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Open Design Projects

Open Design uses an old business model called patronage; you directly commission a game designer, mapper, and illustrators to produce an adventure of interest.

As a patron, you can participate in the project discussions, brainstorms, and polls. You’ll read design essays and have the opportunity to playtest and review material. If you’re a senior patron, you’ll have more access: maybe suggest an NPC or a monster, maybe write whole sections, but there's no requirement to contribute text! Senior patrons also preview maps and artwork. While Senior Patrons have a lot of pull, but a particularly inspired idea can often be snapped up from the lower tier. A great idea is, after all, a great idea.

Regardless of the level of patronage, you’ll get a PDF of the final product and the option to purchase a hard copy of the project at cost (no markup!). This is an additional cost to project patronage.

The most important element of Open Design patronage is that you have the chance to see how game design happens from start to finish. You can ask questions, get involved, or just shoot off a few critiques to improve the project. It's a miniature class in RPG design — without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on tuition, and with a friendly, practical approach. Open Design gives gamers the chance to learn and publish RPG design work; seize this rare opportunity today!



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Midgard Preview (Pathfinder RPG and AGE)

Midgard Preview (Pathfinder RPG and AGE)

Two Short Tales, and the Feathered Folk This introduction to the Midgard Campaign setting offers up two short stories, by Jeff Grubb and Wade...

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Further North - Web Supplement for Northlands (Pathfinder RPG)

Further North - Web Supplement for Northlands (Pathfinder RPG)

Berserker madness has overtaken designers Dan Voyce and Chris Harris! Here... Is. More.. Northlands!! This 9-page PDF includes: Ten dangerous guests...
$1.99

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Alleys of Zobeck (Pathfinder RPG)

Alleys of Zobeck (Pathfinder RPG)

Alleys of Zobeck is a 17-page collection of additional NPCs, locations, and magic for urban adventure expands any city adventure or adventure path...
$2.99

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Shadow Planes & Pocket Worlds (Pathfinder RPG)

Shadow Planes & Pocket Worlds (Pathfinder RPG)

Infinity Just Got Bigger! This 25-page supplement for Dark Roads & Golden Hells provides one exotic plane of horror, plus dozens of wondrous items,...
$2.99

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Courts of the Shadow Fey (PDF, 4th Edition)

Courts of the Shadow Fey (PDF, 4th Edition)

Friends or Foes? A Game of Shifting Dangers The Shadow Fey arrive and turn the city upside down — and their ambassador demands that the player...
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Dark Roads & Golden Hells (PDF)

Dark Roads & Golden Hells (PDF)

The Outer Planes Beckon! " Dark Roads and Golden Hells is one hell of an achievement… or perhaps eleven of them. Every chapter offers a world of...
$9.99

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Northlands PDF (Pathfinder RPG)

Northlands PDF (Pathfinder RPG)

Take up your axe and raise the dragon’s head upon the longship’s prow! The time has come to brave the frozen empires of the savage north. Here honor...
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Red Eye of Azathoth (Call of Cthulhu PDF)

Red Eye of Azathoth (Call of Cthulhu PDF)

Fear the Red Eye of Azathoth! Kings die, nations crumble, and madness trails in the fiery wake of a comet called The Red Eye of Azathoth. Do you have...
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Streets of Zobeck PDF (Pathfinder RPG)

Streets of Zobeck PDF (Pathfinder RPG)

A Collection of Dark and Daring Adventures What happens when adventurers become the owners of a brothel? When a roguish associate asks them to attend...
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Tales of the Old Margreve (PDF Edition)

Tales of the Old Margreve (PDF Edition)

Put out the fire, shoulder your pack, and enter the deep woods... Tales of the Old Margreve contains 8 eerie forest adventures for the Pathfinder...
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