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Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding
Michael A. Stackpole,
Spieldauer: 4 Std. und 42 Min.
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The essential elements for building a world. Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again.
Following the initial Martian invasion of England, President Theodore Roosevelt tries to prepare the United States for the potential of another Martian incursion. As the possibility of a stronger invasion is increasingly clear, the US government tries to mobilize nations to share information and technology to defend humanity. Newly minted ordinance officer Andrew Comstock has been placed in charge of developing new technology that has to be tested on the fly in a race against time if humanity is to survive.
Penumbra, a haphazard city of outcasts, rebels, and malcontents, has floated around a dead planet in a backwater system for longer than living memory can recall. Its towers abandoned starships melded to an ancient, mysterious core, Penumbra is the last remnant of chaotic individualism in a galaxy where conformity to the will of the all-powerful Galactic Council is paramount.
Esther's seabound world has changed. Her revolutionary energy technology allows ships to sail long distances and has ended the Catalina's isolation policy. With the changes come new responsibilities for Esther - and new dangers for the people she loves.
Sixteen years ago, a volcanic eruption changed the world forever. A small group of survivors escaped on a cruise ship called the Catalina ahead of a choking cloud of ash. Since then, they have been surviving at sea, drifting until the land becomes safe again. The adventure continues in
Seaswept, the heart-stopping second book in the Seabound Chronicles.
This is the second of the three-part series covering the opening salvo of the Great Martian Invasion. US forces recover from the initial shock of the Martian invasion of the Southwest and attempt to set up a defensive line along the Mississippi. The best minds in the US try to come up with ways to defeat the Martians using the little captured technology available to them. Meanwhile, President Roosevelt tries to rally world leaders to aid in stopping the invaders.
When an apocalyptic catastrophe decimates the land, a lucky few escape on a souped-up cruise ship called the
Catalina. After 16 years, the strain begins to show in a floating world of distrust and shifting allegiances. A young mechanic named Esther wants to prove herself, but she tends to bash things up in the name of progress. When disaster strikes the
Catalina on Esther's watch, she must risk everything to fix her mistake. She sails in search of help and encounters a mysterious metropolis called the
Every day, our actions are structured by our relationships. Whether it be through family ties, a shared workspace, a favorite hobby, or some other repeated interaction, we are constantly building relationships. But do we ever stop to consider why we are in a relationship with a particular person? How can we make important relationships stronger? And how can we avoid unhealthy relationships?
What is the secret of the Atomic Sea? Toxic. Mysterious. Lightning shoots up from it. Just to breathe the air above it causes mutation. Now, in a time of world war, one man will be pressed to discover the truth and unlock the secrets of the Atomic Sea, or the whole world will be plunged into nightmare. Join listeners around the globe in delving into the mysteries of this strange world.
A thousand years ago, the sea began to change, and the change spread. Now the boiling, toxic, lightning-wreathed Atomic Sea has encompassed every ocean on the planet, and the creatures that live in it have become mutated and unnatural. The sea's taint can infect any human who comes in contact with it or with unprocessed seafood, killing them...or altering them. No one knows why the sea has become this way or what it portends, only that it's irrevocably changed the world.
The Martian invaders have overrun the American heartland. Between the Mississippi and the Rockies, only Texas holds out, written off by the high command in Washington, and with revolution brewing in Mexico. Texas has become the Martians' new target. Across the Lone Star State, soldiers, Rangers, and civilians alike prepare to repel the next attack, outmatched and outgunned - yet undaunted. Governor Colquitt and General Funston plan to build their own weapons, raise their own armies, and perhaps take the war into their own hands.
Enemy sorcerers destroyed the gold that powers white magic on Rados, leaving the Kingdom of Eldor defenseless. A prophecy said the only hope of restoring the gold was for 16-year-old Pran to travel to the mythical world called Earth with three companions: Jelal, a spy whose accident with an eternal youth spell at age 12 cursed him to remain that age forever; Pran’s classmate Samir, who nearly killed Pran last week (but that was before they discovered they’re cousins); and Vitina, the enchantress Pran fell in love with at first sight. They arrive on Earth in New Jersey....
Magic Teacher's Son is a story of betrayal, forgiveness, trust, and treason in a magical world at war. While armies clash in distant battles pitting Magicians against Sorcerers, the actions of an ordinary boy, his classmates, and his friends threaten the loss of their kingdom, but are also its only true hope for survival.
As the Martian force tries to consolidate their position in the US, President Theodore Roosevelt gathers the best scientific minds and industry leaders to meet the Martian challenges. Staking everything on a roll of the dice, a joint army-navy force are in the midst of developing a landship to win the war. The big question is if they can complete it in time.
The epic story of Jet Black reaches its final stage as many unseen things are revealed. Dreadful things are coming that will change the world and threaten the existence of all those who dwell upon it. But one question demands an answer.... When? Some people in high places think they know. They believe they have a plan to protect themselves, and all their material wealth. Are they correct? Or have they made a fatal assumption? The one called Balance knows the truth about what's really coming, and it becomes clear there is only one way humankind may be spared.
Owen Crawford is the ultimate playboy - wealthy, handsome, and charismatic. Yet, things are far from perfect. The successful club owner lives with the constant reminder of his dark past. Struggling to accept who he has become, he pushes everyone away by deflecting relationships that would be more than a one-night stand. And then, there is Emily.... The naive second year psychology student, who is in a troubling relationship, becomes intrigued by Owen and feels an overwhelming desire to "fix him". As she gets closer to Owen, she discovers family secrets and lies that pull her deeper into his world.
Moments before the world ends, two strangers pass each other on the San Diego boardwalk. Simon is taking a walk with his young daughter, Esther. Judith is jogging to relax before her first big job interview. When a cloud of ash descends without warning, swallowing the city behind them, Simon and Judith escape onto a nearby cruise ship and head for open water. The Yellowstone super eruption has begun, and the luxury vessel is their only hope of survival.
What is the secret of the Atomic Sea? Find out today! Epic adventure in a strange world by best-selling author Jack Conner. This is the fifth part of The Atomic Sea epic fantasy / science fiction series.