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Worldbuilding Prompts

Worldbuilding Prompts


Develop Settings, Character Backgrounds, and Adventures Worldbuilding is essential to good fiction, regardless of the genre or medium. It creates the context for the characters and the stories that they’re involved in. The information necessary to understand the motivations of the villains, the goals of the story, and what’s at stake if the protagonists fail, are all tied up on the setting...   [click here for more]
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Setting Design [Black Box Edition]

Setting Design [Black Box Edition]


Design dynamic settings that support telling great stories! 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 step-by-step instructions, you can: Create a clear premise for your...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Theory

Worldbuilding Theory


Create a setting with character development and storytelling in mind! Any System! Any Setting! Worldbuilding is essential to a good fantasy adventure. It creates the context for the characters and the stories that they’re involved in. The information necessary to understand the motivations of the villains, the goals of the story, and what’s at stake if the protagonists...   [click here for more]
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Culture Theory

Culture Theory


Using Fantasy Cultures and Races to develop Characters, Worldbuilding, and Adventures In the context of a fantasy world, culture can mean a lot of things. Often people reduce it to what tabletop games traditionally call race. Elves are magical, learned, and like nature. Dwarves are sassy, temperamental, and like to party. It’s not so much a collection of cultural markers, or even ethnic markers,...   [click here for more]
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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Fantasy Deck

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Fantasy Deck


Adventure Awaits! The GameMaster's Apprentice: Fantasy is a system-neutral (compatible with any edition of any game!) deck of cards that can be used as either a supplement for traditional tabletop RPGs or as a complete game engine for GM-free solo or group RPGs. You can view the cards' complete instructions for free by clicking the preview link beneath the thumbnail above, or view the Quickstart...   [click here for more]
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Adventure Theory

Adventure Theory


Create adventures with compelling stories, character development opportunities, and worldbuilding moments! Any System! Any Setting! Plenty has been written aboutencounter design, a lot of it system-specific. This book is about story. The only sort of “game balance” you’ll find referenced herein will refer to balancing the needs of the gamemaster,...   [click here for more]
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Arcane Theory

Arcane Theory


Using Arcane Magic to develop Characters, Worldbuilding, and Adventures Arcane magic is a foundational element of tabletop fantasy. Whether you’re drawing upon the concepts of Vancian magic as interpreted by Gygax and Arneson, or embracing pseudo-historical tradition of Hermeticism, the ability to manipulate supernatural energy and cast spells is an important part of the genre. With no arcane...   [click here for more]
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Character Theory

Character Theory


Create characters with relevant connections to worldbuilding and storytelling. Any System! Any Setting! You’ve created fantasy roleplaying characters before. Odds are that the focus of the system you used was on the crunchy bits. The process tacked background details on at the end that may not have been relevant to the adventures you played. Most of the time, your character’s...   [click here for more]
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Story Structure [Black Box Edition]

Story Structure [Black Box Edition]


Use time-tested story structures to create better adventures! 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 structures are versatile and continue to work. This book helps you leverage...   [click here for more]
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Building Characters [Black Box Edition]

Building Characters [Black Box Edition]


Create memorable characters with great story potential! 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...   [click here for more]
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Divine Theory

Divine Theory


Using Divine Magic to develop Characters, Worldbuilding, and Adventures Divine magic is an element of tabletop fantasy with that’s seen a lot of changes. Originally intended to help emulate vampire hunters in Hammer Horror films (seriously) by allowing characters to turn and disrupt the undead, it’s grown to encompass a whole spectrum of real-world religious influences, mythology, and...   [click here for more]
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Party Theory

Party Theory


Leverage the party concept for character development, worldbuilding, and adventure design! Any System! Any Setting! In the past four decades there have been millions of words written about character creation. There are scores of books on worldbuilding, and notable volumes on fantasy adventure design. For some reason, though, little has been written about the nature of parties....   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Payback Stories

Story Design: Payback Stories


How can you add more retribution and gratification to your revenge adventures? 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 the law...   [click here for more]
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The GM's Planet-Building Handbook

The GM's Planet-Building Handbook


So, your sci-fi RPG campaign is going to span vast volumes of space and introduce new alien races from an exotic medley of planets. But just what are those planets like? This handbook will allow you to design realistic planets capable of bearing human (or human-like) life. Guidance is given on: Host star Planet orbit Planet size Axial tilt Moons Planet rotation Magnetosphere Geological activity Atmosphere Hydrosphere Climate Plus,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Curse Stories

Story Design: Curse Stories


Add a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis stories and adventures. Story Design Volume 11 - In a curse story the antagonist feels that the protagonist has done something wrong. Maybe they have, and the antagonist’s actions are justified; maybe they haven’t, and the antagonist’s wrath is misplaced or unfair. As a result of the antagonist’s need...   [click here for more]
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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]
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Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror

Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror


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 you wish...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Romance Stories

Story Design: Romance Stories


How can you add more conflict and characterization to your love story? Story Design Volume 14 - A romance plot features the protagonist falling in love with a supporting character or even a co-protagonist. The antagonist doesn’t want this to happen, and conspires to keep the lover apart. There is often some misunderstanding or miscommunication that creates a rift in...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Change Stories

Story Design: Change Stories


How can you add more inner conflict, fear or change, and wonder of discovery to your transformation adventures? Story Design Volume 12 - In a change story something upsets the protagonist’s life in a significant way. The character then has to adapt and come to terms with that change. It can be something normal yet tragic, like the death of a loved one or being diagnosed...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Coming of Age Stories

Story Design: Coming of Age Stories


How can you add more character focus and a slice of life to your adventures? Story Design Volume 13 - In a coming of age plot, the protagonist gains maturity. This is often literal as the character moves from one stage of their life to another, like from childhood to adolescence, or young adulthood to middle age. It can be metaphorical as they embark on a new career, learn...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Sacrifice Stories

Story Design: Sacrifice Stories


How can you add more drama and pathos to your story of selfless heroism? Story Design Volume 16 - A sacrifice story finds the protagonist pursuing some noble cause or higher purpose. In order to accomplish their objective, they will need to give up something of great personal value. This might be other goals, a close relationship, or even their own life. They may survive,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Revelation Stories

Story Design: Revelation Stories


How can you add more action and conflict to your story of discovery? Story Design Volume 17 - In a revelation plot something is discovered that has serious implications for the protagonist. It may mean also have a serious impact on a supporting character, or the world. The actual discover could be something good or something bad, but it is startling and disruptive to the...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Taboo Stories

Story Design: Taboo Stories


How can you add more intrigue and danger to your forbidden love story? Story Design Volume 15 - In a taboo plot, the protagonist becomes involved in a forbidden romance. From the start everyone knows that the affair will fail because social forces don’t approve of the pairing; what makes the relationship unacceptable will vary with the genre, place, and time of the...   [click here for more]
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Minimalist Descriptive Grassland & Shrubland

Minimalist Descriptive Grassland & Shrubland


The adventurers traveling over hilly grassland, under a cloudy sky, approach an war-torn, constrictor snake-filled savannah. This is a minimalist descriptive grassland & shrubland generator to help randomly roll a descriptive setting for gaming or writing. (grassland & shrubland = prairie, steppe, savannah, shrubland, meadow, and serpentine barrens) One-page, easy, standard d6...   [click here for more]
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Cleric Theory

Cleric Theory


Using Clerics in Worldbuilding and Adventure Design Any System! Any Setting! Clerics bring a sense of mythology to a fantasy world. They validate the existence of deities. Their beliefs reflect the morals and ethics of their religion, if not the broader cultures of the setting. The magic they utilize is different because it is divinely bestowed for faithfulness...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Obsession Stories

Story Design: Obsession Stories


How can you add more danger and tragedy to your story of wretched excess? Story Design Volume 18 - In an obsession story the protagonist goes too far with something, and bad things happen as a result. The object of their excess can be an actual physical or psychological problem like alcoholism or drug addiction; it could also be an unhealthy fascination with a goal, a person,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories

Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories


How can you add more empathy and suspense to your story of tragic descent? Story Design Volume 20 - In a decline-and-fall story, the protagonist starts out in a high position, possessed of fortune and glory, having everything they could ever desire. This could be literal or metaphorical; they might have moral or ethical riches rather than money and possessions. The protagonist...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories

Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories


How can you add more hope and excitement to your story of dreams and aspirations? Story Design Volume 19 - In a rags-to-riches story the protagonist starts out poor, unknown, and without any power or authority. This could be literal or metaphorical; they may be intellectually or spiritually poor, rather than without material wealth. Over the course of the story they rise...   [click here for more]
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Story Mechanisms

Story Mechanisms


All-in-One Story book This story mechanism book has 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. This Story...   [click here for more]
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Wizard Theory

Wizard Theory


Using Wizards in Worldbuilding and Adventure Design Any System! Any Setting! The appeal of the wizard is that in many way it’s the most iconic of character classes. Nothing screams fantasy like an arcane spellcaster, able to manipulate the forces of magic that set your fictional realm apart from the real world. While this means, in most systems,...   [click here for more]
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Rogue Theory

Rogue Theory


Using Rogues in Worldbuilding and Adventure Design Any System! Any Setting! The appeal of the rogue is their reputation as the non-conformists of character classes. Even if they’re not outright thieves, they have a reputation for being a bit freewheeling, morally flexible, and willing to do things other characters aren’t. They’re skill-oriented...   [click here for more]
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Fighter Theory

Fighter Theory


Using Fighters in Worldbuilding and Adventure Design Any System! Any Setting! The appeal of the fighter is that it’s the most generic of character classes. It plays to the most basic rules, regardless of what system you’re using. There are no complicated and esoteric exceptions to be learned, making it perfect for new players. For those interested...   [click here for more]
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Minimalist Descriptive Wetlands

Minimalist Descriptive Wetlands


The adventurers traveling in the floodplains of a river, under a cloudy sky, approach an enchanted, milkweed-filled bog. This is a minimalist descriptive wetland generator to help randomly roll a wetland setting for gaming or writing. (wetland = marsh, swamp, bog, fen, bayou, and lake/pond/beaver dam) One-page, easy, standard d6 dice system that may be used with any core system. Although...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $1.00

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Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction

Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction


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]
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Genre Structure Vol. 3: Fantasy

Genre Structure Vol. 3: Fantasy


How can you add more wonder and enchantment to your fantasy adventures? Fantasy Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 3) helps you to develop and tell spellbinding tales of magic and imagination. 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 fantasy...   [click here for more]
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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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The GameMaster's Apprentice: Age of Sail Deck

The GameMaster's Apprentice: Age of Sail Deck


Sails on the horizon! The GameMaster's Apprentice: Age of Sail is a system-neutral deck of cards that can be used as either a supplement for traditional tabletop RPGs or as a complete game engine for GM-free solo or group RPGs. You can view the cards' complete instructions for free by clicking the preview link beneath the thumbnail above, or view the Quickstart Guide and a set of quick-reference...   [click here for more]
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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]
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Minimalist Adventure Seed Engine

Minimalist Adventure Seed Engine


This is a minimalist adventure seed engine to help randomly roll story seeds for gaming or writing. One-page, easy, standard d6 dice system that may be used with any core system. It is small and compact. It's just this black cover page and one written page. It can, however, be expanded by using the 12x12 plots, foes, themes, motivations, mood-emotions, and twists generator charts. It is uses...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $1.00

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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]
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Pilots' Almanac: Maritime & Piloting Rules

Pilots' Almanac: Maritime & Piloting Rules


The vocation of pilot is a perfect career for roleplaying. It provides an excellent and natural rationale for travel, exploration, and adventure. With this module, it becomes possible for PCs to go to sea and follow a career as pilot, pirate, or maritime trader. Of course, the distinctions between these occupations may be academic, since many PCs will dabble in all three. This module, a republishing...   [click here for more]
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Minimalist Descriptive Coniferous Forest

Minimalist Descriptive Coniferous Forest


The adventurers approach a dreamlike rocky fir forest with a cloudy sky. This is a minimalist descriptive coniferous forest generator to help randomly roll a forest setting for gaming or writing. (coniferous = evergreen) One-page, easy, standard d6 dice system that may be used with any core system. It is small and compact. It's just this black cover page and one written page. It can,...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $1.00

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Stakes For Tabletop Roleplaying

Stakes For Tabletop Roleplaying


Stakes For Tabletop Roleplaying gives a listing for a variety of actions that characters might undertake in a game, a complex of possible interesting outcomes for those actions, and sample 'perks' for the specialist. It is intended mainly for the following: For Tenocha, Shamblington, and other games from Levi Kornelsen, these are ready-made expansions to the action available....   [click here for more]
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Level UP: A Book of Fantasy Gaming Lists

Level UP: A Book of Fantasy Gaming Lists


Do you feel a bit intimidated by Dungeons & Dragons? Would you like to impress your gaming group and feel more confident when playing? Then check out Level UP: the fully illustrated fantasy gaming book of lists, answering all of D&D's most pressing questions. Why do wizards live in towers? What are the biggest news stories in the history of Dungeons & Dragons(r)? What don't you know...   [click here for more]
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EN5ider #77 - How to Play Gothic Horror

EN5ider #77 - How to Play Gothic Horror


In this GM advice article we take a look at the ways a GM can make a gothic horror adventure feel a little more scary. From tragic outcomes to dark secrets, and a new optional rule for Innocence, these tips will help bring your gothic horror sessions to life! This is the 77th article of EN5ider, a D&D 5E Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/ensider/overview). Consider joining...   [click here for more]
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EN5ider #79 - How to Run a Successful Festival

EN5ider #79 - How to Run a Successful Festival


Festivals are staple of the fantasy genre and this article presents over a dozen festival games to spice up your game world. With festival sizes ranging from a village to a worldwide event, and contests including Bop the Rat, Coal Holder, Shot for Shot, and Ring the Bell, your PCs will easily spend an hour or two exploring the show! This is the 79th article of EN5ider, a D&D 5E...   [click here for more]
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The Deck of Tales

The Deck of Tales


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words... The Deck of Tales is a set of 120 card faces (not counting the instructions) that provide images as inspiration for story telling. Roleplayers, solo gamers, and authors can take advantage of 360 pictures, 240 unique combinations of symbols, and more! Those numbers may sound relatively small, but consider this: Relying solely on the primary pictures,...   [click here for more]
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The Pirate GM's Right Fist

The Pirate GM's Right Fist


This GM Accessory is compatible with both Pathfinder and Any edition of the most popular fantasy rpg. Do you want to run a detailed and interesting pirate-themed game that your players will remember for years to come? Well, then you're in luck, Matey. Within these guarded pages are the tables and charts a GM needs to run fun and detailed nautical adventures in any RPG,...   [click here for more]
Black Shark Enterprises  $2.00 $1.20

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Minimalist Descriptive Deciduous Forest

Minimalist Descriptive Deciduous Forest


The adventurers approach an enchanted mossy hickory forest with a cloudy sky. This is a minimalist descriptive deciduous forest generator to help randomly roll a forest setting for gaming or writing. (deciduous = shed leaves in fall) One-page, easy, standard d6 dice system that may be used with any core system. It is small and compact. It's just this black cover page and one written...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $1.00

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Master Solo Engines: Gain Compelling Adventures by Asking, and Answering, the Correct Questions

Master Solo Engines: Gain Compelling Adventures by Asking, and Answering, the Correct Questions


Master Solo Engines gives you a better understanding of solo engines. Giving you the freedom to make better use of them in your solo RPG sessions. You'll learn: How the GM / PC Turn framework can make asking questions easier. The difference between shallow and deep questions and how each can enhance your game. When to ask multiple questions and how to stop asking too many questions. How...   [click here for more]
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