By Thilo Graf
This pdf from Raging Swan Pressis 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 6 pages of content, so let’s check this out!
Following the format of the Dungeon Dressing-series, the pdf kicks off with basic characteristics and rules that cover different depths, water flow, low temperatures and information on types of pools and their construction.
After that, we’re in for a d%-table of cosmetic peculiarities to add to your pools as well as a another massive table featuring 100 different characteristics ranging from slime at the bottom to floating tea-lights and even red eyes casting a disturbing light at the pool.
We also get two deadly traps, the classic vortex pool and the black tentacle pool. Better yet, we get magical pools like the necrotic pool infused with negative energy and the pool of forgotten gods – which should have a limit on how often it works for a character: By donating money to it, characters can permanently raise their attributes. Special mention deserves the excellent web-enhancement dealing two better sample pools, one of which would be a hungry, disturbing aberrant pool called K’Thug Ython, the pool of many maws and even a magical hot spring! Oh yeah, the pdf also offers us a harpoon trap. Now that’s the type of web-enhancement (Available from ragingswan.com, btw.) that just rocks.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’S elegant printer-friendly 2-column standard and the pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for screen use and one optimized for printing out. The pdfs come fully bookmarked. The tables are rock-solid, the ideas herein great, the details evocative and the added traps and magical pools and the excellent web-enhancement make for more reasons why you definitely should check out this great little pdf. To cut my usually long ramble short: Excellent pdf for an awesome price and another recommendation for all DMs that seek to expand their repertoire. My final verdict will thus be 5 stars as the excellent web-enhancement offsets the problem of the pool of forgotten gods lacking any restriction on how often it can be used.
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