Dungeon Dressing Archive

  • GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I (PFRPG/system-neutral)

    GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I The first collection of the 20-things blogposts clocks in at 68 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page author bios/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 59 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So, before we start – you can get the content in this book on Raging Swan Press’ blog – Creighton publishes new small tables in regular intervals there, so if money’s tight, that may be an option. At the same time, though, you’d miss out on an extremely handy book. Let me reiterate: If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, it won’t […]

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  • Product Spotlight: GM’s Miscellany (system-agonistic)   All right, now for something completely different:   Raging Swan Press has, for some time now, provided the most helpful books at my table. You see, I love complex crunch, sure. I adore glorious modules. But know what I use literally EVERY session? Bar exceptions? Dressing-pdfs. I crunch quite a lot of statblocks for my main-game, simply because my players want a challenge and waltz through most vanilla books. Similarly, I run quite a few modules I wrote myself. The problem with them is that I tend to gravitate to a highlights-reel-type of design; chalk it up to my personality, but lavishly crafting all those details when I can improvise them…is just not what […]

    Product Spotlight: GM’s Miscellany (system-neutral versions)

    Product Spotlight: GM’s Miscellany (system-agonistic)   All right, now for something completely different:   Raging Swan Press has, for some time now, provided the most helpful books at my table. You see, I love complex crunch, sure. I adore glorious modules. But know what I use literally EVERY session? Bar exceptions? Dressing-pdfs. I crunch quite a lot of statblocks for my main-game, simply because my players want a challenge and waltz through most vanilla books. Similarly, I run quite a few modules I wrote myself. The problem with them is that I tend to gravitate to a highlights-reel-type of design; chalk it up to my personality, but lavishly crafting all those details when I can improvise them…is just not what […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing This massive tome clocks in at 399 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 3 pages of short author bios (which should be included in any roleplaying game supplement – seriously, help the talented folk that craft these books get all the recognition they can!), 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 388 (!!!) pages of content, making this one of the longest books I’ve ever reviewed, so let’s take a look, shall we?   When I reviewed “Shadowed Keep of the Borderlands” and similar adventures by Raging Swan Press (if you haven’t checked […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Dungeon Dressing This massive tome clocks in at 399 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 3 pages of short author bios (which should be included in any roleplaying game supplement – seriously, help the talented folk that craft these books get all the recognition they can!), 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than 388 (!!!) pages of content, making this one of the longest books I’ve ever reviewed, so let’s take a look, shall we?   When I reviewed “Shadowed Keep of the Borderlands” and similar adventures by Raging Swan Press (if you haven’t checked […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Dungeon Entrances This Dungeon Dressing-installment clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What’s the first thing a noob-group trying their hands at Rappan Athuk will tell you? Yep. “We’ve been TPK’d by the entrance.” The first page makes one thing clear, if you haven’t been aware of it before (or by that anecdote) – a dungeon’s entrance goes a long way making a dungeon memorable. For the truly time-starved DM, 16 ready-made entrances are provided in the first table, several of which sport interaction opportunities for skill-checks, including DCs and all […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Dungeon Entrances

    Dungeon Dressing: Dungeon Entrances This Dungeon Dressing-installment clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   What’s the first thing a noob-group trying their hands at Rappan Athuk will tell you? Yep. “We’ve been TPK’d by the entrance.” The first page makes one thing clear, if you haven’t been aware of it before (or by that anecdote) – a dungeon’s entrance goes a long way making a dungeon memorable. For the truly time-starved DM, 16 ready-made entrances are provided in the first table, several of which sport interaction opportunities for skill-checks, including DCs and all […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Floors This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   “Ahhh, the FLOORS!!!” Insert here all Spoony/Ultima-Killerfloor-jokes of your gaming group. *takes a breather* Okay, so we kick this pdf off with the by now obligatory DD-cheat-sheet of terrain features/construction option. 5 types of different flagstones/hewn floors with respective consequences when traversing them, (and hardness, hp etc.) are included here, as are light and heavy rubble and chasms.   The first table contains 46 descriptions of different floor characteristics – what can there be to make […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Floors

    Dungeon Dressing: Floors This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   “Ahhh, the FLOORS!!!” Insert here all Spoony/Ultima-Killerfloor-jokes of your gaming group. *takes a breather* Okay, so we kick this pdf off with the by now obligatory DD-cheat-sheet of terrain features/construction option. 5 types of different flagstones/hewn floors with respective consequences when traversing them, (and hardness, hp etc.) are included here, as are light and heavy rubble and chasms.   The first table contains 46 descriptions of different floor characteristics – what can there be to make […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Ceilings This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As often with the Dungeon Dressing-series, we kick off with a DM’s primer on construction – this time offering no less than 5 different quality modifications to apply to ceilings as well as 6 base materials. Beyond that, rafters, beams and handholds as well as climb DC and a short primer on ceiling style vocabulary kick off this installment with a bang of customization options even before 42 entries of a d%-table introduce us to a […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Ceilings

    Dungeon Dressing: Ceilings This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As often with the Dungeon Dressing-series, we kick off with a DM’s primer on construction – this time offering no less than 5 different quality modifications to apply to ceilings as well as 6 base materials. Beyond that, rafters, beams and handholds as well as climb DC and a short primer on ceiling style vocabulary kick off this installment with a bang of customization options even before 42 entries of a d%-table introduce us to a […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Legends II The second Dungeon Dressing installment featuring legends is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of legends, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this pdf with 10 legends about lost treasures (wrongly headed by a d20 -as are all tables herein) – take the potion of permanent invisibility and its unhappy, now mad first imbiber. Or what about a magic armor that protects from all blows, but did not save the wearer from being eaten by otyughs. D10 famed adventurers also get their own legends – From Ley Blude, the seductress […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends II

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends II The second Dungeon Dressing installment featuring legends is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page how-to-use, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of legends, so let’s take a look!   We kick off this pdf with 10 legends about lost treasures (wrongly headed by a d20 -as are all tables herein) – take the potion of permanent invisibility and its unhappy, now mad first imbiber. Or what about a magic armor that protects from all blows, but did not save the wearer from being eaten by otyughs. D10 famed adventurers also get their own legends – From Ley Blude, the seductress […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Simple Magic Traps This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 12 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, this time around, we’re in for an unusually crunchy supplement of the dungeon dressing-series, one that provides us with the hard stats of none-too-complex traps. Said traps are grouped by page in various categories: Alarm traps, Harming traps, Boon traps, Impeding traps, Protective traps and wounding traps each get one page of spotlight for various different representations of the respective concepts.   Now let’s take a look at what we get […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Simple Magic Traps

    Dungeon Dressing: Simple Magic Traps This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 12 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   So, this time around, we’re in for an unusually crunchy supplement of the dungeon dressing-series, one that provides us with the hard stats of none-too-complex traps. Said traps are grouped by page in various categories: Alarm traps, Harming traps, Boon traps, Impeding traps, Protective traps and wounding traps each get one page of spotlight for various different representations of the respective concepts.   Now let’s take a look at what we get […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Mundane Chest Contents This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Nothing makes player’s eyes gleam like the promise of loot just out of their grasp and chests are predisposed for dumping the precious thingies inside that adventurers covet. The thing is – with mimics etc., there simply is a bit too much paranoia going on. After all, just about all chests are secured via traps – and a chest popping up equals loot, so the rogue pulls out his/her kit. We all […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Mundane Chest Contents

    Dungeon Dressing: Mundane Chest Contents This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Nothing makes player’s eyes gleam like the promise of loot just out of their grasp and chests are predisposed for dumping the precious thingies inside that adventurers covet. The thing is – with mimics etc., there simply is a bit too much paranoia going on. After all, just about all chests are secured via traps – and a chest popping up equals loot, so the rogue pulls out his/her kit. We all […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Gates & Portals This installment of Raging Swan Press‘ Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This is a first in some ways for the Dungeon Dressing-series – Gates & Portals are all about magical means of transportation in/egress and as such a more magical component – so can the format work as well as for its mundane counterparts? Well, first of all, these things are EXPENSIVE, as the first page shows and need some consideration – what are portal keys, if […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Gates & Portals

    Dungeon Dressing: Gates & Portals This installment of Raging Swan Press‘ Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This is a first in some ways for the Dungeon Dressing-series – Gates & Portals are all about magical means of transportation in/egress and as such a more magical component – so can the format work as well as for its mundane counterparts? Well, first of all, these things are EXPENSIVE, as the first page shows and need some consideration – what are portal keys, if […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps II The second offering of this sub-series of Dungeon Dressing, all focused on dire traps, is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   These traps being VERY nasty, I suggest potential players to skip ahead to the conclusion to avoid SPOILERS.   Still here? All right – the first one is rather NASTY: It features a barghest – so far, so nice. But actually, the meat of the trap sees the soul of […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps II

    Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps II The second offering of this sub-series of Dungeon Dressing, all focused on dire traps, is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   These traps being VERY nasty, I suggest potential players to skip ahead to the conclusion to avoid SPOILERS.   Still here? All right – the first one is rather NASTY: It features a barghest – so far, so nice. But actually, the meat of the trap sees the soul of […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Tapestries This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition for Dungeon Dressing-installments, we kick this off with a handy DM cheat-sheet providing DCs, hardness, hit points etc. for tapestries (and yes, that includes metal sheets!) as well as numerous things to do with them – pulling them down, swinging etc. We also get modifiers for varying qualities and a short table of d20 different general subjects for tapestries.   A d% table […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Tapestries

    Dungeon Dressing: Tapestries This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition for Dungeon Dressing-installments, we kick this off with a handy DM cheat-sheet providing DCs, hardness, hit points etc. for tapestries (and yes, that includes metal sheets!) as well as numerous things to do with them – pulling them down, swinging etc. We also get modifiers for varying qualities and a short table of d20 different general subjects for tapestries.   A d% table […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps I s This unconventional installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the first trap, the Die (at EL 3) is brilliant – a cube with each side being tiled and blasting foes with various deadly effects, alternating the tiles that spray forth from the walls and ceiling – including a pass-code to get past the trap as well as graphical representations of each side of the cube and a verse to help solving […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps I

    Dungeon Dressing: Fiendish Traps I s This unconventional installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice on reading statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so what do we get?   Well, the first trap, the Die (at EL 3) is brilliant – a cube with each side being tiled and blasting foes with various deadly effects, alternating the tiles that spray forth from the walls and ceiling – including a pass-code to get past the trap as well as graphical representations of each side of the cube and a verse to help solving […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Legends This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Unlike most installments the Dungeon Dressing-series, we kick this pdf off with half a page of expertly written IC-narration before we get some advice on general legend-crafting.   Unlike most Dungeon Dressings, we essentially get full-blown legends, which, while generic in detail, are evocative in their content – take one of the 10 lost treasure-related legends: Take Lady Du Pon’s enchanted Bread Basket that turned those illegitimately partaking in its […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends

    Dungeon Dressing: Legends This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Unlike most installments the Dungeon Dressing-series, we kick this pdf off with half a page of expertly written IC-narration before we get some advice on general legend-crafting.   Unlike most Dungeon Dressings, we essentially get full-blown legends, which, while generic in detail, are evocative in their content – take one of the 10 lost treasure-related legends: Take Lady Du Pon’s enchanted Bread Basket that turned those illegitimately partaking in its […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Trapdoors Normal 0 21 false false false DE X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword,1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look! We kick off this installment of Dungeon Dressing with a generalpage of common characteristics fortrapdoors – ranging from common characteristics and construction-means of differing qualities to 20 different means of concealing secret doors. Once again, much like in the in the […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Trapdoors

    Dungeon Dressing: Trapdoors Normal 0 21 false false false DE X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0cm; mso-para-margin-right:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0cm; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword,1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look! We kick off this installment of Dungeon Dressing with a generalpage of common characteristics fortrapdoors – ranging from common characteristics and construction-means of differing qualities to 20 different means of concealing secret doors. Once again, much like in the in the […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Thrones This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword,1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let us take a look, shall we? Kicking off in the fine tradition of the Dungeon Dressing-series, we first get a page of rules-relevant information for the DM – whether thrones provide cover, that they grant high ground and construction materials/hp/hardness. Rather cool – there is a way to make spring-loaded thrones to get up faster. Superb for a paranoid rulers, though I would have loved to see information how such a mechanism would influence crafting DC/price. After that, we’re off to […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Thrones

    Dungeon Dressing: Thrones This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword,1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let us take a look, shall we? Kicking off in the fine tradition of the Dungeon Dressing-series, we first get a page of rules-relevant information for the DM – whether thrones provide cover, that they grant high ground and construction materials/hp/hardness. Rather cool – there is a way to make spring-loaded thrones to get up faster. Superb for a paranoid rulers, though I would have loved to see information how such a mechanism would influence crafting DC/price. After that, we’re off to […]

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