Here we are looking at pdf and book titles for Fantasy RPGs on Drive Thru RPG.
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This fantasy guide covers parts applicable to all kinds of fantasy terrains and settings. 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.
There are separate Fantasy gen titles guides for...
- Fantasy Groups and Characters focusing on adventurers
- Fantasy City
- Fantasy Dungeons and Underground.
- Fantasy Seas
- Fantasy Wilderness
- Fantasy Hinterlands (covering farms, roads and outside cities)
- Fantasy Otherworldly (covering other planes and realms)
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.
There is a Fantasy Tools guide for random tables and generators.
Nov 2023: New titles and encounters section
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
- Spectacular Settlements from Nord Games has hundreds of pages for detailing and expanding settlements. Or using some pregenerated ones.
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.
- Ironsworn from Shawn Tomkin is one of the best known solo games (and free! in pdf form), where the narrative is pushed forward by powerful vows made by the protagonist(s).
- Five Leagues from the Borderlands from Mophidius is a solo miniatures game where your warband explores a fantasy world.
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. 100 Campaign Hooks and 50 High Fantasy Random Events are also good for ideas.
- For kingdom building using maps, Alexey Aparin has Pocket Lands: Kingdom, a deck of 68 minimap cards.
- 47 Gods and Heroes for Your Campaign World from Blackstone Entertainment is a pay-what-you-want with options to fill out pantheons of gods. There's also 47 Holidays, Festivals and Special Events
- From Tale of the Manticore, Pendulum: A World-building Assistant lets you create the history for a settlement, going from hamlet to large city
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
- Masks: 1000 Memorable NPCs for Any Roleplaying Game from Encoded Designs has 334 Non-player characters for fantasy!
- For cards with npcs, Artemis Games has Concept Cards - Characters with 56 events and situations for adventure.
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.
- Tavern Tables - The Game Master's Tavern Builder Handbook from Lucky Dice Games has over a hundred pages of tables to created detailed inns and taverns.
- For something to happen in the tavern, Atelier Clandestin has 60 Tavern Situations split over 6 locations.
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.
- 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. And 50 Impractical Magic Items!
- For potions try Two Bit Tables: Potions with a Unique Flavor from Healing Fireball
- 100 Oddities for a Treasure Hoard from Skirmisher Publishing helps round out loot with unusual finds.
- From Blackstone Entertainment is pay-what-you-want 47 System-neutral Artifacts and Magical Items for Your Campaigns, with discussion of powers in system-neutral terms. There is also 47 Ancient Scrolls, Maps and Handouts to Spice up Your Game Night.
Encounters and Quests
Things that don't fit in the other categories.
- 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.
- For quick quests, Inkwell Ideas has Sidequest Decks: Monster Hunts, a deck of 70 sidequests around traditional fantasy monsters.
- 1d50 Tiered Encounters is from Atelier Clandestin, A Pay-What-You-Want with 50 encounters that each have different levels of danger. They also have 100 Adventure Hooks, 100 Noticeboard Hooks and 100 Side Quest Hooks.
- For cards with hooks, Artemis Games has Concept Cards - Plot Hooks with 56 events and situations for adventure.
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. It's tables are hit and miss. There is also a Fantasy Tome of Lists 2.
- 100 Riddles for Fantasy from Grinning Skull Studios
- For monsters, Goodman Games has the long title of Random Esoteric Creature Generator for Classic Fantasy Role-Playing Games and their Modern Simulacra
- 100 High Fantasy Odd Situations from Atelier Clandestin, with d20 tables by terrain type of strange events/encounters.
- From Crimson Scholar Press, the Terrain Randomizer generates a tactical map for a fight scene
- For adding major twists, try D-Percent - 100 Fantasy Kingdom Events from Black Falcon Games.
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