Here we are looking at pdf and book titles for Fantasy RPGs on Drive Thru RPG.
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Well Fantasy is a pretty broad topic, but here we are.
We're specifically not looking at D&D, which has it's own guide. But most of these titles could be used in a Fantasy Setting.
Fantasy covers existing worlds such as Glorantha, Middle Earth and Westeros. Your own homebrews plus dungeon delves, hex crawls and fantasy soap opera. Using tools such as Pathfinder, D&D, Savage Worlds, OSR, Ironsworn, Warhammer or whatever takes your fantasy.
My most recent experiences have been Warlock!, Savage Worlds, Knave and D&D.
There is a Fantasy Tools guide for random tables and generators.
Some PDFs are much larger and comprehensive.
- From Dicegeeks there is the Great Book of Random Tables, combining 5 previous books of random tables. More focused is the Book of Random Tables: Quests.
- The Tome of Adventure Design (revised) from Mythmere Games has over 500 pages of tables and guidance for various fantasy adventures. If you have the older version you don't need the updated one as it's mostly a formatting update.
- Ken Wickham has something different with Grammar Fuel: Fantasy, giving 73 d100 lists of nouns, adjectives and adverbs for fantasy.
- GM's Miscellany: the Thingonomicon is from Raging Swan Press has pdf and book versions. It contains many lists grouped around 26 themes such as "Bustling Marketplace", "Looting the Body", "Smugglers' Lair" and "Wilderness Camping".
- GM Gems from Goodman Games is System Neutral and contains 80 pages of d100 random tables split into three broad sections. These are The Urban Experience, Getting There is Half the Fun and The Dungeon
For Fantasy Solo Play in Fantasy there are many options, including
- The GamesMaster's Apprentice: Fantasy Deck from Larcenous Designs is an oracle and random generator in a deck of cards. With dice rolls, npc traits, event information, sights and sounds and other information.
- Worlds Without Number from Sine Nomine Publishing is a full rpg, but also has a free edition and many random tables to detail your world.
- Also from Sine Nomine Publishing is Scarlet Heroes, an old-school rpg for solo, either as a standalone rpg or as an overlay for another game.
Some GM's love worldbuilding in advance, and others let it develop through gameplay, or it fits and bursts.
- Shielddice Studio has Realm Fables: World Generator, a book of 80+ tables, including continents, cities, taverns, dungeons, items and npcs. There is also Realm Fables: World Generator Volume 2.
- Castle Oldskull - Game World Generator (deluxe edition) from Kent David Kelly has tables and generators for maps, kindoms, terrain, cities, names and many other things for your fantasy campaign
- Atelier Clandestin has a Sandbox Generator with hex maps and tables for filling them with settlements, npcs, dungeons and other pieces of interest.
- For kingdom building using maps, Alexey Aparin has Pocket Lands: Kingdom, a deck of 68 minimap cards.
- 1d50 Tiered Encounters is from Atelier Clandestin, A Pay-What-You-Want with 50 encounters that each have different levels of danger.
- For adding major twists, try D-Percent - 100 Fantasy Kingdom Events from Black Falcon Games.
NPCs are the allies, friends, rivals and foes of the characters, to be hated and loved.
- Shielddice Studio has Swift: NPC Builder, full of many d66 tables to build and inspire memorable characters. They also have Realm Fables: Villain Generator.
- Combining with the Taverns and Inns section is 100 NPCs You Might Meet At the Tavern from Azukail Games
Taverns and Inns
Taverns and inns are a big part of fantasy, as places to relax or find new companions.
- 100 Random Taverns from Azukail Games has brief text descriptions of 100 fantasy establishments. Related titles also include 100 Fantasy Foods and 100 Fantasy Drinks.
- For 25 d100 tables there is The Book of Random Tables: Inns and Taverns from dicegeeks.
- From Pink Dice Bag Publishing is the Fantasy Inn and Cuisine Generator with tables for menus, tavern names, rooms staff and features.
- For your drinks Grinning Skull Studios has 100 Fantasy Beverages for all Fantasy RPGs.
- For expanded menus Inkwell Ideas has Infinite Menus with d12 tables.
Treasure and Items
Treasures are why some adventurers are out there, representing thing of value, curious trinkets and enchanted items.
- For trinkets to give to characters and NPCs, Inkwell Ideas has Infinite Trinkets with a few d12 tables. For more items they also have Infinite Tomes, Coin Creator and Inifinte Gems & Jewelry.
- From Critical Hit Publishing is Gothnog's Notorious Potions & Poisons - Fifth Edition, with 60 potions and over 120 poisons.
- The Gemerator from Tangent Games is a detailed look at 75 different types of gems.
- For books Azukail Games has 100 Less Than Useful Books to Find on a Fantasy Bookshelf.
- For potions try Two Bit Tables: Potions with a Unique Flavor from Healing Fireball
Things that don't fit in the other categories.
- At 300 pages of tables for a dollar (last time I checked), the Fantasy Tome of Lists from JEN Games doesn't fit in Free / PWYW. It's tables are hit and miss, so it doesn't quite belong in Major Titles either. There is also a Fantasy Tome of Lists 2.
- The d30 DM Companion from New Big Dragon Games Unlimited is designed with OSR (Old-School Revival) games in mind using the rare 30-sided die (or d30). It has many compact tables for dungeons, encounters, quick character creation, traps, treasure and magic items.
- For encounters in city, wilderness or dungeon Untold Encounters of the Random Kind from Loke BattleMats has many d100 tables covering hundreds of encounter entries.
- 100 Riddles for Fantasy from Grinning Skull Studios
- For quick quests, Inkwell Ideas has Sidequest Decks: Monster Hunts, a deck of 70 sidequests around traditional fantasy monsters.
This will get updated in the future, but leave a comment with other titles if you have one to share.