Village Backdrop: Refuge (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’s Resource by Greg Marks

An uncharted atoll, the secret isle of Refuge is a haven for pirates and cutthroats. Its laws are few: pay your due to the Buccaneer King, every Captain gets one vote and do not cheat or kill your fellow pirates. Without witnesses, that last one is more of a guideline. Life here is short, brutal and filled with golden opportunity for those willing to seize it at the point of a sword. While discontent at the Buccaneer King’s rule grows in the hearts of the other captains, rumours swirl of spies working for the pirates’ many victims lurking on the atoll. And finally something terrible is stalking and killing drunken pirates and the children of the Maze. Surely, bloody war and ruin will soon be visited upon Refuge.

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 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!

All right, by now you know that Village Backdrops come with full settlement statblocks, do you? Well, now you do. ;) The village also features information on the village's economy, customs, nomenclature etc. and provides information on movers and shakers. Beyond that, short tables of rumors and events to enliven the place work as neat additions for the DM to develop into adventures.

Okay, let's get something out of the way - this village is a pirate's haven on a tiny, crescent-shaped island with a volcano on top. The local consortium's ships sail out there and thus, whispers and rumors as well as events supplement this playstyle - the population is dependent on trade and piracy - and thus, this settlement indeed provides refuge for the hunted and unwanted and whether your PCs are there due to being hunted themselves or due to seeking someone - their stay will not be pleasant. Danger modifier +30. Yeah. Ouch.

That being said, if the set-up wasn't ample clue enough, this village *BEGS* to be inserted into a Rzaor Coast-campaign - right down to the CR 4 sample character, who happens to be, you guessed it, a were-shark.


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.

Greg Marks delivers a village that simply BEGS to be included into a given Razor Coast or Freeport campaign - whether as outpost, as competition, this village backdrop can actually stuff a certain plot-hole in one of the Heart of the Razor-adventures. Alternatively, If you're looking for a spot to test the waters (haha!) whether your players would enjoy such an environment, this makes for a great RC-light-version. This is a glorious, fun village - deadly, cool and extremely useful, this is worth 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.

Liberty's Edge Digital Products Assistant

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Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks very much, Crystal.

And don't forget, you can grab a free sample here!

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 so much for the review, old chum. Much appreciated as always and I'm delighted you enjoyed Refuge!

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