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d30 Sandbox Companion


d30-based Mechanics, Charts, and Tables to Support and Simplify the Role of the DM

The d30 Sandbox Companion is the ideal right-hand man for the DM who wants to avoid his sandbox campaign running him. Whether starting an adventure from scratch, filling in the details of a campaign world, or just struggling to keep up with players, this compilation of d30-based mechanics, charts, and tables will support and simplify the role of the DM/GM at the tabletop. Inside these 30-something pages you’ll find a host of d30-based sandbox resources.

While the majority of the charts and tables in the book are generic to wilderness and settlement settings, NPC tables include details for 1e and BX comparable games, including Oe D&D, 1e AD&D, BX D&D, Swords & Wizardry, OSRIC, and Labyrinth Lord.

Inside these 30-something pages you’ll find
a host of d30-based sandbox resources, including:

• a robust adventure generator that allows the DM flexibility to interpret its results, and to support existing campaigns

• wilderness tables for weather, off-course navigation, and foraging & hunting

• wilderness encounter tables for pilgrims, road travel, and castle/keep/stronghold patrols

• location generators for ruins, temples, magical places, castles/keeps/strongholds, and settlements of all sizes

• settlement background generators, including: government, economy, settlement issues, city guards & watches, availability of shops & suppliers, shop stock and shopkeeper information, and robust tavern information generators

• super-quick classed character generation, including: class, level, race, sex, attributes, and inventory

• an extensive set of NPC tools for both classed and non-classed characters, including: occupations, physical traits, persona & behavior, background, eccentricities, talents, and languages

• fast generation of complete sage information

• a system for quick-and-easy recruitment of henchmen & hirelings, including their reactions, and loyalty

+ a wilderness mapping key, a Hex Crawl Worksheet, a Settlement Worksheet, and an NPC Record Sheet to assist DMs in fleshing out their campaign worlds

And much more!

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Matthew C October 30, 2023 12:13 am UTC
Top bad this (and the others) aren't actual books. I find pdfs totally useless at the table.
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Richard L December 01, 2023 3:35 am UTC
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Christopher G September 16, 2023 8:08 am UTC
Nice content, hence why I bought it. Be warned though, if you want to send it off to a pdf printer company it is protected from being uploaded to websites like that. Such a shame really. So if you wish to gain a physical copy you are forced into the overpriced things on ebay or just having a basic looking A4 printer look.
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Bruno P September 27, 2023 8:04 am UTC
You know you can buy saddle stitched copy from Lulu?
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Marius Incognito B April 24, 2023 9:52 am UTC
The content looks nice, BUT if you meant to print this, be warned that a sizeable segment of the book - most of the tables - are rotated 90 degrees to a landscape format, and can't be simply rotated back for printing.

This means those pages get trimmed at the ends when trying to print as a booklet.

It's a nuisance, not much more, for a very specific use case, but it should be noted.

(Also, it's US letter, which is an annoyance to everyone using A4/A3 paper to print on, but the margins look wide enough that that's not a problem.)

But I'm definitely looking forward to using this for my next campaign.
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Bruno P May 18, 2023 5:18 pm UTC
It prints very well with two pages to a single A4 page. Just print the pages horizontally on portrait A4. That's how I printed it for my GM binder.
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Bruno P April 13, 2023 8:41 pm UTC
Using this and d30 DM Companion on a weekly basis!
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Karl L February 21, 2020 12:04 am UTC
Definitely appeals to anti-Railroad people. Concise cute brilliant utility and method to keep the flow of sponteneity and creativity going for multiple choices for Players to allow their characters to roam freely. You don't really absolutely need to get the odd 30 sided dice for this. Just roll 1d10 + 1d6(1-2 = 0, 3-4 = 10 & 5 -6 =20) for equal probability as a single d30 die.
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Joshua A December 19, 2019 8:00 am UTC
So far it hasn't been a game changer for me but it looks like other reviewers loved it. Any real life examples of use?
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Sergey P June 01, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Please help me to understand precipitation on page 13.
I rolled 1" of rain in a 30-minute single cell storm.
As I understood the whole 1" comes in a 30-minute period.
This equals to 1-hour rain with 2" of precip. which I believe is an insane rain.
What am I doing wrong?
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Michael R July 11, 2020 10:26 am UTC
That's a heavy rain. Keep in mind that the world record for most rain in an hour is 12" (Holt, MO, USA - 1947), so it's not an *insane* amount of rain. But yes, it's a heavy rain. I don't like driving in that sort of rain.
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