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James D'Amato

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Connection to Illinois: D'Amato moved to Chicago in 2010. He trained at Second City and iO in Chicago.

Biography: James D'Amato is the author of The Ultimate RPG Series, cofounder of the One Shot Podcast Network, and host of the One Shot and Campaign: Skyjacks podcasts. He trained at Second City and iO in Chicago in the art of improvisational comedy: he now uses that education to introduce new people to role-playing, and incorporates improvisational storytelling techniques to create compelling and entertaining stories for RPG campaigns and one-shot adventures.


Primary Literary Genre(s): C:YOUNG ADULT; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book: 40 Fast, Easy, and Fun Tabletop Games (The Ultimate RPG Guide Series)
ISBN: 1507212860 OCLC: 1151490303

Adams Media 2020

RPGs you can finish in one session! Explore desolate and deserted alien terrain, escape a soul-reaping Outsider in a haunted house, and scout out a new home for your seven-inch-tall gnome brethren - all in just a few hours? It's time to take your RPGs to the next level - the micro level. In The Ultimate Micro-RPG Book, you'll find everything you need to complete forty different role-playing campaigns, created by dozens of expert game masters! With simple instructions and setup for each game, along with pages you can tear out and share with your game group, you'll be able to dive into your fantasy, horror, sci-fi, or romance (and more!) world right away. Add your own unique storytelling and personality to each game, survey the riches of your friends' imaginations, and waste no time looking up complicated rules. Whether you're an experienced role-playing gamer or new to the world of RPGs, you'll find yourself quickly immersed in a microworld of your own design! --

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide: Expanded Genres Edition: Prompts and Activities to Create Compelling Characters for Horror, Sci-Fi, X-Punk, and More (The Ultimate RPG Guide Series)
ISBN: 1507217919 OCLC:

Adams Media 2022

The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide: Prompts and Activities to Create the Most Interesting Story for Your Character (The Ultimate RPG Guide Series)
ISBN: 1507208375 OCLC: 1035798846

Adams Media 2018

You've chosen your class, bought your weapons, and rolled for your stats, and you're now the proud owner of your own RPG (role-playing game) avatar. But before you begin your adventure, there's so much more you can do with your character to make him or her your own! Just how evil is she? What does his dating profile look like? Where did she get that scar? What does he want for his birthday? With fill-in-the blank narratives, prompts, and fun activities to help you customize your character at the start of the game, or build out your backstory as you play, The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide will help you fully imagine your character and bring them to life for the ultimate gaming experience!--

The Ultimate RPG Game Master's Worldbuilding Guide: Prompts and Activities to Create and Customize Your Own Game World (The Ultimate RPG Guide Series)
ISBN: 1507215517 OCLC: 1237252309

Adams Media 2021

Make your next campaign truly unique with the help of this interactive guide to world building! From RPG expert James D'Amato comes a fun new guide that teaches beginner and experienced gamers alike how to build and create their own game elements for customizing existing adventures or creating new stories from scratch. The Ultimate RPG Game Master's Worldbuilding Guide includes dozens of activities for a wide range of genres from fantasy and sci-fi to horror and x-punk. This lively and interactive book helps Game Masters create dynamic destinations, powerful items, shadowy organizations, compelling villains, and more. Make the most of your gaming experience with these unique and personalized ideas for your gaming group's next adventures!--

The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide: Role-Play the Best Campaign EverNo Matter the Game! (The Ultimate RPG Guide Series)
ISBN: 1507210930 OCLC: 1104859747

Adams Media 2019

Whatever RPG game you play, from D&D to Call of Cthulu to licensed games like Star Wars, every detail is important. From setting the scene to choosing the right music or even adjusting the lighting to create the right atmosphere, every choice helps maximize your gaming experience. The Ultimate RPG Gameplay Guide provides practical advice for everything from pre-game preparations and in-game improvisation to working out a plan of attack with your teammates to learning how to lean into the setting of your game. Including instructions, prompts, and activities, it offers everything you need for successful, fun role-playing with your friends every time you play. Create hours of narrative and make the most out of your storytelling skills by setting the perfect scene for your adventure. Whether you need advice on your character or working better with your gaming group, James D'Amato includes everything you'll need to take your game to the next level--