Wilderness Dressing: Travellers (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM's Resource by Greg Marks

Tired of glossing over the details of your PCs’ overland journey (except for the inevitable, violent random encounters)? Want to add in minor features of interest to their journeys? Want to make their journeys seem more “real”?

Then Wilderness Dressing is for you! Each instalment in the line focuses on a different type of wilderness or a feature therein and gives the harried GM the tools to bring such features to life with interesting and cool noteworthy features.

This instalment of Wilderness Dressing presents loads of interesting travellers to add into your campaign. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Wilderness Dressing: Travellers is an invaluable addition to any GM's armoury!

Wilderness Dressing: Travellers presents:

  • One table (25 entries) presenting peddlers, merchants and traders to enliven your PCs’ wilderness travel.
  • One table (25 entries) presenting bards, minstrels and troubadours to enliven your PCs’ wilderness travel.
  • One table (25 entries) presenting mercenaries, sellswords and freebooters to enliven your PCs’ wilderness travel.

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Lots of Quality, Colorful Encounters

5/5

Wilderness Dressing: Travelers is a collection of personalities your player’s characters might meet while travelling from here to there. It’s for the GM’s who relish little encounters to add verisimilitude to a journey rather than say “Ok, you travel a few days and you get there”.

Hechfolk and Hirelings is 14 pages, but the meat of the PDF covers 7 pages. Over 2 pages each are percentile tables with 75 total encounters spread over the sections which include: “Peddlers, Merchants and Traders”, “Bards, Minstrels and Troubadours” and “Mercenaries, Sellswords and Freebooters”. On the 7th large is a B&W drawing of a female NPC that’s not bad at all.

Each entry isn’t long, but it is enough to give you a solid mental picture of the situation and motives of the NPC in question. Each supplies a name and recommended basic stats (alignment, gender, race, class and level) and then a solid description followed by basic motivations or activities. Sometimes these traits are interwoven to tell the story of the NPC. They’re excellent sparks for the imagination and give you enough to go on to form a basic personality very quickly.

While percentage tables are provided I think this would serve me better to plot out the route and hand pick a few along the way, as naturally not every NPC will be useful for ever occasion. In this way, the book suits its purpose perfectly. One thing that was pleasantly surprising was how rich the author made some of the descriptions even with just a few words. Nice touches like the actual names of a few songs a wandering bard has written or a treasured or favored item or even notes on growing up so you know how they chose their profession are sometimes included. A small number are more basic, allowing a GM to stretch their creative license with nothing but the simplest of description and a single, small hook, but there are only a handful of these.

For a nice touch, sometimes there’s even little interwoven plots, one NPC entry will mention another with a possible connection either as ally or foe make the encounter even livelier. I liked that a lot.

Overall how can you not appreciate loads of encounters to make overland journeys more interesting for 2 bucks. It’s a steal, does its job perfectly and was fun to read. I purchased this for use in my Shattered Star game.


An Endzeitgeist.com review

5/5

This pdf is 14 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let's take a look, shall we?

Since full statblocks would blow the page-count out of all proportions (and most likely wouldn't be required), this pdf opts for fluff-only tables that mention the respective classes and levels of the people encountered, but not more - to get right out of the way what kind of information you get. The first table deals with peddlers, merchants and traders and covers 25 entries over 2 pages, wherein we find the whole gamut,. mostly focused on low-level peddlers, dealing in everything from kind gnomes trading clockwork toys to shady information/poison-brokers and even a tiefling who wants to buy...your soul.

The second table, covering bards, minstrels and troubadours, also spanning 25 entries over 2 pages, feature elven twins (one dances, one plays), seamstresses with ambitions for hackneyed and problematic plays, professional half-orc pugilists and incognito spies even.

The third table covers mercenaries, spellswords and freebooters, again sporting 25 entries - and I like that warriors get some love in the respective entries, making a difference between professional fighters and warriors. Beyond that, there also is a gnomish security expert, a questing paladin, professional safe-crackers and finally one hilarious, garish tengu-thief who doesn't understand why you left your valuables in that chest locked in the vault beyond those traps where he could so easily get it... Great one!

The final page is taken up by a massive 1-page b/w-artwork of an elven maiden sitting on a tree in the forest - nice one!

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP'S 2-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked and with two different versions, one optimized for screen-use and one for print. The artwork is nice indeed.

Greg Marks has a nice array of different fluffy encounters here for your perusal and the respective travelers should add some nice color for your overland travels and I really like the respective entries - and hope we'll see one such installment for e.g. deserts, jungles, the far north etc. - since the characters in here are mostly looking like they fit best in a default fantasy environment. All in all, a very good supplement with nothing to complain about, though personally, I would have loved more entries like the respective last ones of the tables - for these tend to be the weird, really cool ones.

My final verdict will hence clock in at a solid 5 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.


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

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks guys. How odd that two reviews come in on the same day. I love coincidences like this!

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