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If you are looking for content, rather than specifically for dead tree, most of the OOP GURPS books are available in PDF from e23. http://e23.sjgames.com/ The ones that aren't tend to be the licensed ones (Horseclans, Commonwealth, etc). Noble Knight Games also tends to have lots of OOP stuff. http://www.nobleknight.com/Default.asp Prices tend to run a ...


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You can do a search on deviant art for creative commons art work. The quality will vary though. EDIT: You could also search flickr. if you got o flickr then click search -> advanced search then in there type what ever you are looking for (elf in the example link below), rather you want photo's or drawn art and click the creative common's check box. Example ...


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In the 13th century, "..an average day's journey on horseback was about 30 to 40 miles, although it varied widely, depending on circumstance. A messenger on horseback, without riding at night, could cover 40 to 50 miles a day and about half as much on foot. In an emergency, given a good horse and a good road (which was rare), and no load, he could make 15 ...


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The interface is absolutely terrible, but The Historic American Engineering Record has a maritime project. When it has what you want, it's absolutely brilliant - see for example this drawing (one of several) of The Steam Tug HERCULES. You can try searching by type of ship or you can search for "maritime", which seems to turn up a number of ships. When you ...


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Most every small town has a lawman or three... Sometimes local, sometimes state level. Most small towns will have a doctor and a nurse or two... often inept at major medical issues, but very competent on colds, flu, childhood diseases, sinus infections, and broken bones. A dentist, a dental assistant (possibly trained by the doc rather than formal ...


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If you are willing to go for a certain feel, there is a huge body of illustration in the public domain. When I laid out Love in the Time of Seið, which Matthijs Holter and I co-wrote, I found wonderful nordic fantasy illustrations using Google Books. I limited the time frame for results to pre-1910 and then scanned domestic American children's books for ...


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Generating 60 CC-licensed black-and-white character portraits was the goal of the Kickstarter project "60 Terrible Character Portraits For Creative Commons Release". The project ended with enough funding to commision 108 character portraits, and the high-resolution images are available for download.


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If you looking for something pretty specific. Census information would work the best. I'm sure there would be a little interpretation needed. But here is 2000 Census on Occupational information. There are divisions by region, including but not limited to Midwest. http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/c2kbr-25.pdf * Some of the best rpg source content can ...


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A quick Google search reveals: The Game Crafter Guild of Blades Retail Group From the sites, it sounds like there are some issues with producing cards on demand that lead to a slightly lower quality than traditional publishing. Unfortunately, I have no personal experience with either product :/


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I'm also in the process of making a dreamworld (horror) RPG system and campaign, so here's a list of a few more things that haven't been mentioned so far: Lucidity is a game about dreaming. In the world of Lucidity, for reasons unknown, what people dreamed started to become real. But, for the most part, people didn’t realize that it was happening. The ...


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Google has an option to find "similar images", as well as the ability to search for images by main color. This will often result in returning images of the same style. There is also another service that I used many years ago, which I will have to find again, which allows you to search for images by comparing it to another image. (Or even by drawing vague ...


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The main two that come to mind that have RPG implementations are H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands, for which Call of Cthulhu has various editions of a Dreamlands supplement, and Don't Rest Your Head, which is somewhat like Dark City. There's an old RPG called Morpheus that is set in dream. If you just want source material, then depending on tone you want there's ...


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Pick a few favorite images and try to find out who created them (a large percent of them should have some kind of signature: look for it either on the image or somewhere near it (in its title etc.) For unknown painters/photographers and images, try TinEye. Once you've got the name of the painter/photographer, google it (not the theme, as you say in your ...


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If it will be in the Northwest US, there are a large number of logging or sawmill towns. There are also grain mill towns, mining towns, etc. I'd just pick a blue-collar occupation and make that the foundation of the city. Look at most of these small towns (and even cities like Detroit) you are either employed in the main industry/employer, or a "support" ...


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On Foot Budget for 2 miles per hour, with an extra hour per 1000 foot elevation climb. This is assuming you can walk on the slope. If you are only carrying yourself (and maybe a water bottle), figure on 3 mph. Figure you have about 8-10 hours of walking a day, will give you 15-20 miles depending on conditions (mud, hills, extreme heat/cold will slow you ...


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Just to help address the above, http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ , http://www.oldbookart.com/ Generally when searching looking for Public Domain or Royalty Free (as opposed to creative commons, which while certainly works, I find has a much smaller body of stuff in it due to it being a license as opposed to a state like Public Domain in which things fall ...


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Computer game concept work sometimes is a great source of inspiration. Things that spring to mind are the Witcher, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and so on... They can get you some nice drawn characters, monsters, and environments. In addition, whatever source of inspiration for your game, do google image that. You maybe surprised. For example, google "spooky ...


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If you can live with names that simply have the "feel" of a particular culture (same morphemes, etc.), there are good ones at: Chris Pound's Name Generation Page http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~pound/ and squid.org Random Name Generator http://www.squid.org/rpg-random-generator If you want names that are actually used in real world cultures, your best bet may ...


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Amy, try Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It's a classic Victorian nightmarish dreamworld, simultaneously comic and horrific. The sense of powerlessness is particularly strong. Also, H.P. Lovecraft's Dream stories, such as The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. This time, it's simultaneously beautiful and horrific. ...


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OK - some of these I have listed more because they play about with the kind of themes you might want to look at in a dream based campaign, so forgive me if they appear slightly tangential. RPG related resources: Changeling: the Dreaming sourcebooks - this game focuses heavily on dream realms and may contain useful pointers (may also apply to Changeling: ...


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Before you try and integrate any online tools, make sure your players will go for it. Some are reluctant to use technology. I tried to work Google Wave into my game back when we were starting. I figured that loot distribution was something that could take place outside of game time. All the players agreed with me. But none of them used it. Well, they ...


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Looking for tiles as well as floorplans will expand your options. Tiles are great (and more common) for some smaller areas or where you want more detail, while floorplans can be more or less detailed depending on the scale. An easy source is for-pay PDFs of tiles and floorplans. RPGNow hosts a lot of PDF publishers who specialise in floor tiles (for ...


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You didn't say "free" was a critical feature, so doing a search for modern or even modern floorplansrpgnow on sites like http://www.rpgnow.com produces some leads that sell PDFs (including some free) that might fit your needs...


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The Story Games Names Project† contains more than 100 lists for different cultures and genres, each one containing at least 20 male, 20 female, and 20 surnames. Many of the lists contain more than that. The project resulted in a published book as well as the online index of names in PDF and text formats, released under a Creative Commons license. The book ...


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I gladly volunteer my little collection of ships (and other vehicles) for my currently defunct Pulp campaign. I am slowly redesigning the site, so if someone reaches this comment in the future I suggest to start from an higher-level entry point. Also, if you find the 115-foot Freighter close enough to your requirements, please contact me (there is an email ...


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Online resources you might find moderately useful for the tramp steamer are: Model Ship World Tramp Steamers SS Semiramis *note: I could not find anything at the size you requested. You are right about the lack of material which matches your request.


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Dover Books has sold compilations of royalty-free art for decades. Very affordable books, no additional costs. Be sure to review the extensive list on the left side of: http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-art.html Notable: Fantastic Ornament: 110 Designs and Motifs "Swirling with gargoyles, devils, dragons, griffins, and other images that haunt ...


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J.P. Cardier has worked out some pretty detailed travel speeds for foot, horses, river boats and sailing, and shown the workings, so you can decide for yourself where you disagree. These rules are for Exalted, but the conclusions would be valid for most games, as far as I can see. There are also a few useful figures here


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I'm not sure whether you can find what you need there, but Ships Nostalgia has a lot of useful stuff, including galleries, a discussion board, and more. Probably a good place to go asking for this sort of thing. Free to join.


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Look at D6 Adventure Locations (which is now freely available). The book is a list of common modern locations with things to see, people to meet (with some stats) and minor typical plot hooks for each location. Some examples are Convenience Store, Forest/Meadow, Park, Restaurunt, etc. ...



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