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The Anatomy of Adventure


"It's a lovely read and hugely helpful."

"Tons of great advice for an aspiring adventure writer."


In just a few short years, M.T. Black has established himself as one of the most successful indie-writers on the Dungeons & Dragons scene, with thirty-five platinum best-sellers and over a hundred thousand book sales. In this practical and engaging book, he shares many of the principles, tricks, and secrets he has learned along the way. 

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Justin M January 20, 2021 3:59 pm UTC
Any plan to make an Audiobook?
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M.T. B January 20, 2021 11:44 pm UTC
No plans, but it is an interesting idea. I'm curious to know how much it costs.
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Den S July 08, 2021 4:00 am UTC
FYI, Amazon has a service -- ACX, I think -- where you can select a narrator to record your audiobook for no money up front. They get a percentage off each sale.
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Zuilin's G November 21, 2020 5:24 am UTC
I just bought the book and began reading. Somewhere around page 18, I said out loud, "This is really good. Thanks M.T." then realized I should actually tell you, and not just my empty room.

So, thanks, M.T. Great book so far.
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Zuilin's G November 21, 2020 6:22 am UTC
And this should be a poster; in fact, I might just put this up on my wall:

"The games we play are not an escape from 'real life,' they are a different and intense and profound experience of life, one that is just as real and full as any other. And the world would be so much poorer without them."

Now _that's_ profound. Keep up the great work.
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M.T. B November 21, 2020 7:16 am UTC
Thank you so much - I appreciate this feedback a lot!
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Jayme A November 12, 2020 12:20 am UTC
Looks great! Any plans for a Print on Demand version?
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M.T. B November 12, 2020 4:17 am UTC
No firm plans, though I am following sales closely and having a quiet look at my options. What would you pay for a POD version of this?
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Jayme A November 12, 2020 11:16 pm UTC
I'd pay $8-10. That's around twice as much as the PDF, but still in, "Eh, I'll tack it onto the order" territory.

Personally, I'm a lot more likely to purchase a reference/guidebook if I can pull a hardcopy off a shelf when need be.
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Christopher C November 13, 2020 8:59 pm UTC
I second this thought. The first thing I did was look on Amazon to see if there was a hardcopy.
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Sean V November 14, 2020 5:13 pm UTC
Count me in, this is the kind of thing I like to have hardcopies of.
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Steve G December 27, 2020 4:22 am UTC
I don't think that 108 pages with a hard cover can be close to that price to be honest. I would pay more like 18$-22$ when a book is good, I pay for it with the Idea of the author making some money, my opinion.
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Donnald J January 10, 2021 2:47 am UTC
If you are looking for other input, I would like to see an e-book version. As I get older, I find I have a harder time reading PDFs, and just don't have the time to read physical books (my sig fig can't have very much light at night, so I have to read on my Kindle).
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