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108 Forms of Money

108 Forms of Money


This is exactly what it says on the tin: a list of 108 forms of money. If you've ever wanted someone in your setting to use something other than cash or gold coins, then look no further. This list includes 16 food items, 19 animal products, 8 consumable items, 16 plant products, 27 forms of metal money from balls to nails, and 22 more forms of money that couldn't fit into a neat category like the...   [click here for more]
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108 Swords, Polearms, & Other Sharp Things from Europe

108 Swords, Polearms, & Other Sharp Things from Europe


This is exactly what it says on the tin: a list of 108 swords, polearms, and other sharp things from Europe. If you've ever wanted to give a little more detail to your character's sword or give some flavor to the weapons of your NPCs, then look no further. This list includes 42 swords, 42 polearms & javelins, and 24 other sharp things like bodkin arrows, morning stars, and throwing darts. It...   [click here for more]
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Alien Body Plans: Hexapods and Other Ecdysozoa

Alien Body Plans: Hexapods and Other Ecdysozoa


It's easy to make aliens: take a person or a dog, slap some antennae on 'em, maybe some ooze and some spooky talons, and then put some random letters together in a nigh-unpronounceable combination. As I said, it's easy to make aliens. What isn't easy is making them well. Even when you're working hard to be creative, it can sometimes be hard to get out of the rut of familiarity, to go...   [click here for more]
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Aliens, Dystopias, & Monster Ecologies: Worldbuilding Essays for Writers and GMs

Aliens, Dystopias, & Monster Ecologies: Worldbuilding Essays for Writers and GMs


Aliens, Dystopias, & Monster Ecologies is a series of worldbuilding essays on alien psychologies and ethical systems, functional dystopias, recreating vampires and werewolves, original elemental systems, and figuring out just how many human-eating monsters your setting can support. This content previously appeared on Seventh Sanctum, The Oak Wheel, Sanitarium Magazine,...   [click here for more]
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Bats and Primates: Speculative Psychology for Uplifted Animals

Bats and Primates: Speculative Psychology for Uplifted Animals


Are you looking to mine a few ideas for the batfolk in your upcoming adventure, The Diamond Mines of Camazotz? Writing some Planet of the Apes fanfiction and wondering what kind of sports gorillas might play? If so, then look no further! Whether you're working on uplifted animals, animal folk, or just plain talking animals, this book can be used for it all. Primates and...   [click here for more]
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Becoming a Better Writer Through Roleplaying & Other Essays on Writing

Becoming a Better Writer Through Roleplaying & Other Essays on Writing


Becoming a Better Writer Through Roleplaying is a series of essays on using RPGs to improve your writing, how and why you should build a fandom, horror and the heroine's journey, writing fight scenes, and point of view (both the fourth person point of view, if such a thing even exists, and the second person point of view). This content previously appeared on Seventh Sanctum, The...   [click here for more]
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Essential Ethnographies #1 - Island Builders & Others

Essential Ethnographies #1 - Island Builders & Others


One of the quickest ways to start building cultures for your setting is to take inspiration from actually-existing cultures. What do you do when you don't want to crib off the same culture cultures that everyone else has used a hundred times before? Essential Ethnographies offers the convenience of building from preexisting cultures and the flexibility and novelty of working with cultures...   [click here for more]
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How-To: Far North Peoples

How-To: Far North Peoples


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another way...   [click here for more]
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How-To: Hill Tribes

How-To: Hill Tribes


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another way...   [click here for more]
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How-To: Horse Nomads

How-To: Horse Nomads


Generally, designing a culture for a book or a game presents you with a choice: either you base it on real-world cultures and likely end up with something that could be described as "Fantasy Bedouin with some Navajo bits tacked on" or you run hog wild and run the risk of overlooking something that, however innocuous, turns out to be vitally important for that type of culture. There's another way...   [click here for more]
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Necrocracies: Eight Governments of the Dead (Political Fantasies #1)

Necrocracies: Eight Governments of the Dead (Political Fantasies #1)


Political Fantasies is a series that takes names for governments and plays around with them to see how far they can be pulled. In the tradition of Strange Nations, the results of each exploration can be dropped into your setting with little-to-no adaptation required. This volume explores necrocracy or "rule by the dead," with possibilities like restricting the...   [click here for more]
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Strange Nations: A Worldbuilding Resource

Strange Nations: A Worldbuilding Resource


Strange Nations is a collection of more than thirty cultures ready to be dragged and dropped into your world, with cultures appropriate for every kind of setting from high fantasy to contemporary horror to space opera. While each entry has certain setting assumptions, there are also suggestions for adapting them to other genres. Here is the city-state of Iditt, where necromancy is an accepted...   [click here for more]
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Thalassocracy: On Maritime and Spacefaring Empires (Political Fantasies #2)

Thalassocracy: On Maritime and Spacefaring Empires (Political Fantasies #2)


Political Fantasies is a series that takes names for governments and plays around with them to see how far they can be pulled. In the tradition of Strange Nations, the results of each exploration can be dropped into your setting with little-to-no adaptation required. This volume explores thalassocracy, or "rule by the sea." The first section discusses the common traits...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Names: Landforms, Terrain, and Cities

The Meaning of Names: Landforms, Terrain, and Cities


There are many good resources out there for creating new languages, but they tend to focus more on how words change over time than on the meanings of place-names. This booklet is intended to fill the gap. It not only includes lists of historical place-names but discusses the patterns and logic behind these names. Don't forget to buy the companion to this booklet, The Meaning of Names: Persons and...   [click here for more]
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The Meaning of Names: Persons and Peoples

The Meaning of Names: Persons and Peoples


There are many good resources out there for creating new languages, but they tend to focus more on how words change over time than on the meanings of personal or group names. This booklet is intended to fill the gap. It not only includes lists of historical names (personal, family, and ethnic) but discusses the patterns and logic behind these names. Don't forget to buy the companion to this booklet,...   [click here for more]
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The Salt Cyclopedia of Comparative Mythology

The Salt Cyclopedia of Comparative Mythology


Your average book on mythology will tell about, say, Hades, and in the course of it mention that he was a death divinity. If you want to learn about death divinities in general, then you've still got a lot of work ahead of you. This book approaches things from the opposite direction, which should be useful for worldbuilders. Rather than tell you about individual gods, this book explains...   [click here for more]
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The Wrong Ship

The Wrong Ship


"The Wrong Ship" is a 1,600 word short story about a programmer on the run from the authorities, who winds up stowing away on, you guessed it, the wrong spaceship. It features an artificial intelligence named Charlie, one 1980s film reference, and a stunning lack of helpfulness from the laws of physics. This story's release was funded on Kickstarter, and it is now available under a Creative...   [click here for more]
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