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  • Whispers & Rumors: Borderland Town This pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once upon a time, rumor tables were a common thing you expected to find in a given module – while nowadays, they are, at best, rare occurrences. The pdf thus begins with a brief “how to”-list for GMs on how to employ these rumors with maximum efficiency – they can, if handled well, provide depth, make the world feel alive and steer the plot – or provide red herrings and local interests unrelated to the module. As […]

    Whispers & Rumors: Borderland Town

    Whispers & Rumors: Borderland Town This pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Once upon a time, rumor tables were a common thing you expected to find in a given module – while nowadays, they are, at best, rare occurrences. The pdf thus begins with a brief “how to”-list for GMs on how to employ these rumors with maximum efficiency – they can, if handled well, provide depth, make the world feel alive and steer the plot – or provide red herrings and local interests unrelated to the module. As […]

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  • The Town of Brighton This little pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The town of Brighton was founded by the explorer Jandor Windsong almost 400 years ago and is under the auspice of the crown of Bryndell. Situated in fertile, flat farmland it features the tower of the wizard Alhoon and is now the home of slightly more than 3000 souls. To the west of the town, the fungal-infested forest and quartz laden mountains are homes to ogres and similarly dread creatures, providing ample adventuring potential…particularly since, in the […]

    The Town of Brighton

    The Town of Brighton This little pdf clocks in at 14 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   The town of Brighton was founded by the explorer Jandor Windsong almost 400 years ago and is under the auspice of the crown of Bryndell. Situated in fertile, flat farmland it features the tower of the wizard Alhoon and is now the home of slightly more than 3000 souls. To the west of the town, the fungal-infested forest and quartz laden mountains are homes to ogres and similarly dread creatures, providing ample adventuring potential…particularly since, in the […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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: 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: 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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  • Fantastic Maps: Iconic Town This latest installment of the Fantastic Maps-series is Jonathan Robert‘s second entry in the “Iconic”-subseries, i.e. maps that don’t feature the usual grid of the close-up Fantastic Maps-series and instead takes a look at a larger geographic region, this time around a town – and what a town it is! Coming as a 35-page-pdf in letterpack standard, the town takes up 1 page, as does cover and how-to-use, leaving a total of 16 pages devoted to blown-up versions of the map in full color and grayscale respectively to be printed out and e.g. laminated or made into one massive  hand-out of epic proportions.   Now taking a look at the overview-map (which btw. includes map-keys), you’ll […]

    Fantastic Maps: Iconic Towns

    Fantastic Maps: Iconic Town This latest installment of the Fantastic Maps-series is Jonathan Robert‘s second entry in the “Iconic”-subseries, i.e. maps that don’t feature the usual grid of the close-up Fantastic Maps-series and instead takes a look at a larger geographic region, this time around a town – and what a town it is! Coming as a 35-page-pdf in letterpack standard, the town takes up 1 page, as does cover and how-to-use, leaving a total of 16 pages devoted to blown-up versions of the map in full color and grayscale respectively to be printed out and e.g. laminated or made into one massive  hand-out of epic proportions.   Now taking a look at the overview-map (which btw. includes map-keys), you’ll […]

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