Urban Dressing: Elven Town (PFRPG) PDF

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Tired of your towns and cities being boring, bland places in which your PCs show little or no interest? Want to bring them alive with cool, interesting minor features of note? Then Urban Dressing is for you! Each instalment in the line focuses on a different kind of town and gives harried GMs the tools to bring such locales to life with interesting and noteworthy features.

This instalment of Urban Dressing presents loads of great features, NPCs and minor encounters to add to the elven towns in your campaign. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Urban Dressing: Elven Town is an invaluable addition to any GM's armoury!

Written by Josh Vogt.

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A Triangular Room Review

*****

Urban Dressing: Elven Town presents one hundred sights and sounds, from elven children in leafy clothing prancing through the streets, to archers practicing in a field, and everything in between. There's enough descriptions here that you could easily flesh out several towns and not have to reuse any material.

After the general sights and sounds of the town, there are 50 businesses and 50 townsfolk, ranging from dancers to druids to painters, and NPCs of all shapes and sizes. Not all of these are elves, giving game masters some unusual characters to meet or assist. Finally, there's a set of 12 plot hooks if you need to get the story going in a hurry.

This installment in the Urban Dressing series manages to stay true to what I think of as 'traditional' elvish flavour without feeling cliched or being repetitive. Once again, Raging Swan Press has delivered a quality product to aid game masters in any fantasy roleplaying game.


An Endzeitgeist.com review

*****

This installment of what I'd tentatively call the "new" Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let's take a look!

So this time around, our trip through diverse towns brings us into a town of elves - where the sights and sounds, of which no less than 100 are provided - from mist that stubbornly refuses to yield to the encroaching rays of the sun to out-of-place snowless lakes to newborns ritualistically drinking the sap of trees, this provides an aptly mystical glance at the insides of elven culture.

A total of 50 different businesses, from animal-shelter-style menageries to courier-services that utilize the branches above for fast travel through the forests and crystalline wind-chimes, all provide a distinct and somewhat unearthly flair. Of course, these places would, on their own, remain pretty opaque - hence, we get a massive array of no less than 50 entries detailing short fluff-only entries of sample inhabitants, which, while in focus obviously elven, also sport a diverse array of characters not belonging to this ethnicity -from obviously xenophobic "newborns" to halflings with a nasty temper, the array of characters covers quite a broad spectrum from benevolent to malicious - have I mentioned the incognito vampire?

In case all of these entries do not spark your interest right from the bat, you can still count on the final table covering 12 hooks and complications, with elven funerals and warriors providing quite a bit of nice hooks to draw this in.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to Raging Swan Press' 2-column b/w-standard and the artwork is thematically fitting b/w-stock. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions - one optimized for the printer and one optimized for screen-use.

Josh Vogt's Urban Dressing on elves could have been pretty much bland, but thankfully, that is not the case - much like the installment on dwarven towns, this provides inspired fluff galore to make your elven towns, no matter the precise look and feel for them you prefer in your games. This installment of Urban Dressing once again is a wonderful installment and well worth a final verdict of 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


Nicely done - great for any game visiting an elven realm

****( )

Production values - high - no major typos, clear organization
Art - Good value - two portraits useful for Elven NPCs

This product instantly prepares a GM to have their PCs enter an elven village - complete with shops, NPCs and adventure hooks. The one thing it lacks is a map, but that can quickly be remedied by a trip to the internet. The NPCs, shops and adventure hooks are evocative and interesting, and the entire product has a strong 'elven' feel that is very cool. I recommend this product. The only thing keeping it from being instantly ready for use is the lack of a map, so that is why it has 4 out of 5 stars.


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Who is the author ? (That kind of info should be in the blurp, even if i could probably see it in the free preview)

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks Lava Child for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book! (The idea of a map is a good one as well--I'll give some thought to featuring some in upcoming instalments).

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanael wrote:
Who is the author ? (That kind of info should be in the blurp, even if i could probably see it in the free preview)

Josh Vogt!


Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and d20pfsrd.com's shop.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks so much for the great review, old chum! I'm glad you liked Urban Dressing: Elven Town!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks so much for the great review, TriangularRoom. I'm delighted you enjoyed Urban Dressing: Elven Town.

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