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The Lovers' Handbook is a DM-facing guide for constructing love interests and writing romance into your plots.  It contains 30 pages jampacked with over 20,000 words of content, including advice on player comfort levels and consent, magic items, charts for the creation of romantic gifts, and more.

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joshua B August 12, 2020 12:15 am UTC
How does the content here overlap with Ashley‘s The Best Little Whorehouse in RPGs?
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Ashley M August 12, 2020 1:26 am UTC
Both products contain safety tools and discussions about comfort and consent between players and their DM/GM, but that's pretty much the end of the similarities. Whereas TBLWiRPGs focuses more on the business and lives of sex workers, and incorporating those subjects respectfully into your settings, The Lovers' Handbook is more directly focused on romantic storylines, themes, and NPCs. I hope this helps clarify!
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Jim F February 11, 2019 5:52 am UTC
I ask of anyone who is familiar with this text: does The Lover's Handbook specifically address love between characters who are evil? I seek advice and context what love can and cannot be with, and amongst, the evil.
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Ashley M February 11, 2019 4:07 pm UTC
Hi! Author here (therefore most familiar), The Lovers' Handbook has a large amount on information on romance between player-characters and villains. As far as two evil characters being in love with each other, it doesn't specifically address it, but there's tons of information on both healthy and unhealthy relationships, when they work out, when they fail, etc, so there should be plenty to go off of for your evil romance.

If you have any questions or seek guidance on putting together these kinds of relationships, feel free to ask! I might wind up including it in the sequel book I hope to put out later this year. My #1 piece of advice for romance between evil characters is to balance their nefarious goals with their loves; a villain who casts aside their evil plots in favor of being with their lover is a weak character, and most of the dramatic strife of their relationship can be drawn by the fact that they (perhaps selfishly) prioritize their goals above their relationships, but aren't willing...See more
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