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The Trove

This.

Place.

is.

Ridiculous!

Their words; “The Trove is a non-profit website dedicated towards content archival and long-term preservation of RPGs.
We currently host various large scale collections amounting to hundreds of thousands of files. These collections include various image, ebook and software archives. As of right now, The Trove hosts 908GB of data.”

I can’t over emphasize how spacious this place is and its not just D&D, its got Dungeon Crawl Classics, Dungeon World, Starfinder, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, Sword & Sorcery, Warhammer and a ton more. Its kind of nuts. Its not just manuals, its comics, novels, programs, board games, maps, magazines(Dragon, Dungeon, Polyhedron, Games Workshop, , on and on and on.

I can’t speak enough about this place and its just best you go explore it yourself. Its like when you first discovered comics and you step into one of the biggest comic books stores for your first time. Eyes in bewilderment.

I recommend Dungeon #100 and Polyhedron #159 for some light level 18 adventure reading and say if you happen to want to hunt something on the Beastlands. I also recommend Sailors of the Starless Sea for DCC.

They also have a nice little repository for the One Page Dungeon contest over here. The One Page Dungeon Contest is actually a pretty sweet little contest in its own rights and you should check them out along side the rest of this pile of heaping excitement. It does also have maps, animated & 3D printable stuff

I do also want to mention that all these things are copyright their respective owners and that if you do truly enjoy them and get some use out of them or plan to get more use out of them than maybe you think, pitch a few dollars their way. Without these amazing people there would be no content here to be excited about, literally. These people are the makers of some pretty fantastic things.

My personal take is its fine to rent a movie to see if you like it. If you want to watch it again, maybe think about buying it since you like it enough to see twice.

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Heros Journey

This is an info graphic of how the story of the Hero’s Journey. The hero’s journey is something based off the works of Joseph Campbell who wrote The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

There is a lot to dig into here because those links above can really be a wall of text but the basics of thise thing and the works of Campbell are kind of well known because a lot of works have been based off his research. The biggest one is Star Wars, the original trilogy. You get the idea that even the biggest wave can start with a small pebble.

Campbell spent a lot of time looking through different cultures myths and found that a lot of them have things in common. So I post this here because honestly its just a good structure to base a hero’s quest on and some of the stages that might be involved in such a quest. Either way, I hope you find it interesting or useful.

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How to Make a World Map

Like I have mentioned in the about page, I have collected images for a long time and I am sad that I didn’t take notes and can’t remember where a lot of things came from. If someone out there knows where these came from so that I may credit them please please let me know because this map creation process is pretty amazing in my opinion and thats why I am putting it here to share with you. I did not make these images but I did find them and I am sharing them to broaden the knowledge base of the community.

Actually I did find the link. http://m.imgur.com/a/Cb5ri so there you go. Thank you for sharing these with the world and I hope you don’t mind them here also.

Tectonic Plate Movement (which cause mountain ranges and earth quakes, etc
Adding in mountain ranges where the plates collide
The lands above ocean levels along with the mountain ranges above and below the water
Adding in the rivers to probably where ever you think would work. Rememebr though, water uses gravity, unless your world doesn’t use gravity.
Adding in climate zones and interactions
Wind currents which would come into play in a big part of your world
More or less the final version. Pretty well done.

The ones above are for the creation of the map but really they don’t give you scale. You can have a world the size of Pluto(is that a planet anymore or a frozen rock drifting out there??) or you can have a planet the size of Saturn. So you can create a world, but how long does it take you to get from point A to point B? Thats where the below images come in that I’m throwing in for good measure. They could be their own post but I love you guys so much that I’m putting them here since that makes the most sense.

You measure the known land expanses, ala above.
You take your world or a continent you made with your own two hands, or one hand, or tentacle or whatever you used…
… and you scale it to whatever you want. Just remember, bigger isn’t always better.
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