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This Week’s Hottest Titles: July 19 2020

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Here are the Top 10 titles from Dancing Lights Press this week, according to DriveThruRPG.

This Week’s Hottest Titles: July 19 2020

  1. Building Adventures
  2. Names and Their Meaning
  3. Phrases and Names
  4. DoubleZero Core Book
  5. Spectres of Mars: A Setting for DoubleZero
  6. Building Worlds [Second Edition]
  7. MOLOCH: A Setting for DoubleZero
  8. Building Characters [Second Edition]
  9. Bullet Journaling for Gamemasters, Revised
  10. Setting Design [Black Box Edition]

About Dancing Lights Press

Dancing Lights Press publishes creative aids and story games that embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation. The spotlight belongs on the creativity of the players as they converse and collaborate on plot, worldbuilding, and character development. Roleplaying is an activity, not a book. Our titles are merely part of the delivery system.

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Christmas in July Sale 2020

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Christmas in July Sale 2020: Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, DriveThruRPG is where the discounts are at!

That’s right, Christmas in July is here again! Get 25% off most Dancing Lights Press digital titles! Put the jingle bells on, and keep some jingle in your pocket, too!

Check out Dancing Lights Press Christmas in July Sale 2020 Titles


About Dancing Lights Press

Dancing Lights Press publishes creative aids and story games that embrace a minimalist aesthetic in design and presentation. The spotlight belongs on the creativity of the players as they converse and collaborate on plot, worldbuilding, and character development. Roleplaying is an activity, not a book. Our titles are merely part of the delivery system.

About DriveThruRPG

DriveThruRPG has been selling digital and print-on-demand comic books, roleplaying games, and fiction since 2001. They are currently the largest online marketplace devoted to tabletop roleplaying materials. Thousands of publishers, from big names to talented small press innovators, have come together so you can be sure to get what you want when you want it.

 

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New Release: Spectres of Mars

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Spectres of MarsA Cold War with Mars

Set in a gloriously retro-future 2068, Spectres of Mars follows the Cold War between Earth and the Strangers, a race of incorporeal Martians able to possess human bodies. When the first human explorers accidentally desecrate a sacred dead city on Mars, the Strangers vow revenge and launch a series of reprisals against Earth. These are countered by Myriad, a global defence organization created to root out alien infiltrators and terrorists.

About Spectres of Mars

Spectres of Mars is an espionage and counter-terrorism setting with a science fiction twist. Player characters are agents of Myriad, a joint operation of the United States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. It’s inspired by Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet and UFO, the mythology of The X-Files, the film version of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and every conceivable version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

About DoubleZero

DoubleZero is a percentile based, skill-driven modern action thriller tabletop roleplaying game. All manner of suspense and intrigue are possible. This sourcebook requires the use of the DoubleZero Core Book.

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New Release: Phrases and Names

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Phrases and Names: Please read this product description carefully. Look at the preview. It’s probably not what you’d expect it to be based on the title.

Can we just take a moment to reflect on what an amazingly pulpy name Trench Johnson is? It sounds as if he should be fighting crime alongside Doc Savage or the Shadow, or getting beaten up in a rain-slick alleyway by Mike Hammer or Sam Spade. I can’t find anything on him other than the fact that he wrote this book, and was apparently an Englishman that lived during the Victorian era. There are no other titles credited to his name. We are free, then, to imagine him to be whatever manner of intrepid adventurer, hardboiled detective, or steampunk occultist we choose. It only adds more joy to the madness that is this hefty volume.

I overlooked this book twice before stopping to examine it. The first time I was looking for character naming resources, which this decidedly isn’t. The second time I was looking for the origin of certain expressions and aphorisms, checking to see if they had long-forgotten racist overtones1. What I found instead was a treasure trove of completely random knowledge, presented in bite-sized entries. For example, here are three consecutive entries from the letter “P”:

Perfectionists. An American sect of religionists who, relying on the gift of the Spirit, dispense with civil laws so far as their own community is concerned.

Peripatetics. The school of philosophy founded by Aristotle, who taught his disciples in the colonnade or covered walk (styled the peripatos, from peripatem, to walk) in the garden of Lyceus at Athens.

Pernambuco. Expresses the Spanish for “the mouth of hell,” so called on account of the violent surf, which is such an impediment to the safe navigation of the mouth of its chief river, the San Francisco.

What inspires a person to put together a book like this? Why could I not put it down once I stopped reading it? Most importantly, why do I suddenly have weird ideas for characters, adventures, and assorted bits and bobs of worldbuilding?

This is the kind of book Phrases and Names is. Drink it in. Draw inspiration from it. I hope you find it as useful and entertaining as I do.

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New Release: Names and Their Meaning

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Names and Their Meaning: Please read this product description carefully. Look at the preview. It’s probably not what you’d expect it to be based on the title.

Tabletop roleplaying has instilled in me three things: a love of history, a love of words, and a love of lists. While other people gravitated toward Appendix N, what I loved most about the 1st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide were the tables and appendices filled with all manner of vocabulary that was new to me. Forms of government! Royal and noble titles! A person’s interests, collections, and approach to materialism! That stuff sparked me imagination, and sent me off in search of context for those words. That in turn led to the creation of some interesting player characters and oddly specific bits of worldbuilding.

When I came across Names and Their Meaning: A Book for the Curious by Leopold Wagner, I had that same thrill again. It is not, despite the title, a “baby name” sort of book good for naming characters. Not even close. It is, instead, about how all manner of things got their names. I’ve had no luck learning anything about Wagner himself, but his original book was a chaotic thrill ride. There was no organization or order to things. He moved with reckless abandon from writing about malt liquor to diamonds to naval nicknames. His list of London districts was followed not by other entries on that esteemed city, but his thoughts on battles, then festivals, then textiles.

Still, the book was popular enough that there were at least three editions. What you see before you is drawn from the 3rd edition, published in 1893. I’ve taken the liberty of imposing some semblance of order upon it, creating individual chapters for People, Places, Things, and Events. From there, the sections are presented in alphabetical order. The lists themselves, however, retain Wagner’s original haphazard, almost stream-of-consciousness flow.

One section has notably been removed in its entirety. Wagner’s list of Nations and Their Nicknames, while mildly informative in terms of detailing the origins of the terms, came down to a litany of ethnic and racial slurs. If any other content that is offensive to modern sensibilities is found here, know that it was left in for historical perspective and does not reflect the values of myself or Dancing Lights Press.

Please enjoy this book for what it is. Use the names of things as a source of inspiration for your own worldbuilding efforts. If you’re even a little bit like me, you’ll find little details in the lists that will make you want to add more fiddly bits to your own setting.

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