Party Backstory Generator + PDF

How did everyone in your party meet? What alliances or tensions exist? Who screwed over who and what will you do about it?

For Fifth Edition (all editions really), Pathfinder, and other fantasy RPG systems, the Party Backstory Generator solves this problem quickly and easily. This is a simple, straightforward guide of limitless customization.

Build meaningful alliances and tensions between multiple party members with this map making, backstory and one-shot off-night story builder. “Choose two characters…” – it’s the prompt in this unique book that will bond your party in fun and meaningful ways. This book doesn’t create individual characters. It solely focuses on unifying your players with randomized background, conflicts, skills, and tragedies.

What's in the book?

•Over 300 randomized and detailed alliances or conflicts that build on each other - tables, drop-tables, and unique location attributes. Each random event compounds upon the next so each reuse is unique
•Fillable pages for Characters, Relationships, Events, and Locations
•A tabbing system for easy locating of related characters and events
•Event-based dice drop-tables that turn your shared map into a usable game board
•30 illustrations
•Cover by Luke Eidenschink
•Sturdy 70 pound paper
•Lots of replayability
•Suitable for all ages

What's NOT in the book

Anything that creates individual playable characters. There's plenty of great resources for that. This is all about the party. That said, the book does create non-playable characters that the GM can use to enrich their story or campaign.

How does it work?

Step 1

Everyone sits down with their pre-made characters and collectively draws a map of where they are from. With the guidance of the Game Master, they take turns and flesh out details of a place (town or city or anything) that they all visit in the area. They take turns drawing and building the world.

Step 2

Roll dice to generate hundreds of options that compound as the backstory builds: trades, loot, friendships, family, romance, lore, education, property, mysteries, and more. Each player takes a turn as they familiarize areas, meet locals, and acquire property. With each roll, relationships develop, compound, and grow in complexity. The GM is free to steer the prequel narrative in any direction they want.

Step 3

Once enough locations and events are created on the map, the map itself turns into a playable drop table where more random content can occur. Battles, calamity, new locations, and more. The map is a living document of your collective backstory.

Step 4

Return to the map on off-nights to go back in time to create more backstory and feed details into your campaign.


"The Party Backstory Generator is a collaborative storytelling supplement that’s a helluva a lot of fun for you and your players. It’s sort of like a workbook from your college lab class in that you get to draw out the starting region for your campaign, but everyone gets to collaborate and add their own touch so your whole group is invested in the setting. This book is a fun improv exercise that will get your group off to a great new start."


Creative Team:

Created by Justin Sirois
Published by Severed Books

Hardcover: 134 pages, 7" x 10" perfect bound paperback book, b&w throughout. PDF included. 

Softcover: 130 pages, 7" x 10" perfect bound paperback book, b&w throughout. PDF included. 

    Size:Hardcover + PDF
    This item is temporary out of stock

    Ships From

    Shipping Information

    Orders typically ship within 24-48 hours after being placed, business days only Monday - Friday. If you place an order on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday then it will not ship until the following business week. 

    We use USPS, UPS and DHL. Rates are based on current service rates and are subject to change. For the majority of items we ship in deluxe padded bubble mailers with bags and boards for added protection or with cardboard book mailers. Larger orders will be finely packed as well. We care about the product getting to you safe and secure.  






    • Inexpensive
    • Takes 6-10 days
    • Includes tracking
    • Only books are available for shipping Media Mail
    • NO INSURANCE- This means all sales are final. By choosing this option you understand the inherent risk with ordering

    USPS Priority, UPS, and DHL

    • Takes 2-4 Business days, usually
    • Tracking included
    • All items in store are available to be shipped using these methods
    • Insured, lost or damaged items will be covered


    Please note that ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Shipments are sent via DHL. Shipping does not include customs fees, which are subject to each countries' tax requirement. We want you to buy with confidence but please understand that once the items leave the USA we will not be responsible for lost or damaged items unless you contact us to get additional insurance if available. 



    If your shipment is returned to us due to insufficient address or marked as undeliverable for any reason, we will need to collect another shipping fee in order to resend your item. 

    If you request an item to be returned (excluding damaged or incorrect items) then you will be responsible for the return shipping fee. 


    Only orders that contain items that are in stock at the time of ordering will be combined, when possible. 


    Essentially it is the same as above. We adore all of you and strive to give you the best possible customer experience possible but inventory tracking not only for us but for our vendors and partners makes this almost impossible to do now. 


    Pre-order dates are subject to change. We get as frustrated as you do when things come up but this happens from time to time. Sometimes circumstances beyond our control will create delays. We try to communicate via social media and our weekly newsletter to keep everyone as up to date as possible. 

    All items in an order containing pre-orders will ship with the pre-order item once it is in stock. If you would like the other items earlier, please place a seperate order from the one containing the pre-order. 

    We cannot combine pre-orders with existing orders nor combine new orders with existing pre-orders. 

    Pre-orders will be exempt from any type of general sale.

    You may also like