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Science Fiction (Genre Structure Vol. 2)

Science Fiction (Genre Structure Vol. 2)


How can you add more excitement and bold vision to your science fiction adventures? Science Fiction (Genre Structure Vol. 2) helps you to develop and tell tales of discovery and possibility. 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 science...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00

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Horror Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 1)

Horror Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 1)


How can you 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00

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Story Design: The Seduction

Story Design: The Seduction


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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Story Design: The Mystery

Story Design: The Mystery


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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The Red-Headed League (A Study in Storytelling #2)

The Red-Headed League (A Study in Storytelling #2)


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? The Red-Headed League (A Study in Storytelling #2) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00 $3.50

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Story Design: The Duel

Story Design: The Duel


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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,...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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Story Structure

Story Structure


Tell better stories using your favorite tabletop roleplaying game! We all know that stories need a beginning, a middle, and an end. Hero goes on quest, hero faces obstacles, hero completes quest. Lovers fall in love, antagonist keeps lovers apart, lovers end up together. Things beyond the protagonist’s control change, the protagonist faces adversity, the protagonist...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00

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Story Design: The Dark Horse

Story Design: The Dark Horse


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1)

A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1)


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00 $3.50

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Story Design: The Breakout

Story Design: The Breakout


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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,...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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Story Design: The Search

Story Design: The Search


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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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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Story Design: The Payback

Story Design: The Payback


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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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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Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions

Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions


The heart of roleplaying is the gaming session, that point when everyone is gathered around the gaming table — and exactly when so many of your game mastering skills are most needed. To the best of our knowledge, there's never been a system-neutral book focused on running great sessions. Until now. Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $24.95 $11.95

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Story Design: The Journey

Story Design: The Journey


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game 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....   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Rescue

Story Design: The Rescue


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game stories? 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...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Chase

Story Design: The Chase


Have you ever wanted more story in your roleplaying game 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 that...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $1.00

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Building Characters

Building Characters


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 different. The symbiotic relationship between character and story is universal across media. In this book, we’ll explore what...   [click here for more]
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Setting Design

Setting Design


The term worldbuilding gets thrown around a lot by both writers and roleplayers. Its most frequently used in reference to the construction of a fantasy realm or an entire fictional universe. There are maps, and histories, and complex back stories, and all sorts of engaging little details. While these worlds are allegedly being created as the grand stage for a work of fiction, which includes...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00

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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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Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics


You have a game. You have people willing to play that game. Now what? There are several good resources on how to plan and run an adventure. Finding other players is as easy as conducting an internet search or dropping in at your friendly local game store. What’s missing is a comprehensive guide to organizing a group, dealing with disparate personalities, and handling the various issues that are...   [click here for more]
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Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game

Masks: 1,000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game


"What I'm saying is that GMs out here need this book. You may be fine coming up with awesome NPCs on your own and don't think you need something like this, and what I'm telling you is that this book is more than just a thousand characters, it's a million stories." -- Dave Chalker, Critical Hits review 2013 ENnie Award winner for Best Aid/Accessory - 2012...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $34.95 $16.95

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Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters

Eureka: 501 Adventure Plots to Inspire Game Masters


"Much more than a simple book of plots, Eureka! stands as one of those essential tools that GMs and game designers will find themselves reaching for again and again." -- Game designer Wolfgang Baur, Kobold Quarterly review 2010 Golden Geek Award nominee for Best Supplement Featuring a foreword by gaming industry legend Monte Cook, Eureka contains 501...   [click here for more]
Engine Publishing  $34.95 $16.95

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Understanding Alignment

Understanding Alignment


Alignment is possibly the most hotly debated element in traditional roleplaying games. Many people find it to be a useful way to get a handle on character motivation. Others find it far too vague to be an effective tool. It is literally two-dimensional and absolute; a person is either good or evil, lawful or chaotic, or a perfect balance. There is no room for subtlety or nuance in the rules as written....   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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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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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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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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Alchemy

Alchemy


Chemistry or magic? Madness or miracles? Poison or power? Blend all those elements — and more — with Alchemy, the latest Zoom in on a historical magic system for GUMSHOE gaming. Operating at every level from the base dungeon-crawl to the Awakened Working, this magic system gives you the secrets of matter — and maybe a touch of mercury poisoning. Alchemy...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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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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Las Vegas: 1968

Las Vegas: 1968


Las Vegas: 1968 takes you to Sin City in the heyday of Howard Hughes and the Rat Pack, the mob and the Mormons, the fear and the loathing. Everything’s for sale and nothing’s for certain, except the house wins. Featuring happening hooks for vampire conspiracies, esoterrorism, and THE FALL OF DELTA GREEN Mythos machinations! Las Vegas: 1968 is included...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 3

Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 3


Ken Writes About Stuff Vol. 3 KWAS Vol. 3 is a collection of supplements written by master Lovecraftian writer and GUMSHOE guru Kenneth Hite. Discover hideous creatures, manage the global war against aliens in a campaign frame, or learn to command the alchemical elements in this collection of fear and fun! In the ENnie-award winning Ken Writes About Stuff series, Kenneth Hite turns his considerable...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $24.95 $22.46

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Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers

Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers


If you want to spark new ideas for worlds, plots or characters, you want Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers. Medicinal corpses, the jargons of thieves and carnies, Nazi UFOs, the colonization of space and green children from nowhere are only a few of the topics covered. This sourcebook is for all writers of fantasy or science fiction--whether novels, short stories,...   [click here for more]
Good Looking Corpse  $0.99

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MAJESTIC Overwatch

MAJESTIC Overwatch


President Eisenhower established Project Moon Dust in 1953 to locate, contain, and coordinate everything known about the alien presence on Earth. The Moon Dust Men are the tip of the spear. MAJESTIC-12 aims it. Manage the global war against the aliens with this new GUMSHOE subsystem. Do you build retro-engineered Aurora craft, or bioroids to fight on the Moon? Do you launch satellite...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Bast

Bast


“What fully civilised soul but would eagerly serve as high priest of Bast?” She Who Scratches, the Lady of the Ointment Jar, the great cat-goddess of nighted Khem comes alive in all her varied forms: as a Trail of Cthulhu titan (complete with her monstrous Brood of Bubastis), mysterious Ashen Stars entity, TimeWatch cult leader, and 13th...   [click here for more]
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Die Glocke

Die Glocke


According to the legend, in 1944 the SS built a mysterious device deep in a Silesian mine shaft. Its bell-like shape gave it the nickname “die Glocke,” or “the Bell,” but the purpose of “Project Lantern-Bearer” remains a mystery to this day. Was it a time machine? A zero-point energy generator? A gateway to another world? Die Glocke cuts through...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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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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Hideous Creatures: Deep Ones

Hideous Creatures: Deep Ones


HIDEOUS CREATURES: DEEP ONES dives deep into the myth of the batrachian denizens of Innsmouth. Are they human hybrids, or alien implants? Telepaths or psychopaths? Mermaids or monstrosities? From the legends of the Japanese kappa to the “kulullu” carved on the walls of Babylon, the spoor of the Deep Ones lingers everywhere. Hideous Creatures:...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Galileo Uplift

Galileo Uplift


To fight aliens, one must use the alien. Take it apart, reverse-engineer it, rebuild it, turn it into armor and sensors and weapons and aircraft good enough to win a war against an enemy from the stars. Tech and gear for your high-powered MOON DUST MEN game, powered by a new GUMSHOE “tech tree” subystem for bootstrapping invention and development. Galileo...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators Volume One: Star, Planet, Moon

Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators Volume One: Star, Planet, Moon


This concise first volume of Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators provides straightforward guidance on how to model the astronomical elements of an Earth-like planet for your storyworld setting. Author and storyworld creator Matthew Wayne Selznick ("Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era") explains the science and helps you through the (basic) math required...   [click here for more]
MWS Media  $2.99

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Moon Dust Men

Moon Dust Men


President Eisenhower established Project Moon Dust in 1953 to locate, contain, and coordinate everything known about the alien presence on Earth. The public-relations and open-source arm of Moon Dust was called Project Blue Book. Blue Book ended its work in 1970. It is 1978. Your work never ends. This GUMSHOE campaign frame, Moon Dust Men, can be a sci-fi, conspiracy, or horror game...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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The Spear of Destiny

The Spear of Destiny


Is it the Spear that pierced Christ’s side, or the Spear of Odin? Does it grant true kingship or invincibility? Who has borne it through the millennia, and who seeks its true whereabouts now? This issue pierces the legend to reach the truth — and then makes the legend invincible. Plus, a look at the Spear for Night’s Black Agents, The Esoterrorists, Trail of Cthulhu, and TimeWatch....   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 1

Ken Writes About Stuff: Vol. 1


Ken Writes About Stuff Vol. 1 KWAS Vol. 1 is a collection of 13 supplements written by master Lovecraftian writer and GUMSHOE guru Kenneth Hite. Discover hideous creatures, uncover an occult Nazi bell or join the men in black with this baker’s dozen of fear and fun! In the ENnie-award winning Ken Writes About Stuff series, Kenneth Hite turns his considerable writing talents and encyclopedic...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $24.95

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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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GUMSHOE Zoom: Martial Arts

GUMSHOE Zoom: Martial Arts


GUMSHOE Zoom: Martial Arts is intended to model the sorts of stories (usually movies) in which martial arts combat takes center stage in at least one scene. In addition to straight martial-arts films like Enter the Dragon or Ong-Bak, you can see such martial arts foregrounding in hybrid thrillers such as Raid: Redemption, The Matrix, or Haywire, or even as a set piece in a “straight”...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Reality Makes the Best Fantasy - Book 1: People

Reality Makes the Best Fantasy - Book 1: People


Truth may be stranger than fiction but reality makes the best fantasy. A system-neutral guide to inspire GMs and players alike. Ever sit down to brainstorm for your next campaign and come up blank? Find yourself wondering, "what WOULD my character do in this situation?" Get your creative wheels turning with Reality Makes the Best Fantasy,...   [click here for more]
Back That Elf Up  $4.99 $2.99

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GUMSHOE Zoom: Voodoo 1 - Magic

GUMSHOE Zoom: Voodoo 1 - Magic


The first of a new series of GUMSHOE Zooms looking at historical magic traditions — and giving you the tools and rules to evoke these puissant powers in your own game! This first issue in a two-issue series examines sympathetic magic and zombies, and Zooms in on the Afro-Caribbean magical-religious complex encompassing Vodoun, Candomble, Santeria, Obeah, and Palo Mayombe. The loa ride in May!...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $4.45

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Stockholm and Dragons

Stockholm and Dragons


Are you a GM that is always fearful of killing a player and stopping the story and ruining the fun? Or are you a killer GM that runs havoc upon your characters and makes your players bring three back-ups at each session? This booklet aims to serve as a guide for handling an important part of your games: Death of the characters. People use to think that getting to 0 hp and biting the dust is the...   [click here for more]
TH Productions  Pay What You Want

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Looking Glass: Mumbai

Looking Glass: Mumbai


This look at India’s mightiest metropolis, from its legendary crime syndicates to its glamorous movie colony, of necessity holds plenty of rash generalizations, needed for game play and speed of familiarization. More than many cities, Mumbai relishes its contradictions, its vastly rich and abysmally poor literally living side by side. As with most Pelgrane publications, this...   [click here for more]
Pelgrane Press  $2.95

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Literary RPG Structure

Literary RPG Structure


In this booklet we’ll be approaching role-playing games like an exercise in collaborative storytelling. The GM and players are authors in more-or-less equal measure, though the GM bears perhaps a little more responsibility than the others in terms of keeping everything organized. These tips are based on the author’s career experience as a screenwriter and author of genre fiction. ...   [click here for more]
Taoscordian Games  $4.99

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