Urban Dressing: Dwarven 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 dwarven holds in your campaign. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town is an invaluable addition to any GM’s armoury!

Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town presents the following information:

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

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Everything a GM needs to make a memorable Dwarven Town

5/5

Dwarven Town is part of Raging Swan's Urban Dressing product line, which provides exactly what the title suggests: everything a game master needs to breathe life into an urban setting.

Although this is a Pathfinder supplement, the contents of this PDF are system-neutral and could work in any game that involves a traditional dwarven town.

First up in this product are 100 sights and sounds that GMs can use to add flavour to their dwarven town or to serve as inspiration for encounters or even whole adventures. These sights and sounds range from interesting statues that players might see on the streets of the town, to a passing dwarf with unusual tattoos.

Next is a table of 50 businesses, each with a name, the type of shop being described, and an interesting tidbit about the business. The majority of these have clever and suitably 'dwarfish' names, and just enough information to help make shopping a little more memorable for players.

The next table is a list of 50 people of interest, specifying a name, their alignment, gender, race and level, plus a brief description. As you'd expect, there are plenty of dwarves of all shapes and sizes, but there are a handful of other races as well, from humans to elves and even the odd half-orc. This is a good reminder for GMs wanting to create a believable setting: it's pretty unlikely that a given town would contain only one race (unless they were extremely xenophobic, perhaps!) Even without the descriptions, this list provides 50 names that could be used for a variety of NPCs. The descriptions will help GMs populate their games with NPCs a little more interesting than 'gruff, bearded dwarf' or a similar stereotype.

Finally, there is a list of 20 plot hooks or opportunities for adventures or quests. These are just a starting point for GMs to flesh out in any way that suits them. I particularly like that they are described with just enough detail to intrigue characters to investigate further.

Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town provides over 200 short descriptions of sights, sounds, businesses, people and events that could be found in and dwarf-centric location. It uses the same clean, neat layout I've come to expect from Raging Swan Press, and is a worthwhile addition to any game master's toolbox, particularly if you're planning to include a dwarven settlement in your game.


An Endzeitgeist.com review

5/5

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!

We begin this supplement with vistas both unique and wondrous - in the towns of the dwaves, one may witness a plethora of sights and sounds mundane and wondrous - from chimney stacks that bear witness to the industrious nature of the stout folk to dwarves strumming the lyres (there is in fact a correlation between music and productivity), the life of a busy settlement breathes from the massive 100-entry strong table - and yes, of course miners, cave-ins, smiths and the like can be met as well. Few things will endear the PCs more to the populace than quenching a dwarf's beard, recently set ablaze or participating in competitions of boulder-throwing - a thoroughly alive place indeed.

The 50 businesses also reflect the industrious nature of the dwarven people - from the obligatory smithies and architects, one can surely learn wondrous feats of engineering, while here, even second-hand equipment adheres to the high quality-standards set by the dwarven folk. Boneminders and etchers offer their services to the discerning clientele and for those PCs looking for something more out of the ordinary - what about ships to travel on lava? This single entry had me come up with essentially a whole culture, a vast set of adventure ideas - "inspired" is indeed the word to use.

Whereas the primary inhabitants of such a town obviously belong to the stout race, from jailed half-orcs (rightfully or due to racial prejudice?) to halfling couriers to half-elven lawyers and pyromaniac elven exiles, the list of 50 notable folk can be described as adhering to the same level of liveliness and diversity one would expect from such a supplement - and yes, fret not -the majority of the entries does cover dwarves!

Finally, 20 hooks provide for ample adventuring material - from dwarven miners lost in the tunnels to dangerous, tunneling worms that destabilize areas to gas explosions and goblin spies, quite an array of diverse options await.

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.

Josh Vogt's Urban Dressing pdf have become a continuous source of joy for my table - the amount of life oozing from them, their unfettered creativity and their quite frankly astounding diversity has taken the weakest of the Dressing-series and brought it to a level that can only be considered inspired in all the right ways. Now racial settlements tend to be a difficult topic, mainly because you have to cater to a race's iconic stereotypes, while still providing a distinct sense of identity. This manages to do just that - in a glorious fashion indeed. My final verdict will hence clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.


Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

Is now available at the Paizo store! You can grab a free sample here.

Enjoy!


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

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

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Thanks very much, Endzeitgeist! As always, much appreciated!


Is this an above ground town, or a below ground town?

-- david

Sovereign Court Publisher, Raging Swan Press

It's a series of random tables designed to help you bring life to a dwarven town. It's not actually a dwarven town as such. If you hit the link in the first comment on this thread, you can download a free sample to see the kind of content it contains.

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