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Worldbuilding Power: Mountains

Worldbuilding Power: Mountains


Use perilous peaks in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Mountains are places of mystery. Rising above the surrounding landscape, they are seen by all but only known to few. Myth and legend names them as the home of the gods. Rivers and streams originate there. Dangerous creatures dwell there. The terrain is often steep, and cold, and sometimes even volcanic. The perfect...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Necromancy

Worldbuilding Power: Necromancy


Use black magic in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! Necromancy is magic that deals with the dead. That covers a lot of ground. It includes communicating with spirits as a form of divination. The unliving can be summoned, and usually commanded, by the caster. Raising the dead, as skeletons, zombies, or fully resurrected living beings is included in this category as well....   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Underground

Worldbuilding Power: Underground


Use Underground Realms in Character Development, Adventure Design, and Worldbuilding The concept of an underground world comes straight out of the classic hero’s journey. The hero leaves home, descends into the underworld to be tested, and returns a changed person. It’s the part of the story where the challenges are faced, the glory is earned, and the treasures are acquired. Other...   [click here for more]
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Worldbuilding Power: Underwater

Worldbuilding Power: Underwater


Use aquatic realms in character development, worldbuilding, and adventures! When we think of underwater realms, we often think of Atlantis. The fictional island, first mentioned by Plato, sank deep beneath the sea following a series of violent earthquakes. It’s only in relatively modern times that we’ve imagined survivors, adapting to life beneath the seas and rebuilding their...   [click here for more]
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Game Group Management

Game Group Management


When I first started roleplaying, the rule book showed me all about using the game mechanics. I learned how to create incredible characters, balance challenging encounters, and put together fantastic adventures. In spite of the fact that roleplaying is social in nature, it didn’t tell me how to organize a game group. There was no information on how to deal with interpersonal conflicts, or manage...   [click here for more]
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Story Structure [1st Edition]

Story Structure [1st Edition]


Use time-tested story structures to create better adventures! This is the first edition. You can find the second edition here.  All great stories need a beginning, a middle, and an end. On that basic structure writers and storytellers throughout the ages have woven variations and created masterpieces. We keep coming back to the same foundations today for one very good reason: those...   [click here for more]
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Enhancing Alignment

Enhancing Alignment


In a game centered on mechanics, alignment can be a confusingly abstract concept. It’s a quick-and-dirty way to tell the heroes from the villains, and to provide a vague idea of how characters can be roleplayed, but a lot is left open to interpretation. This Mayday Manual was written to offer up some practical options for getting more out of alignment within your own game. It is not intended...   [click here for more]
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Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror

Genre Structure Vol. 1: Horror


Add more terror and suspense to your horror adventures! Horror Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 1) helps you to develop and tell frightful tales of dread and darkness. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which horror genre elements you wish to...   [click here for more]
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Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction

Genre Structure Vol. 2: Science Fiction


How can you add more excitement and bold vision to your science fiction adventures? Science Fiction (Genre Structure Vol. 2) helps you to develop and tell tales of discovery and possibility. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which science...   [click here for more]
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Genre Structure Vol. 3: Fantasy

Genre Structure Vol. 3: Fantasy


How can you add more wonder and enchantment to your fantasy adventures? Fantasy Stories (Genre Structure Vol. 3) helps you to develop and tell spellbinding tales of magic and imagination. It is an essential sourcebook for creating fiction and tabletop adventures. Written for writers and roleplayers, with clear step-by-step instructions, you can: Determine which fantasy genre...   [click here for more]
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Setting Design [1st Edition]

Setting Design [1st Edition]


Design dynamic settings that support telling great stories! This is the first edition. You can find the second edition here.  Setting Design helps you to assembling the critical details that you will need in order to tell a story. More than mere worldbuilding, this book shows you how to save prep time by focusing on just the elements you'll need and use. With clear...   [click here for more]
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Bitter Rivals: Adventure Design Guide

Bitter Rivals: Adventure Design Guide


In a Bitter Rivals adventure, the player characters will be called upon to compete against an adversary that is their equal in nearly every way. The nature of the competition can be nearly anything, but is centered on the types of abilities and challenges that the PCs are meant to be the best at. During the course of the adventure, they will have to not only do their best, but find new ways...   [click here for more]
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Hot Pursuit: Adventure Design Guide

Hot Pursuit: Adventure Design Guide


In a Hot Pursuit adventure, the player characters will be running for their life to get away from some person, organization, or force that’s chasing them. During the course of the adventure, they will have to run, hide, and do everything they can to slow doing their pursuer and stay ahead in the chase. By the end, they should safely escape, either by resolving the issue they’re...   [click here for more]
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Long Strange Trip: Adventure Design Guide

Long Strange Trip: Adventure Design Guide


In a Long Strange Trip adventure, the player characters will set out to see the world. They know that fortune and fame await them, but it won’t be found at home. It’s a type of adventure that’s more a showcase for your worldbuilding than it is a vehicle for character development. That doesn’t mean that the player characters can’t learn and grow, but it’s...   [click here for more]
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Rescue Mission: Adventure Design Guide

Rescue Mission: Adventure Design Guide


In a Rescue Mission adventure, the player characters will be called upon to locate and save an important non-player character. It might be someone important to the setting, like a member of a royal family, a popular celebrity, or a beloved figure in the community. The kidnap victim could be a close friend or part of the player characters’ family. During the course of the adventure,...   [click here for more]
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Retribution: Adventure Design Guide

Retribution: Adventure Design Guide


In a Retribution adventure, the player characters will suffer some injustice. It might be something done to them, or to people they care about. This requires them to right that wrong in creative and emotionally satisfying ways. During the course of the adventure, they will have to locate the people responsible, plan how they want to get payback, and gather together the resources to pull it off....   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Breakout Stories

Story Design: Breakout Stories


Have you ever wanted higher stakes and deeper meaning in your escape adventures? Story Design Volume 5 - A breakout story involves a protagonist trying to escape from a situation that’s not of their choosing, and possibly not of their making. Their captivity can be literal, like being locked in prison or stranded on an island. It may also be figurative, like an abusive...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Change Stories

Story Design: Change Stories


How can you add more inner conflict, fear or change, and wonder of discovery to your transformation adventures? Story Design Volume 12 - In a change story something upsets the protagonist’s life in a significant way. The character then has to adapt and come to terms with that change. It can be something normal yet tragic, like the death of a loved one or being diagnosed...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Chase Stories

Story Design: Chase Stories


Have you ever wanted more danger and excitement in your pursuit adventure stories? Story Design Volume 3 - In a chase story, one character is pursuing another. The antagonist may be after the protagonist, or vice versa. The person being chased is often in possession of something valuable or important, has committed a crime and is fleeing justice, or believes...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Coming of Age Stories

Story Design: Coming of Age Stories


How can you add more character focus and a slice of life to your adventures? Story Design Volume 13 - In a coming of age plot, the protagonist gains maturity. This is often literal as the character moves from one stage of their life to another, like from childhood to adolescence, or young adulthood to middle age. It can be metaphorical as they embark on a new career, learn...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Curse Stories

Story Design: Curse Stories


Add a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis stories and adventures. Story Design Volume 11 - In a curse story the antagonist feels that the protagonist has done something wrong. Maybe they have, and the antagonist’s actions are justified; maybe they haven’t, and the antagonist’s wrath is misplaced or unfair. As a result of the antagonist’s need...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Dark Horse Stories

Story Design: Dark Horse Stories


How can you add more heroic struggle and vicarious thrills to your underdog adventures? Story Design Volume 9 - In a dark horse story, the protagonist and antagonist are not evenly matched. The odds are stacked heavily in favor of the antagonist. Initially no one takes the protagonist seriously, but over the course of the story they shake off their underdog status to become...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories

Story Design: Decline-and-Fall Stories


How can you add more empathy and suspense to your story of tragic descent? Story Design Volume 20 - In a decline-and-fall story, the protagonist starts out in a high position, possessed of fortune and glory, having everything they could ever desire. This could be literal or metaphorical; they might have moral or ethical riches rather than money and possessions. The protagonist...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Duel Stories

Story Design: Duel Stories


How can you add more conflict and suspense to your competitive adventures? Story Design Volume 8 - In a duel story, the protagonist and antagonist are competing against one another. They may be fighting to obtain the same objective, or simply trying to insure that the other doesn’t get what they’re after. The rivalry might be a sports competition, a race to make...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Journey Stories

Story Design: Journey Stories


How can you put more action and excitement in your traveling adventure stories? Story Design Volume 1 - In the journey plot, the protagonist travels and has an adventure. It’s a simple as that. There’s no deeper meaning or existential crisis underlying the trip. There’s hidden message, or a need for the character to experience personal growth. It’s...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Mystery Stories

Story Design: Mystery Stories


Add more thrills and dramatic tension to your mystery adventures! Story Design Volume 7 - The word mystery carries a lot of cultural baggage. From a genre point of view, it’s typically associated with murder. The story goal is to discover who did it, although more modern variations focus on figuring out how it was done, in order to prove who did it. A mystery doesn’t...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Obsession Stories

Story Design: Obsession Stories


How can you add more danger and tragedy to your story of wretched excess? Story Design Volume 18 - In an obsession story the protagonist goes too far with something, and bad things happen as a result. The object of their excess can be an actual physical or psychological problem like alcoholism or drug addiction; it could also be an unhealthy fascination with a goal, a person,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Payback Stories

Story Design: Payback Stories


How can you add more retribution and gratification to your revenge adventures? Story Design Volume 6 - In a payback story the protagonist, or someone close to them, has somehow been wronged by the antagonist. Seeking to balance the scales or settle the score, the protagonist goes on a mission of revenge. It’s a story about a person seeking justice by taking the law...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories

Story Design: Rags-to-Riches Stories


How can you add more hope and excitement to your story of dreams and aspirations? Story Design Volume 19 - In a rags-to-riches story the protagonist starts out poor, unknown, and without any power or authority. This could be literal or metaphorical; they may be intellectually or spiritually poor, rather than without material wealth. Over the course of the story they rise...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Rescue Stories

Story Design: Rescue Stories


Have you ever wanted more suspense and peril in your rescue adventures? Story Design Volume 4 - A rescue plot is an action-heavy structure where a supporting character (the victim) is being held against their will by the antagonist. The protagonist’s job is to locate the victim and escort them back to safety. There are variations possible, but the core of a rescue story...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Revelation Stories

Story Design: Revelation Stories


How can you add more action and conflict to your story of discovery? Story Design Volume 17 - In a revelation plot something is discovered that has serious implications for the protagonist. It may mean also have a serious impact on a supporting character, or the world. The actual discover could be something good or something bad, but it is startling and disruptive to the...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Romance Stories

Story Design: Romance Stories


How can you add more conflict and characterization to your love story? Story Design Volume 14 - A romance plot features the protagonist falling in love with a supporting character or even a co-protagonist. The antagonist doesn’t want this to happen, and conspires to keep the lover apart. There is often some misunderstanding or miscommunication that creates a rift in...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Sacrifice Stories

Story Design: Sacrifice Stories


How can you add more drama and pathos to your story of selfless heroism? Story Design Volume 16 - A sacrifice story finds the protagonist pursuing some noble cause or higher purpose. In order to accomplish their objective, they will need to give up something of great personal value. This might be other goals, a close relationship, or even their own life. They may survive,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Search Stories

Story Design: Search Stories


How can you add more emotional resonance to your quest adventure story? Story Design Volume 2 - In the search plot, the protagonist is looking for something. It might be an object, a person, or a piece of information. The thing they’re searching for might be real, or it could be metaphorical. It doesn’t actually matter, because this is really a character-driven...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Seduction Stories

Story Design: Seduction Stories


How can you add more dark danger and wicked fun to your temptation adventures? Story Design Volume 10 - A seduction story has the protagonist trying to avoid doing something they know they aren’t supposed to do. It could be lying, cheating, stealing, breaking an oath, succumbing to addiction, or anything that has serious consequences. The thing that the protagonist...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Taboo Stories

Story Design: Taboo Stories


How can you add more intrigue and danger to your forbidden love story? Story Design Volume 15 - In a taboo plot, the protagonist becomes involved in a forbidden romance. From the start everyone knows that the affair will fail because social forces don’t approve of the pairing; what makes the relationship unacceptable will vary with the genre, place, and time of the...   [click here for more]
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The Escape Plan: Adventure Design Guide

The Escape Plan: Adventure Design Guide


In an Escape Plan adventure, the player characters will be captured and confined by the antagonist in some way. It should have literal elements, all though some of it could be cultural, political, or religious oppression. During the course of the adventure, they will have to avoid antagonist and make a plan to escape their captivity. By the end, they should be able to escape and finally...   [click here for more]
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The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide

The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide


The Hero's Quest: Adventure Design Guide will help gamemasters to create and prepare journey-centered adventures for your favorite role-playing game. This book acts as a “beat sheet”, a tool used by writers to outline and plan pivotal elements of a story. It allows them to know where they’re going, gather the research and information they need, and ensure that everything...   [click here for more]
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Building Characters [1st Edition]

Building Characters [1st Edition]


Create memorable characters with great story potential! This is the first edition. You can find the second edition here.  At the heart of all great stories are strong characters. It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading a short story, writing a novel, or watching a play. The characters found in TV series, comic books, and games are more alike on a creative level than they are...   [click here for more]
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DoubleZero Essentials [BUNDLE]

DoubleZero Essentials [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. DoubleZero Core Book Regular price: $5.00 Bundle price: $4.00 Format: PDF Publisher's Note: A revised edition of this title is in the works for Summer 2021. If you purchase this version, you will automatically have access to the updated edition when it is released. You will not need to purchase the new...   [click here for more]
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Alignment [1st Edition]

Alignment [1st Edition]


How can you make alignment more useful and meaningful in your roleplaying games? This is the first edition. You can find the second edition here.  Roleplaying Alignment presents a system for using the traditional nine-point alignment system to enrich your game. It presents alignment as a means for customizing your character's personality, goals, and beliefs. Simple...   [click here for more]
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Cantrip Fantasy Roleplaying System

Cantrip Fantasy Roleplaying System


Cantrip Fantasy is a simple, easy-to-learn tabletop roleplaying system. It was designed for people who’d like to play something like that big, brand-name fantasy game but feel overwhelmed by big, fat books full of rules. This system was also created for people who don’t like being limited to the character options in those books, and would like to create their own. There are only...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Alchemist [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Alchemist [PFRPG 1e]


One of the great strengths of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it provides players with so many options for their characters. Yet that very strength can also be a source of confusion for new players and casual gamers. For folks who have school, careers, family, and other activities, the seemingly simple task of creating a character and periodically leveling up can feel like a serious commitment...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Antipaladin [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Antipaladin [PFRPG 1e]


One of the great strengths of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it provides players with so many options for their characters. Yet that very strength can also be a source of confusion for new players and casual gamers. For folks who have school, careers, family, and other activities, the seemingly simple task of creating a character and periodically leveling up can feel like a serious commitment...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Barbarian [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Barbarian [PFRPG 1e]


One of the great strengths of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it provides players with so many options for their characters. Yet that very strength can also be a source of confusion for new players and casual gamers. For folks who have school, careers, family, and other activities, the seemingly simple task of creating a character and periodically leveling up can feel like a serious commitment...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Bard [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Bard [PFRPG 1e]


One of the great strengths of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it provides players with so many options for their characters. Yet that very strength can also be a source of confusion for new players and casual gamers. For folks who have school, careers, family, and other activities, the seemingly simple task of creating a character and periodically leveling up can feel like a serious commitment...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Cavalier [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Cavalier [PFRPG 1e]


One of the great strengths of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it provides players with so many options for their characters. Yet that very strength can also be a source of confusion for new players and casual gamers. For folks who have school, careers, family, and other activities, the seemingly simple task of creating a character and periodically leveling up can feel like a serious commitment...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Cleric [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Cleric [PFRPG 1e]


One of the great strengths of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it provides players with so many options for their characters. Yet that very strength can also be a source of confusion for new players and casual gamers. For folks who have school, careers, family, and other activities, the seemingly simple task of creating a character and periodically leveling up can feel like a serious commitment...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Druid [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Druid [PFRPG 1e]


One of the great strengths of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is that it provides players with so many options for their characters. Yet that very strength can also be a source of confusion for new players and casual gamers. For folks who have school, careers, family, and other activities, the seemingly simple task of creating a character and periodically leveling up can feel like a serious commitment...   [click here for more]
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Character Workbook: Fighter [PFRPG 1e]

Character Workbook: Fighter [PFRPG 1e]


Character creation and leveling up can be confusing, even for experienced players. There’s a lot of keep track of, including abilities to choose and statistics to be recalculated. The Character Workbook: Fighter for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game is a game aid designed for the core combat-oriented class, walking you through the process of character creation and help you keep track of all those...   [click here for more]
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