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Game-ready people, places, events, and landscapes from history and current events.
Game-ready people, places, events, and landscapes from history and current events.
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Hi! If you're reading this, odds are the campaign is over. But if you still want to get a copy of The GM's Real-World Reference, don't despair! Just click the 'contact us' link to the right, and we can set you up with the $8, $12, $19, $30, $300, or $1,500 reward tiers. And thanks!

The best gaming content is often inspired by the real world: real people, places, historical events, landscapes, buildings, cities, and cultures. The GM's Real-World Reference: Game-Ready People, Places, and Events is a resource designed to help the GM by providing one-page articles on awesome real-world things.

This isn't a compilation of historical events; everything in this book will be chosen based on how much fun it would be at your table. The articles themselves are written to get you the information you want without cluttering the page with details you'll never use.

The book will be in pdf format and illustrated with images in the public domain or under creative commons licenses.

The GM's Real-World Reference will be organized into four sections: landscapes (like the Bialowieza Forest, Son Doong Cave, and Glacial Lake Missoula); cities, towns, and buildings (like Shenzhen, Harlech, and the Erechtheion); people (like Procopius, Hildegard of Bingen, and Dian Fossey); and events (like the Nika Riots and the devolution of power in Carolingian France).

Each section will be contain thirty one-page articles. If we reach our first stretch goal ($3,800), we will expand each section to forty articles, bringing the book to 160 pages.

If we reach our second stretch goal ($4,700), we will add a section on ideas and cultures (like Spartiates vs. Helots and Kondratiev waves), bringing the book to 200 pages.

We hope you will enjoy the GM's Real-World Reference! Our different pledge levels have a variety of exciting rewards that we think you'll have fun with. Consider spreading the word about this book to your friends or gaming group.

And thanks.

-Joel Dalenberg and Tristan Zimmerman

Keywords: RPG, tabletop, roleplaying game, game master, dungeon master

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    TIRO - You get a pdf of what we consider the best 20 pages in the book, and a thank-you in the pdf!

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    MILES - You get a pdf copy of the GM's Real-World Reference, and a thank-you in the book!

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    DUPLICARIUS - You get the articles in the GM's Real-World Reference as they are written. All higher reward tiers also receive this perk. You also get a pdf copy of the book and a thank-you inside it.

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    CENTURIO - You get a copy of some of our sillier material: comedic adventures and rules sets with names like "Big Bear Doin' Thangs", "Swashbucklers in Space", and "Economist Mages." You also get a thank-you in the book, and a pdf copy of the GM's Real-World Reference.

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    LEGATUS - You get to be part of a game we will run using online virtual tabletop software for you and four other legati! You also get the comedy rpgs, a thank-you in the book, and a pdf copy of the GM's Real-World Reference.

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    IMPERATOR - You get to tell us what the topic of one of the articles should be, and you get access to our online authorial discussion space! You also get the comedy rpgs, a thank-you in the book, and a pdf copy of the GM's Real-World Reference.

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    PRINCEPS - We will run a game for you and your gaming group using online virtual tabletop software! You also get the comedy rpgs, a thank-you in the book, and a pdf copy of the GM's Real-World Reference.

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    DOMINUS ET DEUS - We will come to your house (continental US only) and run one or more games for you and your friends! You also get the comedy rpgs, a thank-you in the book, a pdf copy of the GM's Real-World Reference, and the our certification that you are the coolest person to have ever lived.

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