Resources For Game Masters

Rules are pretty much assumed to be in hand when you begin playing your game, whether it is Dungeons & Dragons, some iteration of a Star Wars RPG, or a game Powered by the Apocalypse. You have rules, numbers, guidelines, and mechanics at your fingertips. Eventually, however, you may want to get into something specific with greater detail allowed by those rules. Or you may want to see what other systems do to handle some aspect of the game. Maybe you have a question on style or need some tool to help you in your prep. This page collects the Resources For Every GM articles that involve such things: rule books, tools, and references to help make your game better.

Rules & Supplements

Part 1: Pathfinder GameMastery Guide, Dungeons & Dragons 5E Dungeon Master’s Guide, Savage Worlds Deluxe
Part 2: Stronghold Builder’s Guidebook, Ultimate Campaign, Realms of Cthulhu
Part 3: Draconomicon, Libris Mortis, Hordes of the Abyss
Part 4: Stormwrack, Sandstorm, Frostburn
Part 5: Cityscape, Dungeonscape, Pathfinder NPC Codex
Part 6: Occult Adventures, Cerulean Seas Campaign Setting, Oriental Adventures, Slipstream, Heroes of Horror, Lords of Madness1
Part 7: Arms & Equipment Guide, Weapons of Legacy, Adventurer’s Armory
Part 8: Spell Compendium, Book of Vile Darkness, Book of Exalted Deeds


Part 1: donjon, Seventh Sanctum, EN World, Monster a Day Reddit, DnD Homebrew Reddit, Unearthed Arcana Reddit, D&D Official Site, DnD 5e Homebrew Tumblr, d20 PFSRD
Part 2: Medieval Demographics Made Easy, Peter’s Evil Overlord List, The Food Timeline
Part 3: Tribality, Fantasy Name Generators, Forgotten Realms Wiki
Part 4: Pathfinder Wiki, List of Legendary Creatures by Type, TV Tropes
Part 5: Mithril & Mages, RandomGen, A Point Of Inspiration
Part 6: Same Page Tool, Learn Tabletop RPGs, Who The Fuck Is My Character?
Part 7: Campaign Crawler, Kobold Fight Club, Matthew Colville’s YouTube Channel
Part 8: Syrinscape, Tabletop Audio, Ambient Mixer
Part 9: Wally D.M., Dungeon Life, Dawnforged Cast
Part 10: Terminally Nerdy, Loot The Room, Death By Mage
Part 11: The Superpower Wiki, Continuing Mission, Zadmar’s Savage Stuff

Reference Books

Part 1: 100 Characters From Classical Mythology, The Dictionary of Mythology, The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook
Part 2: Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Mythology, Myths & Legends (Wilkinson), Myths & Legends (Pemberton)
Part 3: Insects / Spiders / Etc, Seashore, Mammals
Part 4: Tobin’s Spirit Guide (Erik Burnham), The (Complete) Tolkien Companion (J.E.A. Taylor), The Hyrule Historia (Eiji Aonuma, Akira Himekawa)
Part 5: The Secret Language of Star Signs (Jane Struthers), The Secret Language of Fortune Telling (Sarah Bartlett), Unsolved Mysteries (Joel Levy)
Part 6: Bird By Bird (Anne Lamott), Fierce On The Page (Sage Cohen), Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction (Orson Scott Card, Phillip Athens, more)
Part 7: The Element Encyclopedia of Native Americans (Adele Nozedar), The Element Encyclopedia of Fairies (Lucy Cooper), The Resurrectionist (E.B. Hudspeth)
Part 8: The Complete Illustrated History of Knives, Swords, Spears & Daggers (Harvey J.S. Withers, Tobias Capwell, Smithsonian Nature Guide: Stars and Planets (DK Publishing), The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs (Dougal Dixon)
Part 9: The World of Shannara (Terry Brooks & Teresa Patterson), Book of Cain (Flint Dille), Book of Tyrael (Matt Burns & Doug Alexander)


Part 1: Cartographer’s Guild, RPG MapShare, Dyson’s Dodecahedron
Part 2: Fantastic Maps, WASD20, Hexographer
Part 3: Inkarnate, Heroic Maps, MSJ Maps
Part 4: Map to Globe, How Fast Could You Travel?, Custom Cloth Maps
Part 5: Dungeon Painter, Neyjour’s RPG Map Freebies, Elven Tower Cartography
Part 6: Medieval Fantasy City Generator, Pymapper, Azgaar’s Fantasy Map Generator


Part 1: Syrinscape, Tabletop Audio, Ambient Mixer
Part 2: The Guild of Ambience, Battlebards

1 Response

  1. Delly says:

    Well I guess I don’t have to spend the weekend fiiugrng this one out!

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