Resources: Player Aides

101 Player Character Background Hooks

101 player character background hooks that can be used in many different types of settings. These hooks vary from small hooks (potentially one adventure worth of material) to long hooks (campaign long ideas). See both pages.

101 Player Character Quirks

101 player character quirks that can be used in many different types of settings. These quirks vary from small quirks (small effect on game play) to big quirks (potentially large effect on game play).


Acronyphobia is the irrational fear of acronyms. In tabletop RPGs we throw around a ton of acronyms and there is a bit of a learning curb for newbies. This site is a glossary of common tabletop acronyms, abbreviations & terms.

Apocalypse World - All Splats & Hacks

Maintained by Patrick Henry Downs, this page lists ALL of the AW Playbooks known to humankind. If you want to share a new playbook, identify a dead link, or find out anything about this page, put "AW page" in the subject heading and send it to nerdwerds AT gmail dot com

Apocalypse World Playbooks - Letter Template (InDesign files by John Harper)

Download the ZIP file for John Harper's original AW playbook templates in letter format.

Apocalypse World Playbooks - Trifold Template (WORD file by Tod Foley)

Hey You! Want to create your own original character classes for the apocalypse? Download the attached legal-sized "WORD" template for trifold Apocalypse World playbooks.

Cooperative Worldbuilding Tool

This tool generates the world known by the PCs and the history they have heard of. You can always introduce small bits of information that may make the players see things under a different light or even reveal a shocking hidden truth about it all.

Fiasco Playsets

The Definitive Collection of Playsets for the Fiasco RPG. Over 400 playsets in 8 languages.

Indie+ 2014 Anthology

Essays, games, supplements and original larps by Quinn Murphy, Rich Rogers, Arlene Medder, Brendan Conway, Meguey Baker, Mark Diaz Truman, John Wick, Shoshana Kessock and Jenn Martin.

Setting Brainstorming Sheet

This aid by Paulo Rivas López is meant to help the players and the Narrator to build the setting of the game together as well as getting to the same page in respect to some of each others expectations. It includes a new trick too: to handle Fronts (that stands for all kind of plot-relevant organizations such as a guild of thieves, a kingdom, a company, a ship, etc), you just roll 6d6 and list those numbers as the Front stats, or place the dice over the hexagons in any order you want.

The Rumor System

One of the most difficult aspects to being a game master is planning campaigns where players are constantly invested and engaged in the story and world. The Rumor System was created to solve that problem, as it allows the players to determine the outline of the main plot so that the game master doesn’t have to shoulder the entire burden. It also serves to inform the game master about the players’ motivations so that they can continue to facilitate a mutually rewarding game.

The Story Games Names Project

Compiled by the members of, this classic resource breaks names down into over a hundred categories and genres, with lists ranging from fantastical and historical names to contemporary and humorous ones.

The Workshop Handbook

A directory of RPG/LARP exercises and workshops, this blog is a tool for organizers and others interested in practical methods for character development and group building.

Togetherness Table

The Togetherness Table is a shared dynamic mat allowing a group of players to roll dice, draw cards, set clocks, draw onscreen, etc. For the fiction!