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Tome of Adventure Design (Revised)

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Tome of Adventure Design is a comprehensive, start-to-finish resource for designing fantasy adventures for your favorite tabletop role-playing game. It is system neutral, and can be used with virtually any fantasy game. This book includes random generation tables for almost every step of the design process: locations, villainous plots, designing new monsters, and bizarre environments in strange, unknown planes of existence. Thousands of micro-prompts in the margins add additional brainstorming power to the process, and the book is filled with design advice from award-winning author Matt Finch.

Note: Due to the size of this book, it is not available for print-on-demand. We are concerned that the binding would be too breakable.

"If you want a comprehensive tome for helping you design campaigns and dungeons and adventures in general, this is pretty much unsurpassed. It is THE book to get on that subject. I strongly recommend it." ---Questing Beast, Sept. 5, 2018

"It’s over 300 pages of randomly selected jolts to the brain. In the introduction, Finch states that the point of incorporating randomness into your adventure writing is “to deliver cryptic results designed to shock the reader’s creativity into filling in the gaps” ... Let me emphasize his use of the word “shock” in that passage. It’s perfect. The moment when two, three, or more nonsensical, fragmentary, contradictory notions gel into a coherent and fresh idea is shocking. It’s revelatory. It’s magical. And it’s inspiring…" Steve Winter, Designer & Contributor, Dungeons & Dragons for TSR and Wizards of the Coast, April 23, 2021

 


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Ash G October 16, 2023 8:48 pm UTC
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Full disclosure, I got this as a PDF for free while looking for DMing resources as I'm getting back into it after 10 years. I spent about 30 minutes using it and came here to purchase the PDF because of how much I appreciate this resource and respect the person who made it. Thank you Matt!
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Jason P July 31, 2023 5:47 pm UTC
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Is there any plan for this to be made available as POD? If not, is there some place a hardcopy can be purchased? I purchased (and have) the PDF....just wondering about the printed release. Thank you!
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Derek B August 07, 2023 7:52 pm UTC
You can purchase the hardcover from Mythmere Games: https://www.mythmeregames.com/products/tome-of-adventure-design-hardcover-book
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Jason D September 02, 2023 10:40 pm UTC
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Unfortunately it's a $100 USD with shipping not to mention the massive losses on exchange rates to USD. A POD through DriveThru would have much more affordable shipping. Amazon POD would even allow it to be sold in local currency.
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Mark J October 08, 2023 10:25 pm UTC
Agreed.
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Bruce L July 14, 2023 8:40 pm UTC
I bought the hardcover KS edition of this book... Worth every penny, and more! I ran through the tables to generate an adventure plot, and what I rolled, I was able to perfectly fit into my campaign. It was amazing. I love this book!

It is one of the top three books I will recommend to any DM/GM, for any game system. It is really one of the TOP Three books I've encountered in my gaming hobby, since 1980...

Make no mistake: this book is for games which focus on role playing and storytelling. If you run hack-n-slash games, move on, nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Move along.

Matthew F: POD, please! This deserves to be in hardcopy. Cheers!
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Rickard N June 29, 2023 9:22 pm UTC
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Matthew F June 21, 2023 7:03 pm UTC
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We have updated and revised the bookmarks in the PDF, as many have requested.
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Andrew B July 07, 2023 9:22 pm UTC
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Hi, How do we download the latest version - my copy states Last updated June 14 and downloaded on July 7? And it seems that the early bookmarks are still out a little.
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Glenn R May 28, 2023 10:04 am UTC
I've got the original pdf which I had printed and spiral bound - page numbers go up to 307. Am I gaining anything from purchasing the revised edition and printing that one out?
In fact, I have a pdf labelled "ToADfinal", and another marked "Tome_of_Adventure_Design_2nd_Printing" which is a slightly larger file. I've no idea which is the most up to date of the two.
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Matthew F June 10, 2023 10:50 pm UTC
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You don't really need this version if you have an earlier version. What's added is the marginal "apophenia engine," which is a few thousand micro-prompts for creativity. Those are getting really good reviews from people, but there isn't any new content in the book other than that.
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rose G June 14, 2023 11:20 pm UTC
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I have this revised version from Drivethru and it has 514 pages... that's a pretty big page difference! so why does my version have more?
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Matthew F June 15, 2023 5:44 pm UTC
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Part of it is the layout being spaced more, for readability. Most of it is the micro-prompts in the margins, which take up space because there still has to be a margin between the end of the text and the start of the margin. So there's basically a small column added to each and every page.
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Lin L May 16, 2023 12:49 pm UTC
Dear Mythmere Games
Seeing that this is a massive PDF to navigate, will there be hyperlinks in the contents (and across the book) that allows one to jump to a table/page with the tap of a finger on the screen or the click of a mouse?

Thank You!
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Matthew F June 15, 2023 5:45 pm UTC
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That isn't planned at the moment. It would definitely be helpful but also very time-intensive to do. So it's possible we'll add that at some point, but not in the near future.
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Robert R April 18, 2023 4:21 am UTC
I have the original tome of adventure design from Frog God games. Evidently they don’t have the license anymore obviously. I’m just wondering if anyone knows the difference? The new version is about 200 more pages.
It would be great to see a reply from the publisher regarding these bookmarks. Where are you guys? How about just popping up and giving us a little “… we’ll fix it“. Unless you’ve got some kind of personal emergency for ignoring these posts or something, God for bid. If you don’t, let’s hear from you. As a matter of fact, I’m not gonna buy the PDF or the Hardcover until you post that you fixed the bookmarks.
Anyway, can anybody tell me if I need this version or do I have enough with the previous iteration.
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Matthew F June 10, 2023 10:48 pm UTC
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You don't really need this version if you have an earlier version. What's added is the marginal "apophenia engine," which is a few thousand micro-prompts for creativity. Those are getting really good reviews from people, but there isn't any new content in the book other than that.
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Morgan M April 09, 2023 7:58 pm UTC
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Purchased this figuring the discussion of bad bookmarks had been resolved, as there were no new such comments, only to learn that is not the case. It's been 10 months. How are the bookmarks still a mess? Chapter 3 shows up well after Chapter 4, for instance, and the nesting is such that effectively all bookmarks are expanded or none are, rendering them a total mess for use. This occurs in both Adobe Acrobat Reader and Foxit Reader.
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Morgan M April 09, 2023 8:41 pm UTC
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Realized my comment was incomplete. Are there any plans to fix it, or am I stuck having my thought processes yoinked by having to go back to the table of contents, which is not itself a bookmark either?
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Matthew F June 11, 2023 3:04 pm UTC
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We are going to revisit and revise the bookmarks fairly soon now that the Kickstarter for the Swords & Wizardry rulebook is finished. We haven't started yet, so we don't have an estimate yet on when we'll release a revised PDF.
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Morgan M July 04, 2023 7:47 pm UTC
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I see the announcement above! Excellent! Thankee much, this saves the purchase for me. Changing to 5 stars.
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Laura L March 05, 2023 6:14 pm UTC
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Purchased this today, spent an hour working out an adventure and decided I would definitely like a hardcover copy. I went to the mythmeregames.com site and ordered my copy! Then I realized that it came with the digital pdf. So I'm a bit bummed I paid for it here when it came with the hardcover order but I am loving this book and looking forward to fully diving in to all the chapters. I think it will be one of my favorite resources. Thanks!
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David S March 03, 2023 8:02 am UTC
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As I plan to pick up the bundle as soon as it‘s available in Europe: any chance the PDF version gets discounted during the GM‘s Day sale?
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David S March 01, 2023 8:50 pm UTC
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Any news on the print version?
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charles B February 12, 2023 12:43 am UTC
I love this but no way to print, any suggestions or maybe a smaller version for print on demand.?
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Matthew F March 04, 2023 2:39 pm UTC
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A hardcover book is available on our website, but no print on demand. Our future titles will have print on demand; the issue with this one is the number of pages. Print on demand binding (which is just glued into the casing) has high failure fates for very thick books.
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Chris S January 28, 2023 3:46 pm UTC
It would be great if this was offered as POD. The pdf is way to large to print at home and I MUCH prefer a hardcopy, finding digital books really inconvenient.
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Anthony S January 31, 2023 8:30 pm UTC
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It's available in hardcover for U.S. residents only on their website. The site says they are working with fulfillment partners to get them stock for international orders (not sure what country you are in).
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Chris S February 09, 2023 12:42 pm UTC
Thanks Anthony, I'm in London. That is very handy to know and I appreciate you posting. Fingers crossed, it won't be long.
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charles B February 12, 2023 4:40 am UTC
I am in America can't find it printed anywhere.
Any advice or information?
Ty
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Dr Ryan R April 01, 2023 9:53 pm UTC
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Heya Charles B, I just clicked on the publisher name, googled that, then clicked on the 'Products" link from google. Its on the second page, offered in both PDF and Hardcover, from where you can purchase your preference. Personally I would prefer if they offered UPS as well as USPS, as I live on a training route, but I am very VERY much looking forward to My new purchase.
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Kelly W January 26, 2023 11:32 pm UTC
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Where can i get the physical book in the uk?
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justin M January 01, 2023 11:09 pm UTC
With the cost of Ink and such where I live, this would cost me the price of the pdf, then 3x that to print the pdf. 5x if i want to put them in sheet protectors...... Is there any chance we can get another limited print run? I think i missed the kickstarter :(
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