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Got Questions About RPG Design? Wolfgang Baur, Monte Cook, Ed Greenwood, Michael Stackpole, and other industry veterans have the answers you asked for...and the advice you need!

Get ready to create great new adventures, monsters and magic for your RPG campaign! The Complete Kobold Guide to Game Design offers 240 pages of in-depth essays on what makes RPGs tick. Get time-tested advice from the top designers in the industry—now with all-new material by Wolfgang Baur, Michael A. Stackpole and others!

From core rules and magic systems to fantasy adventures, monster design, playtesting, and much more, these 40 essays cover every aspect of RPG design in clear, accessible language, to show you what it takes.

Reviewer Robot Viking called it "pretty damn awesome" and said it is a "must-own for RPG designers and adventure writers."

City Book Review called it "required reading for game geeks everywhere."

Pick up the hardcover Complete KOBOLD Guide to RPG Design today, and starting designing your RPG tonight!

Winner, 2012 Gold ENnie Award, Best RPG-Related Accessory

2012 ENnie Award Winner

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Arnaud L February 04, 2020 10:02 pm UTC
I accidentally ordered the pdf. Would it be possible to change it to the softcover?
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David L September 17, 2019 4:25 pm UTC
Does anyone know whether this book adds new content to the previously published volumes 1-3?

The frontmatter says,
"Portions of this volume previously appeared in:
The KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Volume 1: Adventures
The KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Volume 2: How to Playtest & Publish
The KOBOLD Guide to Game Design, Volume 3: Tools & Techniques"

My copies of those are in storage right now, so it's tough to check.
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David L September 17, 2019 5:05 pm UTC
Turns out the three previously published volumes are here on DTRPG, so I was able to answer my own question.

There are 40 essays in the Complete Guide and 39 in the three prior volumes.

New in the Complete Guide:
More Empty Rooms
Designing Magic Systems
"The Anvil in the Dwarf's Soup"

Unique to Vol 1:
Fire and Sword: Inspiration and Discipline in Design

Unique to Vol 2:
Lessons from Playtest (2 pg separate piece from Playtesting, a 4 pg piece in both Vol 2 and the Complete Guide)

All essays in Vol 3 are repeated in the Complete Guide.
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