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"Dark Cities" - 100+ scenarios for urban adventures!

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Welcome to "Dark Cities", a collection of over 100 plothooks and storyseeds for RPGs!

"Cities are beacons of civilization and order. But sometimes the strongest light casts the darkest shadows."

This book contains dozens and dozens of scenarios and scenario ideas for adventures in urban settings, suited for nearly all imaginable kinds of fantasy RPGs. If your game has settlements of any significant size, you will be able to run these scenarios!

Our plothooks and storyseeds (around half a page in length each) are ideas: a collection of political intrigues, murder mysteries, criminal undertakings, the plans of secret cults, supernatural powers unleashed and much much more. A few adventures are straightforward, but many come with a twist, designed to lead to more trouble and more action for your average adventuring party!
Each adventure introduces the basic story: a villain's plan, the most important NPCs and how things might develop once our heroes become involved. 

Use these scenarios as they are written, or let them inspire you and grow your own, custom adventure from the sprouting seed of our story!
Most of the scenarios are written with a medieval-ish fantasy setting in mind, but are easily adaptable to ancient, victorian or even more modern urban settings.

Each adventure seed is focused on one or more of the four large categories of RPG scenarios: exploration, diplomacy, investigation and combat.
Many adventures are designed for mid level characters, but you can find quite a few for rising heroes or legendary champions in this collection as well.

Urban adventures, with the intrigues of criminals and nobles alike, are especially well suited for investigative adventures. In this collection you will also find a short guide with the most important tips on running such adventures. 

Last but not least: we have included a list of 20 short encounters that can be used in any urban area and are especially well suited to be thrown into your campaign as a bit of a distraction, a small tidbit of interest that gives your player characters a little room to breath...but at the same time holds the potential for much more!

"Dark Cities" is the first of ten booklets in our "The Thousand Trails" series. Each book focuses on a specific adventure environment, and gives you over 100 adventure ideas to play...and trails to follow. Our second book "Edge of the Wilds", which will focus on rural areas, where wilderness and civilization battle for dominance, will be released later this year!

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Styrmir T March 08, 2018 12:24 am UTC
It only took me a few minutes of looking at the preview to know that this was just the kind of book I like to have for inspiring my stories played out with my players. The purchased version did not disappoint, clean and readable format with each adventure or story plot layed out with just enough detail and ideas to spark the imagination, and a few images here of good quality to entertain the eye while browsing through the booklet.

I'll be keeping an eye out for your other releases in this series, well done!
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Aleksandar P March 15, 2018 11:58 am UTC
Thank you very much! I am glad to hear you are enjoying Dark Cities!
"Edge of the Wilds", our next booklet in the "Thousand Trails" series, that gives 100+ storyseeds for rural areas, is going to be released in about ten days. We are very much looking forward to feedback!
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Martin W January 14, 2018 1:52 am UTC
I finally read through all of it.<br>
I will use a lot of it. And yes it seems kinda medieval, but I think I will use it also for Dark Heresy and other system set in that setting. :)<br>
What I really like is that you come up with stories, names and backgrounds but still leave everything open enough for people to influence it with their own ideas. <br>
It is, what you say, a lot of real good plothooks.<br>
Keep up with it, I will keep reading and inplementing in my adventures.
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Kaladorn O January 12, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
This product says it is 'system agnostic' but the art seems to suggest something vaguely medieval/medieval fantasy. I'm guessing this isn't for modern or post-modern urban or for sci-fi urban. Would I be correct? I'm sure you can always adapt some types of plots and villains - an enterprising GM can transform any plot from another genre.

Assuming the product is primarily for pre-modern urban settings, it might be good to mention that in the description explicitly. System agnostic isn't the same as period-agnostic.

FWIW, that might suggest an alternative product - 100 modern & scifi urban adventure hooks, plots, etc.
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Aleksandar P January 13, 2018 7:35 am UTC
You are correct, "Dark Cities" is mainly suited to pre-modern fantasy, even though many of the plothooks can very easily be adapted to more of a modern, urban fantasy approach as well. I will update that in the description. Thanks for your suggestion!
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Emmitt W January 08, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
A lot of really good ideas and plot hooks in here, I am eager to possibly see the other 100 scenarios you release next
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Aleksandar P January 09, 2018 6:22 am UTC
It's getting very likely that "Edge of the Wilds", our collection of rural storyseeds, will be released within the next couple of months!
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Daniel F January 08, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
Congratulations on making the top 5 list!
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Aleksandar P January 09, 2018 6:21 am UTC
Thanks Daniel! Honestly, I never would have expected to make it that far! :)
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Anne T January 06, 2018 6:05 am UTC
How/where did you get permission from Pawel Zych to use his artwork? Wasn't aware he offered stock art?! Definitely makes for a lovely cover...
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Aleksandar P January 07, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
I simply contacted him on Deivantart, because I LOVE his artwork, and asked him if he was ok with me using one of his artworks for a project I was working on. He was kind enough to allow it after we talked for a bit and I of course promised to credit him. His medieval city art is honestly one of the best things I have ever seen!
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Anne T January 08, 2018 4:03 am UTC
That's awesome! Your story really illustrates how it's worth reaching out to creators you admire :) I first saw his work when a distant friend was using it as a backdrop for the papercraft terrain for a game he was running, I love the techniques he uses, and the sheer amount of detail and evocation is amazing.
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