Inspirations For Your Games

Inspiration is a necessity for creativity, something out there to give you the desire to create. GMs create on a regular basis, be it plots, NPCs, or whole worlds. Depending on the game you are running you may want to find something to take ideas from and be inspired by. Here are all the Resource For Every GM articles that are meant to be sources of inspiration. Some will be authors or movies but others will be monsters, worlds, or games to play.

Artifacts, MacGuffins, & Red Herrings

Part 1 (SCPs): SCP-1764, SCP-251, SCP-2400
Part 2 (Concepts): Artifacts, MacGuffins, Red Herrings, Chekhov’s Gun
Part 3 (Manipulations & Surprises): Possession, Replacement, Illusion
Part 4 (Psychological Phenomena): The Strawman Argument, Bandwagon Effect, Either-Or-Fallacy


Part 1: Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs
Part 2: Peter Clines, James Lovegrove, A. Lee Martinez
Part 3: Douglas Adams, H.P. Lovecraft, Ian Fleming, Michael Crichton, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien

Podcasts & Streams

Part 1: This Week In Science, Critical Hit, Critical Role
Part 2: The Adventure Zone, No Survivors, The Strand Gamers
Part 3: The Wild Die, Dungeons & Dragonites, RPGCasts
Part 4: Welcome To Nightvale, Foundation After Midnight Radio, Dragon Talk

Alternate Games

Part 1: Savage Worlds, The End of the World, Gamma World 4E
Part 2: Kobolds Ate My Baby, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness, Mouse Guard
Part 3: Cypher System, Monster of the Week, Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition
Part 4: Shadowrun, Pathfinder, Masks
Part 5: Star Wars (FFG), Star Trek (Modiphius), Starfinder (Paizo)

Card & Board Games

Part 1: Gloom, Forbidden Island/Desert, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game
Part 2: Resistance, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Pandemic
Part 3: Red Dragon Inn, Munchkin, Fluxx, Three Dragon Ante, Smash Up, Survive! Escape From Atlantis
Part 4: Mysterium, Oregon Trail, Pandemic Legacy


Part 1 (Inspirations): Five Nights At Freddy’s, Aliens vs. Predator 2, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Part 2 (Creepypastas): Abandoned By Disney, Russian Sleep Experiment, The Strangest Security Tape I’ve Ever Seen
Part 3 (SCPs): SCP-173, SCP-055, SPC-2521
Part 4 (Not QuiteMonsters): Aliens, Clowns, Children
Part 5 (Lovecraft): Nyarlathotep, Dagon, Shub-Niggurath
Part 6 (Characters): Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees
Part 7 (Movies): Hellraiser, Cube, Event Horizon


Part 1 (Video Games): Azeroth, Sanctuary, The Tower on Earth, Rapture & Columbia, Hyrule, Zebes & Beyond
Part 2: Mutant New York, Robot Future, Slumberland
Part 3: Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who
Part 4: Darksun, Eberron, Spelljammer
Part 5: The Mushroom Kingdom, The Pokeworld, The Popstar Universe


Part 1: Q, Illidan, Crowley, Ra’s al Ghul, Malcolm Reynolds, Rick O’Connell
Part 2: Vecna, Kyuss, Lady of Pain
Part 3: Nyarlathotep, Dagon, Shub-Niggurath
Part 4: Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees


Part 1: The Flood (Halo Universe), The Hive (Destiny Universe), Weeping Angels (Doctor Who Universe)
Part 2: The Thing, The Silence (Doctor Who Universe), Slender Man
Part 3: Aliens, Clowns, Children


Part 1: Hellraiser, Cube, Event Horizon
Part 2: Big Trouble In Little China, They Live, Escape From New York