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    Village Backdrop: Vulcanbridge $2.45
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    Village Backdrop: Vulcanbridge
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Thilo G. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 11/18/2014 07:29:38

    An Endzeitgeist.com review

    This Village Backdrop clocks in at 10 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 5 pages of content, so let's take a look!

    Vulcanbridge is perhaps one of the most interesting, unique settlements in the series so far - situated on a volcanic plain, the result of gnomish ingenuity and dwarven labor, Vulcanbridge is constructed as a hanging village on several stable pylons - which is rather neatly represented in the gorgeous map of the settlement.

    It should be noted that the pylons of course suffer from tectonic issues and hence, the settlement, nowadays more dependent on delving below the liquid lava towards the gems and ores hidden within the bowels of the earth. The unique construction of the settlement and its frontier's position are also represented in the items for sale, the rumors and unique tools that characterize the uncommon and dangerous, extremely unique conditions present in and around this village.

    The rather unique construction and surroundings are also represented in the damn cool events and if these, at times, potentially high-stakes adventure seeds are not enough, the incognito gold dragon in the town may make for one rather intriguing complicating factor.


    Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's superb, streamlined and printer-friendly 2-column b/w-standard. The pdf's b/w-cartography (of which you can download player-friendly versions on Raging Swan's homepage for free!) is just as awesome as I've come to expect from the series. The pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions, one optimized for screen-use and one to be printed out.

    Mike Welham's Vulcanbridge is, hands down, one of the most unique settlements I've seen in the whole series and ranks with its ingenuity and cool options that brim with adventure potential galore as a superb example how an extremely gifted writer can enrich one's game in a scant few pages - the implications for cutting edge industry and the will of mortals to succeed against the odds of hostile terrain, even in a fantasy context, just makes for a surprisingly vivid and unique backdrop that grips one's imagination - this is one of those settlements your PCs will come to love, one of the places they will want to save, no matter what. Final verdict? 5 stars + seal of approval.

    Endzeitgeist out.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
    Village Backdrop: Vulcanbridge
    Publisher: Raging Swan Press
    by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
    Date Added: 08/07/2014 09:03:15

    This would make an interesting place to visit: a village perched on pylons over a volcanic plain. The inhabitants make their living from the riches - gemstones and the like - cast up by volcanic activity or actively mined under the settlement. Not surprisingly, a lot of the inhabitants are dwarves, but other races are also found. As they trade their wealth for necessities, they get plenty of visits from traders... but may attract less welcome visits from the likes of bandits. All can make for an interesting visit by the party!

    There's a sketch map of the settlement, descriptions of notable locations and people of interest, as well as information that can be gathered about Vulcanbridge and rumours that might be picked up there.

    The final section covers life in Vulcanbridge, with details of trade and industry, law and order and the like, as well as a short list of random events (roll a d6 or pick the one you like) that might take place whilst the party is there.

    It's an unusual settlement and one which could easily find its way into a plot that requires obtaining gems or travelling to a volcanic region of your campaign world.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
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