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Journey

Journey


Hello, Traveler! Journey is a solo roleplaying game that puts you in the role of an explorer in the worlds of your own creation. Discover new details of these amazing places and gather new inspiration from what you find. This game is perfect for writers, designers, game masters, and the uncommonly curious. Journey is a game and tool in one beautiful, whimsical package. It is both a useful exercise...   [click here for more]
Graycastle Press  $9.99

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Arium: Create

Arium: Create


Welcome to Arium: Create, a simple game with infinite possibilities. this RPG worldbuilding toolkit runs on pure storytelling, imagination, and teamwork. In Arium: Create, you’ll find everything you need to guarantee that all of the people at your table love the story your group is telling and the world they are doing it in Arium: Create was born from...   [click here for more]
Adept Icarus  $7.50

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Macchiato Monsters Édition Noisette [FR]

Macchiato Monsters Édition Noisette [FR]


[for the English edition click here] Macchiato Monsters est un jeu de rôles old school (OSR) aux règles simples et légèrement teintées de narration participative. Mais ça n’est pas un jeu sur le café.  Après le succès initial de l’édition Zéro puis de la version finale en anglais (best-seller Platine sur DTRPG), l’édition Noisette est une version...   [click here for more]
Lost Pages  $6.00

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Motif Story Engine (Solo and GM-Lite Roleplaying Toolkit)

Motif Story Engine (Solo and GM-Lite Roleplaying Toolkit)


Now a DriveThruRPG Platinum Best Seller!!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support! <3 This Engine is a system I would describe as a true "Ask the GM" system. --- DTRPG Review [I]f this is what the future of solo looks like, it is very promising indeed. --- /r/Solo_Roleplaying comment Motif Story Engine is a solo play oracle, an add-on solo RPG system. It...   [click here for more]
Thought Police  $15.00 $7.50

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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WARPLAND

WARPLAND


An original dark sci-fantasy setting by Gavriel Quiroga, creator of the critically acclaimed Neurocity. Enter the Land of the Warp at your own risk! A dark world where technology and science are anathema and dark magick is just being discovered! This is the 1.1 corrected final version of the corebook. 150 pages of pure lysergic visuals! Almost 30 random tables for a sandbox...   [click here for more]
Gavriel Quiroga  $8.50

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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Macchiato Monsters

Macchiato Monsters


[Cliquez ici pour l'édition française]   Macchiato Monsters is a rules-light, slightly collaborative, old school roleplaying game. It is not a game about coffee.  Two years after the release of the Zero Edition, we come to you with a perfectly tuned engine for adventure, exploration and survival in all kinds of perilous dungeonverses, whether you're using published...   [click here for more]
Lost Pages  $6.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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Expanded Aspects for Journey

Expanded Aspects for Journey


Welcome back, traveler! This supplement for the bestselling worldbuilding tool and solo roleplaying game Journey doubles the list of Aspects available to players in one handy document! In Journey, Aspects are the interesting and granular details that explorers will 'zoom in' on while exploring, adding a depth of detail and sense of life to the worlds they have created. This expansion offers a whole...   [click here for more]
Graycastle Press  $4.95

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Motif World Engine (Worldbuilding Scene & Setting Seed Generator)

Motif World Engine (Worldbuilding Scene & Setting Seed Generator)


Now a Silver Best Seller! Thank you for your support! Motif World Engine is a companion product to the Motif Story Engine It provides guidance and flavors for generating worlds and settings "the Motif way" using a d6 based oracle system. Enhance your session zero and prep experiences!  Generate seeds for enemies, loot, vehicles, and more! Guidance for worldbuilding...   [click here for more]
Thought Police  $9.00 $4.00

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Motif Character Engine (Player and Character Emulation)

Motif Character Engine (Player and Character Emulation)


Now an Electrum Best Seller! Thank you for your support! Motif Character Engine is a companion product to the Motif Story Engine It provides a dice system and guidance for emulating characters and players Enhance your solo and GM-less experiences!  Add characters to your main group with ease. Emulate players to round out parties and play groups. More easily...   [click here for more]
Thought Police  $9.00 $4.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Base Deck

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Base Deck


Stay Home and Game--and Help Save the World!  Because I (Nathan Rockwood/Larcenous Designs) am a high school teacher by day, I'm very much aware of the need to practice social distancing in order to 'flatten the curve' of demand on hospitals right now. For the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis, I'm setting my PDF prices to 90% off, and my Print on Demand products to a significant discount (about $1.50...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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Motif Action Engine (Quickplay RPG System Toolkit)

Motif Action Engine (Quickplay RPG System Toolkit)


Now a Silver Best Seller! Thank you for your support! Motif Action Engine is a companion product to the Motif Story Engine It provides a system toolkit for doing action resolution "the Motif way". Genre-neutral, setting-agnostic. Best suited for genre-heavy and story-forward games. Tuned for sandbox play and emergent stories. Extensible, easily hacked and reskinned for a variety of...   [click here for more]
Thought Police  $9.00 $3.00

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Ex Novo

Ex Novo


Ex Novo is a playable city-generator that helps you construct fictional villages and towns. This role-playing game can be played alone or with up to 3 friends. Playtime ranges from 1 to 3 hours. Meet with your friends and collaboratively draw the map of your city as you explore the conditions that led to its founding and the events that shape its development. Ex...   [click here for more]
Sharkbomb  $9.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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Murder Cars!!!

Murder Cars!!!


Murder Cars!!! is a micro-RPG set in a dangerous future of gasoline powered mayhem. Players take on the roles of autoduelists, mechanics, truckers, and reckless MFs in a bleak future of vehicular combat. This game started as a request put forth in a group on Facebook for minimalist RPGs, and within a week Jim Pinto (with input by Chris Williams) had written up 8 slammin' pages of vehicular murder...   [click here for more]
Kill Jester  Pay What You Want

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Improv for Gamers

Improv for Gamers


Do you want to be a better roleplayer or GM? Do you want to encourage spontaneous creativity in your gaming group? Do you want to create dynamic, compelling characters? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” Improv for Gamers is for you! Based on the popular workshop series, this book provides a selection of fun and easy improv exercises designed to take your tabletop...   [click here for more]
Evil Hat Productions, LLC  $10.00

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Ex Umbra

Ex Umbra


Ex Umbra is a playable dungeon-generator to construct fictional underground caves, labyrinths and tombs. This physical print-and-play game can be played alone or with up to 3 friends. Playtime ranges from 1 to 4 hours.  Meet with your friends and collaboratively draw the map of your dungeon as you collect questionable rumors about its threats and treasures.  Ex Umbra is a generator...   [click here for more]
Sharkbomb  $9.99

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Basic Solo Fantasy RPG Gaming & Writing Tools

Basic Solo Fantasy RPG Gaming & Writing Tools


Basic Solo Fantasy RPG Gaming & Writing Tools is a collection of tools, refered to as functions, that help you to play a solo game using polyhedral dice. It works by generating either answers to questions, step-by-step, or keyword prompts for interpretation. It adds 10 pages of never-been-seen material containing advice, a new table, and 20 premade adventure...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $19.99 $7.50

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $7.00

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Tilt:  An oracle for solo roleplaying

Tilt: An oracle for solo roleplaying


Tilt offers a different take on odds based oracles. Its aim is to help you generate obstacles that encourage problem solving using the resources available to you in your RPG of choice. This is achieved with a simple mechanic that answers Yes and No questions but has a twist of its own. You will find guidelines and examples on how best to achieve this type of play.   In addition to the oracle, included...   [click here for more]
Little Dreamer  $3.75

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The Short Games Digest: Volume 1

The Short Games Digest: Volume 1


In space, nobody can hear you... Play more than a dozen amazing games by a co-op design studio full of some of the freshest and weirdest voices in RPGs! The short games digest is the first project of the San Jenaro Co-op. With over 11 full fantastic games, the Short Games Digest hits an eclectic mix of stories and settings. Lovelorn Knights, dice-playing gods, retro future space operas,...   [click here for more]
San Jenaro Co-Op  $10.00

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Face au Titan

Face au Titan


Facing the Titan is also available in english. « Nous sommes la Compagnie. Chasseurs, guerrières, mages, érudites, nobles, barbares, nous avons été rassemblés dans un unique but : mettre fin au règne du Titan. Cet être gigantesque a provoqué ruines et désolation à notre monde, depuis des générations et des générations. Progrès et merveilles sont sans...   [click here for more]
Gulix  $16.42 $13.96

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Beak, Feather, & Bone

Beak, Feather, & Bone


Beak, Feather, & Bone is a collaborative worldbuilding tool as well as a competitive map-labeling RPG. Starting with an unlabeled city map, players are assigned community roles before taking turns claiming and describing locations. Players draw from a standard 52-card deck to determine a building's purpose and then describe its beak (reputation), feather (appearance),...   [click here for more]
Tyler Crumrine  $5.00

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Achtung! Cthulhu: Plotting Cthulhu Dossier

Achtung! Cthulhu: Plotting Cthulhu Dossier


The 19 page Plotting Cthulhu Dossier helps you construct some truly nefarious Mythos plots set against the backdrop of World War Two. By looking at various inspirational film and television sources it hopes to show how you, the Keeper, can mine them for ideas for your own games. If you are still a bit stumped, there is a comprehensive plot generator to further aid you in your machinations plus a two...   [click here for more]
Modiphius  $0.41

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ALONe: A Solo Game Engine BETA

ALONe: A Solo Game Engine BETA


(BETA-Get involved and shape the game!) Some tales best unfold ALONe. ALONe (A Lonesome October Night) is a solo game engine designed specifically to support role playing with only one player and no Game Master. Whether you want to play a cunning streetrat surviving by their wits, a demigod raising an immortal army to storm the walls of heaven, or a mercenary warrior who just wants to live through...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  Pay What You Want

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Facing the Titan - The RPG

Facing the Titan - The RPG


Face au Titan est aussi disponible en français “We are the Company. Hunters, warriors, mages, scholars, nobles, barbarians, we have been brought together for one purpose: to put an end to the reign of the Titan. This gigantic being has caused ruins and desolation to our world for generations and generations. Progress and wonders are constantly at the mercy of the...   [click here for more]
Gulix  $14.00

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ABS12 Flexible Solo Game Engine 2nd edition

ABS12 Flexible Solo Game Engine 2nd edition


Illustrated with public domain images. ABS12 Flexible Solo Game Engine This is a flexible solo game engine that is meant to take the place of a Gamemaster (GM) for answering questions or finding the results of modified rolls. A chart with results for 1D6, 1d8, Fate, Fudge, 1D10, 1D12, 2D6, 3D6, 1D20, 4D6 JAGS, and 1D100 systems is included. It makes it a versatile game engine.   The type...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $3.99

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Grammar Fuel: Genres

Grammar Fuel: Genres


Two PDFs —one with border pages internally (as shown in the sample pages) and one without border pages. Grammar Fuel: Genres is a 73-page book of random noun, verb, adjective, and adverb d100 tables each for 11 genres: fantasy, science fiction, horror, historical fiction, romance, superhero, mystery, romance, military & war, martial arts,...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $7.99

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Essential SoRoPlay GamTools

Essential SoRoPlay GamTools


Essential SoRoPlay GamTools is a collection of tools, refered to as functions, that help you to play a solo game using polyhedral dice. It works by generating either answers to questions, step-by-step, or keyword prompts for interpretation. It also includes an adventure seed engine is included in this verison as a companion tool to be used with this book to create...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $13.99 $4.74

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The Deck of Tales

The Deck of Tales


Stay Home and Game--and Help Save the World!  Because I (Nathan Rockwood/Larcenous Designs) am a high school teacher by day, I'm very much aware of the need to practice social distancing in order to 'flatten the curve' of demand on hospitals right now. For the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis, I'm setting my PDF prices to 90% off, and my Print on Demand products to a significant discount (about $1.50...   [click here for more]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  $0.50

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Itras By (English)

Itras By (English)


“Overall, I’m frankly blown away by Itras By. If you like Gormenghast, Twin Peaks, Kafka, Mieville or even Roald Dahl, you will find something to intrigue you.” —Andrew Peregrine, Review on rpg.net The city is the dream the Goddess abandoned. At first glance, the city appears like a scene from a faded sepia photography. An image of early modernity. Trams, hats, the...   [click here for more]
Vagrant Workshop  $14.95

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Building Theme

Building Theme


A minimalist 96-page guide to creating memorable stories for any tabletop roleplaying system or setting.   When discussing any other form of storytelling, the concept of theme will eventually come up. It doesn’t matter if the medium is a novel, a film, a television series, even a comic book or a song. The people having the discussion might be writers, readers, critics, or...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.00

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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  $9.99

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The Wretched

The Wretched


Final report, the commercial star-ship Nostromo. Third officer reporting. The other members of the crew—Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas—are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier within six weeks. With a little luck the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.  - Ellen Ripley The Wretched is...   [click here for more]
Loot The Room  $15.00

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Tooth or Truth: Round One

Tooth or Truth: Round One


Want to take your gaming group to the next level? Serve up a little Tooth or Truth!  Tooth or Truth is a fictional drinking game designed to encourage deeper roleplaying, more player interaction, and develop and strengthen bonds between characters and players alike. Using 25 questions, clever rules for dodging answers, and the threat of swallowing the tooth, this GM-less roleplaying supplement offers...   [click here for more]
Dawn Metcalf  $2.99

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Story Mechanisms

Story Mechanisms


All-in-One Story book This story mechanism book has keyword(s) tools to help create story plots, twists, theme, mood, motive, foe, story seed, scene action, transition scenes, narrative, and work with the main conflicts. The tools may be used separately, together, or selective. This meant to aid or take the place of a Gamemaster (GM) for creating stories, twists, and quests. ...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $10.30 $7.98

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Character Mechanisms

Character Mechanisms


All-in-One Character book A basic NPC AI called the Basic Action Engine, which uses several of the tools, is included. This character mechanism book has tools to help create PC and NPC characters, character behavior, dialogue topics, voice qualities, character motivation, character sensory data, emotions, body language, human physical descriptions, character knowledge, careers, subconscious...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $9.99 $7.98

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Muses & Oracles

Muses & Oracles


Muses & Oracles est une aide de jeu générique se présentant sous la forme de 240 cartes au format tarot, permettant d'aider les meneurs de jeu à improviser des éléments lors d'une partie de jeu de rôle, ou bien de les aider à trouver l'inspiration lors de l'écriture de scénarios. Les cartes peuvent être également utilisées en tant que jeu de rôle complet pour...   [click here for more]
Pierre Gavard-Colenny  $9.97

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Twist Generator

Twist Generator


person is the wrong person, the object has a time limit,  ... This is intended to be a paid upgrade to work with Plot Generator most directly. This table shows plot or story twists with six types of reversals: identity, motive, perception, fortune, role, and fulfillment. The reversal twists are also cross-referenced with 6 questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Not all results are bad....   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $1.00

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The Short Games Digest: Volume 2

The Short Games Digest: Volume 2


Welcome to the San Jenaro Short Games Digest, Volume 2! For this fall’s issue, we’re bringing you 21, count ‘em, new games!  We’ve got games for everyone in here, of all sorts of styles. The San Jenaro Co-Op is a fully operational machine of game making, and we want you along for the ride. Check out some of what we’ve got in store for you: In Tina Falcon’s Sponsored* Skating RPG,...   [click here for more]
San Jenaro Co-Op  $10.00

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Flash RPG

Flash RPG


Flash RPG is a six-sided dice game intended for solo game play used to create flash fiction, adventure seeds, and background stories. These are extremely small stories. All of the details can be randomly generated or chosen intentionally by the player. The details will only hint at something more than is told in the fiction. There is one attribute, one conflict, one character, one...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $2.50

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Foe Generator

Foe Generator


angel or demon, fate, blade weapon, malaria ... It is intended to be a paid upgrade to work with Flash RPG and Plot Generator most directly. This table shows threats with twelve foes for each category including vs monster, vs creature, vs natural disaster, vs ND & epidemics, vs supernatural, vs paranormal, vs enemy personality, vs enemy career, vs society, vs self, vs technology weapons, and...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $1.00

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