Wilderness 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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  • Wilderness Dressing: Deserts This installment of the Wilderness 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?   This time, we go to the windswept dunes of the desert – where circling vultures, breezes carrying the aroma of exotic spices and strange carpets in the middle of nowhere await discovery by intrepid adventurers, with and without skill-checks, while enigmatic edifices loom half-buried in the sand – in case you haven’t noticed – I consider the 100-entry strong first table of the supplement well-crafted and diverse enough to fulfill my by now rather […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Deserts

    Wilderness Dressing: Deserts This installment of the Wilderness 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?   This time, we go to the windswept dunes of the desert – where circling vultures, breezes carrying the aroma of exotic spices and strange carpets in the middle of nowhere await discovery by intrepid adventurers, with and without skill-checks, while enigmatic edifices loom half-buried in the sand – in case you haven’t noticed – I consider the 100-entry strong first table of the supplement well-crafted and diverse enough to fulfill my by now rather […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Extreme Weather This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content.   So…here we are, this time around for extreme weather phenomena, first of which would be rainstorms – 20 different rainstorm-appearances, from slow, escalating drizzles to perception-impeding sheets of downpour, with and without thunder – awesome. 20 Rainstorm-events like flashflooding rivers, short rounds of preparation, hot ground (and mist, reducing visibility) add further awesome mechanical components to these storms, with almost every entry offering some sort of cool mechanics to influence the weather. On the storytelling front, we also get a table […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Extreme Weather

    Wilderness Dressing: Extreme Weather This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content.   So…here we are, this time around for extreme weather phenomena, first of which would be rainstorms – 20 different rainstorm-appearances, from slow, escalating drizzles to perception-impeding sheets of downpour, with and without thunder – awesome. 20 Rainstorm-events like flashflooding rivers, short rounds of preparation, hot ground (and mist, reducing visibility) add further awesome mechanical components to these storms, with almost every entry offering some sort of cool mechanics to influence the weather. On the storytelling front, we also get a table […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Primal Forests This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content (though one is taken up by a full-page b/w-artwork), so let’s take a look, shall we?   Want an example how Raging Swan Press listens to customers? This pdf would be one – when reviewing the Wilderness Dressing for regular forests, I suggested further supplements for other types of forests – and this is one. Whether it’s the Margreve or a similar ancient forest, this pdf has got you covered regarding the weird and wondrous things that can be encountered herein, with the first table sporting […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Primal Forests

    Wilderness Dressing: Primal Forests This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 8 pages of content (though one is taken up by a full-page b/w-artwork), so let’s take a look, shall we?   Want an example how Raging Swan Press listens to customers? This pdf would be one – when reviewing the Wilderness Dressing for regular forests, I suggested further supplements for other types of forests – and this is one. Whether it’s the Margreve or a similar ancient forest, this pdf has got you covered regarding the weird and wondrous things that can be encountered herein, with the first table sporting […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Ruins This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Few locales capture the eye of adventurers as much as ruins – with the promise of old secrets buried, of treasure and a sense of historicity bleeding from them and telling indirect supplemental stories, ruins are an integral part of the roleplaying-tropes. Making, and more importantly, keeping them interesting over the years, though, would be a challenge – and it’s here this pdf comes in.   If you’re like me, you had this happen […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Ruins

    Wilderness Dressing: Ruins This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Few locales capture the eye of adventurers as much as ruins – with the promise of old secrets buried, of treasure and a sense of historicity bleeding from them and telling indirect supplemental stories, ruins are an integral part of the roleplaying-tropes. Making, and more importantly, keeping them interesting over the years, though, would be a challenge – and it’s here this pdf comes in.   If you’re like me, you had this happen […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Bandits This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page stock art, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Unlike most dressing-pdfs, this one is rather statblock heavy, offering us 8 statblocks ranging from CR 1/2 to CR 4 and kicks off with a page of rank and file bandits, including a d10-table of names and short backgrounds for the bandits. Beyond that, we also get d4 half-elf backgrounds for the CR 1 statblock provided for them, while Half-orc bandits get 5 backgrounds.   We also get 4 […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Bandits

    Wilderness Dressing: Bandits This installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page stock art, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   Unlike most dressing-pdfs, this one is rather statblock heavy, offering us 8 statblocks ranging from CR 1/2 to CR 4 and kicks off with a page of rank and file bandits, including a d10-table of names and short backgrounds for the bandits. Beyond that, we also get d4 half-elf backgrounds for the CR 1 statblock provided for them, while Half-orc bandits get 5 backgrounds.   We also get 4 […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Mountains   The latest installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 1 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!   After having been a guide through the Hills, author Brian Gregory this time takes us up to the mountains!   As has become standard for the series by now, we kick off this installment with a massive list of 100 different minor events – like finding glittering scales of silver dragons, strange king snakes and auroras – some with DCs for skill-checks, most without – and they are neat indeed!   The […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Mountains

    Wilderness Dressing: Mountains   The latest installment of the Wilderness Dressing-series is 1 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!   After having been a guide through the Hills, author Brian Gregory this time takes us up to the mountains!   As has become standard for the series by now, we kick off this installment with a massive list of 100 different minor events – like finding glittering scales of silver dragons, strange king snakes and auroras – some with DCs for skill-checks, most without – and they are neat indeed!   The […]

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  • Wilderness Dressing: Travellers This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Since full statblocks would blow the page-count out of all proportions (and most likely wouldn’t be required), this pdf opts for fluff-only tables that mention the respective classes and levels of the people encountered, but not more – to get right out of the way what kind of information you get. The first table deals with peddlers, merchants and traders and covers  25 entries over  2 pages, wherein we find the whole gamut,. mostly focused on […]

    Wilderness Dressing: Travellers

    Wilderness Dressing: Travellers This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   Since full statblocks would blow the page-count out of all proportions (and most likely wouldn’t be required), this pdf opts for fluff-only tables that mention the respective classes and levels of the people encountered, but not more – to get right out of the way what kind of information you get. The first table deals with peddlers, merchants and traders and covers  25 entries over  2 pages, wherein we find the whole gamut,. mostly focused on […]

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