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See Your Stories Like Never Before!
Hamlet's Hit Points presents a toolkit that helps make storytelling in any RPG easier and more fun by classifying story beats and letting you track their ups and downs from hope to fear and back.
Armed with these tools, you'll be equipped to lay compelling track for an emotional roller-coaster that will keep everyone at your game table involved, excited, riveted.
In its pages, you'll find definitions of nine critical story beats. You'll read about the relationships between those beats. You'll also find complete analyses of three stories you know already-Hamlet, Casablanca, and Dr. No-to show you how the system works.
Written with roleplayers in mind, Hamlet's Hit Points is an indispensable tool for understanding stories, in games and everywhere else.
About Author Robin D. Laws
Writer and game designer Robin D. Laws is the eponymous force behind Robin's Laws Of Good Game Mastering, acclaimed as a seminal work on the running of tabletop roleplaying games. His practical design contributions to the field appear in such games as Feng Shui, The Dying Earth Roleplaying Game, HeroQuest, The Esoterrorists, and Skulduggery. D&D players know his work on various supplements, including sections of the Dungeon Master's Guide 2 for both the third and fourth editions of that game. His fiction chops can be seen in his six novels and various serials and short stories.
PDF Edition Notes
The Hamlet's Hit Points PDF is actually three PDF files. The first is a version of the full book adapted to be beautiful and functional when viewed one page at a time, as it's likely to be displayed on an iPad or other portrait-oriented eReader. It's fully bookmarked and hyperlinked. The second is a version of the full book that's 100% identical to the print version, output in spreads as you'd see the physical book while you hold it open in your hands. The final file is a series of large, 11x17 pages that present the beat maps for Hamlet, Dr. No, and Casablanca. Such large pages couldn't be reasonably printed, but are easy to provide in a PDF offering, and give a great at-a-glance overview of the stories.
For the price of the PDF, you get all three files in a single archive.