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Dungeon Dressing: Pools (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM's Resource by John Bennett

Tired of dungeons lacking in verisimilitude? Want to add cool little features of interest to your creations but don't have the time to come up with nonessential details? Want to make your dungeons feel more realistic?

Then Dungeon Dressing is for you! Each installment in the line focuses on a different common dungeon fixture such as stairs, pillars or pools and gives the harried GM the tools to bring such features to life with interesting and cool noteworthy features.

This installment of Dungeon Dressing presents loads of great features to add to the pools in your dungeon. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Dungeon Dressing: Pools is an invaluable addition to any GM's armoury!

Dungeon Dressing: Pools presents:

  • One table providing detailed descriptions of a pool’s characteristics.
  • One table presenting additional pool’s features such as contents, hidden treasures, magical properties and more!
  • Two clever pool-based traps (CRs 6-8).
  • Two proper Old School magic pools complete with weird and wonderful effects.

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Don't go down the well..ehem, into the pool!


This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 6 pages of content, so let's check this out!

Following the format of the Dungeon Dressing-series, the pdf kicks off with basic characteristics and rules that cover different depths, water flow, low temperatures and information on types of pools and their construction.

After that, we're in for a d%-table of cosmetic peculiarities to add to your pools as well as a another massive table featuring 100 different characteristics ranging from slime at the bottom to floating tea-lights and even red eyes casting a disturbing light at the pool.

We also get two deadly traps, the classic vortex pool and the black tentacle pool. Better yet, we get magical pools like the necrotic pool infused with negative energy and the pool of forgotten gods - which should have a limit on how often it works for a character: By donating money to it, characters can permanently raise their attributes. Special mention deserves the excellent web-enhancement dealing two better sample pools, one of which would be a hungry, disturbing aberrant pool called K'Thug Ython, the pool of many maws and even a magical hot spring! Oh yeah, the pdf also offers us a harpoon trap. Now that's the type of web-enhancement (Available from, btw.) that just rocks.

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP'S elegant printer-friendly 2-column standard and the pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for screen use and one optimized for printing out. The pdfs come fully bookmarked. The tables are rock-solid, the ideas herein great, the details evocative and the added traps and magical pools and the excellent web-enhancement make for more reasons why you definitely should check out this great little pdf. To cut my usually long ramble short: Excellent pdf for an awesome price and another recommendation for all DMs that seek to expand their repertoire. My final verdict will thus be 5 stars as the excellent web-enhancement offsets the problem of the pool of forgotten gods lacking any restriction on how often it can be used.

Endzeitgeist out.


The Dungeon Dressing line continues with the latest offering, Pools. Taking the design reigns for this PDF is John Bennett, with a forward from Raging Swans own Creighton Broadhurst. Following the standard dual column approach with a few pieces of embedded artwork, this PDF weighs in at 13 pages. After covers,OGL,credits and forward, we are left with eight pages for the material. The PDF is also comes bookmarked, as well as the Table of Contents being fully linked as well (always a nice touch!).

If you are familiar at all with the Dressing series, feel free to skip the next few lines, otherwise my friends, pull up a spot and listen up. The Dressing line seeks to give Gms an easy to use method of fleshing out the details that help really immerse your players into settings...filled with tips and advice on the visual and physical aspects of a specific feature, this time being pools, or small bodies of water. As is the case with each offering in this line, there are d100 lists, for when you just need something fast, or on the fly. Taken alone, these lists are invaluable, and a great time saver for Gms, and here they are just a part of this entire product.

But wait, lists and tips on differing types of pools, random lists to help generate in record time...what else could this treasure of a PDF possibly have to offer you say? Well, how about traps? Yes, traps. Not all pools in a dungeon are just waiting for you to find and take advantage of, no, some of them are being used as bait by those who want to take advantage of you, lol. Two traps are detailed here, one an instant vortex pulling characters to an underground chamber where in the characters face a potential drowning. The other pulls the old “I fool you” scenario, with a modified tentacle spell used to impersonate a large aquatic monstrosity. Very cool, and a very good way to get your players to kick your cat on their way out of the door, lol.

The last section of this PDF details two magical pools with a full physical description, backstory, effects and skill checks to learn information. Of the two, one is pretty dark and evil, the other struck me as a souvenir stand of sorts...let me explain. The Necrotic Pool is a magical pool used by necromancers to aid in the creation of undead, take a guess why you don't want to be drinking this water lol. The other pool, The Pool of the Forgotten Gods literally allows your characters to “buy” a bonus within game mechanics as their characters ranging from pretty paltry to a full attribute point to be applied as they choose. Now, they can only do this once per year, and it it possible to get a pretty hefty negative if they offer up to small of an amount of wealth, and they have no mechanism to know price ranges other than experience through trial and error. But, in a group dynamic of 4-5 players, if they each take a turn upping the last guy enough (well, there's only 6 possible rewards for the offering) you could have players quickly realizing the potential of this pool. I would be very careful about allowing this pool into a campaign that also allows chronomancy on any level.

Ok, that cover everything...OK, so, those already familiar with the series, time to come back, ready? Ok, buy this. There, all you need to know. Seriously.

The one pool strikes me as exactly what it is, trade in your money, get an in game bonus, beyond that, this entire PDF is solid, and a welcome addition to anyone's library of material. So, excellent random lists, fantastic breakdown of varying pools and options, two cool traps, and one really cool magical pool, with one not so much so pool. I noticed no errors jumping out and screaming for attention, and formatting looked to be error free as well. Am going to go with a technical 4.5 as I'm just not on board with the Pool of the Forgotten Gods, but I will round up to a 5 for the purposes of these forums.

Edit- And, do not miss the free web enhancement to this PDF detailing another two pools and a trap. The reality bending K’Thug Yhton, Pool of Hungry Maws, relaxing hot spring styled Pool of the Jade Empire, and the mechanically appropriate harpoon trap. An excellent addition to this already well valued PDF awaits you on Raging Swan's website
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