Midgard: Streets of Zobeck (PFRPG)

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A Collection of Dark and Daring Adventures!

What happens when adventurers become the owners of a brothel? When a roguish associate asks them to attend an oligarch’s masquerade in his place? What lurks in the Cartways besides kobolds? And what will you say when another thief tells you the only way to find a treasure is to become hunted by the Praetors?

Dark dealings, my boys, and a knife in the guts might be the price. Whose guts? Might be yours if you cross the wrong one of the Nine.

This 94-page sourcebook and adventure anthology is set in the seedy underbelly of Zobeck, and includes:

  • 6 adventures dealing with underhanded themes, shady locations, and double-crossing deals gone wrong
  • 5 locales—such as the Cartways Market Gallery or the Old Stross Municipal Baths.
  • A dirty dozen NPCs like kobold gearsmiths, failed Arcane Collegium students, barge captains, fey and undead ambassadors to use as rivals, patrons, peers and foes.
  • A sampling of new clockworks, street magics and odd enchantments that make Zobeck the distinctive jewel of the River Argent.

You probably shouldn't bring the paladin along on this one...
This official Midgard adventure anthology is easily portable to any setting.

Winner of the 2012 Gold ENnie for Best Adventure!

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Like urban adventures? Pick this up.

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Streets of Zobeck by Open Design

This product is 94 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, forward and ToC. (4 pages)

Faces of Zobeck (8 pages)
This is a section of stat blocks for important NPC's in the book. There is 8 NPC's full stated out with a short background, goals and plots laid out. There is also 5 feats and 2 traits in this section by the NPC that possess them. I am unsure if they are new or from other Open Design books and just reprinted here.

Places of Zobeck (14 pages)
This covers 6 locations in the city. With a map, description, location keys, key NPC's and some stat blocks as well. Basically everything you would need to help bring the location to life. There is also two traps stated out, a new rogue archetype, and a new rogue talent. At the end is a full stated out NPC using the new rogue archetype.

Everyone Lies (9 pages)
This is a 1-3rd level mini adventure. It uses one of the locations detailed in the previous chapter. In addition there is a single new magic item stated out, one that is common with the City Watch.

Rust (9 pages)
A 4-5th level mini adventure.

The Fish and the Rose (8 pages)
A 5th level mini adventure.

The First Lab (8 pages)
A 7th level mini adventure.

Rebuilding a Good Man (7 pages)
A 9th level mini adventure.

Ripper (8 pages)
A 10th level mini adventure.

Flesh Fails (11 pages)
A 9-11th level mini adventure.

Races of Zobeck (4 ½ pages)
This has 8 new feats, 16 new traits, 4 new spells, 6 new magic items, 1 new magic weapon property, and 3 new mundane gear items.

It ends with a OGL, ads and back cover. (3 ½ pages)

Closing thoughts. The artwork is black and white and good. Layout and editing are good, I didn't notice any errors. The author forward was a nice little read and it explains what the product is about and what inspired it. The whole product is a grim and gritty urban supplement to help bring the city of Zobeck to life. The locations are well done, the mini adventures are all interesting. Some use some of the NPC's in the first section or some of the locations in the second section. Others add new locations of their own or NPC's which can be used. Most of the book can be used over and over, other than the adventures of course. It adds a nice continuity as the PC's will go to the same places and see the same people over the course of their adventures. Reading this book it reminded me a great deal of the Thieves World series of books. While this product is made for Zobeck and the world setting of Midgard it would be fairly easy to use the vast majority of this book in any setting.

So what's my rating? Well I admit I am biased I like urban based adventures and I like grim and gritty adventures and settings as well. Not to mention I am a big fan of the listed works that inspired the authors of this product. With that said though if you are looking for more flavor for your Zobeck game or just looking for some urban adventures and locations then I highly recommend the book. I have settled on a 5 star for this product. If you liked the Thieves World series of books, pick this up. You won't be disappointed.

Trust me, I'm a Succubus.


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Well, the numbers are a little off, but that's ok, it shifted during development--

There are 7 adventures for characters level 1 to 12. We managed 8 NPCs and 6 locations, and I think there are another two NPCs who snuck into location write-ups.

-Ben.
--
Streets of Zobeck Lead Designer
and
Kobold Quarterly News Minion

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There's an adventure in there called Rust which has some very shady types I hear.


Enjoying having a read through this. I almost want to see the chaos that would occur if the party did bring the paladin along...

Oh, and here's a web preview of the Old Stross Bathhouse. I love the locations in here - it's a great set of unusual city environments.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 4

This book is worth buying for the art alone.

The Exchange Kobold Press

The art is great! There's a sneak peek of some of it in the first review (by Robot Viking).

My favorite bit from the review:

TheRobotViking wrote:

I’d go so far as to say that any Pathfinder campaign that spends a lot of time in urban environs needs this book. The characters, locales and adventure hooks are all designed to give a gritty verisimilitude to a fantasy city. There aren’t really good guys and bad guys, just a bunch of shady characters, every one of them on the make. It’s a lot like film noir if film noir had ghouls and death cults.[/url]

Dark Archive

Wolfgang Baur wrote:

The art is great! There's a sneak peek of some of it in the first review (by Robot Viking).

My favorite bit from the review:

TheRobotViking wrote:
I’d go so far as to say that any Pathfinder campaign that spends a lot of time in urban environs needs this book. The characters, locales and adventure hooks are all designed to give a gritty verisimilitude to a fantasy city. There aren’t really good guys and bad guys, just a bunch of shady characters, every one of them on the make. It’s a lot like film noir if film noir had ghouls and death cults.[/url]

I haven't finished reading it yet. But so far I really like it. I got a very theives world novel series feel from it. Which is a compliment as I really liked that series of books.


TheTwitching King wrote:

This book is worth buying for the art alone.

The art is fantastic! These are the kind of images you can look at three or four times and still find new stuff. I think Glen did a great job capturing the kind of B&W imagery you'd get from noir material, like "Sin City."

-Ben.
--
Lead designer on Streets of Zobeck

Dark Archive RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32

I too was impressed by the artwork! As good as any RPG publication. But that's just icing on the cake. I was a patron of the design project and if I do say so myself it is very good! I'm not just saying that. The writing is first rate and -- yes, Richard Pett wrote the spooky and dangerous "Rust" adventure. With SIX complete adventures, FIVE locations and a dozen NPCs this is a great buy for the GM who needs gritty material for his game. Oh, and the guy who came up with the Stolen Identity spell and the Shoes of the Shingled Canopy wondrous item should really be commended for his creativity and design aplumb! :^ )


Dark_Mistress wrote:
I haven't finished reading it yet. But so far I really like it. I got a very theives world novel series feel from it. Which is a compliment as I really liked that series of books.

Good to know. I bought the Green Ronin slip boxset about this time last year. When I got my copy of SoZ it should help to convert my TW D20 material.

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Print/PDF Bundle now available!


Liz Courts wrote:
Print/PDF Bundle now available!

Awesome! Thank you so much!

-Ben.
--
Lead Designer for Streets of Zobeck


You know who else likes it?

Geekdad.

Just saying.

-Ben.
--
Lead Designer for Streets of Zobeck

The Exchange Kobold Press

YES! The GeekDad writeup is both fun, and right on target.

Feels odd to see Streets next to Legos and the inevitable chunky watch.


And Berin Kinsman likes it, too! ;)

-Ben.
--
Lead Designer on Streets of Zobeck


I'm currently waiting for my senior patron print copy to finalize my review. :)


And we got another review today from the folks at Stargazer's World!

Looks like a hit! :D

-Ben.
--
Lead Designer on Streets of Zobeck.

Dark Archive

Reviewed.


Nice review, D_M!

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Nice review, D_M!

Thanks... so where's your review? :)

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16

My 2nd review ever.


Nice review Erik. You should consider doing more reviews.

@ D_M: Before you ask, I'm on it. Perhaps by this weekend I'll have one ready.

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Dark Sasha wrote:

Nice review Erik. You should consider doing more reviews.

@ D_M: Before you ask, I'm on it. Perhaps by this weekend I'll have one ready.

*cracks the whip* Faster. :)


Yes, so I lied a little. But it isn't my fault! Being a minion sometimes takes more time than predicted. Even Demon Lords have deadlines... (that their minions must make).

Oh, and Reviewed!

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Dark Sasha wrote:

Yes, so I lied a little. But it isn't my fault! Being a minion sometimes takes more time than predicted. Even Demon Lords have deadlines... (that their minions must make).

Oh, and Reviewed!

No excuses.

Oh and nice review. :)


Erik Freund wrote:
My 2nd review ever.

My thanks to everyone who's taken the time to review this. I greatly appreciate it!

-Ben.


Finally reviewed here and sent to GMS magazine. I'll also devote a post on RPGaggression to it this week and it features in my top-10-list of 2011.

Oh yeah.

And this is officially my 500th review here on Paizo, meaning that I wrote 250 reviews in about half a year. O.O

All the best,
EZG out.


Wow, thanks for the insightful words, End. I appreciate the time you've taken to post all these reviews and I'm thrilled to have Streets as your 500th review!

-Ben.


Thanks for the kind words, Ben - it's nice to see all the work appreciated!
I have wanted to do this review for quite some time and wanted Streets to get a special slot in my reviewing history. :)

Dark Archive

See you make me look sane when doing reviews.


Yeah, I get this "make me look sane"-angle in a lot of aspects of my life ... :D

Wait. Is that a good thing? oO

Contributor

Nicely revewed, Endzeitgeist! I think Ben did an excellent job in pulling all the noir bits together. I'm still having fun with this supplement in my home campaign.


Thanks, Christina!

I really enjoyed some of the ideas in your adventures, Christina! That's one of the reason why I immediately jumped on board for your project. :)

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 4

Thanks for your review and kind words Endzeitgeist.
I just got around to seeing this.
-Matthew Stinson

The Exchange Kobold Press

Nominated for an ENnie Award as Best Adventure!

Congrats to lead designer Ben McFarland and all the authors who contributed to making this such an amazing book.

Liberty's Edge

Awesome!!!

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Congrats, Kobolds!

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Outstanding news! Congratulations!

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 4

Yes,great news Ben! This is your second ENnie nomination right?
-Matthew Stinson


TheTwitching King wrote:
Yes,great news Ben! This is your second ENnie nomination right?

This is! The first was for the Tales of Zobeck 3.5 anthology which won Silver for the E-book. I'm very excited and hopefully this'll have a shot against the big kids. Pelgrane Press and WotC are not small fanbases.

-Ben.

Contributor

Congrats, Ben!!!!


Rock on, Ben!

The Exchange Kobold Press

It's official: Streets of Zobeck won the Gold ENnie as the Best Adventure of 2012!

Silver went to Wizards of the Coast for Gardmore Abbey.

Congrats to Ben McFarland, Christina Stiles, Matthew Stinson, Mike Franke, and Richard Pett for delivering the best adventure of the year!


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I still can't believe we pulled it off. Wow! :D I can't thank the fans of this book enough!

If you pick this book up, play it like you stole it! ;)

-Ben.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

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:D

I can't believe I had to hear it on the web.

Congrats all around.

::applause::


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terraleon wrote:

I still can't believe we pulled it off. Wow! :D I can't thank the fans of this book enough!

If you pick this book up, play it like you stole it! ;)

-Ben.

yes it was awesome to watch ben win,

play it like you stole it indeed.

Contributor

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Updated product description—Streets of Zobeck won the Gold ENnie for Best Adventure! Way to go y'all!


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Devoted my first post on NERD TREK to posting my review of it there!


Hoping someone can help here - I'm running The Fish and the Rose. On p49 there is an encounter for a "Clockwork Watchman" which references the Zobeck Gazetteer, p29.

Thing is, I own the gazetteer and no clockwork watchman is listed on p29. After some googling I've come to believe the reference is for the original OGL gazetteer and not the updated PFRPG version.

As I don't own the OGL version, where can I find stats for the clockwork watchman?

Is it the same as the clockwork huntsman from the Midgard Bestiary? Both have 36 hp, but the one in Streets of Zobeck is meant to be CR2 each and the bestiary is CR3.

The Exchange Kobold Press

Yes indeed, this looks like a missed stitch between the D&D/OGL 3.5 version and the Pathfinder version. The clockwork huntsman will work well here; dial down the AC a point if needed.


Thanks Wolfgang! I'll do just that.

I really appreciate the Kobold gang being so prompt and engaging with the community.

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