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Worldbuilding Power: Giants

Worldbuilding Power: Giants


There is something universally appealing about giants. Some form of them appear in Norse, Greek, and Welsh mythologies. They’re found in the Old Testament. Popular culture reflects our fascination, for good or ill, with genetic gigantism and acromegaly, and those who have the disorder. Something about very large people resonates with us. Dungeons & Dragons codified...   [click here for more]
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Persons of Interest: Creating Patrons and Nemeses

Persons of Interest: Creating Patrons and Nemeses


Forging Villains and Patrons Persons of Interest offers a selection of system-neutral tools for building antagonists and other NPCs for your GMing needs. While written for the Stars Without Number sci-fi role-playing game, the tools in Persons of Interest are compatible with almost any setting or game system. Within these...   [click here for more]
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The Escape Plan: Adventure Design Guide

The Escape Plan: Adventure Design Guide


In an Escape Plan adventure, the player characters will be captured and confined by the antagonist in some way. It should have literal elements, all though some of it could be cultural, political, or religious oppression. During the course of the adventure, they will have to avoid antagonist and make a plan to escape their captivity. By the end, they should be able to escape and finally...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 8

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 8


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [click here for more]
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The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide

The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide


The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide will help gamemasters to create and prepare journey-centered adventures for your favorite role-playing game. This book acts as a “beat sheet”, a tool used by writers to outline and plan pivotal elements of a story. It allows them to know where they’re going, gather the research and information they need, and ensure that everything...   [click here for more]
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Hot Pursuit: Adventure Design Guide

Hot Pursuit: Adventure Design Guide


In a Hot Pursuit adventure, the player characters will be running for their life to get away from some person, organization, or force that’s chasing them. During the course of the adventure, they will have to run, hide, and do everything they can to slow doing their pursuer and stay ahead in the chase. By the end, they should safely escape, either by resolving the issue they’re...   [click here for more]
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Rescue Mission: Adventure Design Guide

Rescue Mission: Adventure Design Guide


In a Rescue Mission adventure, the player characters will be called upon to locate and save an important non-player character. It might be someone important to the setting, like a member of a royal family, a popular celebrity, or a beloved figure in the community. The kidnap victim could be a close friend or part of the player characters’ family. During the course of the adventure,...   [click here for more]
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Supernatural Horror: Volume 5

Supernatural Horror: Volume 5


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Supernatural Horror breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using stories recommended by H. P. Lovecraft in his seminal essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, these elements can be used with any...   [click here for more]
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Long Strange Trip: Adventure Design Guide

Long Strange Trip: Adventure Design Guide


In a Long Strange Trip adventure, the player characters will set out to see the world. They know that fortune and fame await them, but it won’t be found at home. It’s a type of adventure that’s more a showcase for your worldbuilding than it is a vehicle for character development. That doesn’t mean that the player characters can’t learn and grow, but it’s...   [click here for more]
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Supernatural Horror: Volume 4

Supernatural Horror: Volume 4


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Supernatural Horror breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using stories recommended by H. P. Lovecraft in his seminal essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, these elements can be used with any...   [click here for more]
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Supernatural Horror: Volume 1

Supernatural Horror: Volume 1


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Supernatural Horror breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using stories recommended by H. P. Lovecraft in his seminal essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, these elements can be used with any...   [click here for more]
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Supernatural Horror: Volume 3

Supernatural Horror: Volume 3


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Supernatural Horror breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using stories recommended by H. P. Lovecraft in his seminal essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, these elements can be used with any...   [click here for more]
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Supernatural Horror: Volume 2

Supernatural Horror: Volume 2


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Supernatural Horror breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using stories recommended by H. P. Lovecraft in his seminal essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, these elements can be used with any...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 7

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 7


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 1

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 1


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [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 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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Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 4

Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 4


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Strange Stories breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic weird tales by H. G. Wells, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy the stories, then recycle,...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 6

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 6


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [click here for more]
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Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 1

Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 1


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Strange Stories breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic weird tales by H. G. Wells, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy the stories, then recycle,...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Forests

Worldbuilding Power: Forests


Use the woodlands in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! In the real world forests are the dominant ecosystem, covering around 30% of the Earth’s landmass. They hold most of the species of plant life, and can exist across a broad range of climates and habitats. There are boreal forests, or “snow forests”, near the poles comprised mainly of conifers like...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 5

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 5


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 2

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 2


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Deserts

Worldbuilding Power: Deserts


Use dry and barren terrain in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! We think of the desert as a barren, hostile environment. It’s become synonymous with heat and sand. There is precious little water to be found, which results in a dearth of plant and animal life. What does live there is adapted for the climate, which often means it’s as dangerous as its environment....   [click here for more]
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Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 2

Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 2


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Strange Stories breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic weird tales by H. G. Wells, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy the stories, then recycle,...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 4

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 4


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Cities

Worldbuilding Power: Cities


Use centers of trade and culture in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! A city can be a lot of things. It might be a crossroads, the place where trade routes converge and merchants ply their trade. Some see it as a place of opportunity, to gain wealth and power, politically and otherwise. Others find it to be center of culture and the arts. It can be a refuge, where those...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Necromancy

Worldbuilding Power: Necromancy


Use black magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Necromancy is magic that deals with the dead. That covers a lot of ground. It includes communicating with spirits as a form of divination. The unliving can be summoned, and usually commanded, by the caster. Raising the dead, as skeletons, zombies, or fully resurrected living beings is included in this category as well....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Underwater

Worldbuilding Power: Underwater


Use aquatic realms in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! When we think of underwater realms, we often think of Atlantis. The fictional island, first mentioned by Plato, sank deep beneath the sea following a series of violent earthquakes. It’s only in relatively modern times that we’ve imagined survivors, adapting to life beneath the seas and rebuilding their...   [click here for more]
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Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions

Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Running Extraordinary Sessions


The heart of roleplaying is the gaming session, that point when everyone is gathered around the gaming table — and exactly when so many of your game mastering skills are most needed. To the best of our knowledge, there's never been a system-neutral book focused on running great sessions. Until now. Focal Point: The Complete Game Master's Guide to...   [click here for more]
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A Study in Storytelling: Volume 3

A Study in Storytelling: Volume 3


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. A Study in Storytelling breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic Sherlock Holmes tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Underground

Worldbuilding Power: Underground


Use Underground Realms in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding The concept of an underground world comes straight out of the classic hero’s journey. The hero leaves home, descends into the underworld to be tested, and returns a changed person. It’s the part of the story where the challenges are faced, the glory is earned, and the treasures are acquired. Other...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Mountains

Worldbuilding Power: Mountains


Use perilous peaks in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Mountains are places of mystery. Rising above the surrounding landscape, they are seen by all but only known to few. Myth and legend names them as the home of the gods. Rivers and streams originate there. Dangerous creatures dwell there. The terrain is often steep, and cold, and sometimes even volcanic. The perfect...   [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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Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 3

Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 3


A collection of short fiction, plot hooks, and adventure seeds for you to remix and reimagine for your tabletop campaign. Strange Stories breaks down works of short fiction into plot hooks and story goals usable in your tabletop roleplaying game. Using classic weird tales by H. G. Wells, these elements can be used with any system, any setting, and any genre. Enjoy the stories, then recycle,...   [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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Worldbuilding Power: Fiends

Worldbuilding Power: Fiends


Use malevolent outsiders in your worldbuilding, character development, and storytelling! History and mythology present us with many devils: Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Mephistopheles, for example. While modern religion often presents them as aspects of a singular, ultimate evil, they were originally separate and unique beings. Demons likewise have many real-world counterparts,...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Fey

Worldbuilding Power: Fey


Use faerie folk in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The fey, also called faerie folk or fairies, originate in European folklore. In pre-Christian traditions they were often cast as minor deities, household spirits, or even the souls of the dead. Some tales saw them as demoted (rather than fallen) angels, or even a category of demons, after the spread of Christianity....   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Mystery Stories

Story Design: Mystery Stories


Add more thrills and dramatic tension to your mystery adventures! Story Design Volume 7 - The word mystery carries a lot of cultural baggage. From a genre point of view, it’s typically associated with murder. The story goal is to discover who did it, although more modern variations focus on figuring out how it was done, in order to prove who did it. A mystery doesn’t...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Constructs

Worldbuilding Power: Constructs


Use artificial creatures in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Constructs are artificially created creatures. Typically mindless, they are programmed to obey their creator. Because they are technically not living, they lack the weaknesses of hired henchmen and mortal monsters. They are unfeeling, relentless, and can be virtually unstoppable. That’s what makes constructs...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Evocation

Worldbuilding Power: Evocation


Use energy-harnessing magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! To evoke is to call forth and manipulate various types of energies and forces. These include fire, electricity, heat and cold, light and darkness, and even eldritch energy itself. It is the magic of raw power. Unlike other categories of magic, evocation comes with no innate moral and ethical considerations...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Journey Stories

Story Design: Journey Stories


How can you put more action and excitement in your traveling adventure stories? Story Design Volume 1 - In the journey plot, the protagonist travels and has an adventure. It’s a simple as that. There’s no deeper meaning or existential crisis underlying the trip. There’s hidden message, or a need for the character to experience personal growth. It’s...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Search Stories

Story Design: Search Stories


How can you add more emotional resonance to your quest adventure story? Story Design Volume 2 - In the search plot, the protagonist is looking for something. It might be an object, a person, or a piece of information. The thing they’re searching for might be real, or it could be metaphorical. It doesn’t actually matter, because this is really a character-driven...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Elementals

Worldbuilding Power: Elementals


Use primordial creatures in your worldbuilding, character development, and storytelling! Elementals are the embodiment of the four classical elements, air, earth, fire, and water. The modern conception dates back to ancient Greece, but similar ideas existed in Babylonia, India, and Japan. The notion was that everything in the world was comprised of these elements. By the...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Alteration

Worldbuilding Power: Alteration


Use transmutation magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The magnum opus, or Great Work, of alchemy is the transmutation of base metals like lead into precious metals like gold. This is arguably the foundation of alteration and transmutation magic in fantasy roleplaying. The ability to turn one thing into another, even temporarily, can be both useful and frightening....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Enchantment

Worldbuilding Power: Enchantment


Use mind-affecting magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Enchantment, also known as charm spells, is magic the affects the mind of the target. A talented enchanter can alter attitudes and emotions, convince them to change their opinions and behaviors, and even compel them to do things they normally would not do. Antagonists will seek to leverage the same effects,...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Dragons

Worldbuilding Power: Dragons


Use iconic monsters in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Dragons exist in folklore as far back as ancient Mesopotamia. Massive, serpent-like creatures can be found in the legends and mythologies of Egypt, Greece, and Northern Europe. In Western cultures, the image of the fearsome, fire-breathing dragon first appeared in the Middle Ages, an amalgam of the various traditions...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Breakout Stories

Story Design: Breakout Stories


Have you ever wanted higher stakes and deeper meaning in your escape adventures? Story Design Volume 5 - A breakout story involves a protagonist trying to escape from a situation that’s not of their choosing, and possibly not of their making. Their captivity can be literal, like being locked in prison or stranded on an island. It may also be figurative, like an abusive...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Chase Stories

Story Design: Chase Stories


Have you ever wanted more danger and excitement in your pursuit adventure stories? Story Design Volume 3 - In a chase story, one character is pursuing another. The antagonist may be after the protagonist, or vice versa. The person being chased is often in possession of something valuable or important, has committed a crime and is fleeing justice, or believes...   [click here for more]
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Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas


More than simple plot hooks or adventure seeds! Click on Full Size Preview for a sample! A premise is the heart of a story summed up in a single sentence. It should provide a general overview of what happens, without spoiling anything. A good premise contains, explicitly or by implication, four key elements of the story: who the protagonists are, what the goal of the story...   [click here for more]
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