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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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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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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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Adventures Reimagined: A Study in Storytelling [BUNDLE]

Adventures Reimagined: A Study in Storytelling [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. A Study in Storytelling: Volume 1 Regular price: $3.99 Bundle price: $3.19 Format: PDF 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...   [click here for more]
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Adventures Reimagined: Strange Stories [BUNDLE]

Adventures Reimagined: Strange Stories [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Strange Stories: Adventures Reimagined Volume 1 Regular price: $3.99 Bundle price: $3.19 Format: Watermarked PDF 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...   [click here for more]
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Area of Effect RPG Zine Volume 1

Area of Effect RPG Zine Volume 1


Area of Effect is a tabletop roleplaying zine collecting the previous month's blog posts for convenient binge-reading. It covers universal, system-agnostic topics, game design theory, and acts as the official house organ for Dancing Lights Press. It's free, with a pay-what-you-want option available for those who choose to support our blogging and zine efforts. ...   [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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Enhancing Alignment

Enhancing Alignment


In a game centered on mechanics, alignment can be a confusingly abstract concept. It’s a quick-and-dirty way to tell the heroes from the villains, and to provide a vague idea of how characters can be roleplayed, but a lot is left open to interpretation. This Mayday Manual was written to offer up some practical options for getting more out of alignment within your own game. It is not intended...   [click here for more]
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Foragers Guild Guide Characters  [BUNDLE]

Foragers Guild Guide Characters [BUNDLE]


6 bestselling titles centered around fantasy characters! Use your character backgrounds to create opportunities for worldbuilding! Tie character development seamlessly into setting design! Create elements that provide adventure hooks and story ideas! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Character Theory Regular...   [click here for more]
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Foragers Guild Guides Worldbuilding [BUNDLE]

Foragers Guild Guides Worldbuilding [BUNDLE]


6 bestselling titles centered around fantasy worldbuilding! Use your worldbuilding efforts to create opportunities for player character development! Tie your setting seamlessly into backgrounds! Create elements that provide adventure hooks and story ideas! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Adventure Theory...   [click here for more]
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Game Group Management

Game Group Management


When I first started roleplaying, the rule book showed me all about using the game mechanics. I learned how to create incredible characters, balance challenging encounters, and put together fantastic adventures. In spite of the fact that roleplaying is social in nature, it didn’t tell me how to organize a game group. There was no information on how to deal with interpersonal conflicts, or manage...   [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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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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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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Premise: 100 Horror Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Horror 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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Premise: 100 Science Fiction Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Science Fiction 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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Premise: 100 Superhero Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Superhero 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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Premise: 100 Weird Fiction Plot Ideas

Premise: 100 Weird Fiction Plot Ideas


Stories at the intersection of fantasy, science fiction, and horror! 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...   [click here for more]
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Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]

Premise: 500 Plot Ideas [BUNDLE]


5 Best Selling Titles to Help You Plan New Adventures! 100 Plot Ideas per book! More than just story hooks or adventure seeds. Eah becomes your story to develop for your game's needs. Only pay for titles you haven't previously purchased! This special bundle product contains the following titles. Premise: 100 Fantasy Plot Ideas Regular...   [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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Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]

Story Design Volumes 11-20 [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]
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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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Story Design: Dark Horse Stories

Story Design: Dark Horse Stories


How can you add more heroic struggle and vicarious thrills to your underdog adventures? Story Design Volume 9 - In a dark horse story, the protagonist and antagonist are not evenly matched. The odds are stacked heavily in favor of the antagonist. Initially no one takes the protagonist seriously, but over the course of the story they shake off their underdog status to become...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Duel Stories

Story Design: Duel Stories


How can you add more conflict and suspense to your competitive adventures? Story Design Volume 8 - In a duel story, the protagonist and antagonist are competing against one another. They may be fighting to obtain the same objective, or simply trying to insure that the other doesn’t get what they’re after. The rivalry might be a sports competition, a race to make...   [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: 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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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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Story Design: Rescue Stories

Story Design: Rescue Stories


Have you ever wanted more suspense and peril in your rescue adventures? Story Design Volume 4 - A rescue plot is an action-heavy structure where a supporting character (the victim) is being held against their will by the antagonist. The protagonist’s job is to locate the victim and escort them back to safety. There are variations possible, but the core of a rescue story...   [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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Story Design: Seduction Stories

Story Design: Seduction Stories


How can you add more dark danger and wicked fun to your temptation adventures? Story Design Volume 10 - A seduction story has the protagonist trying to avoid doing something they know they aren’t supposed to do. It could be lying, cheating, stealing, breaking an oath, succumbing to addiction, or anything that has serious consequences. The thing that the protagonist...   [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 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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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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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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Worldbuilding Power: Aberrations

Worldbuilding Power: Aberrations


Use strange beings and alien creatures in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! People frequently want to add Lovecraftian horrors to their fantasy games, but they’ve been there since the beginning. Thing that are beyond the day-to-day existence of a standard high fantasy setting. Creatures so strange that their aims and desires are unfathomable. Beings that are so unlike...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Abjuration

Worldbuilding Power: Abjuration


Use Protective Magic in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding Abjuration comes from the Latin word abjurare, which translates as “to forswear”. As a category of magic, its purpose is protection and defense. The definition of abjuration magic has expanded over time to include spells that act as armor, prevent magical intrusion, and banish...   [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: Beasts

Worldbuilding Power: Beasts


Use Ordinary Animals in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding Let’s be honest and admit that ordinary animals don’t get the love they deserve in fantasy roleplaying games. In fiction, as in real life, we love a cute cat or a precocious dog. They’ve got personality. Other beasts, like horses, rabbits, and monkeys, get a lot of affection. At the table,...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Celestials

Worldbuilding Power: Celestials


Use the highest order of good beings in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Divine beings don’t get the attention they deserve in fantasy roleplaying games. They should somehow play a larger role than they do in the cosmology of our favorite fictional universes, given that they are the extraplanar exemplars of all that is right and good in the multiverse....   [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: Conjuration

Worldbuilding Power: Conjuration


Use the ability to call forth and command forces in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! The word conjure stems from the Latin coniurare, to swear together or conspire. It means to command an oath, as in a pledge of duty or loyalty. Around the 14th century it took on the magical connotation of constraining a demon or spirit, forcing it to do that caster’s bidding....   [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: Creatures [BUNDLE]

Worldbuilding Power: Creatures [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Worldbuilding Power: Aberrations Regular price: $1.70 Bundle price: $0.79 Format: Watermarked PDF Use strange beings and alien creatures in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! People frequently want to add Lovecraftian horrors to their fantasy games, but they’ve been there since...   [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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Worldbuilding Power: Divination

Worldbuilding Power: Divination


Use Magical Insight in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding Divination comes from the Latin word divinare, which translates as “to be inspired by God”. As a category of magic, its purpose is to help the caster gain insight, if not direct answers, to a wide variety of situations. The definition of divination magic has expanded over time to include...   [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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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: 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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