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City Builder Volume 2: Craftsman Places $1.99
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City Builder Volume 2: Craftsman Places
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Roger N. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/14/2013 14:18:44
For anyone doing any sort of world building centred around cities, towns etc this whole series is very useful.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
City Builder Volume 2: Craftsman Places
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Martin M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/14/2011 12:13:13
“Craftsman Places” is the second of eleven parts of the City Builder series. While standard items can be bought in shops, sometimes the characters will need something of special quality or special design or not commonly found in the area. (There is a difference between “some sword” and the named personal one forged from star metal by the dwarven master smith. The same holds true for ill-fitting rags from some shop and the tailor-made gown. You really should not wear the first one at the duke’s ball.) Therefore this gives the possibility for some role play aside from hack & slash. The GM is provided with (system independent) descriptions of armouries, arsenals, blacksmithies, clothiers, and jewellers (probably the most common craftsmen visited by adventurers). The descriptions do not include detailed lists of items sold in the shops, but those would be very different depending on your setting. There is always included one or two adventure hooks for every described place.
Because this e-Book covers only a part of the City life and because getting the whole series in one compilation is cheaper, you are probably better served by getting that one instead. In the second chapter of the compilation additionally Carpenter’s Workshop, Glassmaker, Leatherworker, Sculptor, Stonemason are contained. (Thus the rating is given partly in regard of the second chapter of the series when used together with the other parts of the series.)

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
City Builder Volume 2: Craftsman Places
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Randy M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/02/2008 21:56:50
This installment in the City Builder line focuses on Craftsman Places, as the title says. The book itself is very good at doing what it does, generalizing craftsman shops that PCs would visit. If you're looking for detailed shops with lists of items, this isn't what you want. If, however, you are looking for a source of what these shops are all about and how they fit into your towns and cities, and some adventure hooks to jump-start your creative flow, then you've come to the right place!

The price is certainly right. At less than two dollars, you get a half-dozen places along with additional pages of quality artwork, which gives the DM/GM both a source of inspiration and a player handout for visual imagery. I've seen (and purchased) other products out here for more and gotten considerably less quality and material, so I have no problem supporting this line.

I would like to have had a little more detail, but knowing that this is part of a larger project and ties to another upcoming volume in the series gives me more to look forward to.

This is a great resource for almost no money...and according to their website, if you join their forum, there are discount coupons out there, so this deal gets even better!

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
City Builder Volume 2: Craftsman Places
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by JK R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/30/2008 08:51:55
It's difficult to be too critical of a book that only costs $2, but this does feel like rather a lost opportunity. To begin with, while the book does (as its ad page says) have 18 pages, only six of those pages actually contain content - the other 12 being artwork-only, adverts, the title page, etc. And 6/18 is not a great proportion...

The book covers five professions, all but one of which are concerned with metalwork of various kinds. Given that it is intended to be a design tool, a clearer idea of what kind of craftsmen are likely to be in a community, and what the full range of crafts is, would have been helpful.

Instead, you just get a brief description of what, for example, an armourer does, along with some advice that's mostly fairly obvious (For example: 'arsenals run by people from specific cultures are likely to produce items associated with those cultures' - well, yeah...)

Having said that, the book does contain some useful information, but even that tends to be lost in the effort to be general, and apply to all settings. There's only so much you can say when you have just one page to describe all armourers everywhere!

So, yes, the book is only $2, and one doesn't expect a magnum opus for that sort of money. But the book is still not as good as it could have been, and, for that reason, I can only rate it as 'average': it's pretty much what you'd expect if you're not really paying anything.

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