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The Village of Swallowfeld (PFRPG)

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The Village of Swallowfeld (PFRPG)

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game supplement for PCs level 1-5 by Creighton Broadhurst

The village of Swallowfeld stands hard against the turbulent waters of the Lonely Coast and the forbidding depths of a trackless, primeval forest. A hard, frontier place hemmed in by danger without and threatened by a lurking darkness within the village is in dire need of doughty protectors.

This 37-page, extensively bookmarked PDF presents detailed information on village life as well as ten locations and twelve NPCs of note. A GM can use the village as the perfect base from which neophyte adventurers can explore the surrounding area or as a waystop on the road to adventure. Although Swallowfeld’s default location is the Lonely Coast (a free 30-page, extensively bookmarked PDF) it is easy to include in any GM’s campaign.

This ZIP file now includes two versions of Swallowfeld, one optimised for printing and use on a normal computer and one optimised for use on a mobile device such as an iPad. You can learn more about Raging Swan's Dual Format PDF initiative at ragingswan.com

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A solid low-fantasy location that feels real

*****

Swallowfeld has a great medieval feel. Though clearly a (low-)fantasy setting, it gives the quasi historic vibe that I like. It is a classic but believable place, with its bailiff, its distant lord up in his castle, its cowardly village reeve... It is also a place with potential for adventure. I would not build an entire campaign in this place, but it is certainly rich enough a setting for me to use as a recurring resting place for the PCs.

The village of Swallowfeld is the kind of setting book I like. It gives a great overview of an area, describing the village folks and notable locations, local events and a few adventure seeds. It also covers topics as diverse as the diet of the inhabitants, the industry and the local festivals and traditions. Those topics are covered in just enough sentences to give a distinct feel to the place, without drowning the reader in encyclopaedic details. It’s all gaming material, easily usable and highly evocative.

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a good plug-and-play village to put on the path of your PCs.

Oh, and the printed product is really nice! The black cover, in particular, looks very elegant on the printed book.


An RPG Resource Review

*****

This work contains a wonderfully-detailed coastal village, somewhere in the back of beyond, that is a place your characters could visit in their travels, maybe use as a base... or it might even be their hometown, from which they launched a career as adventurers. It's located in Raging Swan's Lonely Coast setting, but readily adaptable to being placed in your own campaign world if preferred.

The Introduction sets the scene of a settlement in the midst of wild country, trackless forests and the sea. There are several adventure seeds, ideas that you can develop, as well as pointers to other material from the same publisher that's set in the same area, plenty to get you started.

Next is the formal Pathfinder statblock for the village and a list of notable citizens, an abundance of detail to power interaction whenever the characters visit. Notable buildings and other features are mentioned as well. There's a clear map (plenty of scope for you to add in anything else you need there), and then the discussion moves on to a detailed and atmospheric run-down on village life, everything from social order to the sort of things that they eat! Law and order, the various ways the villagers earn their livings, the cycle of the seasons and the regular festivals in the calendar are all covered. There's a table to help you breathe life into it all with events such as births and deaths, fires, crimes, the arrival of a ship or a travelling trader... and then more detailed material on those notable locations, right down to price lists for the sole inn, places of worship and more.

Widening the scope, we then hear about the surrounding area. Hunt in the woods, travel the trails, seek out the Babbling Monolith and perhaps hear a prophecy - there's lots of things to do, characters who live here may even fancy serving in the local militia, which drills once a month.

Then an Appendix gives detailed information about many of the inhabitants - most of whom have hidden depths, much more to them than 'ordinary' villagers. Even characters who come from here won't know all of this! It really makes them come alive, making this a vibrant 'real' place, existing beyond the activities of your characters. They have full stats, lots of background, even adventure ideas... and just reading the descriptions spawns ideas even without them.

Finally, a second Appendix is a Player's Guide, a nice touch, which you can allow your players to read without danger of spilling any beans. It's a good way to get around that perennial problem of characters knowing more about a place than their players do. In all, this is a fine low-level setting to start adventuring in and from.


It takes a village

*****

And a village is what you get with this product! Swallowfled is a great launching pad for your PFRPG campaigns. The publisher has tons of downloadable content to boost this products value at RangingSwan.com where you can also find the free downloadable campaign setting Swallowfeld is set in.

Swallowfeld is a village that could be dropped in to just about any campaign setting you can think of with minimal modification if any needed. There are tons of NPCs, adventure and encounter ideas, and more.

The pdf is printer friendly and features black and white art by Elmore.

I have purchased several Raging Swan products and they all fit together well. I whole heartedly recommend this product.


A nice village with an old-world-flair

****( )

The Pdf for the rural village Swallowfield consists of 37 pages: 1 page front cover, 1 blank page on the inside of the cover, 3 pages credits, 1 page OGL and 1 page back cover.

The formatting is concise, the editing top-notch (I didn't find a single mistake/typo) and the pdf is printer-friendly. The artwork is b/w and very nice to look at and serves to underline the old-school & old-world-feel of the supplement.

Following in line with the mood of the remote and ancient-feeling area of The Lonely Coast, Swallowfield describes the little village in excruciating and atmospheric detail.

The pdf can be split in two major parts:
The first one consisting of 12 pages, including a b/w map that thankfully lacks annoying letters.
The village also contains evocative details like local diet, a paragraph on social order and law, passing seasons, festivals and traditions (quite cool and reminiscent of old pagan customs) and a table of local events to kick off sessions and moods. Be warned, though. The mood may get grim and is mature, but I personally like it that way.

The second major part of the adventure consists of 12 pages of NPC-stats as well as descriptions of the characters. Every one of them comes with his/her own picture, quality b/w artwork. Best of all, each entry has a paragraph on mannerisms, distinguishing features and hooks that makes it easy for the DM to make this place come to life.

After that, the pdf concludes with a 3 page player's guide to Swallowfield including 1 page of player's map.

Conclusion:
While this pdf is high quality, is very detailed and evokes the awesome old-world-atmosphere we already had in The Lonely Coast, the prose somewhere falls short of the high standards set by other pdfs of Raging Swan. It's still top-notch, just not as awesome. I'd give 4.25 Stars.
However, Raging Swan Press gives you more bang for buck:
As either free previews or supplements for the product, you can download 3 free web-enhancements on the homepage:
- One containing collated statblocks for the NPCs
- One containing the player's guide so you can mail it to your players/print it separately for them.
- One containing all of the artworks of the NPCs to show of to your players, with blank space for notes.
That is superb service and eases the workload for any DM trying to run the village or use it as an entry-point.
For this service, I'd upgrade the rating to 4.5 stars, but not quite 5.


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