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Building Adventures is an essential toolkit for all tabletop roleplayers, gamemasters, and game designers. There is a way to create engaging stories and scenarios without requiring the gamemaster to prep for every possibility without railroading players into a limited number of actions. It begins with setting a compelling adventure goal, then allowing players to pursue that goal their way.

This book is system-neutral, meaning it works with any tabletop roleplaying game. The examples are generic and high-level, allowing you to adapt and apply them to the system of your choice. We recommend that you read through the entire book at least once to become familiar with the contents, the flow of things, and the context for various ideas. You can then go back to individual sections as needed.

This book includes:

Premise: Establishing the purpose, goal, and themes of the story. Determine who the antagonist will be, the specific stakes, and the obstacles characters must face.

  • Structure: An overview of the traditional three-act story structure, as well as sandboxes and railroads. Explore the necessary beats of an adventure.
  • Beginnings: Present the players with the goal and the rewards and complications that go with it. Establish the theme and obstacles to be faced.
  • Middles: Pursuing the goal and exploring the theme. Introduce the antagonist and increase the stakes.
  • Endings: Achieving the adventure goal. Defeat the antagonist, overcome the final obstacle, and resolve the stakes.
  • Epilogues: Wrapping up the adventure and addressing loose ends. Deal with rewards and complications, and set up future stories.
  • Campaigns: Designing a series of connected adventures. Establishing an overarching beginning, middle, and ending that remains coherent.
  • Characters: How to leverage character elements for adventure hooks, antagonists, and stakes,
  • Worlds: Ways the setting can serve as a source of ideas and how an adventure contributes to worldbuilding.
  • Systems: The effect of a system's strengths and limitations on the possible types of adventures.

System-Neutral Toolkits

Building Adventures is part of a line of system-neutral creative aids for all tabletop roleplayers. Use these bestselling books with any systems, genre, or setting. Adapt and apply them to any game. Each volume focuses on one element, like character development, worldbuilding, or adventure design.

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Lightspress Media is a tabletop roleplaying company with a lo-fi approach. Utility of content takes precedence over ostentatious production value. Graphic elements should enhance the message of the text, not act as page filler and eye candy. Physical books need to be compact, portable, and sturdy. This minimalist aesthetic results in powerful toolkits that are both useful and affordable. After all, tabletop roleplaying isn’t the book. It’s the creativity and collaboration that takes place around the tabletop. Our mission is to give you as much as you need, then get out of your way.


 
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M. B September 27, 2020 5:59 pm UTC
How is this fundamentally different from your various Adventure Design Guides? I noticed there's a fair amount of overlap/redundant material among even those guides (even internally). Based on the preview material, this also seems focused on the generic. Is there more material here than in those guides?
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Berin K October 06, 2020 2:11 pm UTC
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It's a single 96-page guide, and it is not specifically focused on the fantasy genre.
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Thomas Kurt B August 07, 2020 2:08 pm UTC
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Is there any chance of a POD version of this becoming avaiable?
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Berin K October 06, 2020 2:11 pm UTC
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Yup, as soon as the pandemic and the USPS crisis stop slowing things down.
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