So What's For Sale, Anyway? II (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game compatible GM’S RESOURCE by Julian Neale

Once again, your PCs have emerged from the dungeon ready to spend their loot on all manner of magical equipment. Returning to town they ask “So what’s for sale in this town, anyway?” At that point, likely or not, the game grinds to a halt as the GM frantically generates what items are available for purchase or he simply says “anything up to the gp cap.” (After all, most GMs have better things to do with their prep time than generate what the PCs might want to buy on the off chance they return to town after a successful foray).

So What’s For Sale, Anyway? II banishes these problems by providing 87 pre-generated, ready-to-use lists for the busy GM to immediately use in his campaign. Also included are eighty sellers the GM can use to roleplay the resultant negotiation and transaction or to provide adventure hooks. Buyers should be beware, however, for among the hundreds of magic items for sale lurk 41 cursed objects...

So What's For Sale, Anyway? is a Dual Format PDF. The product's zip file contains two versions, one optimised for printing and use on a normal computer and one optimised for use on a mobile device such as an iPad.

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Better than the predecessor - now with merchants and curses!

5/5

This pdf is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 16 pages of content.

There is scarcely a situation as annoying as the PCs unexpectedly retracking to a town to purchase supplies and spending loot. Raging Swan's first "So what's for sale, anyway" remedied that by providing a plethora of lists sorted by settlement-size. This sequel to said pdf provides more of these item-lists, which essentially means that as a reviewer you have to look up the items and make sure they're appropriate for the settlement-size.

There are some changes, though, which are readily apparent when checking out the 21 thorp-lists - namely 4 curses for minor items as well as a list of 10 sample sellers with short fluff-write-ups (but, of course, sans statblocks). These sample sellers are an AWESOME idea, helping with a simulationalist's approach to a campaign world or simply offering names and personal quirks for merchant xyz. Even better, the merchants may provide minor and major hooks and can easily be expanded upon. Neat!

Hamlets also get 21 lists and 10 sellers, but no curses.

Villages get 11 lists, 10 sellers and 6 curses, small towns get 8 lists, 10 sellers and 6 curses, large towns get 8 lists, 10 sellers and 5 curses, small cities get 6 lists, 10 sellers, 8 curses, large cities get 6 lists, 3 curses and 10 sellers and finally, there are 6 lists for Metropolis-class settlements, 10 sellers and 6 curses. It's also rather interesting to see that the sellers of larger settlements tend to be more powerful, corresponding to the items they own, sell, etc., keeping the in-game logic intact.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are top-notch, as I've come to expect from Raging Swan Press. Layout adheres to the clear and printer-friendly two-column standard and comes with extensive bookmarks. The pdf also comes with a special version optimized for use with e-readers. Content-wise, there is nothing to complain about, the inclusion of sample sellers and curses help to further customize the individual shopping experiences. That being said, we do get a lot of lists that really help customize individual shopping experiences and the pdf goes above and beyond its predecessor by providing more than necessary. Were I to voice any kind of criticism, then that I would have loved to see more complex curses or one or two specific, unique items. Seeing that this is not enough to rate this pdf down, I'll settle for a final verdict of 5 stars - a very useful, nice little pdf.

Endzeitgeist out.


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Dark Archive

That was quick the first one didn't come out that long ago. :)

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Dark_Mistress wrote:
That was quick the first one didn't come out that long ago. :)

Julian's like greased lightning! Also, he may have muttered something about "getting the cursed items to those who really deserve them." I'm not sure what he meant...


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Cursed items, yum. I'd love to hear stories about what happened to any cursed items from this book that were used by PCs!

Frog God Games

Very nice! :-)

Liberty's Edge

I really like the illustrations in this one :)

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 8

Raging Swan knows how to part me from my money.


Interesting! But why is this one not listed among the PFRPG-compatible Raging Swan files but only among the GM resources? Oo

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
Interesting! But why is this one not listed among the PFRPG-compatible Raging Swan files but only among the GM resources? Oo

Thanks for spotting that! I've emailed customer services so hopefully it should appear there soon.


Reviewed here, on DTRPG and sent to GMS magazine.

Silver Crusade

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What books do the items cover?

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noretoc wrote:
What books do the items cover?

We only drew from the Core Rulebook for the items in this book (and its companion). While I enjoy using stuff from the other books, I'm uncomfortable when we can't include enough information for the purchaser to actually use the product. If we'd included magic items from non-core sources I'd have felt compelled to include their full details - and I'm not sure I want to go reprinting Paizo's stuff willy nilly!

Hope that makes sense!

Silver Crusade

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Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
noretoc wrote:
What books do the items cover?

We only drew from the Core Rulebook for the items in this book (and its companion). While I enjoy using stuff from the other books, I'm uncomfortable when we can't include enough information for the purchaser to actually use the product. If we'd included magic items from non-core sources I'd have felt compelled to include their full details - and I'm not sure I want to go reprinting Paizo's stuff willy nilly!

Hope that makes sense!

perfectly, thank you.


An excellent GM resource. I like the layout for the various community sizes. The sample sellers are nice inclusions for quick roleplaying, just enough information to enhance the merchant to PC experience. I'm a big fan of the random cursed item making its way into the game. This will save time at the gaming table.

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Julian will be delighted to hear you like the curses! (I wonder if your players will be quite so delighted...)

I'm glad that this will save you time at the table. At the end of the day, these products are all about easing the GM's burden. After all, the game should be fun for GMs as well!

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