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We RPG game masters have a lot of tools to help us run our roleplaying games. Our monster books and bestiaries give us piles of foes to throw at our adventurers. The various guides for game masters often give us non-player characters, treasures, and story-building tips.

One of the hardest parts of game mastering, however, is coming up with interesting adventure locations for our characters to explore. These locations need to be fantastic, detailed places that capture the minds of our players every session we run. Good locations are hard to improvise and often hard to strip out of a fully-fleshed-out adventure.

Sly Flourish’s Fantastic Locations is a book, available in PDF and print-on-demand, that gives you twenty system-agnostic locations to drop into your favorite fantasy roleplaying game. Each location builds on a fantastic theme, such as a mysterious ancient structure under the ice, a cursed castle of a mad king, a fallen celestial fortress, and a dwarven mine that cracked into the tomb of a dead god. Each location includes artwork by Brian Patterson of D20Monkey. Sometimes this artwork takes the form of maps. Sometimes it's an overlook of a specific location.

These sites and structures aren’t full adventures. Instead, you and your players build your own stories in these fantastic locations, then you populate them with the monsters that fit your story.

Thanks to the support of 779 backers on Kickstarter this book was expanded to include a total of twenty locations each with full color artwork.

This book is system agnostic. You can use it in just about any fantasy roleplaying game.

Please note that this book does not contain maps for these locations. This was done on purpose to give you greater flexibility choosing the chambers you wanted to use for shorter or longer games. If you want to tie these locations to maps, I highly recommend the free maps available by Dyson Logos. He has thousands of maps available, many of which fit the themes of the locations in this book.

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October 14, 2022 12:22 am UTC
Got an epub, and have no idea if it's a duplicate or something I'm missing!
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Igor M September 08, 2021 5:56 pm UTC
Shouldn't you take away the 13th Age's rule system tag?
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Jacob J October 13, 2022 6:29 pm UTC
It is not 5e or D&D specific.
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Jayme A April 30, 2021 9:02 pm UTC
Product updated on 30 April 2021

"Now includes the Fantastic Lairs Campaign Seeds! 40 pages of new campaign seeds built off of eleven of the lairs in Fantastic Lairs thanks to the 3,800 backers of the Fantastic Lairs Kickstarter!"

The additional 40 pages of material are a separate PDF (they weren't added to the book itself).

Thanks, Sly!
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Oliver R April 10, 2021 10:53 am UTC
DO NOT BUY THiS PRODUCT if you want actual
Maps -there are no actual maps!!!! No maps in a locations supplement... Buy the lazy dm workbook that has excellent locations - same author - but with actual maps...
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Lon N September 20, 2020 6:10 am UTC
A couple of the locations in the description sound strikingly similar to Sly Flourish's Fantastic Adventures. Anybody own both of them that can tell me if this is the case?
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Mike S April 28, 2021 9:01 pm UTC
They actually have some tie-overs, yes!
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Douglas B July 22, 2019 8:46 am UTC
As noted by the reviewer below (but missed by me before I purchased it), this location outline book has NO maps. Hard to imagine why they were not included. Makes the locations rather difficult to use without a lot of work on your own to figure out a map that matches the descriptions
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Mike S April 28, 2021 9:21 pm UTC
Hello! Indeed, these locations do not include maps. This was by design. I intended for these locations to be flexible in supporting GMs for whatever size they needed whether it's large sprawling locations or small two or three room dungeons. Tying them to a specific map would make them too rigid for this purpose. Obviously not everyone will agree and feels that the maps are *missing*. They aren't but I recognize that it can be confusing. I did add a paragraph to the product description to mention this.

If you do want to tie these locations to maps, I highly recommend using one of the free maps that Dyson Logos has on their website. They have thousands of maps and many of them will work very well for these locations.
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Nathan R July 21, 2019 1:36 pm UTC
I was disappointed to see that there were no maps. I would not have bought this had I known that ahead of time. Perhaps it would be appropriate to say in the product description that no maps are provided.
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Mike S April 28, 2021 9:19 pm UTC
I am sorry you are disappointed. Please contact me and I'll try to make it right.

As mentioned in a comment above, I intended for DMs to be able to use these locations in a variety of situations. Not tying the locations to a map was intended to help GMs use them with whatever maps they choose; large, small, linear, Jaquan-style; however they want. I understand this was a disappointment for you but it wasn't without thought.

I did add a paragraph describing the lack of maps and why to the description. Thank you for the feedback!
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Sharon C October 29, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Fun to read and tremendously useful. My players decided to go *up* into an ancient elven tree-city, instead of down into my carefully prepared dungeon! Two detailed locations in this book were easy to mash up and provide an hours of fun exploration--for which I would've been totally unprepared without this resource.
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Loïc T October 06, 2016 5:53 pm UTC
Does the cover art on the book match the art inside it? I like to show my player exemple of locations to get their imagination going.
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