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Communities (City Builder Volume 1)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by JK R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/16/2013 08:58:44

This 31 page book (plus OGL, cover page, etc.) describes communities in standard fantasy settings, ranging from temporary labour encampments to metropolises - although the focus is mainly on cities. While I was rather less impressed with later volumes in the series, this first one is particularly good.

It opens with a general description of communities of various sizes, and how they might be affected by non-human populations and the like. Much of this is generic, but it seems well-researched, and provides a solid base to deviate from if your setting has particularly unusual features. This is followed by a brief look at common building types, and some more detailed examination of urban fortifications, law enforcement, and street lighting (or the lack thereof). There's also discussion of moving about in cities, addressing such things as rooftop chases and sewer delving - a staple in urban RPG settings.

Finally, there is a rather good 6-page section on civic disasters, covering things like flood, fire, famine, and plague. Any of these can radically upset a city and the lives of anyone resident within, and they can make dramatic backdrops for adventures, or just a sense of living in a real world. Again, a lot of this is well thought out.

The artwork is good, although some might want to note that 8 of the pages (a quarter of the total) are art-only, so that the text portion of the book is shorter than you might expect. What remains, though, is well worth the price.



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Communities (City Builder Volume 1)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Roger N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/14/2013 14:18:00

For anyone doing any sort of world building centred around cities, towns etc this whole series is very useful.



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Communities (City Builder Volume 1)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Martin M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/14/2011 12:11:27

City Builder Volume 1: Communities With “Communities” Skirmisher Publishing started the City Builder Series. While adventures in fantasy RPGs often take place outside of civilized places, characters typically head for settlements for trade, healing, worship,… When the adventure takes place inside a community, information about it becomes even more important for the GM. For this, the City Builder Series is quite valuable. Now, before going into details about special places (e.g. craftsman, entertainment, tradesman, service, scholarly, religious,…), this volume number one takes a look at different communities. Naturally in big cities there is a greater diversity in everything available. Types of buildings vary with size of settlement. Non-human settlements are discussed as well as special purpose communities, e.g. plantations and military bases. It is discussed which kind of fortification can be expected for what type of town. Further there is a chapter about disasters. (Your PCs are in town, thus, what else do you expect?!) This does include hazards like e.g. fire and flood as well as famine and plague – and effects of war. Dealing with and influence of this calamities are treated. While it is $3.99 for 36 pages (including OGL and some good drawings), this e-Book (comes even in high resolution and in printer friendly version) can give more details to your settlements. (On the other hand, you should think about getting the complete City Builder Compilation.)



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Communities (City Builder Volume 1)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Randy M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/02/2008 21:25:29

Finally...somebody got this idea right!

This eBook is a great start to what looks to be a great series of eBooks to develop your campaigns. The material is well written and full of useful information for DM/GMs that want to expand their campaign detail.

I particularly like the idea that it's system independent, which means you can use this just as easily in a post-apocalyptic setting as you can a fantasy setting. The printer version and screen version are both included, so you can save on ink as well.

Outstanding first book! I'm looking forward to the rest!



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