13 Japanese Place Names

In today’s edition of Anniversary the 13th we present names of Japanese places. The Deck O’ Names products provide random names of different types and the Deck O’ Names – Japanese can give either male or female personal names, surnames (family names), or place names. These names could be used in roleplaying games such as The Legend of Five Rings, in quasi-Japanese areas inside other settings, or in anime- or manga-inspired games. Japanese names could also be valuable in other settings as rumored or legendary people and locations, long ago or far away.

Available as print-and-cut cards or a generator that runs inside a browser program, the Deck O’ Names – Japanese is always ready to provide quick names. This screen shot shows some of the options in the Deck O’ Names – Japanese Generator.

Here are 13 randomly generated Japanese place names and their meanings:

  • Ayachou: Cloth Town
  • Baramura: Briar Village
  • Benshima: Crown Island
  • Hiragikawa: Holly River
  • Kagechou: Shadow Town
  • Kiyokawa: Pure River
  • Midorimura: Green Village
  • Radani: Pleasant Valley
  • Senichi: Fan Market
  • Shitaizumi: Lower Spring
  • Tamidani: National Valley
  • Tsujimori: Forest Crossing
  • Yukiichi: Happiness Market

For more information on the Deck O’ Names, check out the Deck O’ Names page on our website. To buy the Deck O’ Names – Japanese, visit RPGNow, Paizo.com, or other fine on-line gaming stores. Remember, you can pick up a copy at a 25% discount during Anniversary the 13th!

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13 Woods of Woe

Today, for Anniversary the 13th, we present 13 Woods of Woe, a small collection of descriptions of a modern eerie forest. You can download this short PDF here: 13 Woods of Woe

If you like modern horror descriptions, check out Halls of Horror for descriptions of the classic ‘spooky house.’

Remember that our Anniversary the 13th Sale is still going on, with 25% discounts on all digital products at stores like the Open Gaming Store and RPGNow.

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13 Weapons of Mayhem

Our Anniversary the 13th observance is still going on at Tabletop Adventures!

Assorted special knives on display

Inspired by all the great weapons viewed recently, the minions have chosen to share 13 sample weapons from “Bits of Magicka: Weapons of Mayhem,” an upcoming product of magic weapon descriptions. While the statistics provided are for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, the weapon concepts could be useful in almost any related RPG. Check out the Mamluki Calabad or Ridolfo’s Marvelous Truncheon of Dissuading Blows, or add a little pizzazz to your projectiles. Download the sampler PDF by clicking here: 13 WEAPONS OF MAYHEM

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13 Museum weapons

This gallery contains 13 photos.

This is not how the minions expected to start the special anniversary groups of 13, but they are exhilarated by the discovery of a cache of weapons at the local natural history museum. They have chosen 13 photos to share, … Continue reading

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Anniversary the Thirteenth!

This month Tabletop Adventures is experiencing our thirteenth anniversary. The minions may be a little superstitious but the occasion is definitely lucky for our customers, because we are offering all our electronic products at a 25% discount on all our sales sites from July 13-31. Tabletop Adventures has resources for GMs or players, and support for nearly any fantasy system as well as modern and science-fiction games. Watch for special 13s on the Tabletop Adventures blog and Facebook page for the next 13 days, and celebrate our anniversary by buying yourself a present!

You can purchase Tabletop Adventures’ excellent products at these fine digital sales sites:

Warehouse 23

Tabletop Library




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Readers go for “Mother Issues”

Congratulations to Ben Stone on his “Mother Issues!” Ben’s entry was the fan favorite piece in the May/June 2017 Warlock’s Journal Contest.

Many times someone who is not a mother still stands in the place of one, or is called by that name. The challenge was given to describe such a person and the results are available now, to whet your imagination. The final version includes the names of the winner and other authors, as well as a few illustrations to enhance the entries.

Download the contest results directly from the contest page on this website, or get the document as a free product on RPGNow or DriveThruRPG. Thank you to the fans who voted, and to the writers for making this a fun contest.

The July Warlock’s Journal Contest is already open at Tales of a GM. July 13th is the deadline to describe a Doomsday Device, so check it out right away!



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Warlock’s Journal Contest #33 voting now open

Voting is now open for “Like a Mother to Me,” Warlock’s Journal Contest #33. The voting document is available right now on the Tabletop Adventures website (click: Warlocks Journal May-June 2017 – Voting Doc), and will also be available on RPGNow by Saturday, June 17.

Download the document and read the entries (which are presented anonymously), and then use the link in the introduction to go to the voting survey. Voting is done via Survey Monkey and does not require registration but please vote only once. The voting survey will remain open through June 26th, after which results will be compiled and the winner announced.

Thank you for your interest in the Warlock’s Journal contest!

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Tabletop Adventures hosts Warlock’s Journal Contest

Once again, Tabletop Adventures is hosting the Warlock’s Journal Contest. In May/June 2017, the topic will be, “Like a Mother to Me.”


Mothers have a large place in both real life and fiction; they range from the ideal to the terrible. In this iteration of the Warlock’s Journal Contest, participants are invited to describe a person who stands in the place of a mother, or goes by that title.

In fiction, mothers range from the ubiquitous evil stepmother to the nearly perfect Mrs. March of Little Women to the child Wendy, who mothers the Lost Boys in Peter Pan. Even Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folk tales, is said in certain stories to have daughters.

Sometimes being called a ‘mother’ has nothing to do with giving birth. At one time, ‘nunnery’ was a slang term for a brothel, and the woman in charge was euphemistically referred to as the ‘Mother Superior.’ In some cultures, an elderly woman is called Mother (or Grandmother) as a term of respect. Being a mother figure is also not restricted to humanoids. There are those stories of the noble animal that raises a human child as its own, such as the wolf with Romulus and Remus, or Tarzan of the Apes. Other non-human figures are Mother Nature, Mother Earth, Mother Russia, or the futuristic Motherboard of the animated series “Cyberchase.” Then there is the motherly ghost of Hispanic legend, “La Llorona,” who weeps for her drowned children and may snatch others in their place.

For this contest, an entry could describe a mother like the old woman in a shoe (in the nursery rhyme), who has so many children – and hires them out to hold horses and run errands, and gathers up all the information they bring home to sell to the highest bidder. Another mother could be a matriarch – of a jungle village, or a fierce tribe of orcs, or a clan of dwarven artisans. A spy or escapee could be disguised as a mother with small children; after all, who would expect the harassed-looking mother of toddlers to be passing secret information? A smuggler could appear to be a mother-to-be and actually be delivering small arms to a Resistance cell.


The Warlock’s Journal is an interdimensional book that moves through the planes always seeking new information. In May and June, Tabletop Adventures is ‘hosting’ the book and the challenge is to describe an person who stands in the place of a mother, or is called by that title. The prize will be $10.00 in store credit on RPGNow/DriveThru RPG.


An entry can be written for any genre or type of roleplaying game or fiction. It should include a title designating the person (a proper name, nick name, etc.), a description of appearance and personality, and brief information on how this character could be used in a game or story. No statistics are required, though if an author desires, stats could be included as ‘bonus material,’ not counted in the word limit for entries.

Entries should be limited to 500 words (not including the title), though they need not be that long. A person can enter more than once, but each entry must be separate. Put the entry in the body of an e-mail, reference the contest in the subject line, and also be sure to include contact information; at a minimum, name and e-mail address. Send all entries to customerservice@tabletopadventures.com. Entries must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (Every entry will be acknowledged by e-mail, though it may take a couple days. If you have not gotten an acknowledgement by the evening of June 3, please check to be sure your entry was indeed received.)

All entries will be presented anonymously for voting by fans, using Survey Monkey or a similar service. (Any ties will be decided by the Overlord, of course.) The winner of the fan vote will be announced no later than June 30, 2017, and all entries then made available as a free PDF with credit to the authors. (Entries remain the property of their authors, but participation grants permission to use entries in the free contest PDF and any annual or other compilation that may be made later.) Members of Tabletop Adventures are not eligible to enter. Tabletop Adventures reserves the right to add more winning places or award Honorable Mention recognition at the Overlord’s discretion.

For more information on the Warlock’s Journal Contest, see the page here: Warlock’s Journal Contest

We look forward to seeing your entries!

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Moms Are Gamers, Too!

Tabletop Adventures is pleased to celebrate our thirteenth annual “Moms Are Gamers Too!” sale in honor of Mother’s Day. We are offering 20% off on all our electronic products from now through Tuesday, May 23rd. You can find our products on sale at RPGNow and DriveThruRPG, and more sites will be added soon.

In addition, if you are a mom who is a gamer, have a mom who is a gamer, or know a mom who is a gamer, write us and tell us about her (or yourself) and we will give you a coupon for 40% off the Tabletop Adventures product of your choice at one of the above sites.

Send your mom info to customerservice@tabletopadventures.com or post it on our Facebook page. Please tell us about the gamer mom you know (or are), let us know where you heard about the sale and indicate the Tabletop Adventures product for which you would like a coupon. (Coupons will be good through July 31, 2017.) These accounts of moms in gaming may show up on our web site or in our social media, with all identifying information removed, of course.

Take advantage of these special offers and join us in celebrating gamer moms everywhere. Tabletop Adventures – Whatever you play, we’ve got your back!

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Celebrate GM’s Day with Tabletop Adventures!

March 4th is GM’s Day! In honor of GMs everywhere, Tabletop Adventures is offering 30% off all our electronic products. We provide Help for the Harried Game Master in a number of different ways. Check out our terrain and location products for fantasy, future, or modern horror settings, or try out the Deck O’ Names random name generators. Other items for the fantasy game master are the Bits of Magicka magic item products and Shards of the Heart NPCs. If your GM is into horror instead, look into Against the Darkness, a Vatican horror roleplaying game.

This sale is going on at all our various sales sites, so you can shop at your favorite! Check it out at:

The Open Gaming Store, affiliated with d20pfsrd.com (through March 6)

Paizo.com (through March 8)

Warehouse 23, at Steve Jackson Games (through March 8)

RPGNow (through March 13)

DriveThru RPG (through March 13)

Tabletop Library (through March 13)

Take advantage of these discounts to gift your game master (or yourself) with some useful, inspirational material. Any game, any time – Tabletop Adventures.

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