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For a while I've been collecting e-books filled with random tables to help generate cool ideas and details for fantasy tabletop RPGs. Some are books made specifically for this purpose (e.g. The Dungeon Alphabet) and others are rulebooks or supplements that happen to include great random tables (e ...

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Firestarters prototypes

A few weeks ago I printed my first prototypes for Firestarters, card decks I'm designing to help game masters, writers, and other creative nerds come up with ideas through random inspiration. I have three themed decks: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Modern. Each card lists words and phrases in various categories ...

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It's the open beta test for our new Inspiration Forge Podcast! (Please forgive us while we get the hang of recording, editing, annunciating, and waiting our turn to speak.)

In this episode: Gary, Kyle, and Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeve discuss Gary's crazy idea for an ultra-surrealist sitcom set in a labyrinthine ...

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Like my other posts about dwarves and halflings, this is an alternate interpretation of elves compatible with most dungeon fantasy role-playing game rules.

Elves possess predominantly avian features—feathers, leathery legs with knees that bend backwards, owl-like beaks, penetrating eyes. Specific feather styles and color patterns vary considerably between subspecies ...

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Rory's Story Cubes

I love Rory's Story Cubes, and I'm always looking for new ways to use them. I also love icebreaker questions. The other night I was hanging with some friends and we discovered that Story Cubes very naturally provide seeds for icebreakers. Here's how it works:

Someone grabs ...

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