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Setting Design

Setting Design


How can you design dynamic settings that supports telling great stories? 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 step-by-step instructions, you can: Create a clear premise...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Curse

Story Design: The Curse


How can you add more character-driven action and a sense of alienation to your metamorphosis 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...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Sacrifice

Story Design: The Sacrifice


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: The Taboo

Story Design: The Taboo


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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Lighthouse Roleplaying System™

Lighthouse Roleplaying System™


A system that’s easy to learn and simple to use. The subtlety and nuance lies in how you choose to interpret the die rolls and use them to tell your story. Here’s a quick overview of how the system works. There When You Need It Most of the time, you can use the context of the story and established abilities of the characters to decide what happens without having to roll any...   [click here for more]
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Roleplaying Theme

Roleplaying Theme


How can you use the literary concept of theme in a roleplaying game adventure? Yes, roleplaying games are different in structure than other forms of fiction, and the needs of the story, the people telling the story, and the audience are all unique. They’re still stories, and embracing theme is a relatively easy way to make those stories better. It’s infinitely more interesting...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Coming of Age

Story Design: Coming of Age


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: Decline-and-Fall

Story Design: Decline-and-Fall


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 Structure

Story Structure


How can you use time-tested story structures to create better adventures? 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 structures are versatile and continue to work. This book helps...   [click here for more]
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Building Characters

Building Characters


How can you create memorable characters with great story potential? 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 different. The symbiotic relationship between character...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: Rags-to-Riches

Story Design: Rags-to-Riches


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: The Duel

Story Design: The Duel


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: The Journey

Story Design: The Journey


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: The Revelation

Story Design: The Revelation


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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A Case of Identity (A Study in Storytelling #3)

A Case of Identity (A Study in Storytelling #3)


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? A Case of Identity (A Study in Storytelling #3) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
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A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1)

A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1)


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
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ReadWriteRoll

ReadWriteRoll


How can you tell better stories with a tabletop roleplaying game? ReadWriteRoll is a system for readers, writers, and roleplayers who love telling stories with friends! It combines familiar d20-style mechanics with story game sensibilities to create a simple system designed around the way stories are constructed. The core mechanic is simple - roll a d20, add modifiers,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Change

Story Design: The Change


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: The Chase

Story Design: The Chase


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: The Dark Horse

Story Design: The Dark Horse


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: The Obsession

Story Design: The Obsession


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: The Rescue

Story Design: The Rescue


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: The Search

Story Design: The Search


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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The Red-Headed League (A Study in Storytelling #2)

The Red-Headed League (A Study in Storytelling #2)


How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? The Red-Headed League (A Study in Storytelling #2) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can then reimagine, remix, and recycle the story elements into any genre or setting. Designed for writers and roleplayers, use it to create original fiction or tabletop adventures!...   [click here for more]
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Lighthouse Roleplaying System™ Example of Play

Lighthouse Roleplaying System™ Example of Play


An Example of Play for Lighthouse Roleplaying System™ Here is an example of play using the Lighthouse Roleplaying System™ in a generic high fantasy setting. The player character protagonists are Fyren, Ronar, Pya, and Selda. The antagonist, played by the guide, is Ugonagt. There is a supporting character, Solom,...   [click here for more]
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Story Design [BUNDLE]

Story Design [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Story Design: The Breakout Regular price: $2.00 Bundle price: $1.00 Format: PDF 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...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Romance

Story Design: The Romance


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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Roleplaying Emotion

Roleplaying Emotion


How can you express your character’s feelings without embarrassing yourself? Sometimes the hardest thing to do in a tabletop roleplaying game is engage with the roleplaying part. It's not that we have a shortage of ideas on how our characters would behave. Their abilities aren't a mystery to us, and we know how to use them to our tactical advantage. Things break down when we have to...   [click here for more]
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Roleplaying Group Dynamics

Roleplaying Group Dynamics


How can you get your game group to work better together and have more fun? Most of you don’t need to be told how to play well with others. Unfortunately, you’ll run into people who do. For whatever reason, they never learned this particular set of social skills. Sitting down to play a game with them can be like herding cats — occasionally entertaining, but mostly frustrating....   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Breakout

Story Design: The Breakout


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: The Mystery

Story Design: The Mystery


How can you 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...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Payback

Story Design: The Payback


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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For Tabletop Roleplayers  [BUNDLE]

For Tabletop Roleplayers [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Roleplaying Emotion Regular price: $5.00 Bundle price: $4.00 Format: PDF How can you express your character’s feelings without embarrassing yourself? Sometimes the hardest thing to do in a tabletop roleplaying game is engage with the roleplaying part. It's not that we have a shortage of ideas on...   [click here for more]
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For Writers and Roleplayers [BUNDLE]

For Writers and Roleplayers [BUNDLE]


How can you enhance the storytelling opportunitiesin any RPG adventure? This bundle contains 3 of our best selling titles for writers and roleplayers! Building Characters helps you reate useful back stories, goals, and motivations to enhance your roleplaying!Setting Design helps you to leverage the potential of both homebrewed or published...   [click here for more]
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Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Storytelling [BUNDLE]

Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Storytelling [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1) Regular price: $2.00 Bundle price: $1.00 Format: PDF How can you adapt a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery into your own adventure? A Scandal in Bohemia (A Study in Storytelling #1) helps you to deconstruct the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You...   [click here for more]
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Story Design 2 [BUNDLE]

Story Design 2 [BUNDLE]


This special bundle product contains the following titles. Story Design: Coming of Age Regular price: $2.00 Bundle price: $1.00 Format: PDF 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...   [click here for more]
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Story Design: The Seduction

Story Design: The Seduction


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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