Village Backdrop: Trickletrek (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’S RESOURCE by Alexander Augunas

Months ago a mysterious asteroid crashed into the waters of nearby Swishswirl Cove and in the days afterwards a strange sickness spread across the glades to the north, poisoning its inhabitants and causing a supernatural illness in the gnomes. Now an unnatural blight, a ghastly illness that drains the local gnomes of their vibrant colouration, leaving a sickly, otherworldly colour in its wake, has taken hold in the gnomish settlement of Trickletrek.

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.

For free samples head over to ragingswan.com/trickletrek

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

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This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Trickletrek is an idyllic town, situated next to the river of the same moniker and to the forest of the Great Greens - life is good in the gnomish village and all is well...until an asteroid crashes down into Swishswirl Cove and the dreaded loss of color (whether already known via Golarion or a new phenomenon) starts spreading, leaving mutated, dangerous folk in its wake that seem to show signs of a strange color not 100% of this world...

As always, full village statblocks, nomenclature, whispers and rumors and events are provided for this interesting retelling of the Lovecraft classic - add in two neat statblocks, one providing a relatively complex CR 7 blight druid now enslaved to the otherworldly intruder and we have a potentially awesome backdrop to retell the traditional story suffused with some gnomish humor.

The fact that Golarion's gnomes already suffer from such an affliction adds further potential to use red herrings or devise one's own telling and provide alternate explanations for the happenstances in the by now, rather dangerous village. (Danger-modifier +20 - ouch!)

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's superb, streamlined and printer-friendly 2-column b/w-standard. The pdf's b/w-cartography (of which you can download player-friendly versions on Raging Swan's homepage for free!) is just as awesome as I've come to expect from the series. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one to be printed out.

Alexander Augunas is one of the most talented crunch-authors currently writing 3pp-material, but he also has an uncanny knack for the weird and potent, captivating, fluff - this being no exception. Where the basic frame to most will be a "been there, done that", the details are what makes this work - from the gnomes as racially distinct to the coinciding with their racial sickness in some worlds to all the small details of the town's politics between progress and tradition, this village backdrop serves potential galore and a unique spin that makes a tired trope work again. (And yes, Lovecraft-aficionados - another creature from the great beyond might be involved - this review is partially deliberately vague in that regard...) And that is a hard thing to achieve indeed - barring any gripes and bearing that in mind, well worth 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


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Thanks, Liz!

I hope everyone enjoys Trickletrek! It was a LOT of fun to write this product, mostly because I was more familiar with Creighton's style this time and the plot for this story practically writes itself!

Spoiler:

Gnomes + Lovecraft = Obvious Payoff


I really like what you did with this Alexander! Great village!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

And if you want to grab a free sample, check this out!


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

Cheers!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

I fully endorse this review! Thanks so much for taking the time to get it done Endzeitgeist!

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