Places of Power: The Mudded Manse (PFRPG) PDF

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Mike Welham

Hidden in the dismal, swampy depths of the Salt Mire, the Mudded Manse is a well-kept secret among the wealthy and powerful, who travel here to rest and receive treatments for various afflictions. Built around a pit of bubbling mud, reputed to have miraculous cure-all powers, the secluded manse is well worth the trouble of a visit if one is afflicted with a terrible disease. Thanks to the powerful clientele frequenting the manse, a secondary trade in political information has developed, as the comfortable atmosphere encourages visitors to loosen their tongues.

Places of Power are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a flavoursome locale such as a remote temple, borderland fort or reclusive wizard’s demesne. Ready to be plugged into almost any home campaign, each installment can be used as a waystop on the road to adventure, the home of a powerful NPC or even as a mini-adventure site in its own right.

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An Endzeitgeist.com review

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This installment of the Places of Power-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

Deep in the midst of the dreaded Salt Mire, near Thornhill, there is a manse at the top of a foreboding cliff, in the midst of the murky swamp. It is rumored to be haunted...WAIT. Wait, I tell you. Seriously, this is going somewhere you did not expect. Serious research via the high lore DCs can provide the information that one Vississ Leeai cleared out the place a couple of years ago and that it stands where once a powerful earth elemental existed. Sounds ominous, right?

Well, guess what: When your players actually get there, past the no-nonsense half-orc ranger 8CR 9, full stats provided) that guards the place they'll be greeted by a cheerful, immaculately clean staff. While local druids do exist and some strange, creepy even, circumstances can happen around here, the mudded manse, ultimately, remains one of the best-guarded secrets of the elite: You see, the sylph Vississi (fully statted at CR 10) has determined that the local mud can help against nigh incurable conditions and diseases. Yep, you heard right - this is basically a high-class, magical spa disguised as a haunted manor! And yes, this is not an operation of purely benevolent beings, but it certainly is a unique place to get massages and wind down from the horrible rigors of adventuring while also making some nice connections with notable folks who'd otherwise have no reason talking to the PCs. Obviously, as always, we actually get local dressing and mannerisms as well as rumors and sample events to add spice to the trip. As a nice aside, this place makes for a great way to plug in one of the various "going on vacation"-CoC-modules into your campaign without breaking a sweat. Just sayin'.

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch. Layout adheres to RSP's elegant 2-column b/w-standard and the pdf features some nice b/w-artworks. The pdf comes in two iterations, one optimized for screen-use and one made for the printer - kudos there! The cartography by Simon Butler and Dyson Logos is excellent. I think by joining Raging Swan Press' patreon, you can actually get the high-res map for the evocative place, but I am not 100% sure. The map provided is cool, but sports keyed rooms.

Mike Welham rarely fails to deliver. When I read the title "Mudded Manse", I was yawning internally. When I started reading this, I realized the downright genius idea and its seamless integration into a fantastic context and knew I was hooked. Evocative, useful, unique - this has it all, and for a ridiculously fair price to boot. 5 stars + seal of approval, given sans hesitation. Get this and provide a bit of relaxation for your PCs. As a nice note: I actually had a local the PCs to deal with the "haunting" - imagine their surprise when they arrived, armed to the teeth...Yeah, that was something I don't get to see too often anymore...

Endzeitgeist out.


Mud, mud, glorious mud, there's nothing quite like it

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Welcome to the Mudded Manse, a bathhouse specializing in glorious healing mud. Having thoroughly enjoyed the previous two offerings in this series, I purchased this one with the hopes to add it to a mountainous region, in particular Diamond Lake in the Age of Worms AP.

I found this installment to be a bit dry, however. The NPCs are a very interesting blend of abnormal races and skill sets, and that for me was the most interesting part of this supplement. In previous offerings in this series, new and interesting products and services were available for purchase by the PCs. It is suggested that the PCs would come to such a place to remedy one of their own, but there are no new items to purchase, and the fees for a stay at the Mudded Manse are not listed. There is also a massage therapist here: I would have loved having some mechanics for his services.

Likewise, the part about adding spells to the mud was a highlight of this product, but there wasn't enough about it to cool my blood. What if the PCs wanted to enchant the mud with new spells after getting/stealing a sample? Some really inspirational ideas were missed here.

There is also no conflict among the members of the staff, really. This is something that comes standard in Village Backdrops, but I understand if it isn't the purpose of Places of Power.

All in all, I found the Mudded Manse to be simply okay. Raging Swan has perhaps spoiled me with its earlier offerings in this series, which were simply amazing. I have to say I wouldn't really recommend this product, as it doesn't have much that I feel makes it unique that the average DM couldn't invent himself.


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Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

Your characters deserve some rest and relaxation.


Reviewed first on endzeitgeist.com, then submitted to Nerdtrek and GMS magazine and posted here, on OBS, etc.

Liberty's Edge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2012

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Thank you for the review, Endzeitgeist!

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I also see a review from GreatKhanArtist. I appreciate the review and the takeaways you provided. I'm sorry the place didn't do anything for you.

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