This is the closest thing to a Monster Manual you’ll get from Better Games. And, it isn’t much of that. Rolling combat over and over to kill larger and larger monsters is a fine way to game. But there’s so much more that should be happening between those dice rolls.
This is an update of Designing Fantasy Scenarios published an ice age ago. The premise is very much the same, yet the material has been written with Chronicles of the Outlands in mind. A Tarot Deck is used to generate the patron, his mission, his motive (intent, but also now the campaign consequences); some things you don’t tell the players, some things you do. It’s a good system and can be used for both solitaire role-play and with the Ref playing his character along with the group. I certainly do.
The quests generate without much setup. The Ref must supply the personal touch to blend the card narratives together. But after a few test cases as a beginner, any Referee will soon be developing the most elaborate and splendidly original topics for adventure. “It will seem like magic.”
Can the quest generation be used in your other favorite rpg? Of course, you’ll find several hundred pages of fresh ideas. But also, should I ever play with any of you, stop using bad movie troupes!