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Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers

Writing With Style: An Editor's Advice for RPG Writers


A Style Guide with Style Writing With Style: An Editor’s Advice for RPG Writers presents 45 pages of concise tips on simple ways to make your roleplaying game writing cleaner and clearer. This guide doesn’t show you how to structure adventures, build stat blocks, or create worlds. Instead, Ray Vallese looks at some of the most common and easily fixable grammar and style issues he’s...   [click here for more]
Rogue Genius Games  $4.95

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Big List of RPG Plots

Big List of RPG Plots


Over the last two decades, The Big List of RPG Plots has been cited, quoted, thanked and excerpted in articles for computer-game design, a book on Hollywood screenwriting, and more than a few pen-and-paper RPGs. I wrote it in 1993 as an article submission for Pyramid magazine (they rejected it). I later tried to shop it to Dragon and Shadis and others...   [click here for more]
Cumberland Games & Diversions   FREE 

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Game Retailer Guide

Game Retailer Guide


Written by a veteran game store owner, the Game Retailer Guide is a how-to industry manual that contains everything you need to know in order to start and run a successful game-selling business. Topics the Game Retailer Guide covers include: * Administration & Planning * Building and Equipping the Store * Competitive Analysis * Products and Services * Marketing &...   [click here for more]
Skirmisher Publishing  $14.99

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Fate Accelerated/Core Conversion Guide

Fate Accelerated/Core Conversion Guide


Got something that uses the Fate Accelerated defaults for Fate Core, and you wish it used Fate Core's defaults? Or vice-versa? This handy guide from one of the Fate system's originators gives you perspectives and methods to make the conversion process a snap. Inside you'll find: An overview of the differences between the Core and Accelerated defaults for Fate Core. A method for converting skills...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  Pay What You Want

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Be Awesome At Freelance Game Design

Be Awesome At Freelance Game Design


Want to break into freelance game design, but don’t know where to start? Have you already had a crack at pitching a project and failed? If so, this is the book for you! Inside, Creighton Broadhurst publisher at Raging Swan Press and an ENnie Award winning game designer reveals his hints, tips and strategies for a successful career in freelance game design. This book covers such subjects as:...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $4.99

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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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Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires

Actual Factual: Dracula - A Compendium of Vampires


One-of-a-kind reference book for authors, publishers, game designers, researchers, vampire enthusiasts, and historians worldwide "An amazing collection of vampires and vampire lore, and a fantastic resource for fans, researchers, and writers. I love it!" -Rosemary Ellen Guiley Author, The Encyclopedia of Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Monsters   "This book...   [click here for more]
Scaldcrow Games  $39.95 $17.99

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Be Awesome At Dungeon Design

Be Awesome At Dungeon Design


Any GM can design a basic dungeon. A dedicated GM takes the extra time to craft exciting, logical and challenging dungeons that are so much more than a series of rooms stuffed full of monsters and treasure. Be Awesome At Dungeon Design comprises eight dungeon design essays by ENnie Award winning designer Creighton Broadhurst. Handling such subjects as a dungeon’s purpose, design, ecology,...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press   FREE 

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Adventure Design in Practice

Adventure Design in Practice


Adventure Design in Practice is a structured analysis on my upcoming next adventure that will hit the gaming table with my regular group in three days from the time of writing this. It is my personal preparation work in a documented format with designer notes in a classic game master guide style. I analyze collaborative storytelling and how it can be fused with more linear story...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $1.50 $1.05

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Questions Without Answers

Questions Without Answers


What can change a person's very nature? How can the broken be made whole? What does it mean to be a hero? In a world where most people still dismiss genre fiction as ‘trash’ or ‘pulp,' it should be no surprise that role playing games don’t have a reputation for literary value. And, to be fair, I can understand why: most...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  Pay What You Want

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Instant Aliens

Instant Aliens


Finally! An alien life creator that builds plausible ecosystems from microbes up to plant, animal, and sapient species. Alien encounters are some of the most exciting aspects of science fiction. In many cases, though, the beings depicted are only slight variations of our own species, often with barely a thought given to the other creatures that populate the native...   [click here for more]
Galactic Baroque Publishing  $10.00

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Structured Free Association Story Plot Method 2.0

Structured Free Association Story Plot Method 2.0


Do you want to write better role playing game story plots? Don't have much time but would like to have engaging storylines for your players to explore? Key highlights: Harness your full personal capability using keyword association Write fast - as quickly as in 10-15 minutes from scratch to gaming table Be more varied than ever - avoid cliched anti-climatic story arcs How...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $1.00 $0.80

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Combat Coeffect - Complexity, Drama and Agency

Combat Coeffect - Complexity, Drama and Agency


Is your combat feeling long but unexciting, lacking drama and consequence? Level 0: Unplayable Over-simplifications. 4 Sheer numbers game. 4 Power-struggle. 4 A Random-factor in a Power-Struggle. 5 Having a Tactic / Birth of Agency. 6 Becoming a specialist. 7 Level 1: Fundaments of RPG Combat. 9 It’s a Hit! 9 World of Hurt. 10 Who goes first. 13 NPCs also...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $1.00 $0.50

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Elegant Encounter Design

Elegant Encounter Design


Encounters are the motor of your storytelling. The way they are structured contributes the most to your table top experience. I've compiled a collection of design principles for encounters using my business consultancy skillset. It's been refeshing to deploy those practices to role playing domain and I feel it has given me a new angle to the subject in general. Key highlights and learning include:...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $3.00 $2.30

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Description Cards - Storytellers Deck - ENVIRONMENTS CARDS excerpt - (Creative Inspiration for Writers, Storytellers and GMs).: Contains 12 Cards from the "Description Cards - Storytellers Deck"

Description Cards - Storytellers Deck - ENVIRONMENTS CARDS excerpt - (Creative Inspiration for Writers, Storytellers and GMs).: Contains 12 Cards from the "Description Cards - Storytellers Deck"


How to best describe Landscapes? It’s important to give your audience (readers or fellow gamers) a sense of place. That is, a landscape they can identify with and/or visualize.The difficulty here is placing a feature, a moment or a mark on the landscape that's memorable and (more importantly) indigenous to the landscape. This is exactly what these cards...   [click here for more]
Conflict Games, LLC  $1.99 $0.99

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Adventure Guide Pack

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Adventure Guide Pack


Adventure-Building Support for The GameMaster's Apprentice! Minimal Layout, Maximum Content!* Note: Each of these Adventure Guides is included with their respective genre deck of GameMaster's Apprentice cards (save the Fantasy guide, which is bundled with the Base Deck); if you purchase or plan to purchase all the decks, you do not need to purchase this separately! This pack...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  $0.99

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Advanced Fast Initiative

Advanced Fast Initiative


Interested to run more advanced and tactical initiative system but without added overhead and downtime? Inspired by Mike Mearls of D&D and board game Gloomhaven mechanics, I have worked a system that well meets those requirements. It's playtested and finetuned on a continuous basis by my own group. The response has been very positive, primarily due to the fact that combat is...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent   FREE 

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Elegant Initiative Design

Elegant Initiative Design


Second title in my elegant design series focuses on combat iniatiative system options and turn order structure in general. If you have interest to see how your current initiative system could be spiced up with some additions or even replaced completely with a one more fitting to your play style, you should find this an interesting read. Many of the systems and mechanisms are in use in various...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent  $2.00 $1.30

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Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional

Conventions for the Aspiring Game Professional


Want to write for games? Think your art is ready for professional publication? Not sure how to get your foot in the door? Freelance writer/editor/game creator Jess Hartley shares her secrets for using conventions as an entry into the game industry. This was originally a series of articles presented on Jess' website to offer her experiences and advice to potential freelancers looking to make...   [click here for more]
FR Press  $1.99 $0.99

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Be Awesome At Village Design

Be Awesome At Village Design


Any GM can design a basic village. A dedicated GM, however, takes the extra time to craft exciting, logical and flavoursome villages that are so much more than a general store, village inn and some dreary peasant huts. Be Awesome at Village Design comprises village design essays by ENnie Award winning designer Creighton Broadhurst and a suite of tables designed to help the busy GM quickly and easily...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $3.99

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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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RPG Handbook ~ Getting Started

RPG Handbook ~ Getting Started


The RPG Handbook ~ Getting Started is a system-free, color guide to playing tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs). It contains key information from the complete RPG Handbook. This concentrates on information for those interested in finding out more about playing RPGs. That includes content for new players and families who would like to try out what roleplaying games have to offer. The topics covered include:...   [click here for more]
Thistle Games  Pay What You Want

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Dynamic Characters

Dynamic Characters


In this guide, award-winning author Nancy Kress explores the crucial relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story. In teaching you the fundamentals of creating characters that will keep your readers spellbound, Kress utilizes: Dozens of excerpts from well-known fiction Enlightening...   [click here for more]
F+W Media  $16.99 $9.99

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Instant Universe

Instant Universe


Exploring strange new worlds and alien civilizations is one of the most exciting aspects of science fiction. In many cases, though, these worlds are only slight variations of our own, with cultures and technology not much further advanced. =GALACTIC BAROQUE= INSTANT UNIVERSE will vastly expand your horizons. Not merely a rulebook for random solar system creation, this guide generates...   [click here for more]
Galactic Baroque Publishing  $5.00

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One Page Dungeon Contest Submission Guide

One Page Dungeon Contest Submission Guide


Everything you need to know about submitting a One Page Dungeon Contest entry, along with resources, a playable sample dungeon, and a few tips to make your next entry stronger. ...   [click here for more]
Shattered Pike Studio   FREE 

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Crunchy FUDGE

Crunchy FUDGE


I wanted to flex my designer muscles with a challenge: how deep combinatory system could be produced from a simple core mechanic of rolling n-number of FUDGE dice? It turned out surprisingly deep. ...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent   FREE 

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Introduction to InDesign

Introduction to InDesign


Written by the Usherwood Adventures publisher/designer/author James D. Kramer with the complete InDesign novice in mind, this book is intended to help you get started creating professional documents in InDesign; focusing the skills you need to get up and running quickly, without getting bogged down in a lengthy explanations that makes your eyes glaze over. The package you will download contains a...   [click here for more]
Usherwood Publishing  $5.00 $1.00

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The Golden D6 #5

The Golden D6 #5


It's ... The new issue of the Golden D6. The Golden D6 Issue Five has a heap of great stuff in it: A Fistful of Kung Fu interview with Andrea Sfiligoi An awesome Star Wars Imperial Assault battle report by Matthew Sullivan Guildball review and play guide from Dave at Mini Musings of a Bear Star Wars X-Wing battle report by Ali Ghosn An exclusive Warcolours paint range review by...   [click here for more]
Sprue Grey Toy Soldiers  $6.09

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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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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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e-Publishing Secrets

e-Publishing Secrets


How to Save Money Starting Your Own PDF Game Company. “In a single page, you’ll learn the secret to saving thousands of dollars in starting your own RPG publishing company.” You’ll also receive a special bonus: 10 Secrets for PDF Publishing Success. These secrets are lessons existing publishers learned...   [click here for more]
12 to Midnight   FREE 

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Role Playing Game Rating Sheet

Role Playing Game Rating Sheet


The purpose of this rating system is to allow players to gather and share information about what sort of game they prefer, allowing them to beter match themselves with like minded gamers. This will make the chances of having fun much more likely, and after all, the real point of any game is to have fun. It is not intended to evaluate or judge others, or to suggest that one style of play is better...   [click here for more]
Critical Hit Publishing   FREE 

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Once Upon A Time Writer's Handbook

Once Upon A Time Writer's Handbook


Practice Makes Perfect! This timeless adage is true of everything from bike riding to speaking a language. It's also true for writing. The most consistent piece of advice from professional writers is this: Write every day. It doesn't matter what you write, just write. Great. Write what? Welcome to the Once Upon A Time Writer's Handbook, where you'll learn how to turn...   [click here for more]
Atlas Games  $2.99

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Gearing Up in the Timeless Isle

Gearing Up in the Timeless Isle


Walkthrough: World of Warcraft MMORPG Even if you aren't a member of a current raid team, this is a great chance to gear yourself up and apply to a raid, to kick your character’s power level up a notch, or to dose that Alt of yours item level on the cheap. I’ve read a lot of different guides on the Timeless Isle, but none of them worked as a good ‘one...   [click here for more]
DemOniX LLC Publishing  $1.95

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The Empires Series: Where Do I Start?

The Empires Series: Where Do I Start?


With a large selection of dice systems and supplements, the Empires wargame can look a bit daunting at first but this game has been written to be as simple as possible (we hope). So, in order to help find what you are looking for, we have written a brief guide to each expansion/supplement with links to the appropriate page on Wargame Vault to read more about the products. Whatever you want to play...   [click here for more]
War of Life Gaming   FREE 

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Simple Simon's How to Talk Like a Pirate

Simple Simon's How to Talk Like a Pirate


Whether You Are Celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day or Plan to Shuck it All and Go On Account Let Simple Simon Teach You the Pirate Patois And You'll be Ready to Rob Galleons in No Time Here's Some of What Ye'll Learn Pirate Basics An Advanced Nautical Vocabulary Lingo From the Gun...   [click here for more]
Black Shark Enterprises  $1.00

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Backstory Cards: Techniques Guide

Backstory Cards: Techniques Guide


The Backstory Cards Technique Guide is your one-stop source for unlocking the potential of Backstory Cards. This free 10-page PDF includes: The instructions on one page, so you don't have to just refer to the three cards in the core deck Essential tips for players and GMs Plenty of advice on creating and using an effective setting grid, including...   [click here for more]
Galileo Games   FREE 

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Be Awesome At Designing NPCs

Be Awesome At Designing NPCs


Your PCs have final emerged from the dungeon laden with loot prised from the clutches of their slain foes. Heroically returning to civilisation, they find a tavern, divide up their loot and relax. Then they ask “So what are the people like here, anyway?” At this point, the GM likely panics and either replies “nothing special” or improvises a series of similar, one-dimensional...   [click here for more]
Raging Swan Press  $5.99

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The Golden D6 #2 – Bolt Action painting tutorial

The Golden D6 #2 – Bolt Action painting tutorial


From the pages of Issue Two of the Golden D6 comes another brilliant tutorials for painting Bolt Action forces quickly to tabletop standard. ...   [click here for more]
Sprue Grey Toy Soldiers  Pay What You Want

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The Golden D6 #5 – Guildball review

The Golden D6 #5 – Guildball review


From the pages of Issue Five of the Golden D6 comes a Guildball review from Dave over at Miniature Musings of a Bear! ...   [click here for more]
Sprue Grey Toy Soldiers  Pay What You Want

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Worldcrafting

Worldcrafting


An average gamer is sitting at his desk, scribbling "My setting" on the first page of his notepad. He has prepared in advance: in his mind, he has a plan for the setting, its history, inklings of geography and names. He’s read some guides to creating fantasy worlds as well. He knows a lot of PnP and video game settings, has browsed the websites of complex alternate worlds, and by...   [click here for more]
GRAmel  $15.99 $9.99

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Small Stories

Small Stories


Small Stories is a resource for actors and writers alike. With hundreds of prompts mixed and matched dynamically, Small Stories is great as a party game or as a fun way to spark your creativity! As a party game or improv resource, Small Stories is an easy to play game for a small group. Use playing cards to randomly generate a scene for the players to act out in 1, 3, and 5 minute rounds. Earn points...   [click here for more]
S-15 Studios  Pay What You Want

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How-To: Horse Nomads

How-To: Horse Nomads


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $1.99

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How-To: Far North Peoples

How-To: Far North Peoples


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $1.95

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The Meaning of Names: Landforms, Terrain, and Cities

The Meaning of Names: Landforms, Terrain, and Cities


There are many good resources out there for creating new languages, but they tend to focus more on how words change over time than on the meanings of place-names. This booklet is intended to fill the gap. It not only includes lists of historical place-names but discusses the patterns and logic behind these names. ...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $1.00

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How-To: Hill Tribes

How-To: Hill Tribes


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $1.95

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The Meaning of Names: Persons and Peoples

The Meaning of Names: Persons and Peoples


There are many good resources out there for creating new languages, but they tend to focus more on how words change over time than on the meanings of personal or group names. This booklet is intended to fill the gap. It not only includes lists of historical names (personal, family, and ethnic) but discusses the patterns and logic behind these names. ...   [click here for more]
WMB Saltworks  $1.95

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The Crow's Nest #1 - Navigating Delicate Negotiations

The Crow's Nest #1 - Navigating Delicate Negotiations


Welcome to first issue of The Crow's Nest, the newsletter where we help you put the rules of 7th Sea into practice along with ideas for new NPCs, Monsters, Plot Hooks, and Secret Socieities. to throw at your Heroes. In our first issue, Navigating Delicate Negotiations, you'll learn how to use Raises and Pressure to negotiate agreements between your Heroes and NPCs....   [click here for more]
John Wick Presents  $2.00

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The Golden D6 #1 – Painting Custom Space Marine Banners

The Golden D6 #1 – Painting Custom Space Marine Banners


From the pages of Issue One of the Golden D6 comes a tutorial detailing how to paint customised Space Marine banners for Warhammer 40000. ...   [click here for more]
Sprue Grey Toy Soldiers  Pay What You Want

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The Golden D6 #1 – Cheap DIY Photography Light Box

The Golden D6 #1 – Cheap DIY Photography Light Box


From the pages of Issue One of the Golden D6 comes a tutorial showing how to make a Cheap DIY Photography Light Box out of an old detergent box, some masking tape and an enthusiastically applied spatula. ...   [click here for more]
Sprue Grey Toy Soldiers  Pay What You Want

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