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Alchemists' Workshops, Wizards' Towers, & Other Scholarly Places (City Builder Volume 8) $2.99
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Alchemists' Workshops, Wizards' Towers, & Other Scholarly Places (City Builder Volume 8)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Martin M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/29/2010 08:58:19

"Scholarly Places" is the eighth out of eleven volumes of the well known "City Builder" series. Even for "Hack & Slash" characters it can be useful to have that one extra bit of information about their adversaries, and likely places to get this are the Academy, Fortune Teller, or Library. Now and then most adventures will end up in places like a Scriptorium, an Alchemist’s Workshop, a Scrollshop, or even a Wizard’s Tower. All of these places are detailed in this work. The description of the Alchemist's Workshop even includes a complete map of it. As usual with the "City Builder" series, for all places adventure hooks are included. This great source of inspiration for the GM is fully illustrated and comes in high and low resolution versions for screen and print. While only 14 of the 26 pages are text pages (and at many of the other pages there are compelling illustrations), it is worth wile and gets even cheaper when you just buy the whole "City Builder" compilation.



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Alchemists' Workshops, Wizards' Towers, & Other Scholarly Places (City Builder Volume 8)
Publisher: Skirmisher Publishing
by Randy M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/25/2008 20:38:16

A pleasant surprise...and I'm glad!

City Builder Volume 8: Scholarly Places found its way into my colection, though at first I wasn't sure if I'd ever really use it. I play a lot of Sci-Fi genre games and places like the Alchemists’ Workshops, Fortune Tellers, and Wizards’ Towers almost never exist in such games, but since I have all the other volumes of this set...I thought I'd give it a read.

As the description mentions, there are sections devoted to descriptions of Academies, Alchemists’ Workshops, Fortune Tellers, Libraries, Scriptoriums, Scrollshops, and Wizards’ Towers; all very well detailed verbally (no maps here, folks!) and the adventure hooks could also prove to be very useful. However, what I found the most useful were the sections on academies, libraries, scriptoriums and believe it or not, fortune tellers. Once I read through these sections, I couldn't rest until I found a way to incorporate them into my game (and I did, by the way!). Great details and a lot of really good information for GMs looking to flesh out those "other buildings" on the game map that you always gloss over on the way to the tavern. :)

One ot the things I failed to mention in other reviews is the fact that this entire series thus far has both high-res and low-res versions of the books, for both ease of screen reading as well as light on the printer cartridge. I only wish that others would tap into that wisdom!

Combine this series and one of the other map-related series out here at RPGNow and you've got yourself a great detailed city, with only the need to flesh out the key characters and background. Lots of great ideas here!!



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