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The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games
by McFarland

Tracing the evolution of fantasy gaming from its origins in tabletop war and collectible card games to contemporary web-based live action and massive multi-player games, this book examines the archetypes and concepts within the fantasy gaming genre alongside the roles and functions of the game players themselves.

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KOBOLD Guide to Gamemastering

KOBOLD Guide to Gamemastering


Decades of GMing Experience at Your Fingertips! “Kobold Press builds on its excellent track record with another great release—new and provocative.” —Mike Mearls Whether it’s advice from grognards who were running games at the dawn of RPGs, or suggestions from the new generation of game designers, these 21 essays by experts are here to help you improve your...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $19.99 $9.99

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KOBOLD Guide to Plots & Campaigns

KOBOLD Guide to Plots & Campaigns


Run Your Best Campaign Yet Whether you’re a new gamemaster or a seasoned vet looking for a new angle to shake up your game, these 19 essays by expert gamemasters help construct your campaign from the ground up—and keep your players engaged until the dramatic conclusion. Kobold Guide to Plots & Campaigns shows how to begin a new campaign, use published adventures or loot...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $19.99 $9.99

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Taking the Narrative by the Tail: GM Intrusions & Special Effects

Taking the Narrative by the Tail: GM Intrusions & Special Effects


Great moments don't just happen on their own. GM intrusions offer an opportunity for the Numenera GM to really shine--and for the players to experience incredible turning points in their characters' stories. But how do you use this feature of the game to its fullest? Taking the Narrative by the Tail offers tips and techniques for great GM intrusions, as well as a...   [click here for more]
Monte Cook Games  $0.99

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Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep

Never Unprepared: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Session Prep


"Gnome Stew has hit another home run for the Game Master. Never Unprepared has earned a permanent place in my GM toolbox, right along side the likes of Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering, Hamlet’s Hit Points, Play Dirty, Eureka, and Masks. Highly recommended." -- RoleplayDNA review 2013 Origins Award nominee for Best Game-Related Publication - 2013 ENnie Award...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $19.95 $9.95

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Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters

Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters


Twenty three short essays from twenty three exceptional Game Masters and creators that will invariably aid you in your quest to make your games better because they reflect what happens, rather than what you have planned.” — Sean’s Pick of the Day review 2015 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement and Best Artwork & Presentation Improvisation...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $19.95 $9.95

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Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management

Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management


If you’re planning on running a campaign, you’ll want this book.” — Critical Hits review 2014 ENnie Award nominee for Best Aid/Accessory - 2013 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement Do you ever wish you had a guide to help make running ongoing campaigns easier and more fun? Then you need Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $24.95 $11.95

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The Arkham Gazette #1

The Arkham Gazette #1


"This is a highly important fact in view of the shadow which fell so suddenly upon me... It may be that centuries of dark brooding had given to crumbling, whisper-haunted Arkham a peculiar vulnerability as regards such shadows" - H.P. Lovecraft, "The Shadow Out of Time" With our first 'regular' issue of the Arkham Gazette we could not help but make Arkham itself the...   [click here for more]
Sentinel Hill Press  $8.00

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KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding

KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding


The Essential Elements for Building a World Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-Earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again. Now,...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $19.99 $14.99

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The Arkham Gazette #0

The Arkham Gazette #0


"When a traveller in north central Massachusetts takes the wrong fork at the junction of the Aylesbury Pike just beyond Dean’s Corners he comes upon a lonely and curious country." - The Dunwich Horror This issue of the Arkham Gazette was developed as a 'proof' of concept' test to see if the idea for a magazine focused on the Lovecraft Country setting for The...   [click here for more]
Sentinel Hill Press  Pay What You Want

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Inner Worlds: Love, Politics, and Role-Playing Games

Inner Worlds: Love, Politics, and Role-Playing Games


Does it sometimes seem that nothing is OK? Are you fed up of being made to feel guilty? Do you just want to enjoy games without all the politics? In these eight essays on social interaction, ­politics, ­magic, ­mental health, conflict and sex in ­role-playing games, game designer ­Howard Ingham talks around the politics and ethics of creating fictional...   [click here for more]
Howard David Ingham  $2.50

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Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design

Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design


Got Questions About RPG Design? Wolfgang Baur, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Michael Stackpole, and other industry veterans have the answers you asked for...and the advice you need! Get ready to create great new adventures, monsters and magic for your RPG campaign! The Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design offers 240 pages of in-depth essays on what makes RPGs tick. Get...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $14.99

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Designers & Dragons: The 70s

Designers & Dragons: The 70s


PART ONE OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’70s is a comprehensive picture of the beginnings of the RPG industry. This second edition expands the original single book into a series of four, and we’ve added over 50,000 new words to this volume alone. Learn about the colorful...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00 $7.50

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Elusive Legends: Building Story in Tabletop RPGs

Elusive Legends: Building Story in Tabletop RPGs


Building Story in Tabletop Roleplaying Games Learn to be a good gamemaster by learning how to be a good writer. Inject great stories into your roleplaying games by taking advantage of decades of fiction writing instruction. See how 22 different writing concepts apply to specific roleplaying games like D&D, Fate Core, Dungeon World, and Hillfolk. ...   [click here for more]
Diceless Hero Games  $2.99

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HAWK & MOOR - Book 1 - Deluxe Edition - The Dragon Rises

HAWK & MOOR - Book 1 - Deluxe Edition - The Dragon Rises


Lake Geneva, 1972. Gygax. Arneson. Come experience the Golden Age ... THE CREATION of the world’s preeminent Fantasy Role-Playing Game (FRPG), Dungeons & Dragons®, is one of the most fascinating tales to be told in all the shared histories of entertainment, play and game design. Two very different men, David Lance Arneson and Ernest Gary Gygax,...   [click here for more]
Kent David Kelly  $4.99

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Hamlet's Hit Points

Hamlet's Hit Points


See Your Stories Like Never Before Hamlet's Hit Points presents a toolkit that helps make storytelling in any RPG easier and more fun by classifying story beats and letting you track their ups and downs from hope to fear and back. Armed with these tools, you'll be equipped to lay compelling track for an emotional roller-coaster that will keep everyone at your game table involved,...   [click here for more]
Gameplaywright  $8.00

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The Lazy Dungeon Master

The Lazy Dungeon Master


You love Dungeons and Dragons. As an experienced dungeon master you've run dozens, if not hundreds of games. You put a lot of work into making your games great. What if there's another way to look at how you prepare your game? What if it turned out you could spend less time, less energy, and have a better game as a result? It's time to unleash the Lazy Dungeon Master. Written in the style of Sly...   [click here for more]
SlyFlourish  $5.99

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KOBOLD Guide to Combat

KOBOLD Guide to Combat


A full-throated battle cry. The clash of swords. The smells of smoke, mud and blood. Combat! At the heart of every adventure lies conflict, whether it’s between a cursed knight and a half-elf prince at swordspoint, a troupe of adventurers facing down an ogre, or the armies of two great nations clashing for ultimate power. Between these covers, 20 master game designers and storytellers...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $19.99 $9.99

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Designers & Dragons: The 80s

Designers & Dragons: The 80s


PART TWO OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’80s is a comprehensive picture of the growth of the RPG industry. This second edition expands the original single book into a series of four, and we’ve added over 10,000 new words to this volume alone. Take an in-depth look...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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Designers & Dragons: The 00s

Designers & Dragons: The 00s


PART FOUR OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’00s is a comprehensive picture of the new resurgence of the RPG industry. The final and most updated book in a four volume series, we’ve added tens of thousands of new words and insider info to this volume alone. Take an inside...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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Designers & Dragons: The 90s

Designers & Dragons: The 90s


PART THREE OF A FOUR-VOLUME SET! EVERYTHING YOU’VE WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ORIGINS OF ROLEPLAYING GAMES... Designers & Dragons: The ’90s is a comprehensive picture of the heyday of the RPG industry. This second edition expands the original single book into a series of four, and we’ve added over 10,000 new words to this volume alone. In this volume, we...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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Designers & Dragons: The Platinum Appendix

Designers & Dragons: The Platinum Appendix


AN APPENDIX FOR THE FOUR-VOLUME SET! Designers & Dragons: The Platinum Appendix is a collection of additional essays and indices to enhance and expand the material found in the Designers & Dragons series by author-historian Shannon Appelcline. In this appendix, you’ll find: Essays on women in the roleplaying industry, the Auriana Gang, the Hero Auxiliary Corps,...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $5.00

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Stealing Cthulhu

Stealing Cthulhu


Many Cthulhu games feel the same. You shoot cultists. You do rituals. You unearth a buried god that's like every other god you've dug up. This book shows you how to make your games new and horrifying: by stealing from H. P. Lovecraft. Stealing Cthulhu is my guide to Lovecraftian storytelling for roleplaying games. Its central idea is: by stealing, adapting and combining Lovecraft’s...   [click here for more]
Graham Walmsley  $12.00

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Dispatches from the Raven Crowking IV

Dispatches from the Raven Crowking IV


More Dispatches from the Crowking- In the Depths of the Megadungeon! "All about them as they lay hung the darkness, hollow and immense, and they were oppressed by the loneliness and vastness of the dolven halls and endlessly branching stairs and passages. The wildest imaginings that dark rumour had ever suggested to the hobbits fell short of the actual dread and wonder of Moria."...   [click here for more]
Purple Duck Games  $5.00

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KOBOLD Guide to Magic

KOBOLD Guide to Magic


Kobolds Work a Little Magic The popular and wildly useful Kobold Guide series tackles the biggest subject in fantasy: Magic! What makes a fantasy fantastic? Magic, of course! Whether it’s unearthly beasts, scheming sorcerers, legendary swords or locales that defy logic and physics, a compelling fantasy story needs magical elements. The tricky part is that in order for the story to...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $24.99 $14.99

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Blowing Up the Movies

Blowing Up the Movies


TWENTY-FOUR ACTION MOVIES EXPLODE Robin D. Laws, game designer by day, cinema super-enthusiast by night, sets his analytic laser sights on action and thrills in a collection of essays sure to supercharge your tabletop roleplaying experience. As the countdown ticks and the bullets fly, Robin takes you inside the workings of 24 action movies, from the stone...   [click here for more]
Atlas Games  $15.00 $7.95

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Play Unsafe

Play Unsafe


Often, we treat games like work. We buy shelves of thick books. We plan detailed adventures. We memorise rules. In Play Unsafe, Graham Walmsley explores what happens when you throw the serious stuff away: when you stop working, stop planning and start playing. This book explains how to make roleplaying less like work and more like play; stop killing other players' ideas and build on them instead;...   [click here for more]
Graham Walmsley  $8.00

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The Arkham Gazette #3

The Arkham Gazette #3


"[H]e went back to Arkham, the terrible witch-haunted old town of his forefathers in New England, and had experiences... which made him seal forever certain pages in the diary of a wild-minded ancestor." HP Lovecraft - "The Silver Key" Welcome to the latest issue of The Arkham Gazette, the magazine all about Lovecraft Country for the Call...   [click here for more]
Sentinel Hill Press  $12.00

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HAWK & MOOR - Book 2 - Deluxe Edition - The Dungeons Deep

HAWK & MOOR - Book 2 - Deluxe Edition - The Dungeons Deep


THE CREATION of the world’s preeminent Fantasy Role-Playing Game (FRPG), Dungeons & Dragons®, is one of the most fascinating tales to be told in all the shared histories of entertainment, play and game design. Two very different men, David Lance Arneson and Ernest Gary Gygax, undertook an unprecedented collaboration which gifted us — as their shared legacy — with one...   [click here for more]
Kent David Kelly  $4.99

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Best of Fenix - Volume 1-3

Best of Fenix - Volume 1-3


Buy all three volumes of Best of Fenix to a considerably better price. Why choose one when you can have them all? Volume 1 In this our first anthology you will find myths and legends of different kinds, some true to classic source material and others warped through a brand new filter. During the crowdfunding it was decided that the following will be included: Once Upon a...   [click here for more]
Askfageln  $34.95

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Play Dirty 2 - Even Dirtier

Play Dirty 2 - Even Dirtier


15 years ago, John Wick's book of GM advice, Play Dirty, took the gaming industry by storm. Some called it monstrous. Others refused to read it all together. Some retailers even refused to carry the book. Now, John Wick is back with a whole new tome of dastardly tricks to keep your players guessing and your table humming: Play Dirty 2: Even Dirtier. Take a tour through twelve new chapters, each...   [click here for more]
John Wick Presents  $19.99 $9.99

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The Art of the Dragonlance Saga

The Art of the Dragonlance Saga


A memorable passage from The Art of the Dragonlance Saga explains the saga's birth in 1984: "The god who began to envision the possibility of this world in his mind was the God of Marketing. This god ascended from his mighty throne one day in early 1983 and announced that he had done a survey. And, according to the survey, people who played the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS? game wanted more dragons."...   [click here for more]
Wizards of the Coast  $4.99

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S. Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

S. Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors


S.PETERSEN’S FIELD GUIDE TO LOVECRAFTIAN HORRORS A Field Observer’s Handbook of Preternatural Entities and Beings from Beyond The Wall of Sleep CHA 23138 MSRP $34.95 (special PDF price $17.95) ISBN 978-1568820835 130 pages PDF "With its clear visuals and hard-won information, this guide has saved my bacon on more than one occasion!" —Ernest P. Wilderbeast,...   [click here for more]
Chaosium  $17.95

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Play Dirty (15th Anniversary Edition)

Play Dirty (15th Anniversary Edition)


John Wick's monthly game master advice column in Pyramid was the most controversial in the magazine's history. It was seen by some as revolutionary and dismissed by others as outright dangerous. Collected here for the first time are all eleven episodes including "Hit 'em Where it Hurts," a new introduction and closing statements by the author. Learn the worst, most despicable,...   [click here for more]
John Wick Presents  $19.99 $9.99

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Art of Changing Breeds: A Visual Guide to the Fera

Art of Changing Breeds: A Visual Guide to the Fera


The Art of Changing Breeds compiles the sketches, art notes, and alternate color approaches that went into the creation of the art depicting the shapeshifters featured in W20 Changing Breeds. Each Fera gets a section with down to earth commentary by art director "Mirthful" Mike Chaney, and contains a selection of various stages showing the changes and development...   [click here for more]
Onyx Path Publishing  $4.99

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Old School Renaissance Handbook

Old School Renaissance Handbook


“Brent's book is exactly the reference I was hoping for when I went looking for more clear-eyed discussion of just what's in these games.” – Paul Beakley You may have heard of the Old School Renaissance, an enthusiastic movement that champions old-school gaming and old-school systems. Here's the problem: there are dozens of old school rule sets. So which one should...   [click here for more]
Brent P. Newhall's Musaeum  $9.99 $6.99

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Eighth Day Genesis:  A Worldbuilding Codex

Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex


2013 Origins Award Nominee You want to build a world. Twenty authors want to help. It begins when you have that moment when you can close your eyes and see a world no-one has seen before. It might start from a grain of sand, the way light filters through the trees, the feel of satin robes, the smell of cooking soup, or simply a wish for somewhere, somewhen else. It happens...   [click here for more]
Alliteration Ink  $14.99 $4.95

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KOBOLD Guide to Board Game Design

KOBOLD Guide to Board Game Design


Pull up a chair and see how the world's top game designers roll. You want your games to be many things: Creative. Innovative. Playable. Fun. If you're a designer, add "published" to that list. The Kobold Guide to Board Game Design gives you an insider's view on how to make a game that people will want to play again and again. Author Mike Selinker (Betrayal at House...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $14.95 $9.99

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The RPG Handbook

The RPG Handbook


UPDATE - A full colour version has just been added on 30/4/13 :) The RPG Handbook is a system-free guide to playing tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs). The RPG Handbook looks at: Inviting new players to try out tabletop RPGs. Getting kids involved in trying out imaginative games. Emphasizing deeper character development. Making it easy to run and vary solo and team RPG gameplay. Turning players...   [click here for more]
Thistle Games  $9.99 $4.99

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How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps


Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans The power of creation is at your fingertips! Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step...   [click here for more]
F+W Media  $22.99 $11.99

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So You've Decided To Run A Role-Playing Game

So You've Decided To Run A Role-Playing Game


Everybody’s heard of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), but unless you’ve actually played one you probably don’t know how they work. Even if you’re an experienced RPG player, most game manuals spend more time explaining rules and genre trappings than offering practical advice for first-time Game Masters. Whether you’re a wannabe gamer who’s never rolled a twenty-sided...   [click here for more]
Hex Games  $10.00 $2.99

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Dinner and Dice: a Gaming Cookbook

Dinner and Dice: a Gaming Cookbook


Dinner and Dice: a Gaming Cookbook is a collection of recipes and first person game anecdotes from game industry professionals. Originally produced as a stretch goal for the Carolina Game Tables Kickstarter, you will find appetizers, entrees, and desserts from the people who make the games you love! Each author includes a look at how they think about games and food...   [click here for more]
Beautiful Brains  $5.99

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Playing at the World

Playing at the World


Explore the conceptual origins of wargames and role-playing games in this unprecedented history of simulating the real and the impossible. From a vast survey of primary sources ranging from eighteenth-century strategists to modern hobbyists, Playing at the World distills the story of how gamers first decided fictional battles with boards and dice, and how they moved from simulating wars to simulating...   [click here for more]
Unreason Press  $17.99

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Fantasy Maker Handbook

Fantasy Maker Handbook


Welcome to the Fantasy Maker Handbook. This book will guide you along the way to writing down all of the elements you’re going to need to consider to write a fantasy role playing game setting from top to bottom. Of course not every possible element you can imagine for a game is covered in this book, that would be impossible; but it is a comprehensive guide that covers all of the important factors....   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $4.95

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KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 1

KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Vol. 1


Ever wondered what it takes to make it as a freelancer? Want to improve your homebrew adventures? The KOBOLD Guide to Game Design distills years of professional experience into a collection of design wisdom that can improve your game and vastly increase your odds of selling a magazine article, adventure, or complete game design. Includes tips from Keith Baker, Wolfgang Baur, Ed Greenwood,...   [click here for more]
Kobold Press  $18.95 $14.95

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How to be a Great GM

How to be a Great GM


Being a great Game Master is a little like being yourself; no matter what you do to be different, you will always be who you really are in the end. Is that a little cryptic? Let me break it down for you. Being a great Game Master means; being diverse and flexible. You have to be ready for any possibility and you need to be able to visualize things in your head that some people have trouble doing...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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Michtim: Designing a Pen & Paper Storytelling Game

Michtim: Designing a Pen & Paper Storytelling Game


In 2012 I self-published Michtim: Fluffy Adventures on DriveThruRPG. While being a standalone game product that brings joy to players (and in some cases even to their families!), it was also the practical part of my master thesis in Media & Interaction Design. Recently (in October 2015), the game was nominated for a World Experience Award at WUC15 and made the second place. So far, only a selected...   [click here for more]
GrimOgre Laboratory  $9.95

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BDKR1: The Unofficial Living Greyhawk Bandit Kingdoms Summary

BDKR1: The Unofficial Living Greyhawk Bandit Kingdoms Summary


During the eight year run of Living Greyhawk, the world’s largest role-playing campaign, the Bandit Kingdoms region produced over 130 unique adventures. For the first time ever, these narrative threads are woven into one cohesive tapestry. For those who helped shape these events, this comprehensive resource memorializes their struggles against Iuz’s oppressive rule. For others, this compilation...   [click here for more]
Casey Brown  $5.95

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How to Create a Great Campaign

How to Create a Great Campaign


If you have played role-playing games for any amount of time it is likely you have heard one of your friends proudly exclaim “wow, what a great campaign that was!” Session after session of tense and exciting role-playing and combat that created such fascinating stories you re-tell them for years to come. Often times it is easy to think that these people are just lucky enough to played...   [click here for more]
Avalon Game Company  $5.99

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The Functions of Role-Playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity

The Functions of Role-Playing Games: How Participants Create Community, Solve Problems and Explore Identity


This study takes an analytical approach to the world of role-playing games, providing a theoretical framework for understanding their psychological and sociological functions. Sometimes dismissed as escapist and potentially dangerous, role-playing actually encourages creativity, self-awareness, group cohesion and "out-of-the-box" thinking. The book also offers a detailed participant-observer...   [click here for more]
McFarland  $29.95 $17.99

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The Game Master: A Guide to the Art and Theory of Roleplaying

The Game Master: A Guide to the Art and Theory of Roleplaying


The Game Master is a book about roleplaying games. It is intended for game masters from the aspiring novice trying to figure out how to launch their first campaign to the veteran who wants to discover how to consistently produce games that work and avoid train-wreck campaigns. It aims to foster a deeper appreciation of the unique nature of RPGs as both a dynamic literary form and a type of...   [click here for more]
Tobiah Panshin  Pay What You Want

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