Village Backdrop: Summerford (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’s Resource by Alex Connell

Grown fat and wealthy on the trade flowing along the Mauro River, Summerford is a prosperous place. River barges laden with trade goods put into the docks and the local trading post is a veritable hive of activity. The village streets are clean and Lord Fabius Ocrtooth’s guards keep the populace safe. At night, the taproom of the Rusty Rapier is busy with peasants and traders alike relaxing after a hard day’s work. Turmoil and strife, though, lurk beneath Summerford’s placid exterior. Marauding kobolds repeatedly attack the nearby Iron Hill mine slaying the miners while in the village proper the widows of the slain miners call with increasing anger for the mine to be closed. Rumours of devil worship swirl about the village’s reclusive lord and a nascent gray market has established itself on the docks. Summerford is far from the tranquil idyll it seems.

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 a PC’s home, Village Backdrop present the details so the busy GM can focus on crafting exciting, compelling adventures.

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This installment of the Village Backdrop-series is 10 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look, shall we?

As in all installments of the village backdrop-series, we get a whole array of supplemental information -from the village statblock to rumors, nomenclature, notable places to information on trade and industry and even dressing habits, the supplement covers quite an interesting array of information to run the village.

Life in Summerford is good - while at first simply created as an outpost, the discovery of iron in the nearby renamed iron hills has seen the village grow and prosper, with the dominant local family even slowly gaining a chance to reach for nobility - at least in theory. In practice, unrest is brewing between the mine and the trading outpost of Summerford, for the mines have been besieged by kobold incursions and thus, tensions are slowly rising. 6 events and 3 sample NPCs add further color to the pdf.


Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to Raging Swan Press' crisp, elegant two-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions - one optimized for screen-use and one to be printed. It should also be noted that DMs can download player-friendly versions of the map on Raging Swan Press' homepage as a print-out/hand-out resource - which is plain awesome.

Author Alex Connell delivers the ascendant village to the descending Golden Valley - a mine on the rise instead of one on the decline and it per se is a nice village indeed, with quite some implied adventuring potential - including potential conflict between the old ways and the new as well as between miners and villagers. There's quite an array of possibilities here. On the other hand, the village's map isn't as extremely evocative as some others in the series and the potential for conflict in the village itself is there, yes, but compared to other installments, it is a bit subdued. Now don't get me wrong - this is me complaining at the highest level, but I still feel that some inkling, some more pronounced spark/threat for the powder's keg that is adventuring, would have made this even better. Hence, I will remain with a final verdict of 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 for the purpose of this platform.

Endzeitgeist out.

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It doesn't mention a map, but I would hope it has a nice map with it? It sounds very much like my version of Liberthane in the River Kingdoms. I will likely pick it up even without a map, but a good map would make this a steal. Thanks!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Yup, it comes with a map! You can also download tagged and untagged copies of the map (and check out the At A Glance section of the supplement) here. I hope you enjoy it!

Excellent! Thank you so much. I just added it to my shopping cart.

Reviewed first on, then submitted to NErdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS and's shop.

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks very much for the review, Endzeitgeist. Nice to have you back!

I'm only halfway back, but I've written my review of FotUS today and got draft 2 of riverburg done; will try to get the former one done fast. :)

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Blimey! Thanks very much. I'm very keen to see what you think of Fane of the Undying Sleeper's layout.

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