Village Backdrops Archive

  • Village Backdrop: Coldwater (system-neutral edition) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Coldwater is perched upon an inhospitable, mud-drenched coast, with one access by land, its harbor is in the delta of a miserably stream that empties its contents into the sea – and if that does not reflect a place you’d like to visit, then that’s pretty much a representation of how most folks see this place. Nearby caverns sport strange stair-like features that only rarely become visible and the inhabitants of […]

    Village Backdrop: Coldwater (system-neutral edition)

    Village Backdrop: Coldwater (system-neutral edition) This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   Coldwater is perched upon an inhospitable, mud-drenched coast, with one access by land, its harbor is in the delta of a miserably stream that empties its contents into the sea – and if that does not reflect a place you’d like to visit, then that’s pretty much a representation of how most folks see this place. Nearby caverns sport strange stair-like features that only rarely become visible and the inhabitants of […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Kennutcat This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   In this installment of the Village Backdrop-series, we venture forth to a place that has a history steeped in colonialism – the native Kittiwaki have all but been exterminated and now the settlement prospers – a visitor coming to town indeed sees a calm, idyllic town – by day. At night, though, the fog rolls in. And in the best of Ravenloft-traditions, voices of the lost, footsteps echoing in the fog, make travel […]

    Village Backdrop: Kennutcat

    Village Backdrop: Kennutcat This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   In this installment of the Village Backdrop-series, we venture forth to a place that has a history steeped in colonialism – the native Kittiwaki have all but been exterminated and now the settlement prospers – a visitor coming to town indeed sees a calm, idyllic town – by day. At night, though, the fog rolls in. And in the best of Ravenloft-traditions, voices of the lost, footsteps echoing in the fog, make travel […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Sea Bitch This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   “Ugh…another maritime settlement. Let me guess…it’s pirate-themed?” That was pretty much my reaction to this supplement. And indeed, this also sport connections to Raging Swan Press’ neat Town Backdrop Deskport…but you would be missing out on a rather intriguing settlement if you experienced a knee-jerk reaction similar to mine. Why? Because this settlement pretty much is unique in quite a few ways, but first, let me note that this, as all village […]

    Village Backdrops: Sea Bitch

    Village Backdrops: Sea Bitch This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement   “Ugh…another maritime settlement. Let me guess…it’s pirate-themed?” That was pretty much my reaction to this supplement. And indeed, this also sport connections to Raging Swan Press’ neat Town Backdrop Deskport…but you would be missing out on a rather intriguing settlement if you experienced a knee-jerk reaction similar to mine. Why? Because this settlement pretty much is unique in quite a few ways, but first, let me note that this, as all village […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops II This compilation of Raging Swan Press’ critically acclaimed Village Backdrops-series clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with an acknowledgment I wished more pdfs sported – author bios. I mean, come on, these are the people who make the supplements we love and generating some name recognition is definitely something I consider a positive thing. Beyond that, a handy table lists statblocks by CR, village and page, complete with […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops II

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops II This compilation of Raging Swan Press’ critically acclaimed Village Backdrops-series clocks in at 95 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial,1 page ToC, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 87 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   We begin this supplement with an acknowledgment I wished more pdfs sported – author bios. I mean, come on, these are the people who make the supplements we love and generating some name recognition is definitely something I consider a positive thing. Beyond that, a handy table lists statblocks by CR, village and page, complete with […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Trickletrek This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Trickletrek is an idyllic town, situated next to the river of the same moniker and to the forest of the Great Greens – life is good in the gnomish village and all is well…until an asteroid crashes down into Swishswirl Cove and the dreaded loss of color (whether already known via Golarion or a new phenomenon) starts spreading, leaving mutated, dangerous folk in its wake that seem to show signs of a strange color not 100% of this world…   […]

    Village Backdrop: Trickletrek

    Village Backdrop: Trickletrek This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Trickletrek is an idyllic town, situated next to the river of the same moniker and to the forest of the Great Greens – life is good in the gnomish village and all is well…until an asteroid crashes down into Swishswirl Cove and the dreaded loss of color (whether already known via Golarion or a new phenomenon) starts spreading, leaving mutated, dangerous folk in its wake that seem to show signs of a strange color not 100% of this world…   […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Riverburg This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As always the case with this series, we are herein introduced to a village that comes with full settlement statblocks, nomenclature, habits, industry, rumors and all the nice things required to properly run it – but before I get into Riverburg, take a look at that map. Yeah. That just about says it, doesn’t it? Don’t want to – well, Riverburg is NOT your run-of-the-mill village. Created at the conjunction of 3 rivers, the […]

    Village Backdrops: Riverburg

    Village Backdrops: Riverburg This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As always the case with this series, we are herein introduced to a village that comes with full settlement statblocks, nomenclature, habits, industry, rumors and all the nice things required to properly run it – but before I get into Riverburg, take a look at that map. Yeah. That just about says it, doesn’t it? Don’t want to – well, Riverburg is NOT your run-of-the-mill village. Created at the conjunction of 3 rivers, the […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Summerford   This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As in all installments of the village backdrop-series, we get a whole array of supplemental information -from the village statblock to rumors, nomenclature, notable places to information on trade and industry and even dressing habits, the supplement covers quite an interesting array of information to run the village.   Life in Summerford is good – while at first simply created as an outpost, the discovery of iron in the nearby renamed iron hills […]

    Village Backdrops: Summerford

    Village Backdrops: Summerford   This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As in all installments of the village backdrop-series, we get a whole array of supplemental information -from the village statblock to rumors, nomenclature, notable places to information on trade and industry and even dressing habits, the supplement covers quite an interesting array of information to run the village.   Life in Summerford is good – while at first simply created as an outpost, the discovery of iron in the nearby renamed iron hills […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Chasm This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial,/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s visit Chasm, shall we?   Like all village backdrops, we get full settlement statblocks, short primers of local folk, demographics, a market place sections of items for sale, information on villager customs and clothing, sample rumors and village lore.   So what is Chasm all about? One look at the lavish b/w-map makes it immediately clear – we have a case of nomen est omen here – formerly known as Callowright, the village has been hit by a terribly disaster, […]

    Village Backdrops: Chasm

    Village Backdrops: Chasm This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial,/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s visit Chasm, shall we?   Like all village backdrops, we get full settlement statblocks, short primers of local folk, demographics, a market place sections of items for sale, information on villager customs and clothing, sample rumors and village lore.   So what is Chasm all about? One look at the lavish b/w-map makes it immediately clear – we have a case of nomen est omen here – formerly known as Callowright, the village has been hit by a terribly disaster, […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Vulgruph’s Hollow This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with Village Backdrops, the town herein is fully depicted with a list of notable folk, demographics and village statblock, a market place, information on the populace and local nomenclature as well as dressing customs alongside 6 rumors, some of which may or may not be 100% true…   So what is going on in Vulgruph’s Hollow? Well, first of all, the village, once prosperous, is dived along racial […]

    Village Backdrops: Vulgruph’s Hollow

    Village Backdrops: Vulgruph’s Hollow This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   As has become the tradition with Village Backdrops, the town herein is fully depicted with a list of notable folk, demographics and village statblock, a market place, information on the populace and local nomenclature as well as dressing customs alongside 6 rumors, some of which may or may not be 100% true…   So what is going on in Vulgruph’s Hollow? Well, first of all, the village, once prosperous, is dived along racial […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Hulw’Ma This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement Greg Marks has crafted here, shall we?   Hulw’Ma translates roughly to “Sweet Water” in the local tongue and as you may glean by this, the village is actually build around an oasis! Great to see Raging Swan’s Village Backdrops broaden their horizon thus! As has become the tradition with the series, we get a fully detailed marketplace, village statblock, lore-DCs, a short paragraph on how the villagers look as well as 6 rumors. […]

    Village Backdrops: Hulw’Ma

    Village Backdrops: Hulw’Ma This installment of RSP’s Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the settlement Greg Marks has crafted here, shall we?   Hulw’Ma translates roughly to “Sweet Water” in the local tongue and as you may glean by this, the village is actually build around an oasis! Great to see Raging Swan’s Village Backdrops broaden their horizon thus! As has become the tradition with the series, we get a fully detailed marketplace, village statblock, lore-DCs, a short paragraph on how the villagers look as well as 6 rumors. […]

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  • GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops This compilation of Rgaing Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed and well-received Village Backdrop-series is a massive 101 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page author-bios (read those, fellow gamers – if only so you remember who wrote your favorite supplements), 1 page ToC, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 91 pages of content – so let’s get this on, shall we?   Well, first of all, we kick off this massive compilation with a list of all the statblocks in this book and the respective villages in which the beings reside – thus […]

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops

    GM’s Miscellany: Village Backdrops This compilation of Rgaing Swan Press’ critically-acclaimed and well-received Village Backdrop-series is a massive 101 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page author-bios (read those, fellow gamers – if only so you remember who wrote your favorite supplements), 1 page ToC, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 91 pages of content – so let’s get this on, shall we?   Well, first of all, we kick off this massive compilation with a list of all the statblocks in this book and the respective villages in which the beings reside – thus […]

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  • Village Backdrops: Hard Bay The latest installment in Raging Swan Press‘ superb selection of villages is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword,1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Hard Bay once was a pirate nest – with its sheltered harbor and plentiful fishing grounds, it has all the markings of a village destined for greater things. Since three noble families have been instated here alongside a productive metalworks, the town is affluent, though not overtly so and the Blufonts, Moisans and Gerous have their […]

    Village Backdrops: Hard Bay

    Village Backdrops: Hard Bay The latest installment in Raging Swan Press‘ superb selection of villages is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword,1 page advice on reading statblocks for novice DMs, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Hard Bay once was a pirate nest – with its sheltered harbor and plentiful fishing grounds, it has all the markings of a village destined for greater things. Since three noble families have been instated here alongside a productive metalworks, the town is affluent, though not overtly so and the Blufonts, Moisans and Gerous have their […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Longbridge This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content – so let’s take a look whether Longbridge can maintain the streak of consecutive 5-star+seal of approval ratings the last installments of the series had!   Longbridge is, much like Riverrun, crucial to the crossing of a particular river – only that a) it’s smaller and b) its leadership is divided – claimed by both Wido Gall and Hilduin Lorsch, two sets of taxes, laws and regulations […]

    Village Backdrop: Longbridge

    Village Backdrop: Longbridge This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content – so let’s take a look whether Longbridge can maintain the streak of consecutive 5-star+seal of approval ratings the last installments of the series had!   Longbridge is, much like Riverrun, crucial to the crossing of a particular river – only that a) it’s smaller and b) its leadership is divided – claimed by both Wido Gall and Hilduin Lorsch, two sets of taxes, laws and regulations […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Oakhurst This installment of the Village Backdrops-line is  13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Oakhurst lies nestled deep within the tangled forest and its remote location has not only attracted those hiding from authorities, but has also resulted in inbreeding to the brink of madness – insular and hostile in nature, the fact that ears decorate the wall behind the bar of the town’s inn should come off as a not-too-subtle hint that people “don’t like […]

    Village Backdrops: Oakhurst

    Village Backdrop: Oakhurst This installment of the Village Backdrops-line is  13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page advice for novice DMs on how to read statblocks, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Oakhurst lies nestled deep within the tangled forest and its remote location has not only attracted those hiding from authorities, but has also resulted in inbreeding to the brink of madness – insular and hostile in nature, the fact that ears decorate the wall behind the bar of the town’s inn should come off as a not-too-subtle hint that people “don’t like […]

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  • Village Backdrop: Hosford This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 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, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Hosford is the second village located in the FREE Lonely Coast mini-campaign-setting by Raging Swan Press, which I’d wholeheartedly recommend you check out – I never regretted downloading that one. Location-wise, Hosford lies between the village of Swallowfeld (also available) and the as-of-yet not covered town of Wolverton, the largest settlement of the lonely coast. Hosford once sported a mine, but careless […]

    Village Backdrops: Hosford

    Village Backdrop: Hosford This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 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, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Hosford is the second village located in the FREE Lonely Coast mini-campaign-setting by Raging Swan Press, which I’d wholeheartedly recommend you check out – I never regretted downloading that one. Location-wise, Hosford lies between the village of Swallowfeld (also available) and the as-of-yet not covered town of Wolverton, the largest settlement of the lonely coast. Hosford once sported a mine, but careless […]

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