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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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Ed S June 24, 2022 12:59 pm UTC
preview = table of contents only = me not buying it
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Greg L June 17, 2022 5:48 am UTC
You should make it 20 page preview please. it only show the table of contents then nothing after that. Which make it hard to purchase something without being able to read some of it.
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jon B June 08, 2022 3:03 pm UTC
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The PDF bookmarks / table of contents are a bit whacky. Will these be fixed?
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Malte E June 14, 2022 3:00 am UTC
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I would like to second that. The PDF table of contents seem outright broken to me. Imho this severely reduces the usability of this book. A fix would be highly appreciated.
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Matthew F June 18, 2022 3:44 pm UTC
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Are you using an Adobe reader where the problems are showing up? If so, could you give me one or two examples of TOC links or hyperlinks that aren't functioning properly? That makes it easier to track down.
Thanks!
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Malte E June 20, 2022 4:16 pm UTC
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I'm using Firefox, Edge or Preview on OSX to open PDFs. All of these show the same behaviour. The table of contents do not work properly and seem to be duplicated.

Here is a screenshot of the table of contents that shows some duplicated entries (marked in red):
https://web.tresorit.com/l/1Edmh#cW_wyqGn6NbnrUG3A1Q-bQ
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Malte E June 20, 2022 4:50 pm UTC
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And thanks for looking into it!
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Malte E June 21, 2022 7:53 am UTC
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Just verified the bug with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on OSX. I encounter exactly the same behavior as with Firefox and Edge on Windows 11 or Preview on macOS Monterey. All applications are on their latest versions.
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Christoffer H June 06, 2022 6:35 pm UTC
How is this edition different from the "second printing" one? =)
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Matthew F June 07, 2022 2:38 pm UTC
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The only difference in content is the addition of the apophenia engine (the small prompts in the margins to add another set of creative inputs to the process). If you only want the tables, your old copy of the book is the same as the new one, and there is no need to upgrade.
Matt
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Michael R May 31, 2022 11:29 pm UTC
The older version was better if I wanted to print some tables myself. The new version has black borders on every page that make home printing very harsh on toner.
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jason M June 12, 2022 4:52 am UTC
I feel like these DTRPG people do this on purpose, for some reason.
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Neil S May 30, 2022 6:23 am UTC
Where can u get a physical copy
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Matthew F May 30, 2022 9:33 pm UTC
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You can preorder one on Kickstarter (Tome of Adventure Design). They haven't been printed yet.
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Jimmy F May 28, 2022 7:15 pm UTC
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Any chance for a full-size preview?
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Matthew F May 28, 2022 8:51 pm UTC
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We've enabled it for the first 10 pages. It doesn't appear to be working properly yet, but that might be because something hasn't saved yet.
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Jimmy F May 28, 2022 9:20 pm UTC
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It can take up to 15 minutes for the system to refresh. It's working now. It's great to see the table of contents, any chance you could put a table or two in the catalog body as an image, just as a sample?
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Jeremy H May 28, 2022 3:15 pm UTC
I purchased the earlier edition and find it very useful. However, I am looking for some additional tools that also allow for a quick roll of monster oriented adventure seeds/ideas. In other words, the PCs have been hired to do X. The monster has done Y. Ideally it would follow the general Construct, Elemental, Undead, etc. paradigm. Does this new edition contain something like this?
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Matthew F May 28, 2022 5:18 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
"The PCs have been hired to do X" is handled in the Missions generating table, but there's not a specific interaction between the monster-generation tables and the mission-generation tables. The tables within the book are the same as the earlier edition; the only significant new content here is the apophenia engine, the idea-prompts in the margins.
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Py R May 27, 2022 3:25 pm UTC
Hey all.
So I heard from another source that in the previous version all of the scenarios either led to combat or were generated with combat in mind. Is that still the case in this version?
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Matthew F May 28, 2022 8:54 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
That's not really how the book works. The component parts are a lot smaller than scenarios, and you can generate all kinds of outcomes to put together for all kinds of adventures.
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Alain G May 27, 2022 3:17 pm UTC
Hi! Is there any possibility to have a PDF preview of the content? At least a table of content for example ^^
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Matthew F May 28, 2022 11:43 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We've added a 10 page preview. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Alain G May 29, 2022 7:56 am UTC
Thanks!
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