Village Backdrop: Golden Valley (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible Resource supplement by Eric Hindley

A decade ago, the thorp of Sunset Valley was a quiet, sleepy place. The discovery of gold in the surrounding hills changed all that, however, and made its finder rich overnight. But Boss Corl, as he is now known, is a greedy man and ruthlessly controls the flow of gold into and out of the now re-named village, Golden Valley. Such sudden wealth brought an influx of miners, adventurers and treasure hunters into the village and prices skyrocketed. Now, new miners must work for years just to pay off the cost of their equipment and prices for even the most basic of commodities are extortionate.

Recently, it has become apparent to Boss Corl that the gold supply is fast running out. Desperate for more, Corl has pushed his workers to even greater efforts and accidents and deaths are becoming commonplace. Rumours have even started to circulate of foul, sightless things living in the deepest caverns that haul off lone miners to gruesome fates.

Village Backdrops are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a single village ready to insert into almost any home campaign. Perfect for use as a waystop on the road to adventure, as an adventure site themselves or as PC’s home, Village Backdrop present the details so the busy GM can focus on crafting exciting, compelling adventures.

This product is a Dual Format PDF. The downloadable 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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An Endzeitgeist.com review

5/5

This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD, 1 page advice on how to read statblocks for novice DMs and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content - so let's take a look whether Golden Valley can maintain the streak of consecutive 5-star+seal of approval ratings the last installments of the series had!

Once known as sunset valley, the town known as Golden Valley is wealthy for a place of its size - prompted by a gold rush. Quickly, the man to become known as Boss Corl staked his claim and miners and seekers of fortune poured into Golden Valley, seeking the fulfillment of their dreams. As has become the tradition with the series, we get demographics, a village statblock, a marketplace section of available items and notable locations/NPCs - but beyond that, not all is well in Golden Valley:

Prompted by the sudden influx of wealth, prices are atrociously high - and the Boss profits from this: Gear is so expensive that it takes months to pay back the debt new arrivals incur in Golden Valley for basic equipment and thus, devolve into a state rather close to slavery. Worse, it seems like the gold has dwindled to a trickle, thus prompting more risky actions from the town's de facto overlord. With mishaps and hazards accumulating, tensions rise as tempers start to flare - Golden Valley seems to have outlived its golden days...

6 rumors and 6 events also provide for further ideas and life and yes, we get full stats for miners as well as the local bailiff and Boss Corl as well as his enforcer.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are very good, though not up to Raging Swan's usual flawless track-record - I assume the village priest is not "sacred of" but rather "Scared of" Boss Corl. Layout adheres to RSP's elegant printer-friendly 2-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes with a glorious map of the town that can be downloaded in high-res versions on Raging Swan's homepage. The pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for the printer and one for screen-use and both come fully bookmarked for your convenience.

Author Eric Hindley has created an interesting dilemma - Corl holds the legal rights for the operation, but his increasing disregard for the safety of his workers will prove to be problematic at best -it is interesting moral quandaries like this that we see all too scarcely in supplements, though they tend to result in interesting roleplaying. Making for a great insert into Andoran akin to e.g. Falcon's Hallow, this village is yet another great offering for a more than fair price-point. And yes, I could be an anal-retentive bastard and rate this down for the one typo I found. I won't though - the streak continues: 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


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Welcome to the village line, Eric!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

And you can grab a free sample, here!


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


Wow, thanks for the review Endzeitgeist! Glad you liked it!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks very much for the spiffing review, Endeitgeist! Jolly decent of you as always!

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