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So What's It Called, Anyway? (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’S RESOURCE by Marc Radle

Having returned from their most recent adventure, the PCs rest and recuperate in a nearby town. Of course, being adventurers it’s not long before they start to explore every nook and cranny of their new home in search of adventure! Before the hard-worked GM knows it, they are exploring every un-detailed portion of the town and asking questions like “So what’s that tavern called, anyway?” Instead of panicking, or using the same old names again and again, a GM using the tables within can quickly name dozens (if not hundreds) of taverns, inns, shops, locations and even other organizations and groups. Alternatively, the GM can use these tables ahead of time to create interesting and evocative names to pique the PCs’ interest and to breathe life into his campaign setting.

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So What’s It Called, Anyways? By Raging Swan Press is a 15 page PDF that has 1 cover page, 1 blank page, 1 title page, 1 credit/OGL page, 1 table of contents, 2 Advertisement pages (A small page about So What’s for Sale, Anyways and a Checklist of Raging Swan products) and 1 Back cover, leaving 7 pages of content. Not that this would change my review of this product at all, for integrity’s sake I must mention that I was offered a free copy to review.

The PDF itself follows Raging Swan Presses’ standard format, completely black and white with some nice little black and white artwork here and there. I don’t see any editing errors, and it has bookmarks/a table of contents for those of you who enjoy using pdf readers.

As mostly a player, when I’m on the other side of the table, for the most part I’m unsure how much my GM is coming up with stuff on the spot, and how much he’s actually prepared the name of the Inn/Shop/Organization we’ll either encounter or go into. With something like a chart like this, this isn’t just Pathfinder exclusive, so go wild and use this for 4th Edition or any other medieval setting. Don’t use it for Sci-fi settings though, that would be weird.

It has 5 different charts of 100 names, covering Creatures, Adjectives, People, Objects and other various happenstances. There doesn’t seem to be any typos in the names and they all follow the medieval fantasy name setting that’s been going on for awhile now.

It also has another 5 charts of different names that have pre-made names already, when you’re really on a time budget. Again, all of these places sound iconic enough, a place like The Shadowed Glen evoking a certain feeling when the name is mentioned, or possibly seeing your players react a certain way you mention the famous Black Wyvern Company.

The usage you’d get out of this PDF really all depends on how little you plan your adventures/areas and if you’ve got a lack of internet/can’t find a good fantasy name generator anywhere. While the names are certainly evocative and cool, and you’ve got potential for amazing names (My personal favorite is The Salty Otyugh when I rolled around with it), its worth is all how much you’d get based on it. If you’re full of creativity, but short on time (and you can’t get to a web generator), this product is perfect. If you’re short on both and haven’t had anything planned out, this isn’t going to help you too much.

All and all for the purpose of this review, it’s a 5 star product. Its usage is greatly improved if you’re not allowed to use Laptops at the table you’re GMing or there isn’t an internet connection and you’ve already managed to print this bad boy out. If you’ve had an internet connection or you’ve already planned every possible path, this will be wayyy less useful then you. If you’re very freeform and awful with names, it’d be much better

Useful amount of crunch-less name-tables, fair price

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This pdf is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside the front cover, 3 pages of editorial/ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving 7 pages for the content, so what is this about?

Every DM knows the drill: How is the tavern called? The baker's daughter? The tavern wench? The cobbler's son? Players ask these questions and while they forget essential names, they are sure to remember these names. If you're trying to run an adventure, having a plethora of names ready can help keep the players from guessing who is relevant and who isn't. The same, of course, goes for everything - if you don't want to make hot-spot searching too easy, this pdf will come handy indeed, or at least that's its premise:

The first two pages are devoted to explaining how to use this pdf - that is, how to create Inn, shop, ship, place and organization names. After that, we get tables - 100 descriptive words, 100 creature-names, 100 titles/occupations for people, 100 objects and finally a table called other, which includes additional words. We also get 20 organizations, place names, ships, shops and finally 20 inns & taverns.

Editing and formatting are just as good as we've come to expect from Raging Swan Press, I.e. I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to the classic, printer-friendly b/w-2-column standard for text and 3 columns for the tables. The pdf is extensively bookmarked. This is a very useful pdf, helping you come up with names. It's no more and no less. It's easy to use, makes no pretenses and, all in all, is a great resource for just about any DM - being system-neutral, it could be used for just about every medieval setting. However, I do have one minor gripe - The amount of content provided. I know, for the very fair price, is more than adequate. Nevertheless, I would have loved to see more tables - for shops, temples etc. What about titles in a church hierarchy or in a town? Don't get me wrong, this pdf is an extremely useful purchase for the low price, but seeing that some more combinations of the words to roll up, some more detail could have been added, I can't bring myself to rate it the full 5 stars. Thus, my final verdict will be 4 stars - a nice and useful work by author Marc Radle. Now, what about library tomes?

Endzeitgeist out.

Well worth the money to keep handy.


So What's it Called, Anyway? by Raging Swan

This product is 15 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, and Intro. (5 pages)

Tables (7 pages)
It starts off explaining how to use the tables with in this product. Which includes recommendations on which tables to use for what types of business. In short you normally roll on two tables, using the two words to name the place. Going off the suggestions of which tables to use, gives you results that typical fit the suggest business well. The different tables are
Other – words that don't fit the other but do fit with a business name.

Each table has 100 possible words that can be rolled. There is also smaller tables with 1-20 sample names for Inns and Taverns, Organizations, Place Names, Ships, and Shops.

It ends with a OGL and ads. (3 page)

Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white samples of signs with names on them. The art is good. Editing and layout where also good. It is a handy sheet to have around that I have already used in my home games. Need a quick name for something? No problem. Now with that said I do have one critic for the product. I would have honestly really liked to have seen a couple of more random tables. As a example one for inns and taverns. You roll on it and it tells you which tables to use. It could have added a bit more variety and added a few times to roll on 3 tables. Don't get me wrong the product works really well for what it is, but I think having that extra table for each business type instead of the sample names would have been a lot more useful for the long term use of the product. So what's my rating? Well despite my one critic the product is very good at accomplishing what it sets out to do. So I am going to give it a 5 star rating. While I think it could have been even better, it gives you all the tools you need to be a great product.

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