About Us

Dire Rugrat Publishing was born out of Kelly and Ken’s love of gaming. Many a session was spent on role-playing and world building; eventually the idea came to take some of these detailed pieces and share them with the rest of the world.
And so Dire Rugrat Publishing was born.

Now this team of two is dedicated to breathing a little life into the role-playing portion of game night, and easing GM prep while doing it.

We are focused on creating easy to use GM tools, primarily drop in locations, NPCs, organizations, events, and encounters. Dire Rugrat Publishing has created numerous products aimed to add a little role-playing to your evening.

From Tangible Taverns, to quick mini-adventures, to unique 5e resources, we've got you covered.

New Releases

Handy Handbag or Pointless Purse?

Are your PCs scavenging the apocalyptic wasteland or snatching purses off an unsuspecting victim? You're going to need to know what's in those handbags!

With detailed bag descriptions, prepackaged purses, and numerous charts to roll your own contents on, this PDF is sure to come in handy in any remotely modern campaign.

Moar Goblins (A Mini Bestiary) (5e)

In RPGs, goblins have been simplified. A lot. Almost always serving as slaves for stronger races, these little creatures have been left standing on the sidelines as fodder for first level parties, but there is so much potential beyond the standard version of the goblin; for that reason, Dire Rugrat Publishing brings you Moar Goblins.

This PDF includes 6 variant goblin types, 8 stat blocks, and challenges ranging from 1/2 to 5. Spruce up your game, and surprise your players, with Moar Goblins!

Our Products

Tangible Taverns

This series is dedicated to bringing life back to the local watering hole while making the GM's job a little easier.

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Each of these PDFs brings you ready-to-use NPCs with custom stat blocks, colour art, and detailed biographies.

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Tavern Tales: Mini Adventures

Tavern Tales are super short adventures designed to accompany various Tangible Taverns by Dire Rugrat Publishing, but may be easily inserted into your own tavern or campaign.

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Advantageous Abilities

Advantageous Abilities provides Game Masters a toolkit with which they can easily add feature abilities to monsters and NPCs, giving their NPCs an advantageous edge (or just a little role-playing fun).

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Our team

The faces behind Dire Rugrat Publishing
Kelly Pawlik

Kelly Pawlik

Writing and Layout

Ken Pawlik

Ken Pawlik

Writing and Art

blog posts

Our thoughts on gaming, RPG books, and life with kids, plus exculsive free gaming content.
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5 and 5: One to One Gaming

We’ve all been there; you’ve just picked up a shiny new RPG that you’re really excited about...

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Flawed Foe: Briony Ashfarn

Some NPCs make excellent allies, others are debilitating nemeses, but some are just sad. In ...

Ken’s Gaming Bucket List – Campaigns

I turned forty this August. Despite it being a landmark of a sort, at my request it was a qu...

Inclusivity… It’s a Good Thing

I recently read this article, which coalesced a lot of thoughts I have about parenting and g...

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