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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $3.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $5.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Ken Wickham  $1.00

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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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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 $0.31

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Dancing Lights Press  $0.99

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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]
Ken Wickham  $15.50 $7.99

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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]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  $9.99

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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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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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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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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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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]
Amagi Games  Pay What You Want

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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]
Larcenous Designs, LLC  $4.99 $3.74

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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

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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]
Cabbage Games   FREE 

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The Pirate GM's Ships to Plunder

The Pirate GM's Ships to Plunder


This GM Accessory is compatible with both Pathfinder and Any edition of the most popular fantasy rpg. This is a collection of 10 different merchant ships available for plundering, adventure seeds, or whatever you want to use them for Inside You Will Find 10 Ships With . . . Ship Names, Histories and Descriptions Captains with Both Personalities and Stats Crews...   [click here for more]
Black Shark Enterprises  $2.00

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DM Tips for Improvisation

DM Tips for Improvisation


UPDATED - Sept 2019 New Artwork Revised Descriptions Bonus Material Landscape Format To celebrate the update, we are offering this at a 25% discount for September! For all game masters and dungeon masters out there - want to run games more easily and efficiently? Then this is for you! With over 35 years of rpg experience behind...   [click here for more]
The Grinning Frog  $1.00 $0.75

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10 Tips for Roleplaying Villains

10 Tips for Roleplaying Villains


UPDATED - Sept 2019 New Artwork Revised Descriptions Additional Material Bonus Material Landscape Format To celebrate the update, we are offering this at a 25% discount for September! For all game masters and dungeon masters out there - want to run games more easily and efficiently? Then this is for you! With over 35 years of rpg experience...   [click here for more]
The Grinning Frog  $1.00 $0.75

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Murder Most Random

Murder Most Random


FEED THE DARKER SIDE OF YOUR IMAGINATION... Murder Most Random contains 12 collections of tables, each set designed to let Game Masters randomly generate the key elements of a murder mystery—who was killed, how they were killed, who did it (as well as a pool of suspects), and why. GMs can even randomly determine who what murder case the player characters are charged...   [click here for more]
NUELOW Games  $1.99 $1.49

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Tips for Being a Great DM

Tips for Being a Great DM


UPDATED - Sept 2019 New Artwork Revised Content Additional Content Bonus Material Landscape Format To celebrate the update, we are offering this at a 25% discount for September! For all game masters and dungeon masters out there - want to run games more easily and efficiently? Then this is for you! With over 35 years of rpg experience...   [click here for more]
The Grinning Frog  $1.00 $0.75

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The Adventure Creation Handbook

The Adventure Creation Handbook


Want to create adventures your players will love? You can learn to write good adventures and The Adventure Creation Handbook will show you how. Maybe you're searching for an original idea. Or maybe you've just looking for a way to take that exciting climatic battle you see in your head and put it into a form your players will enjoy. Wherever you are in the adventure creation process,...   [click here for more]
rpgGM.com  $7.00

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Act Ten Directors Reference (evolve)

Act Ten Directors Reference (evolve)


The best evolving resource for the Act Ten Director! This special release through Drive Thru RPG, the Directors resource, Will give you access to all these features: Evolving documentation. With every source book that comes out in the Act Ten first edition line, this document, as well as the included Directors Screen files will be updated to stay current. Free updates! This product will always...   [click here for more]
Act Ten Game Studio  $10.00 $4.99

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Everyverse Rpg

Everyverse Rpg


EVERYVERSE RPG is the COMPLETE role-playing game. It features: As You Like it: 5 methods of character generation Standard Distribution: Uses the same scale as used in measuring real-world IQ for more meaningful information at a glance Cascades: tree-like arrays of skills from general to specific The Attempt: a single method to resolve all outcomes. Lets you keep your nose out of the book System...   [click here for more]
Debra Hoenig Parizek of ParDen Us Gaming  $15.00

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Game Master’s Guide to Friends

Game Master’s Guide to Friends


Snatches of conversation, laughter, and the thud of mugs rumbled around the smoky room. Durnick leaned back in his chair and waited for the waitress to finish placing their mugs on the table and heading off to the next customer before leaning forward and continuing the conversation. “You heard about Oliver?” “No,” Kor said as he picked up a mug....   [click here for more]
New Realms Publishing  $1.99

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The GM's Field Guide to Players

The GM's Field Guide to Players


Have Player Troubles? GMs–what’s the most important part of your game? It’s your players. Without your players, you don’t have a game. Yet, it’s your players that often cause you the most grief. Have you ever had players who arrive on time to every game, but spend the entire session reading a book? try to monopolize your attention? complain that other people aren’t...   [click here for more]
rpgGM.com  $7.00

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GameMaster's Adventure Planning Template

GameMaster's Adventure Planning Template


Every hectic and harried gamemaster needs a helping hand in preparing for adventures. This little tool should help organize a gamemasters thought and give him or her a physical surface on which to order thoughts, devices and the adventure as a whole. The GameMaster's Template simply provides sign posts in a logical and coherent manner and plenty of blank space to create an outline. ...   [click here for more]
Polyhedron Games LLC  $0.72 $0.50

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RAGING HEARTS: Passion on the Battlefield

RAGING HEARTS: Passion on the Battlefield


RAGING HEARTS is a system-agnostic PVP minigame meant to be incorporated into a ongoing campaign in other systems. Sometimes two of the player characters just can’t get along and the only solution is to battle it out! This game will require a commitment to roleplaying on the part of both fighters - it’s intended to replace crunchy, numbers-driven battles with a more structured...   [click here for more]
tanoreth  Pay What You Want

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Adventure Seed Engine [BUNDLE]

Adventure Seed Engine [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. The six charts, besides Minimalist Adventure Seed Engine, are also found in Story Mechanisms. Foe Generator Regular price: $1.00 Bundle price: $0.70 Format: Watermarked PDF angel or demon, fate, blade weapon, malaria ... It is intended to be a paid upgrade to...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $7.00 $4.90

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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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Mitheguarde

Mitheguarde


An open role-playing game, where YOU are in control of everything! This is a set of rules, that you can add your own characters, your own dungeons, and your very own created weapons, and ven your own world! The power is in your hands!...   [click here for more]
Blacksmith Games  $5.00 $2.00

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Preparing Scenes

Preparing Scenes


Preparing Scenes explores my method of preparation and planning as a game master. It is a very concrete description of how I plan my games. I've come to value scene-centric preparation with not only avoiding traditional risks of railroading but actually further maximizing flexibility and ability to improvise. ...   [click here for more]
ThinkDifferent   FREE 

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QuikTableTop | Core Rules + City of Wrath + Artefakt [BUNDLE]

QuikTableTop | Core Rules + City of Wrath + Artefakt [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. QuikTableTop - fast figure gaming with any model and genre! Regular price: $4.98 Bundle price: $4.00 Format: PDF QuikTableTop QuikTableTop is an easy to learn core rule system for skirmish battles - using NO dice! Just add any figures/models and terrain, and you're good to go! Setup time is short -...   [click here for more]
PenguinComics.com  $10.94 $7.50

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Solo RPG Tools 2e #1 [BUNDLE]

Solo RPG Tools 2e #1 [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Four 2nd edition Solo RPG tools: 1) a solo game engine with 1d6, Fate, Fudge, 1d10, 1d12, 2d6, 3d6, 1d20, 4d6, 1d100 15 types of answers; 2) a 1d100 with 100 answers, never-to-always GM game engine; 3) a 23 type of answer sensory-based setting builder,...   [click here for more]
Ken Wickham  $11.00 $8.80

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Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]

Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]


10 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan and Structure Adventures! Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Works with any system, any setting, and any genre! Each volume walks you through building a different type of story! Only pay for titles you haven't previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Story...   [click here for more]
Dancing Lights Press  $10.00 $8.00

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The 10 Commandments of Good Gamemastering

The 10 Commandments of Good Gamemastering


The 10 Commandments of Good Gamemastering is the result of over 30 years of experience. It's free to download, copy, distribute and upload to your own site, just tell folks about www.polyhedrongames.com ...   [click here for more]
Polyhedron Games LLC   FREE 

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