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Hex Crawl Chronicles 4: The Shattered Empire (Swords & Wizardry)

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For millennia the men of the north were pitted against one another in ceaseless battle, one city-state against another. In due time, the men of Yal-Garok gained the upper hand, dominating the minor city-states through arranged marriages and then striking at its greatest rivals militarily and forcing them to sue for peace. The rise of Yal-Garok ushered in the Age of Peace, allowing the clever, hard-working Northmen to focus their energies are building rather than destroying one another. Most of the country was brought under cultivation, towns and cities flourished and colonies were established in the eastern mountains, the western prairie and, unsuccessfully, the icy woodlands of the far north.

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So much imagination stuffed in here


Disclaimer: I have a physical copy from the Swords and Wizardry 3rd printing kickstarter, and a digital copy in my account at Frog God Games.

John Slater is a talented writer who is able to summon vivid pictures of imaginary places in just a few lines. His faculty with language makes reading his supplements a real joy.

Like other books in the series - this book offers NPCs, places, and encounters, all keyed to a two-page hex map. It is designed for a sandboxy, hex crawl game, with real player agency.

This book, which is set in the "northlands" - an empire in the midst of civil war waged by three daughters offers immense opportunity for creative roleplaying.

While most of the places detailed leave a great deal up to the referee - Slater offers enough meat to make any GM worth their salt excited to further flesh out this world.

There are a few typos and such but not to a distracting level, so I won't be deducting anything for them.

All in all - I recommend this supplement. I am not planning to run it anytime soon but I do want to crib a lot of the locations and encounters because they are so juicy. Gift Certificates
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