’s hidden message, or a need for the character to experience personal growth. It’s...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Search Stories

Story Design: Search Stories


How can you add more emotional resonance to your quest adventure story? Story Design Volume 2 - In the search plot, the protagonist is looking for something. It might be an object, a person, or a piece of information. The thing they’re searching for might be real, or it could be metaphorical. It doesn’t actually matter, because this is really a character-driven...   [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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Story Design: Breakout Stories

Story Design: Breakout Stories


Have you ever wanted higher stakes and deeper meaning in your escape adventures? Story Design Volume 5 - A breakout story involves a protagonist trying to escape from a situation that’s not of their choosing, and possibly not of their making. Their captivity can be literal, like being locked in prison or stranded on an island. It may also be figurative, like an abusive...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Chase Stories

Story Design: Chase Stories


Have you ever wanted more danger and excitement in your pursuit adventure stories? Story Design Volume 3 - In a chase story, one character is pursuing another. The antagonist may be after the protagonist, or vice versa. The person being chased is often in possession of something valuable or important, has committed a crime and is fleeing justice, or believes...   [click here for more]
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Rescue Mission: Adventure Design Guide

Rescue Mission: Adventure Design Guide


In a Rescue Mission adventure, the player characters will be called upon to locate and save an important non-player character. It might be someone important to the setting, like a member of a royal family, a popular celebrity, or a beloved figure in the community. The kidnap victim could be a close friend or part of the player characters’ family. During the course of the adventure,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Payback Stories

Story Design: Payback Stories


How can you add more retribution and gratification to your revenge adventures? Story Design Volume 6 - In a payback story the protagonist, or someone close to them, has somehow been wronged by the antagonist. Seeking to balance the scales or settle the score, the protagonist goes on a mission of revenge. It’s a story about a person seeking justice by taking the law...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Seduction Stories

Story Design: Seduction Stories


How can you add more dark danger and wicked fun to your temptation adventures? Story Design Volume 10 - A seduction story has the protagonist trying to avoid doing something they know they aren’t supposed to do. It could be lying, cheating, stealing, breaking an oath, succumbing to addiction, or anything that has serious consequences. The thing that the protagonist...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Rescue Stories

Story Design: Rescue Stories


Have you ever wanted more suspense and peril in your rescue adventures? Story Design Volume 4 - A rescue plot is an action-heavy structure where a supporting character (the victim) is being held against their will by the antagonist. The protagonist’s job is to locate the victim and escort them back to safety. There are variations possible, but the core of a rescue story...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Duel Stories

Story Design: Duel Stories


How can you add more conflict and suspense to your competitive adventures? Story Design Volume 8 - In a duel story, the protagonist and antagonist are competing against one another. They may be fighting to obtain the same objective, or simply trying to insure that the other doesn’t get what they’re after. The rivalry might be a sports competition, a race to make...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Underground

Worldbuilding Power: Underground


Use Underground Realms in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding The concept of an underground world comes straight out of the classic hero’s journey. The hero leaves home, descends into the underworld to be tested, and returns a changed person. It’s the part of the story where the challenges are faced, the glory is earned, and the treasures are acquired. Other...   [click here for more]
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The Escape Plan: Adventure Design Guide

The Escape Plan: Adventure Design Guide


In an Escape Plan adventure, the player characters will be captured and confined by the antagonist in some way. It should have literal elements, all though some of it could be cultural, political, or religious oppression. During the course of the adventure, they will have to avoid antagonist and make a plan to escape their captivity. By the end, they should be able to escape and finally...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Dark Horse Stories

Story Design: Dark Horse Stories


How can you add more heroic struggle and vicarious thrills to your underdog adventures? Story Design Volume 9 - In a dark horse story, the protagonist and antagonist are not evenly matched. The odds are stacked heavily in favor of the antagonist. Initially no one takes the protagonist seriously, but over the course of the story they shake off their underdog status to become...   [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: Mountains

Worldbuilding Power: Mountains


Use perilous peaks in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Mountains are places of mystery. Rising above the surrounding landscape, they are seen by all but only known to few. Myth and legend names them as the home of the gods. Rivers and streams originate there. Dangerous creatures dwell there. The terrain is often steep, and cold, and sometimes even volcanic. The perfect...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Underwater

Worldbuilding Power: Underwater


Use aquatic realms in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! When we think of underwater realms, we often think of Atlantis. The fictional island, first mentioned by Plato, sank deep beneath the sea following a series of violent earthquakes. It’s only in relatively modern times that we’ve imagined survivors, adapting to life beneath the seas and rebuilding their...   [click here for more]
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Retribution: Adventure Design Guide

Retribution: Adventure Design Guide


In a Retribution adventure, the player characters will suffer some injustice. It might be something done to them, or to people they care about. This requires them to right that wrong in creative and emotionally satisfying ways. During the course of the adventure, they will have to locate the people responsible, plan how they want to get payback, and gather together the resources to pull it off....   [click here for more]
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Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! Click on Full Size Preview for a sample! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements of the story: who the protagonists are, what the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Necromancy

Worldbuilding Power: Necromancy


Use black magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Necromancy is magic that deals with the dead. That covers a lot of ground. It includes communicating with spirits as a form of divination. The unliving can be summoned, and usually commanded, by the caster. Raising the dead, as skeletons, zombies, or fully resurrected living beings is included in this category as well....   [click here for more]
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Bitter Rivals: Adventure Design Guide

Bitter Rivals: Adventure Design Guide


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 be nearly anything, but is centered on the types of abilities and challenges that the PCs are meant to be the best at. During the course of the adventure, they will have to not only do their best, but find new ways...   [click here for more]
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Premise: 100 Horror Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Horror Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! Click on Full Size Preview for a sample! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements of the story: who the protagonists are, what the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
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Premise: 100 Science Fiction Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Science Fiction Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! Click on Full Size Preview for a sample! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements of the story: who the protagonists are, what the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Fey

Worldbuilding Power: Fey


Use faerie folk in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The fey, also called faerie folk or fairies, originate in European folklore. In pre-Christian traditions they were often cast as minor deities, household spirits, or even the souls of the dead. Some tales saw them as demoted (rather than fallen) angels, or even a category of demons, after the spread of Christianity....   [click here for more]
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Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror

Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror


Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Horror Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 1) helps you to develop and tell frightful tales of dread and darkness. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which horror genre elements you wish to...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Fiends

Worldbuilding Power: Fiends


Use malevolent outsiders in your worldbuilding, character development, and storytelling! History and mythology present us with many devils: Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Mephistopheles, for example. While modern religion often presents them as aspects of a singular, ultimate evil, they were originally separate and unique beings. Demons likewise have many real-world counterparts,...   [click here for more]
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Premise: 100 Superhero Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Superhero Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! Click on Full Size Preview for a sample! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements of the story: who the protagonists are, what the goal of the story...   [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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Story Design: Curse Stories

Story Design: Curse Stories


Add a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis stories and adventures. Story Design Volume 11 - In a curse story the antagonist feels that the protagonist has done something wrong. Maybe they have, and the antagonist’s actions are justified; maybe they haven’t, and the antagonist’s wrath is misplaced or unfair. As a result of the antagonist’s need...   [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: 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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