GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I

I don’t normally write about books I’ve writtenI’m English and we do so hate to make a scene or draw attention. This week, though, I’m making an exception.

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As you know, I’m all about making a GM’s life easier and providing tools to make designing and running your campaign easier.

Well, on Monday, Raging Swan Press unleashed GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I in both Pathfinder and System Neutral Editions. If you are the kind of GM who loves adding detail, verisimilitude and cool little details into your game, you are going to love it!

Early last year, I was preparing to start my Shattered Star campaign and I was looking at how to personalise and enhance the adventure. I came up with the idea of short random tables—shockingly each with 20 entries—themed around certain parts of the first adventure. The idea was I could use the tables to add minor bits of background, fluff and/or dressing to make the situations and locales slightly more dynamic and exciting.

I think the first two tables I designed were 20 Minor Things That Can Happen in a Rowboat (which I had particular fun using as some of my players have an unreasonable fear of being in a boat) and 20 Things to Find in a Vermin Infested Dungeon. I enjoyed writing the tables and I found them jolly useful at the table. Given that, I thought other GMs might also find them useful and so I started writing more tables and posting them at It seems I was right as each article has hundreds (or in some cases) thousands of views.

So the idea for GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I was born. It’s the culmination of my first year’s worth of posts and—I think—a terrific GM’s aid. As the book’s title suggests, there will be a volume II—and I’m writing it—week-by-week—this year! To see what I’m up to, just head over to GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume II dedicated webpage where I’ve posted links to all the new articles.

I’d be delighted and grateful if you’d check out GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I. I’m virtually certain you’ll enjoy it and that it will make running your campaign just that little bit easier (and more fun).

(And, of course, if you’ve got suggestions for upcoming 20 Things instalments just leave a note in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list).

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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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