Sometimes you just need some outside expertise for improving your games. So, here’s the books we found that are some good starting points.
The World Without Us (http://amzn.to/hNPAL5) Alan Weisman’s book examines what would happen if humans were to simply disappear tomorrow. Simply one of the most important go-to guides for how to create a believable post-apocalyptic world. The details included in this book, such as what will happen to texas or our furry friends, can really sell an after-the-end-of-the-world-what-do-we-rebuild-from-scenario.
A Field Guide to Demons (http://amzn.to/e6dQZG) Personally; I think a book like this is just plain good reading. If you do not know a ton about mythologies of demons from around the world, this is a good read. Some people might find a book like this a little remedial, but it is a pretty good starting point.
Interested in running something with criminal organizations? People running around either fighting or working for them? Well, McMafia (http://amzn.to/g5rRK2) is a pretty good examination of how these organizations function in the modern world.
Or… maybe you have taken it into your head to come up with a whole new world complete with species who have evolved to suit it? The Red Queen (http://amzn.to/gjcwXA) gives an overview of several different theories of evolution, complete with the eponymous theory of the book. An idea of how evolution may work is an effective way or developing heuristics relevant to how a species may evolve.
Finally, for today’s installment, an old favorite of mine The Flight of the Dragons (http://amzn.to/gDkye4). Its pretty hard to get ahold of from my understanding; I was lucky enough to have a copy from back when it was printed (given to me as a gift when I was but a wee lad). If you manage to find a copy, you will be treated to a theory on how dragons could have actually existed, flown, evolved, bred and everything. It gives you a different viewpoint on how fantasy creatures may have existed and been misinterpreted by the humans around them. Think like Penny Arcade’s Basilisk from the Lookouts.