I’ve been collecting these bits and pieces since late 2018, when I went on a tear and cranked out 8 cyberpunk novels in a row. I’ve gone back now and consolidated my two genre lists of prompts into one 60 page guide and posted it in Drive Thru RPG. It is a Pay What You Want title, so you can download a free copy whenever you want. Here’s a direct link to this title.
About this title:
The Skinny: 64 pages of pre-generated examples from 38 free online random item generators and 1 book found on Drive Thru RPG, all focused on the theme of cyberpunk.
The Bacon: This is a big, big list of cyberpunk prompts that you can use to inspire your story-telling, in a number of different categories. This was the first set of prompts I used as road signs for 8 novels and 1 novella, but they were written into 2 different files and I’m finally getting around to organizing them into one volume. Use them, abuse them, find the links in the sources list and go generate your own prompts.
Everything I earn from this article will go to the creators of the online generators, because they went through the trouble of creating these generators for you and me to use.
The Skinny: 57 pages of pre-generated examples from 46 free online random item generators, all focused on the theme of science fiction in space.
The Bacon: This is what happens when I have too much time on my hands. I needed spacy-sounding names for my previous writing project titled The Throwback. That’s when I became aware of all these online generators that could give me a bunch of random prompts all at once. Now that I am expanding my previous project into a full novel, I went back to the generators for spicing up my story-telling, I found a bunch more generators, and I put them together into a work file that I could access right away when I need a spaceship name, or a planet description, or a starter mission, which I then tweak to fit into what I’ve already written.
I thought, maybe somebody else could use these prompts? Maybe people don’t even know these generators are out there? So I went and put together a PDF file, showing the name of the generator, examples I got from it, and links to where you can get your own prompts. Some of these generators have Donate buttons on them. Everything I earn from this article will go to them, because they’re the ones that went through the trouble of creating these generators for you and me to use. I encourage you out there to do the same.
Ready to download on Drive Thru RPG. Pay What You Want for it, get it free, as long as you can squeeze something out of it, something fun, I’m happy. I’ve got a sister article coming out soon with, literally, hundreds of sci fi story prompts, slanted toward Space Opera or Sword And Planet aka Planetary Romance. Everything you need to get a great story started except a kick in the ass.
About this title: For role-players and storytellers, this is a quick resource based on Plots and Villains from the Space Science Fiction genre. If you’d like to spice up your writing or game with ideas from classic Space Opera TV shows and from additional genre resources such as movies, comic books and RPG game-play videos, I’ve collected a number of brief Plot and Villain descriptions that you can add to your story / game, and even entire campaign outlines you can play through. Use your imagination and existing world-building tools to fill in the details. Roll a few dice to get going, and you’ve got yourself a random story starter, foes, and a series of adventures for your characters to go into space with.
Major categories in this supplement include:
*** This 1st version of this supplement contains over 40 Plots, over 40 Villains, both broken down into major categories, and 3 Roll Your Own Campaigns inspired by popular Sci Fi media, I’ll be adding more items periodically as I go along. ***
This article was recently updated. It is found on Drive Thru RPG, where you can Pay What You Want to get it. See the link below the description.
About this title: For role-players and storytellers, this is a quick resource based on Plots and Villains from the Sword And Sorcery genre. If you’d like to spice up your writing or game with ideas created by the masters: Howard, Moore, Lovecraft, and from additional resources such as The Savage Sword Of Conan comic book series, RPG game-play videos, and other similar resources, I’ve collected a couple of hundred of brief Plot and Villain descriptions that you can add to your story / game. Use your imagination and existing world-building tools to fill in the details. Roll a couple of d100, and you’ve got yourself a random story starter and foes for your characters to cross swords with.
*** This 8th version of this supplement contains over 169 Plots, over 169 Villains, both broken down into 4 Lists, and 30 Roll Your Own Campaigns inspired by popular Fantasy media, I’ll be adding more items periodically as I go along. ***
After doing a ton of writing in the sword & sorcery genre, I’m taking a break and moving into space-themed science fiction for a while. I’m looking into sub-genres such as military sci-fi, space opera and sword & planet (also known as planetary romance.) To that end, I have revised my previous PDF article on the basics. You can download it free through the Article Archive link found on my main website Raymond Towers Dot Com.
About this article: This supplement contains plausible elements to develop a grounded, science-based scenario for characters traveling into space and setting up off-world space colonies. The best sci-fi stories have good, solid foundations to them. Once you have that, you can jump off the springboard of your imagination and dive into wherever your story takes you. In this case, it will be to the stars and beyond.