Urban Dressing: Slum Town (PFRPG) PDF

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Tired of your towns and cities being boring, bland places in which your PCs show little or no interest? Want to bring them alive with cool, interesting minor features of note? Then Urban Dressing is for you! Each instalment in the line focuses on a different kind of town and gives harried GMs the tools to bring such locales to life with interesting and noteworthy features.

This instalment of Urban Dressing presents loads of great details to customise the slum towns in your campaign. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Urban Dressing: Slum Town is an invaluable addition to any GM's armoury!

Urban Dressing: Slum Town presents:

  • One table (100 entries) presenting the sights and sounds of a slum town.
  • One table (100 entries) presenting sample business found in a slum town.
  • One table (100 entries) presenting sample folk found in a slum town.
  • One table (20 entries) presenting hooks, complications and opportunities.

For free samples head over to ragingswan.com/slum

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

*****

This installment of what I'd tentatively call the "new" Urban Dressing-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 7 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Ah, the seedy underbelly of a town, the slums...where the reader is definitely glad that the 100 entries of sights and sounds can't be transported via smell-o-vision: Cesspools, shady characters and examples of misery paint a vivid picture for DMs to utilize in their games...but of course, one should probably hire a guide from the 50 sample businesses when entering the slums...unless one wants to try one's luck with the charlatans...or is down on one's luck and in need of a moneylender.

Drug pits, sweat shops - in these squalid surroundings, it should come as no surprise that the 50 sample NPCs include a couple of individuals you definitely don't want to meet...though net dancers with hearts of gold can be found amidst the dark and less than savory individuals. If this rich panorama of misery and people down on their luck is not enough, 20 adventure hooks, from escorting noble daughters slumming (perhaps to meet with a paramour from the lower class?) to tracking down escaped slaves provides fodder for any enterprising DM to develop into a cool, compelling story.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to Raging Swan Press' 2-column b/w-standard and the artwork is thematically fitting b/w-stock. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions - one optimized for the printer and one optimized for screen-use.

I can't emphasize enough how much this series has prospered under Josh Vogt's guidance - whereas the first "season" of Urban Dressing was hit and miss, this evocative pdf provides more than a bit of great flavor - it is captivating, compelling, immersive. It breathes the grand flavor of dark fantasy novels and the muddy streets, the labyrinthine alleys and crannies seem to jump from these pages, rendering this installment, even among the more recent UDs, as a stand-out, brilliant example, one I will, without any hesitation or doubt, award 5 stars + seal of approval -if your PCs like the seedier parts of town, this is a must-have supplement!

Endzeitgeist out.


The perfect way to breathe life into the slums

*****

This 10 page PDF has 7 pages of tables covering just about anything you might expect to find in the slums. The first table is sights and sounds, providing 100 things your PCs might happen upon while wandering through your slum town. Some of these are just flavourful descriptions that will help your town come to life, while others might give you ideas that could be expanded upon.

The second table lists 50 businesses that might be found in the slums, each with a unique name, what type of shop it is, and something noteworthy about the business. The third table contains 50 NPCs that might be found in the town. Some of these clearly match up with the businesses in the previous table, while the rest are just persons of interest who your PCs might encounter or need to deal with while in the town. The final table offers 20 activities in the town that could serve to liven up the PCs' visit, start them off on quests, and so on.

As I read through this PDF, it painted quite a vivid picture of a grim slum town. Besides giving life to a location, the descriptions also gave me plenty of ideas for missions and side quests, as well as a wealth of NPCs to help deliver the plot hooks. If you are planning to use some kind of slum town in an upcoming adventure, this product is a must-have. The descriptions are almost entirely system-neutral, meaning this supplement could be useful to any game master.


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Added to the cart. Any chance we'll see an Urban Dressing for a wartime town?

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Heine Stick wrote:
Added to the cart. Any chance we'll see an Urban Dressing for a wartime town?

I'll add it to the list. I've got the next three in the pipe already, so it will be early(ish) next year (unless you are really desperate for it in which case I shall unleash Josh Vogt)


Well, it is something that would be useful to me in the near future...:D

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I shall investigate!

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I've added a War-torn Town Urban Dressing to the February release schedule!


Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
I've added a War-torn Town Urban Dressing to the February release schedule!

Now that's what I consider going above and beyond for your fans. :)

Consider it an instabuy. :)

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Heine Stick wrote:
Creighton Broadhurst wrote:
I've added a War-torn Town Urban Dressing to the February release schedule!

Now that's what I consider going above and beyond for your fans. :)

Consider it an instabuy. :)

Hooray! Thanks very much. I hope you enjoy it!

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Thanks very much of the review. I'm delighted your enjoyed Urban Dressing: Slum Town. I hope it enhances your campaign!


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

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Thanks very much for this review, Endzeitgeist. I'm delighted you enjoyed the book so much!

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