- Open Game License stat blocks
- The economics of my first month making TTRPG content
- Converting 5e adventures to 13th age (pdf)
- Map packs by me. Not free, but not very expensive.
The rest is basically my bookmark collection, which hopefully is useful to someone
Doing your own layout:
- The Write your First Adventure workshop, offered twice a year by the Storytelling Collective, has a great introductory guide.
- There's an intro to how to layout text here.
- The Write Your First Adventure workshop also has a great section on accessibility.
- This PDF gives some useful advice on how to convey information in diagrams and other complex images in a screen reader friendly format.
- Canva has some great functionality for searching some common free fonts by general style. I've also found canva to be very useful for trying out layout, making covers, making banners for twitter, etc.
- Google Fonts also has a bunch of free fonts with some amount of organization.
- Font Squirrel - search for fonts that are free for commercial use
- A Tweet listing a bunch of cool fonts
- (paid) Some cool fonts suitable for title pages and such
- Paletton - a fancy colour wheel thing. I find it fun to fiddle with.
- Generate random colour schemes. You can pin colours too and get ones that match it based on magic, idk. I've found it useful as someone with no formal training in colours.
- The River: tools for minimalist website creation
- HTML and EPUB creation game: a game/tutorial for writing markdown and turning it into more readable formats
- Tiny Tools: Really covers everything, but a bit of an emphasis on software design.
Help! I want to make a game but art is expensive!
There are three main approaches. First, you can commission art and maps. This is generally expensive. I've written here about the economics of your first product. You can also try to make your own. For maps, Dungeondraft and Inkarnate are good choices, although if making maps doesn't sound fun, maps are usually cheap (see below).
You can also use public domain art. There is a lot online but it can be hard to search. Finally, you can buy stock art. There are a lot of sites for free stock art photos, but usually they aren't fantasy themed. On DriveThruRpg and DM's Guild, you can for a relatively small price buy stock art. Make sure you read the license, though!
You can find some other advice on using low-cost art here.
Free or low-cost maps that allow for commercial useCZ has also made a lot of map packs with commercial use allowed.
Two minute tabletop allows for LIMITED commercial use, make sure you're adhering to the terms. Large variety of colourful maps.
Kyle Latino (Map Crow) has made some maps that can be used for free, also has some really great map-making tutorials on Youtube if you want to make your own.
Dyson Maps makes a lot of maps available for commercial use. Generally old-school, black and white, including dungeon, town and 3d.
Stock artKii has published a few packs of really unique characters. Vagelio makes some really nice painter-style unique stock art.
Direquest has a lot of templates, layout components, and stock art of items in a pretty cool and distinctive style.
Dean Spenser is a very prolific artist making stock art, including some cover pages.
Daniel Comerci likewise
Tortoise and Hare Creations likewise
Fat Goblin Games seems to publish a variety of different artists' stock art in different styles.
Purple Duck Games likewise.
Castilho makes detailed black and white drawings, including characters, scenes and items.
Feral Indie Studios makes giant collections of spot art for a pretty wide selection of genres.
Perplexing Ruins has a patreon with a lot of art usable for commercial purposes. Great for weird/indie games or just if you want something other than the typical fantasy aesthetic.
StarshineScribbles has created a bunch of creative commons page backgrounds and textures.
Grey Gnome [Free!] has a bunch of black and white stock art that is free for commercial use so long as it is part of a larger commercial project.
Red Ink Caravan has stock art, currently landscapes. Roselysiumn has a lot of character stock art, and some objects and landscapes.
Public domain artA Pinterest board of public domain art mostly from the British Library. Maintained by me, I may have made mistakes so double-check before using. A curated pinboard of more public domain art, themed around "Grim fantasy". Old Book Illustrations has a good curated list Artvee for fine art in general.
- Monster manual on a business card - the DMG math on making monsters is wrong. Here's the correct math.
- Mork Borg design primer, which also has a bunch of generally useful resources on finding fonts and art.
- Any Dice - easy dice math visualizer.
- Some resources for doing art - a tweet thread. I have no idea if it's good advice but I hope to be good enough for it to become relevant
- Map Crow - mostly videos about making TTRPG maps, but often delves into other interesting TTRPG related topics.
- A list of games with physical copies available on itch.io
- A nice interface for the troika! SRD