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Our thoughts on gaming, life with kids, and more.
Cloak Clasp of Confusion

Inspired by Paizo’s War of the Crown, but using the rules from the Cubicle 7’s...

Swift Retribution (a weapon)

Inspired by Paizo’s War of the Crown, but using the rules from the Cubicle 7’s...

Adventure Adviser: Delectable Dragonfly

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26 May
Face at the Tavern: Yakub Bekril

With the release of Tangible Taverns: The Beached Mermaid comes a collection of new faces.

Seafaring Supplement

Take your adventure on the open ocean!

The Seafaring Supplement is packed with crew and creature statblocks. Make every ship encounter unique with new captains and officers, pirate variants, and over half a dozen crew swarms.

Tangible Taverns: The Beached Mermaid (5e)

Tangible Taverns: The Beached Mermaid is a shipwreck turned tavern located just on the outskirts of a settlement. The tavern is open to the air, allowing the fresh sea breeze to blow away the stench of the salty sea dogs who frequent it. The company is seedy and there are no rooms to rent, but the food is good and few people ask any questions.

This PDF includes rumour and event tables, a tavern map, and descriptions of the establishment's inhabitants (including names, physical features, personalities, and stat blocks).

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.

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.

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.


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

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).

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.

Our team

The faces behind Dire Rugrat Publishing. (Click a name to see a list of works. )
Kelly Pawlik

Kelly Pawlik

Writing and Layout

Ken Pawlik

Ken Pawlik

Writing and Art


What our customers say
I’ve really come to like Kelly and Ken Pawlik’s style. There is a positive core to their writing, something deeply human that manages to elicit a sense of joy without being naïve or bland.... It’s hard to properly describe, but it could boil down to a sense of empathy with their fictitious creations. You can relate, in some way or another, with quite a few of them, with their motivations and characters.

Thilo G.


Props to Dire Rugrat for writing some creative characters with intriguing and easily-playable personalities.

Craig C.

[A]bove anything else is just having a nice tavern that players can actually interact with...I've awkwardly tried to make things more interesting by improvising but there can be a lot of inns and taverns in a campaign so its taxing to make one that your players are willing to blow time on. [Tangible Taverns] makes my job as a GM easier, it gives me NPCs I don't have to make up and can hook up to any kind of campaign.

Elexious C.


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