Good small town starting area?


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I want to place an upcoming game in a somewhat detailed small town area. Something unfamiliar to players of APs however. I was thinking something in the tones of Greyhawk or the like where a few adventurers would be big news, and small troubles are what adventurers excel at... Any suggestions?


Have you considered Darkmoon Vale in Andoran? There is a Campaign Setting/Chronicles guide to it, plus a number of modules take place in/nearby the place. (Some of the stuff is from 3.5.)


Bellona wrote:
Have you considered Darkmoon Vale in Andoran? There is a Campaign Setting/Chronicles guide to it, plus a number of modules take place in/nearby the place. (Some of the stuff is from 3.5.)

Hadn't thought of there. I have run the Carnival of Tears but otherwise know nothing of the area. I will have to look into that. Thanks!


I suggest Bloodsworn Vale. I thought it was a cool location when I read that module, Conquest of Bloodsworn Vale.

You've got frontier, small town, wilderness, mountains. Being on a trade route there are reasons to have caravans and new people coming to town.

Dark Archive

How about the town of Kassen detailed in Crypt of the Everflame? It's in Nirmathas which hasn't been featured in APs, and adventurers are big news over there -- not to mention that the module itself is a pretty decent 1st level dungeon crawl. :)


Bloodsword Vale is well defined and so is Sandpoint in Varisia :) Both have adventures planned around them that detail the area quite well and give lots of NPC's...

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My favortisims are definitely showing here, but Cesca in the Ustalavic county of Varno was designed to be a good small town for PCs to call home and there's a good map in Rule of Fear. (This is the town where I started my own Bastardhall Paizocon campaign in fact.)

Beyond that, you might check out the free Council of Thieves Player's Guide, there's some interesting details on the small towns around Westcrown there. Additionally, Guide to the River Kingdoms might have some cool possibilities (but few maps). Cities of Golarion is also chocked full of ideas, but kind of breaks your "small town" caveat.

Just a few ideas. Good luck!


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


Beyond that, you might check out the free Council of Thieves Player's Guide, there's some interesting details on the small towns around Westgate there.

(Emphasis mine)

Who's still playing in the Forgotten Realms, hmmm? :p


Crypt of the Everflame is a great place to start. Not only that, if you want to give the people their own town that they can call home, Conquest of Bloodsworn Vale is an adventure module that can easily be integrated into the end of the Price of Immortality series, which Crypt of the Everflame is the beginning of.

Crypt of the Everflame
Masks of the Living God
City of Golden Death
Conquest of Bloodsworn Vale

Keep in mind, in Conquest, the PCs have the potential of being knighted and granted lordship over land in the Vale. Kassen, the beginning point in Crypt of the Everflame, is detailed fairly well at the back of the module. It gives a pretty good breakdown of the whos-who of Kassen, and possible back stories/tie-ins to the town.

It's also the first game I ever GM'd so I'm a pretty big fan of it :P

Sczarni

gang wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


Beyond that, you might check out the free Council of Thieves Player's Guide, there's some interesting details on the small towns around Westgate there.

(Emphasis mine)

Who's still playing in the Forgotten Realms, hmmm? :p

This isn't a complete list, but here is the wiki category for Small towns Which towns are in the small towns category is based on the definitions of the various town type population numbers in the game mastery guide

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gang wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


Beyond that, you might check out the free Council of Thieves Player's Guide, there's some interesting details on the small towns around Westgate there.

(Emphasis mine)

Who's still playing in the Forgotten Realms, hmmm? :p

Edited above!

But too right, man! I did run a FR campaign based out of Westcrown, so you have NO IDEA how tricky it was keeping those two straight while we were actually working on that AP. :P


The Pathfinder Chronicle, Guide to Darkmoon Vale, is my single favorite book in the ENTIRE paizo line.

It is just bursting with good stuff. And the modules set in Darkmoon Vale make up a good story. Plus, there's more than enough other things you can use, independent of the modules.

Falcon's Hollow is good, plus you've got the city of Olfden if you want to utilize something a little bigger.

I wasn't much of a fan of Carnival, though. Too gross/wierd for me. Still, the are is my favorite setting.

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Dabril in Galt is a wonderful small town, apart from that whole "in Galt" thing. However, when compared with nations of devil worshippers, it still comes off pretty well.


I started my River Kingdoms homebrew campaign in Liberthane using the Kassen map as my base and adventures such as the Crown of the Kobold King line mixed in with lots of my own encounters. It worked out quite well.

As others have said, there are lots of good choices in Golarion. Good luck!


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
gang wrote:
F. Wesley Schneider wrote:


Beyond that, you might check out the free Council of Thieves Player's Guide, there's some interesting details on the small towns around Westgate there.

(Emphasis mine)

Who's still playing in the Forgotten Realms, hmmm? :p

Edited above!

But too right, man! I did run a FR campaign based out of Westcrown, so you have NO IDEA how tricky it was keeping those two straight while we were actually working on that AP. :P

I'm going to assume you did it on purpose that time ;-)

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