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Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Toolkit 2

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After launching my first Toolkit about two years ago I have been blown away by the feedback I have received from the community. My first Toolkit has now reached 40,000 downloads and is still consistently a best-seller. I was completely blown away by its success and had no choice but to make a second, but I wanted this one to be incredible. This Toolkit is a much larger undertaking than the first, but still contains a massive amount of content for DM's of any experience level.

I like to make my products available to any and all so I list them as Pay What You Want, but any and all support is appreciated and helps me pay for the art and the immense amount of time I spend with these products! I know there are a lot of poor DMs out there and you should not be denied quality products! 

Contents

5 Dungeons

The Dungeons section contains 5 dungeons, including all combat and non-combat encounters for a range of groups. Creatures, puzzles, traps, skill checks, atmosphere, and rewards are all contained within the Toolkit. Each dungeon contains a minimum of four combat encounters and numerous out of combat challenges to test the strengths and weakness of any party composition. While these do include suggested usages, these dungeons are intended to be free from any external requirements or story, they are merely a set piece you can drop into your own world with little effort. Delve the temples of pure elemental magics and creatures that are drawn to their power and destroy the ancient evil lying dormant within the Tomb of Tarraketh.   

5 One-Shots

One-shots are adventures that contain an overarching story or quest and tie themselves up at the end of a session. These are typically expected to last 3-4 hours (though some may take longer as noted in the adventures below) and are a great tool for newer Dungeon Masters who may be hesitant to jump into the deep end without assistance. They are also a valuable aid for an experienced DM that might be running low on prep time! Reading through the pages within this book should provide you with everything you need to run an exciting story for your players.  

Experience the Metallic Dwarven Kingdoms and either aid or betray a set of star-crossed lovers in The Copperbolt Conundrum, invade the mind of a local lord and thwart the dream manipulator that has taken hold of his mind in Descent into Dreams, enter a haunted house with nothing but a magical candle to keep your players safe in The Nerastrim Manor, help a town prepare for a wild west style outlaw siege in Showdown in Skalintown, and finally help the poor pixie Quill of Pleppil restore his broken wings in The Well of Wishes.  

10 Puzzles

Ten unique puzzles to drop into your world and challenge your players in a way that they often can't simply solve a dice to conquer. Present them with a locked safe that requires an assortment of specifically placed colored marbles to open, see if they are willing to coat themselves in blood to traverse a deadly trapped passageway, and see if they can endure the brutal challenges of the Submerged Temple puzzle.

11 d20 Random Encounter Tables

Sometimes as a DM you just need a bit of inspiration to give some excitement to your party’s travel (or simply to buy yourself some extra time to figure out what is going to happen when they arrive since you certainly didn't expect them to go to that town all the way across the map!). Within are tables for all of the common types of terrain your party may travel over for an extended period of time - arctic, coast, desert, forest, jungle, plains, mountains, swamp, and finally the high seas! There is also a table for encounters that might occur while they are visiting a city. Each of these environments come with a d20 table of encounters your players might come across on a given day. These can be used to give you a burst of inspiration for a larger hook in your world, or just as a way to spice up travel in an exciting manner.

Over 100 Magic Items

I think interesting magic items are one of the greatest gifts you can give to your players as a Dungeon Master. I find few things more satisfying than seeing the creative ways my players can utilize zany magic items, turning a difficult encounter into a trivial one and creating lasting memories of how their crazy plan actually worked. Many of the items in this book designed with the intent to allow for such creative scenarios, while others are alternatives to the official list of magic items available. Either way, hopefully you can make use of the items within or gain inspiration for custom magic items of your own!

Over 100 Monsters

Finally, page after page of new monsters for your players to fight, many with art to depict their ferocity (or cuteness). Challenge your players with over 100 new creatures they have never before faced in their adventures! Each of these creatures has a lore block to provide you with an idea of these creature's motivations and to better understand where you will be able to utilize them in your world! Monsters span the full range of difficulty from the seemingly harmless Sundrop Squirrel all the way up to the devastatingly powerful Elder Conflux Elemental! 


Yep! I know that is a lot of stuff! This is a solo project (except for the artists I hire), so I expect there are still some formatting errors or typos that slipped through the cracks. If you stumble across any of these, please let me know and I will work on getting them fixed in future versions of the Toolkit. I am also not a perfect individual when it comes to balancing so if you see anything that seems absurd, be sure to reach out to me with suggestions and feedback and I will try to get it incorporated! 


Along with this release of the new Toolkit, I also made a number of revisions to my first Toolkit! I added roughly 12 pages of content, some of it providing clarity where people had shown confusion, but a lot of it was making the adventures and dungeons work for a wider range of groups! Be sure to download the latest version if you were a fan! 

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/202858/Nerzugals-Game-Master-Toolkit Nerzugal's Dungeon Master Toolkit

Click the links above to check out my other products! All of which are available as Pay What You Want!


 
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Austin E October 30, 2018 3:28 am UTC
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Excellent material! I love what you've made so far and I appreciate that it's pay what you want.

Are you planning on making a printer friendly version like you did with v1? The yellowed pages are gonna suck so much ink and I would much prefer a printed copy.
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Steven W October 30, 2018 4:49 am UTC
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Well, there are print copies available in hardback and softback if you want to purchase them =)

Alternatively, I am not seeing the yellow pages you are speaking of. Do you have the latest version of the Toolkit? It should have white backgrounds so it is more printer friendly.
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Monty D August 09, 2018 1:41 am UTC
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I just wanted to say thank you for making these pay what you want. Currently due to the Wildfire near me in CA I can't pay for something this awesome, but wanted you to know that I will come back and purchase it when I get income again!! Thanks for making it available to all!
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Jason B July 16, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
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New DM here and I'm super excited to check this out. My question is is it all b&w, or are there a lot of full color illustrations?
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Steven W July 16, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
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Only the cover is in color. The rest of the images within are in the style of sketches and are in black and white. I had over 50 illustrations done and my art budget wasn't high enough to afford full-color illustrations throughout. For later projects, I may consider doing a Kickstarter to get some upfront funding to pay for such artwork.
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Jason B July 16, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
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Thanks so much for the quick reply! My main reason for asking was because I was afraid of breaking my budget on ink when the time comes to print it out (I assume I can print it from the PDF?). Looking forward to digging in:)
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Ari K July 08, 2018 12:16 am UTC
First of all, really think you are awesome for offering all that as pay what you want. I have a question though if you don't mind. I'm looking at running a one shot soon(2-3 hours), and I would like to know what levels and party size the one-shots are optimized for. My party will be around 3rd level and 6-7 players(big, I know). They find interesting NPCs the most fun. Are your one shots doable with this configuration and if so, which has your favourite NPC? Thanks for your time.
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Steven W July 08, 2018 2:10 am UTC
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The Showdown in Skalintown I think would work for your party really well. They are third level so I would use the 5th or 6th level version of the one-shot (depending on how skilled they are in combat). It is a wild west showdown with plenty of room for everyone to shine and requires the entire table to come together to plan and coordinate. It also has a couple of NPCs I had a ton of fun with, but my favorite was Jefferey Black. He is a former member of the bandit group that is attacking the town so the party had some fun trying to decide whether or not they trusted him. Hopefully I got back to you in time! Good luck!
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Nick H June 26, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
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I wish I had money but I still support you guys
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Steven W June 26, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
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Hey, I make the product PWYW so even people without money can enjoy my work and have an awesome addition to their collection. I hope you find the Toolkit helpful!
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Peter B June 26, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
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Thank you so very much for all your hard work. Cheers.
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Nicholas B June 20, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
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When I open the document I see many blank sections and a few sections where the print is upside down and backwards. ??? I'm using Adobe 9.0
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Steven W June 21, 2018 1:00 am UTC
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Can you send a copy of the PDF you have to Nerzugal@gmail.com. I have been trying to find the root cause of the issue but I cannot recreate it on any of my devices with the current PDF that is downloaded for the product. I want to help out, but I don't know if it is an issue with the actual file or with the PDF viewers.
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Zack H June 11, 2018 9:48 am UTC
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I'm not sure if this is a common problem, but most of the text appears to be blending into the white background or not loading for some reason. The text that is appearing is also upside down, which is new. Maybe I need to re-download the PDF?
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Steven W June 11, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
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You can try redownloading and see if that helps, but this is the first I have heard of this error and I cannot seem to produce it myself. I suppose it may also be a result of the PDF viewer. If you don't mind, you can send me an e-mail at Nerzugal@gmail.com with more details and perhaps a screenshot and we can try to figure it out.
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MB S June 18, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
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I'm getting this issue as well.
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Steven W June 18, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
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Zack found that using another PDF viewer did the trick. Can I ask what you are using to browse the file with? And if you don't mind, can you send the file to Nerzugal@gmail.com as I have not been able to replicate it on my own as of yet. Still trying to find the root cause of the issue.
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Ryan M June 01, 2018 12:20 am UTC
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I love this.

Just wanted to say that the Dire Wolf, Armored stat block is kind of funky.
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Steven W June 01, 2018 1:39 am UTC
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Thanks! I will have it fixed in just a few hours!
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Dave L May 31, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
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Fantastic work... again!

FYI... I have NerzugalsDMToolkit2_v1.2.pdf and it looks like the Armored Dire Wolf stat block on page 194 glitched out...
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Steven W May 31, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
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The glitched stat blocks just take turns! I fixed the Strix and broke that one somehow. I will get it fixed hopefully later this evening. Thanks!
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K. David L May 27, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
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Page 228 has some... issues ...in my copy. Looks like a missing tag or something caused it to jumble up pretty badly. Also... in the first volume of this beautiful series, can you add page numbers there as well?
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Steven W May 27, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
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Ohh, wow, don't know how that managed to slip through the cracks. Working on putting a fix out right now!

As for the first Toolkit, if you look at the Print Friendly version it already has the page numbers. I can go back in and add page numbers to the page version shortly though.
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Steven W May 27, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
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The Primeval Strix should be fixed now and the first Toolkit has page numbers added. Let me know if you find any other issues you see that I can improve upon. Thanks!
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Pieter V May 23, 2018 10:26 am UTC
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Hey again, I've been reading a bit more through the book and am loving every second of it!

Still, as you say, there are some small errors in spelling and such that, when fixed, would make it even better!
By what means should those of us that wish to contribute contact you? I'm willing to go through the entire product and give feedback :)
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Steven W May 23, 2018 1:49 pm UTC
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If you see anything, you can send it to Nerzugal@gmail.com and I will see that it gets fixed! I did my best but with so much stuff it is impossible to catch it all so I appreciate whenever anyone can help spot something I missed!
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Darron B May 22, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
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Bless you.
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Steven W May 22, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
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Hey everyone, thanks for all of the feedback on the product so far! I am making some adjustments based on suggestions and fixing a few small typos that readers have uncovered that slipped through the cracks! I also wanted to announce that I have approval to start preparing the book to be available for Print on Demand! It will likely be a number of weeks until I have the files prepped and the versions approved for shipping, but if you are interested in a physical copy of this product be sure to check back in on occasion or follow me on Twitter for updates! Thanks!
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K. David L May 22, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
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Three things:

1. I love your stuff.

2. Please add page numbers to the pages and the TOC. Please...

3. I would like to know why you use the PC style hit dice for the NPC stat blocks, rather than the MM's Medium=d8 standard? Seems odd, I know, but this is how the game works.
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Steven W May 22, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
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1) Thank you very much!

2) I am adding them this evening! I assumed the links in the ToC and the build in page numbers for PDF browsers would suit users needs but I have heard this feedback from multiple buyers so it shall be fixed! Check back in a few hours and I should have it uploaded.

3) Ordinarily, I do follow the rules of hit dice for sizing, but I wanted to make these fairly true to the classes they represented so I decided to use the class hit dice. The idea is that if you used them as an NPC that follows the party as an ally, you could simply use this block and be pretty close to the power of an NPC at that level without needing to create the whole character sheet.
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Greg M May 20, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
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Great book! I love your material. Thank you for putting out yet another great piece of material! I really appreciate how clean your map layouts/artwork is!

Just wanted to point out the drawing of the Dwarven Cobalt Longsword says "Dwarwen" (w instead of v)
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Steven W May 20, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
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Haha, whoops. I will have to get that fixed! Didn't even notice!
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Greg M May 21, 2018 4:24 am UTC
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We want only the best for your products and are happy to help in these small ways as consumers of your great work!

Looking forward to more of your work!
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