Josh Vogt Archive

  • Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Campaign Backdrops-compilations clocks in at 115 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 108 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a compilation of material, we begin this massive book with a handy list of statblcoks by CR with the respective page number for easy reference obviously included. Beyond that, the pdf provides advice for novice GMs on how to read statblocks and an extensive acknowledgement of author bios – I mention the latter primarily since I consider this aspect to be great and […]

    Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains

    Campaign Backdrops: Hills & Mountains This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Campaign Backdrops-compilations clocks in at 115 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with an impressive 108 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being a compilation of material, we begin this massive book with a handy list of statblcoks by CR with the respective page number for easy reference obviously included. Beyond that, the pdf provides advice for novice GMs on how to read statblocks and an extensive acknowledgement of author bios – I mention the latter primarily since I consider this aspect to be great and […]

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  • Campaign Backdrop: Forests & Woodlands This massive book clocks in at 109 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 102 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Taking a cue from Raging Swan Press’ other, no less intriguing compilation books, this one features a table of all statblocks used herein by CR (spanning the range from CR 1/4 to 14) with accompanying page numbers and, as a nice service to the talented authors involved, we get a page of author bios, which is great to see.   But what is this? Well, the short answer, as already hinted at, is […]

    Campaign Backdrop: Forests & Woodlands

    Campaign Backdrop: Forests & Woodlands This massive book clocks in at 109 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 102 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Taking a cue from Raging Swan Press’ other, no less intriguing compilation books, this one features a table of all statblocks used herein by CR (spanning the range from CR 1/4 to 14) with accompanying page numbers and, as a nice service to the talented authors involved, we get a page of author bios, which is great to see.   But what is this? Well, the short answer, as already hinted at, is […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II The second GM’s Miscellany-book containing Urban Dressings clocks in at a mighty 121 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 114 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But wait, before we do: Let’s rewind the clock for a second, shall we? The ardent reader may have noticed that GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing and Dungeon Dressing are on my EZG Essential list; the books also shared my number 1 best book spot in 2014…so if I consider these books so great, how come I never got as excited about the first GM’s Miscellany: […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing II The second GM’s Miscellany-book containing Urban Dressings clocks in at a mighty 121 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 114 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   But wait, before we do: Let’s rewind the clock for a second, shall we? The ardent reader may have noticed that GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing and Dungeon Dressing are on my EZG Essential list; the books also shared my number 1 best book spot in 2014…so if I consider these books so great, how come I never got as excited about the first GM’s Miscellany: […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Marsh Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We take a step on the soggy soil of a town in a ague-infested stretch of land  -and as we do so, we look at a 100-entry strong table that tells us exactly what we can see and hear: From the dark, we may see red, bulbous eyes watching us, as frogs lend their cacophony to the dismal creaking evoked by the dilapidated state of the town. Boardwalks show […]

    Urban Dressing: Marsh Town

    Urban Dressing: Marsh Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We take a step on the soggy soil of a town in a ague-infested stretch of land  -and as we do so, we look at a 100-entry strong table that tells us exactly what we can see and hear: From the dark, we may see red, bulbous eyes watching us, as frogs lend their cacophony to the dismal creaking evoked by the dilapidated state of the town. Boardwalks show […]

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  • I Loot the Body (System Neutral Edition) This little pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   So, we’ve all been there: The PCs kill a foe…and then, they try to loot the foe. It happens all the time. What do you do first? You run down the magic items and armor, describe them, then the magic jewelry…and this is where things become problematic: You describe a ring? Suddenly it may be of importance. That weird figurine? hmmm…may be more worth, right? This is pretty annoying, at least to me – it makes smuggling unique and relevant items into PC […]

    I Loot the Body (System Neutral Edition)

    I Loot the Body (System Neutral Edition) This little pdf clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   So, we’ve all been there: The PCs kill a foe…and then, they try to loot the foe. It happens all the time. What do you do first? You run down the magic items and armor, describe them, then the magic jewelry…and this is where things become problematic: You describe a ring? Suddenly it may be of importance. That weird figurine? hmmm…may be more worth, right? This is pretty annoying, at least to me – it makes smuggling unique and relevant items into PC […]

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  • Urban Dressing – Bridge Town This installment of the Urban Dressing series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so what one may easily forget these days would be that once, not all too long in the industrious past of us homo sapiens, rivers presented significant obstacles – I think it may take a hiking trip and stumbling over even a small river to drive home the importance of bridges for commerce and traveling – much more so when water may hide fantastic threats! Thus, it should come as no […]

    Urban Dressing – Bridge Town

    Urban Dressing – Bridge Town This installment of the Urban Dressing series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   All right, so what one may easily forget these days would be that once, not all too long in the industrious past of us homo sapiens, rivers presented significant obstacles – I think it may take a hiking trip and stumbling over even a small river to drive home the importance of bridges for commerce and traveling – much more so when water may hide fantastic threats! Thus, it should come as no […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Logging Town This installment of the Urban Dressing series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, our brief tour through the logging town with a massive table of 100 entries depicting sights and sounds – from clattering wood to horses dragging de-limbed trees behind them to children carrying syrup by the buckets down the streets, we are greeted with a diverse array of things to behold – but conflict does loom here as well, as the astute traveler may perceive druids pronouncing doom for the forest’s […]

    Urban Dressing: Logging Town

    Urban Dressing: Logging Town This installment of the Urban Dressing series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin, as always, our brief tour through the logging town with a massive table of 100 entries depicting sights and sounds – from clattering wood to horses dragging de-limbed trees behind them to children carrying syrup by the buckets down the streets, we are greeted with a diverse array of things to behold – but conflict does loom here as well, as the astute traveler may perceive druids pronouncing doom for the forest’s […]

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  • Alterkine: The Ones We Were (D20 Modern/Future) This module for Alterkine clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! Our world has recently been graced by a strange meteor shower and the PCs find themselves in a moderately priced bar in the tourist trap Coppersmith, where they are contacted by one Betram, who represents parties intrested in Delsvale – which has shut down operations since the meteor shower – hence, the […]

    Alterkine: The Ones We Were (D20 Modern/Future)

    Alterkine: The Ones We Were (D20 Modern/Future) This module for Alterkine clocks in at 38 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages blank, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 33 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This being an adventure review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players should jump to the conclusion. … .. . All right, only GMs left? Great! Our world has recently been graced by a strange meteor shower and the PCs find themselves in a moderately priced bar in the tourist trap Coppersmith, where they are contacted by one Betram, who represents parties intrested in Delsvale – which has shut down operations since the meteor shower – hence, the […]

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  • I Loot the Body This little pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   So, we’ve all been there: The PCs kill a foe…and then, they try to loot the foe. It happens all the time. What do you do first? You run down the magic items and armor, describe them, then the magic jewelry…and this is where things become problematic: You describe a ring? Suddenly it may be of importance. That weird figurine? hmmm…may be more worth, right? This is pretty annoying, at least to me – it makes smuggling unique and relevant items into PC […]

    I Loot the Body

    I Loot the Body This little pdf clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content!   So, we’ve all been there: The PCs kill a foe…and then, they try to loot the foe. It happens all the time. What do you do first? You run down the magic items and armor, describe them, then the magic jewelry…and this is where things become problematic: You describe a ring? Suddenly it may be of importance. That weird figurine? hmmm…may be more worth, right? This is pretty annoying, at least to me – it makes smuggling unique and relevant items into PC […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Trade Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The trade town is a trope that is used due to the vast potential inherent in the set-up – the merging of cultures and tropes that is the by-product of such a place ultimately provides a vast panorama of different options for GMs to explore. While unique, the result thus could be inspired, but also lose a distinct identity. With barrels that house hundreds of rats, non-voluntary offering boxes of […]

    Urban Dressing: Trade Town

    Urban Dressing: Trade Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The trade town is a trope that is used due to the vast potential inherent in the set-up – the merging of cultures and tropes that is the by-product of such a place ultimately provides a vast panorama of different options for GMs to explore. While unique, the result thus could be inspired, but also lose a distinct identity. With barrels that house hundreds of rats, non-voluntary offering boxes of […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Elven Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So this time around, our trip through diverse towns brings us into a town of elves – where the sights and sounds, of which no less than 100 are provided – from mist that stubbornly refuses to yield to the encroaching rays of the sun to out-of-place snowless lakes to newborns ritualistically drinking the sap of trees, this provides an aptly mystical glance at the insides of elven culture.   […]

    Urban Dressing: Elven Town

    Urban Dressing: Elven Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   So this time around, our trip through diverse towns brings us into a town of elves – where the sights and sounds, of which no less than 100 are provided – from mist that stubbornly refuses to yield to the encroaching rays of the sun to out-of-place snowless lakes to newborns ritualistically drinking the sap of trees, this provides an aptly mystical glance at the insides of elven culture.   […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with vistas both unique and wondrous – in the towns of the dwaves, one may witness a plethora of sights and sounds mundane and wondrous – from chimney stacks that bear witness to the industrious nature of the stout folk to dwarves strumming the lyres (there is in fact a correlation between music and productivity), the life of a busy settlement breathes from the massive 100-entry […]

    Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town

    Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with vistas both unique and wondrous – in the towns of the dwaves, one may witness a plethora of sights and sounds mundane and wondrous – from chimney stacks that bear witness to the industrious nature of the stout folk to dwarves strumming the lyres (there is in fact a correlation between music and productivity), the life of a busy settlement breathes from the massive 100-entry […]

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  • Urban Dressing: War-torn Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   War is hell. War never changes…or does it? Before I drift off into Metal Gear Solid-esque ruminations on the nature of humanity and warfare, let’s take a gander at rains of ash, coating everything under sooty grime, at the panorama of destruction that entails crows gnawing on the piled dead; echoes of whimpers resounding from the burnt buildings as priests bestow their blessings on those passing by.   Let’s try […]

    Urban Dressing: War-torn Town

    Urban Dressing: War-torn Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   War is hell. War never changes…or does it? Before I drift off into Metal Gear Solid-esque ruminations on the nature of humanity and warfare, let’s take a gander at rains of ash, coating everything under sooty grime, at the panorama of destruction that entails crows gnawing on the piled dead; echoes of whimpers resounding from the burnt buildings as priests bestow their blessings on those passing by.   Let’s try […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Slum Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ah, the seedy underbelly of a town, the slums…where the reader is definitely glad that the 100 entries of sights and sounds can’t be transported via smell-o-vision: Cesspools, shady characters and examples of misery paint a vivid picture for DMs to utilize in their games…but of course, one should probably hire a guide from the 50 sample businesses when entering the slums…unless one wants to try one’s luck with the […]

    Urban Dressing: Slum Town

    Urban Dressing: Slum Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Ah, the seedy underbelly of a town, the slums…where the reader is definitely glad that the 100 entries of sights and sounds can’t be transported via smell-o-vision: Cesspools, shady characters and examples of misery paint a vivid picture for DMs to utilize in their games…but of course, one should probably hire a guide from the 50 sample businesses when entering the slums…unless one wants to try one’s luck with the […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Port Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become the tradition with this rebooted series under the command of Josh Vogt, we begin with a massive table of sights and sounds to be found in a port town, one that is 100 entries strong: From wharves struck by recent cold snaps to ballistae drawn on carriages, the entries prove to be inspiring glimpses of local color.   Beyond that, 50 entries of sample businesses, from recruiters […]

    Urban Dressing: Port Town

    Urban Dressing: Port Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   As has become the tradition with this rebooted series under the command of Josh Vogt, we begin with a massive table of sights and sounds to be found in a port town, one that is 100 entries strong: From wharves struck by recent cold snaps to ballistae drawn on carriages, the entries prove to be inspiring glimpses of local color.   Beyond that, 50 entries of sample businesses, from recruiters […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Plague Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Josh Voght kicks off this installment of the new and improved urban dressing-series with a massive list of 100 sights and sounds – and, as ppropriate for a town struck by plague, what one can see is NOT pretty – abandoned children at the wayside, black-clad people on plague carts, pudgy pseudo-healer charlatans, clouds hanging ominously in eldritch patterns in the sky – even for Josh Vogts’s admittedly pronounced talent […]

    Urban Dressing: Plague Town

    Urban Dressing: Plague Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Josh Voght kicks off this installment of the new and improved urban dressing-series with a massive list of 100 sights and sounds – and, as ppropriate for a town struck by plague, what one can see is NOT pretty – abandoned children at the wayside, black-clad people on plague carts, pudgy pseudo-healer charlatans, clouds hanging ominously in eldritch patterns in the sky – even for Josh Vogts’s admittedly pronounced talent […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Decadent Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf, like all of the new and improved Urban Dressings, begins with a massive table of 100 entries describing sights and sounds to be found within these towns – and here, I expected a problem. The very word decadence implies an oscillation between excessive pleasure-seeking and simply massive spending of a frivolous manner, while also carrying connotations of squalor and decreptitude lurking beneath a civilized veneer. Surprisingly, this table […]

    Urban Dressing: Decadent Town

    Urban Dressing: Decadent Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This pdf, like all of the new and improved Urban Dressings, begins with a massive table of 100 entries describing sights and sounds to be found within these towns – and here, I expected a problem. The very word decadence implies an oscillation between excessive pleasure-seeking and simply massive spending of a frivolous manner, while also carrying connotations of squalor and decreptitude lurking beneath a civilized veneer. Surprisingly, this table […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Borderland Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First: What do I mean by “new” Urban Dressing? Well, the first run of the series had a certain hit-and-miss quality; It endeavored to take components of the city and use the Dressing-formula to depict them. Alas, cities are complex and organic and the success not always guaranteed. Then, with a certain pirate town, the series changed – away from describing a single component (like a park/temple etc. and failing […]

    Urban Dressing: Borderland Town

    Urban Dressing: Borderland Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First: What do I mean by “new” Urban Dressing? Well, the first run of the series had a certain hit-and-miss quality; It endeavored to take components of the city and use the Dressing-formula to depict them. Alas, cities are complex and organic and the success not always guaranteed. Then, with a certain pirate town, the series changed – away from describing a single component (like a park/temple etc. and failing […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Mining Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First: What do I mean by “new” Urban Dressing? Well, the first run of the series had a certain hit-and-miss quality; It endeavored to take components of the city and use the Dressing-formula to depict them. Alas, cities are complex and organic and the success not always guaranteed. Then, with a certain pirate town, the series changed – away from describing a single component (like a park/temple etc. and failing […]

    Urban Dressing: Mining Town

    Urban Dressing: Mining Town This installment of what I’d tentatively call the “new” Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   First: What do I mean by “new” Urban Dressing? Well, the first run of the series had a certain hit-and-miss quality; It endeavored to take components of the city and use the Dressing-formula to depict them. Alas, cities are complex and organic and the success not always guaranteed. Then, with a certain pirate town, the series changed – away from describing a single component (like a park/temple etc. and failing […]

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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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  • GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing This massive compilation of Urban Dressing-content clocks in at 239 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 2 pages of author bios (yay for those – seriously, more books should have them to generate name recognition), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 228 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, so this massive book contains the originally free tavern game Dragon and the Thief, So what’s it Called Anyway, So what’s for Sale, Anyway I +II, So what’s the Tavern Like, Anyway I+II, random […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing This massive compilation of Urban Dressing-content clocks in at 239 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of ToC, 1 page statblocks by CR, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks, 2 pages of author bios (yay for those – seriously, more books should have them to generate name recognition), 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with a massive 228 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Okay, so this massive book contains the originally free tavern game Dragon and the Thief, So what’s it Called Anyway, So what’s for Sale, Anyway I +II, So what’s the Tavern Like, Anyway I+II, random […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Pirate Town This Urban Dressing-installment clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There are plenty of Pirate Towens out there – from Freeport to Sasserine and Riddelport to Raor Coast’s Port Shaw, there are quite a few of the cities out there and this book seeks to provide a handy way to make them stand out more. The pdf thus kicks off with a massive 110-entry table of sights and sounds to provide local color and hooks at the miniscule level for the PCs – you know, all those small things […]

    Urban Dressing: Pirate Town

    Urban Dressing: Pirate Town This Urban Dressing-installment clocks in at 13 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   There are plenty of Pirate Towens out there – from Freeport to Sasserine and Riddelport to Raor Coast’s Port Shaw, there are quite a few of the cities out there and this book seeks to provide a handy way to make them stand out more. The pdf thus kicks off with a massive 110-entry table of sights and sounds to provide local color and hooks at the miniscule level for the PCs – you know, all those small things […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing This massive compilation of Raging Swan Press’ Wilderness Dressing-series clocks in at a massive 159 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so you know the deal, right? I did reviews for all the constituent files of the wilderness dressing-series and I don’t like repeating myself over and over, so if e.g. the exact content of what the installment on “Snow & Ice” or “So what’s the Pirate Ship like, anyways?” intrigue you – just check out my reviews for those, all […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing

    GM’s Miscellany: Wilderness Dressing This massive compilation of Raging Swan Press’ Wilderness Dressing-series clocks in at a massive 159 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page back cover, leaving us with no less than a massive 152 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Okay, so you know the deal, right? I did reviews for all the constituent files of the wilderness dressing-series and I don’t like repeating myself over and over, so if e.g. the exact content of what the installment on “Snow & Ice” or “So what’s the Pirate Ship like, anyways?” intrigue you – just check out my reviews for those, all […]

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  • Dungeon Dressing: Captives This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series 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 us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with a d20-table of 20 entries, each of which depicts a captured adventurer (after all, these folks are likely candidates for delving into dark places like dungeons): The captives are in dire predicaments – whether a paladin starved to near-death in an oubliette, a druid, confined to cell and trying, with bloody nails to escape the cell where the poor druid’s animal companion’s pelt still lies to cells scribbled with perfect […]

    Dungeon Dressing: Captives

    Dungeon Dressing: Captives This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series 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 us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The pdf kicks off with a d20-table of 20 entries, each of which depicts a captured adventurer (after all, these folks are likely candidates for delving into dark places like dungeons): The captives are in dire predicaments – whether a paladin starved to near-death in an oubliette, a druid, confined to cell and trying, with bloody nails to escape the cell where the poor druid’s animal companion’s pelt still lies to cells scribbled with perfect […]

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  • Urban Dressing: Thieves This installment of RSP’s Urban Dressing-series is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Every city needs its conmen and scoundrels and this pdf delivers fluffy portrayals of these rogues for DMs to pursue – the first table providing more than 30 entries of NPC-names (including one little note on classes/combinations), each of which offers not only a name, but also a modus operandi these pickpockets and conmen use to try to relieve poor commoners (or even PCs) of their hard-earned gold! From meat-cleaver carrying lock-breakers to thieves targeting beggars […]

    Urban Dressing: Thieves

    Urban Dressing: Thieves This installment of RSP’s Urban Dressing-series is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Every city needs its conmen and scoundrels and this pdf delivers fluffy portrayals of these rogues for DMs to pursue – the first table providing more than 30 entries of NPC-names (including one little note on classes/combinations), each of which offers not only a name, but also a modus operandi these pickpockets and conmen use to try to relieve poor commoners (or even PCs) of their hard-earned gold! From meat-cleaver carrying lock-breakers to thieves targeting beggars […]

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  • Urban Dressing: The Watch This installment of the Urban Dressing-series is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The first table is 36 entries strong and provides a wide selection of cool personalities for rank and file watchmen – some warriors, some commoners, some experts – and all intriguing. A good start! That’s not where all stops, though – we also get 15 informants/watchers from the common populace, all with the respective quirks phrased within the confines of their table-entries and adding a surprising quality to the […]

    Urban Dressing: The Watch

    Urban Dressing: The Watch This installment of the Urban Dressing-series is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 10 pages of content – quite a bunch, so let’s take a look, shall we?   The first table is 36 entries strong and provides a wide selection of cool personalities for rank and file watchmen – some warriors, some commoners, some experts – and all intriguing. A good start! That’s not where all stops, though – we also get 15 informants/watchers from the common populace, all with the respective quirks phrased within the confines of their table-entries and adding a surprising quality to the […]

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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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