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Gior's Glassworks
Publisher: Generic Universe Publishing
by JK R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/27/2013 09:15:26
This describes a typical glass-worker's business suitable for any fantasy city, and the people who work there. There are only 5 pages of actual content, with a further 4 pages explaining the generic terms used in the "City Streets" series (most of which is either fairly obvious, or not actually relevant to this product). The artwork is generally poor, but otherwise the editing and layout are competent, and the hand-drawn sketch map of the building shows all the salient points.

The actual description of the place and its inhabitants is the point of the booklet, though, and this is well done. The NPCs are well-rounded and believable, and should slot effectively into any fantasy urban setting. Three plot suggestions are provided at the end for using the location in-game, although the main purpose of the booklet is probably providing local background and rounding out a city setting.

On the whole, a good systemless product and worth picking up.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Gior's Glassworks
Publisher: Generic Universe Publishing
by Robert M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/08/2009 19:49:10
I agree with the previous reviewer. I also like the "system" the author came up with to help me easily determine skill levels within the context of my own games. I think an experienced GM will have no problems assigning attributes and levels based on the descriptions given and the needs of their particular scenarios in which they may use this resource.

I snatched up this PDF due to recognizing the writer as the writer of work done for Necromancer Games, my favorite being Morrick Mansion. The authors attention to detail gives this PDF the same flavor and inspiration I found in his old module and look forward to checking out the other products his new company is offering.

I do hope he gets some better art work, though. The half elven woman in particular is pretty poorly done with the shading making her look more like a diseased individual than anything else.

I do like the map, including the "rough" look of it. I like things like this to look hand drawn, and its a style I hope he stays with in his other products.

I would have liked for this to have gone into more detail about the glassblowing, because I think such details offer GM's more ideas for "jobs" for PC's to go on. However the details that are mentioned are accurate enough and can give thoughtful GM's a few adventure hooks.

Nicely done, and I will be checking out the other products.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Gior's Glassworks
Publisher: Generic Universe Publishing
by Kevin R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/06/2009 21:33:55
I found this tight little free PDF on the DriveThru RPG site and was immediately impressed with it. The artwork, though good, is not great by any means, but it greatly adds to the presentation of the material. The introduction shows great care and great ideas about introducing NPCs into your campaign, and the second part of the booklet discusses the history and people of Gior’s Glassworks, as well as some adventure hooks. All in all, I found it to be a great little location and it is detailed well enough to fit in any fantasy setting and can be placed in any other kind of setting with little extra work on the part of the GM.

Art and Layout
The layout is simple and clean, and the interior art is all pencil sketches. I felt that some of the drawings were nicely detailed given the medium, but others were lacking. However, it’s a free product, and I was happy to see as much art work in it as there was. In the ten interior pages, there are nine pieces of art, plus some margin art. Some of them appear to be from stock art sources, but they are all appropriate for the genre of the presented material.

The layout is simple, and easy to read. I felt there was some blank space in odd places, but by and large, the pages are filled nicely and the text is more or less evenly distributed. When considering it against its competition of free downloads, I would place it slightly ahead of the curve for the average free PDF.
Layout Rating: 4 out of 5

System
This download is system-less. System specific details are left up to the purchaser to place, which is probably the best way to handle a subject like this, and it does it well. Between the information in the Introduction concerning NPC abilities and the descriptions given in the description of the glassworks, there is ample opportunity to plan the adventure as intended in your system of choice. Overall, I found it to be well thought out and extremely well executed.

System Rating: 5 out of 5

Concepts
The concept is simple. A detailed place is given for insertion into your adventure or campaign. Short, sweet, and to the point, this little PDF delivers on all fronts. It is generic without being watered down to the point of uselessness, especially with the NPC ability definitions given in the Introduction.
Concept Rating: 5 out of 5

Playability
Gior’s Glassworks is a quick read and very easy to put into a current adventure. The adventure hooks at the end of the work makes it even easier to actually incorporate it into a setting instead of having it be backdrop or a piece of scenery. However, if that’s all you need for your adventure, plus a few named NPCs for your party to interact with, then it fully fills that niche as well.

Playability Rating: 5 out of 5

Overall
I think that overall, it nailed exactly what it set out to do. Patrick Lawinger who oversaw every aspect of producing Gior’s Glassworks did a very good job and set forth a very concise product. The only ding I am giving is on the artwork, which is above average, but I don’t think deserves a five. In my opinion, I would gladly shell out a few coins for little supplements such as these, and definitely for a larger compendium of them. Even with the artwork, I feel that this product deserves a solid five out of five points.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Thanks for putting this out here for all of us.

Kevin Rohan
Content Director
Silver Gryphon Games

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Gior's Glassworks
Publisher: Generic Universe Publishing
by Kevin R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/06/2009 21:33:02
I found this tight little free PDF on the DriveThru RPG site and was immediately impressed with it. The artwork, though good, is not great by any means, but it greatly adds to the presentation of the material. The introduction shows great care and great ideas about introducing NPCs into your campaign, and the second part of the booklet discusses the history and people of Gior’s Glassworks, as well as some adventure hooks. All in all, I found it to be a great little location and it is detailed well enough to fit in any fantasy setting and can be placed in any other kind of setting with little extra work on the part of the GM.

Art and Layout
The layout is simple and clean, and the interior art is all pencil sketches. I felt that some of the drawings were nicely detailed given the medium, but others were lacking. However, it’s a free product, and I was happy to see as much art work in it as there was. In the ten interior pages, there are nine pieces of art, plus some margin art. Some of them appear to be from stock art sources, but they are all appropriate for the genre of the presented material.

The layout is simple, and easy to read. I felt there was some blank space in odd places, but by and large, the pages are filled nicely and the text is more or less evenly distributed. When considering it against its competition of free downloads, I would place it slightly ahead of the curve for the average free PDF.
Layout Rating: 4 out of 5

System
This download is system-less. System specific details are left up to the purchaser to place, which is probably the best way to handle a subject like this, and it does it well. Between the information in the Introduction concerning NPC abilities and the descriptions given in the description of the glassworks, there is ample opportunity to plan the adventure as intended in your system of choice. Overall, I found it to be well thought out and extremely well executed.

System Rating: 5 out of 5

Concepts
The concept is simple. A detailed place is given for insertion into your adventure or campaign. Short, sweet, and to the point, this little PDF delivers on all fronts. It is generic without being watered down to the point of uselessness, especially with the NPC ability definitions given in the Introduction.
Concept Rating: 5 out of 5

Playability
Gior’s Glassworks is a quick read and very easy to put into a current adventure. The adventure hooks at the end of the work makes it even easier to actually incorporate it into a setting instead of having it be backdrop or a piece of scenery. However, if that’s all you need for your adventure, plus a few named NPCs for your party to interact with, then it fully fills that niche as well.

Playability Rating: 5 out of 5

Overall
I think that overall, it nailed exactly what it set out to do. Patrick Lawinger who oversaw every aspect of producing Gior’s Glassworks did a very good job and set forth a very concise product. The only ding I am giving is on the artwork, which is above average, but I don’t think deserves a five. In my opinion, I would gladly shell out a few coins for little supplements such as these, and definitely for a larger compendium of them. Even with the artwork, I feel that this product deserves a solid five out of five points.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Rating:
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