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#43323
Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
I am wondering, what are some of the books or other material that you use for game inspiration and creation? Could be old or new, DnD or even a non gaming book.
Personally, I like to look through the Encyclopedia Magica volumes, The Dungeon Alphabet, my Frank Frazetta books, and back issues of Dragon. Also, as Endar has mentioned, the Volo's guides are invaluable and not just for Forgotten Realms.
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#43324
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
GameScience put out some great material. The Tome of Mighty Magic has an awesome amount of spells and some very creative ones as well. The Bones of Power is kind of a neat supplement to add to any RPG game. It comes with two dice and has tables you use for a variety of outcomes. For example, if you wanted to add additional rules for resurrecting a hero, you could roll the die to see if you were successful (by looking at the appropriate table) and then roll again on the 'Unforeseen Side Effects Chart' which has a bunch of neat outcomes. I also like the Fantasy Gamer's Compendium which has additions you can use to improve or expand your RPG experience for heroes and DMs.

But my all time favorite from their products would have to be the Book of Tables. That is exactly what it is, a book full of tables of every kind. You can roll dice on the dungeon creation table to create a truly unique dungeon. There are talent tables, reaction roll tables, all sorts of tables. My favorite table in the book is the 'Kritical Klutz Moves' table. You roll on this table when a character makes the worst possible roll against their 'To Hit' roll during combat. You roll a D100 (or two D10's) and can get outcomes like 'helmet drops over eyes, blind for 1D3 turns' or 'Muscle spasm incapacitates regular weapon arm for 1D6 turns'.

One other product (not from GameScience) I'd like to mention is 'RuneQuest Cities'. It is a great suppliment to creating fantasy communities and encounters within the communities. It is designed for RuneQuest, but I cannot see any real reason it could not be used for just about any fantasy RPG.
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#43327
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Hands down, no contests, its Ptolus.

If you have never perused the hallowed pages of this mighty tome then you are truly missing out. Monte Cook has created one of the best aids ever, and I do not say that lightly. I am toward the end of a 4.5 year campaign in ptolus (one 6 hour session every other week) and it has been nothing short of awesome. Seriously, if you don't already own it, GET IT....if you already own it - read it! You will be AMAZED!!!
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#43329
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
Harneloot wrote:
Hands down, no contests, its Ptolus.

If you have never perused the hallowed pages of this mighty tome then you are truly missing out. Monte Cook has created one of the best aids ever, and I do not say that lightly. I am toward the end of a 4.5 year campaign in ptolus (one 6 hour session every other week) and it has been nothing short of awesome. Seriously, if you don't already own it, GET IT....if you already own it - read it! You will be AMAZED!!!


I should have added that to my list as well. I have NEVER seen a campaign setting so lovingly detailed. And the book print quality is tremendous as well, kind of reminds me of a high quality textbook. Sadly out of print and the ebay prices are pretty high, usually over $150. However, Drivethru RPG has it in pdf and they will print it too. Plus, you can buy the whole book or just select chapters. The player's guide is a free download for those that want a sample. I have the giant vinyl Ptolus map too, it's awesome!
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#43335
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
Most of my game inspiration comes from childhood. I think the initial start was the fantasy paintings from artists like Jeff Easley TSR used in ads in the early 90s. Here I was trying to figure out and explain these images myself -- since I could never play DND since it was forbidden.

I read The Hobbit, copious fantasy themed comic books, The Lord of the Rings, and then later on in high school the Elric series to name just a few.

I particularly like the original DND sourcebooks. Perhaps my mind feels that the more elaborate sourcebooks are restricting possibilities rather than creating them.

When I run a game with Dwarven Forge I want it to be like a mixture of Frazetta and Easley paintings coming to life. (Yet, I know all of the players are imagining their experiences growing up playing role playing video games.)
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#43336
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
The supplement I use most is the old 1st Edition Greyhawk Campaign Setting. I own both the pamphlet and boxed versions, and have the maps from the boxed version laminated and mountable in my closet door frame. I have always loved Gygax's writing style - sounds like an old English professor yet still understandable, and he provides just enough detail to give you an idea of what each place is like then stops so you have plenty of latitude to fill in the details as you see fit. The overall feel of Greyhawk is perfect for what I like to do.

Outside of books, when I am working on a fantasy game I pop Lord Of The Rings into the PS3 and watch it. If I am working on a Cyberpunk game, I fire up some industrial MP3's, etc.

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21 sets and counting. Seems like I never have enough!
 
#43338
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
Sounds like we all like a dose of old time goodness. I mentioned the Dungeon Alphabet in my picks. It is a list book unlike any other and I would have bought it for the art alone, Jeff Easley and Erol Otus ring any bells? And for the list price of $10, you cannot go wrong. Get it, you will love it.

www.goodmangames.com/4385preview.html
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#43347
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
Harneloot wrote:
Hands down, no contests, its Ptolus.

If you have never perused the hallowed pages of this mighty tome then you are truly missing out. Monte Cook has created one of the best aids ever, and I do not say that lightly. I am toward the end of a 4.5 year campaign in ptolus (one 6 hour session every other week) and it has been nothing short of awesome. Seriously, if you don't already own it, GET IT....if you already own it - read it! You will be AMAZED!!!


Is it comparable with Pathfinder?
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#43348
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
It's different from Pathfinder since it's not a rules set but a setting you can place your adventures in. Imagine a tome with way over 500 pages containing a complete city description inside. A lot of detailed houses with literally thousands of detailed NPCs not only with statistics but also history and secrets. I am fortunate to own a copy, but am not allowed to read it since I play a paladin in a Ptolus campaign together with my wife at a friend's house. Since the rules are in D&D 3.5 edition they are compatible with Pathfinder.
Fortunately, he has also a small DF collection, so I get to see someone else use it, too. Apart from those nice pictures here, of course! As an avid european collector, I can't wait for the stock to be available in europe in february. I am already putting aside money for it so I can hopefully have those woodland and cavern lakes sets I covet then.

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#43355
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
monkplayer wrote:
Harneloot wrote:
Hands down, no contests, its Ptolus.

If you have never perused the hallowed pages of this mighty tome then you are truly missing out. Monte Cook has created one of the best aids ever, and I do not say that lightly. I am toward the end of a 4.5 year campaign in ptolus (one 6 hour session every other week) and it has been nothing short of awesome. Seriously, if you don't already own it, GET IT....if you already own it - read it! You will be AMAZED!!!


Is it comparable with Pathfinder?


What Dwarf said, AND everything in the book is cross-referenced with everything else its connected to with important people, places and things highlighted in the text, and then page connection notations for them in the margins. There are literally hundreds of plot hooks as well as at least one 1-20 complete campaign! There is simply no way to say enough good things about it!
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#43357
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
Monte's a forum member. It would be fun to read his thoughts on this, and on his magnum opus.
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#43358
Re:Favorite Sourcebooks etc. 3 Years, 1 Month ago  
I almost wish you guys would not have introduced me to Ptolus because now I have to track down a copy that isn't super high priced. :[
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