Village Backdrop: Fulhurst Moors (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game GM’s Resource by Jacob Trier

In the dreary village of Fulhurst Moors, most residents spend their days cutting peat from the nearby bogs or tending flocks of rugged sheep on the moor. When night falls, they huddle in their homes or gather inside the solid stone walls of the Bell and Whistles, trading stories of the latest gruesome misfortunes to befall those foolish enough to venture out onto the moor after sunset or unfortunate enough to be caught by sudden fog or rain while working in the bogs.

The local priest has been driven close to madness by his inability to provide solace to his congregation, and the mayor and constable become increasingly concerned as a growing number of villagers drown their fears in moonshine whiskey. The fearful atmosphere is well deserved, for ancient beings of malice and cruelty haunt the mists beyond the village. And they have struck a terrible bargain with someone inside Fulhurst Moors.

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/fulhurst

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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$2.45 well spent!

*****

The Good:
* Neat, evocative setting
* Includes a great map
* Enough detail to get things moving, but not overly specific
* Neat little tidbits to discover sprinkled throughout

The bad:
* Separate PDFs for print/screen; would have preferred to see layers
* That's really the only negative I can come up with...which says a lot

This product was my first real exposure to Raging Swan (I think I got a PDF of theirs long ago as part of a package and just filed it away), but it won't be my last. Just a well-done, immediately useful product at a fair price.

(*****)


An Endzeitgeist.com review

*****

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!

What once was a lush forest inhabited by brutal savages, is now a desolate windswept moor where the waters of Blackraven Creek burrow into the acidic, infertile soil. Haunted by will-o'-wisps attracted in times long gone by, the plain is now home to peat-diggers - a harsh folk that reflects the unpleasant environment they live in. Unbeknownst to them, one greedy individual has struck a pact with the dread will-o'-wisps and the resulting tragedies have fostered an atmosphere of almost palpable anxiety -and a high danger-value.

Beyond the diverse population that includes the best and worst of people, the usual amounts of rumors, events, items to purchase etc., we also receive the stats of the hidden BBeG of the village as well as, rather cool, rules for the special moonshine sold in town - I love little mechanical pieces of crunch like this supplementing the fluff of an awesome village.

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.

Okay, my first impression was "Oh yeah, another swamp/moor"-village - but know what? This is VERY distinct from anything you'd expect in a SWAMP. While Jacob Trier's village works with the tropes, it also subverts them -no degenerate fish-people, no voodoo cults, no looming lizard-men, instead painting a picture of a village of hard-working people that cover the broad experience of humanity and morality, suffering from a climate of fear invoked by some vile individuals. Fulhurst Moors may not be a nice place at first glance, but it can be the town where, once the loyalty of the populace is earned, the evil rooted out, PCs may find haven even if hunted by the king. Remote and believable, with a rich history to develop and hooks galore, Jacob Trier's village is well worth 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Is now available at Paizo! You can grab a free sample, here. I hope you find it useful and enjoyable.


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

Cheers!

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

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Blimey! Two in a row. Thanks so much for doing this review, old chum. Much appreciated as always - it made by bourbon taste just a little bit sweeter!

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Thank you very much for taking the time to review my humble village, Endzeitgeist. I'm thrilled that you liked it as much as you did.

I'll do my best to make any future swamp villages just as interesting and memorable. No tired clichés here, I promise.


I'm looking forward to reading more from you, Jacob! :D

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Endzeitgeist wrote:
I'm looking forward to reading more from you, Jacob! :D

In that case, I would recommend keeping an open eye on upcoming products at both Raging Swan Press and Fat Goblin Games :-)

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Thanks Bugleyman for the review. I'm delighted you enjoyed Fullhurst Moors so much!

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