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Do you sometimes wish you didn't have to put in so much effort into engaging your players? Wouldn't it be nice if they couldn't wait to play around in your world? If they were pushing you to spend more time in the land you create?

That's why I developed these downtime procedures over decades of play and now I can share it with you!

What's in it? 

  • Systems that motivate players
  • Simple usable procedures that work
  • Creativity and inspiration for adventure

No longer will your players wonder what their characters should do with all their gold. It includes clear, common-sense rules for everything from starting a cult, making sacrifices to gods, to hiring mercenaries and building vehicles and castles.

Going to an arena fight? Take seconds to determine the purse, peruse mechanics to handle the arena crowd, pick some ideas for interesting arenas, and select an opponent like the Necrourge: a master of the dark arts of necrourgy, who raises the bodies of traitors or other criminals after they have been forced to fight in the arena and died. 

What's it for?

The downtime goals give agency to players, and let them build a dynasty. Imagine a group eager to explore your world because they have their own plans! These objective procedures give players tools that fire a desire to dive into your creative world, discover its detailed history, and make their mark on it.

It gives your players the tools to make their wildest ideas come to life, without breaking your campaign or your suspension of disbelief, all the while driving them to adventure in your world. On Downtime and Demesnes is filled with tools that work. Build a flying ship, enchant it; or build a wizards tower and raise fortifications in the surrounding lands. All with simple, scalable, rules. 

This is a book used in every game you run. Your next campaign, the one after that, the one after that. . . Not one wasted word. Every page is crammed with content and creativity. No filler. Tools that let players build castles and control land, without disassociated mechanics. This is the stronghold book you've been looking for. 

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Lion K October 05, 2022 6:49 pm UTC
I love this book! But I have an important question- I want to use the Merwish calendar from the game, but: If I later publish my game, can I use the calendar? Or would that infringe on rights? I don’t know what I can use safely or not. I’m also not clear who I would attribute Merwish to. There is nothing in the book that talks about rights.
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John M January 13, 2022 9:30 pm UTC
I have the basic d&d version and love it. Wondering if it is worth picking up the 5th edition version? What would be an example of some differences?
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Alex S August 04, 2022 11:31 am UTC
It looks like you bought it.
What is your judgement? Is it worth as an upgrade from the basic d&d version?
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Benjamin N February 14, 2020 2:46 am UTC
It is killing me there are no reviews for this product, I want to learn more about it before I most likely buy it.It seems great but I always look for reviews to make sure the book is right for you know. If you have a link to a review of this I would appreciate it greatly
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Greg C February 22, 2020 4:07 am UTC
There's a review (but just the one so far, and it's not comprehensive at all) under the Basic D&D version of the book:

Oddly, for how well the Kickstarter campaign did, I haven't seen any reviews around the internet. Maybe people are still playtesting before reviewing?
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Eugene B December 26, 2019 9:13 pm UTC
Is there a Pathfinder version of this product expected?
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