By Thilo Graf
The latest installment of Raging Swan’s Dungeon Dressing-line is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with a total of 6 pages of content for the information on altars!
Following the format of the series, we first are introduced to basic characteristics and appearances of altars, providing 5 base materials ranging from stone to bone including base harness, hit points and break DCs, a list of common protective spells and things that can be found on altars as well as a summary of rules for e.g. higher ground when jumping on the altars before getting 47 different entries for basic appearances that include height, manacles and even the inclusion of symbol-spells.
After that, we’re on to a list of 100 different forms of dressings and features, including luminescent fungus, candles, ground bones, pentagram carvings, acid scars, gongs and even a magically-induced cold/warm feeling.
Of course, no good altar would come without some kind of security/defence and thus, we are also introduced to 11 different and rather deadly spell traps alongside some more conventional ones (3 to be precise) – in the broadest sense: From a cool, multi-round crushing ceiling trap to a cursed idol and even a battery of skulls emitting fire and enfeebling death, the different traps are pure gold and make for a fitting final element for this pdf.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’S b/w-2-column standard and the pdf comes in 2 versions, one for screen use and one optimized to be printed out. Both pdfs come fully bookmarked. Concisely presented with a lot of great content, imaginative traps and some cool coverings, this pdf can be considered not only a worthy addition to the excellent Dungeon Dressing line, it is also one of my favourites so far. Lacking any gripes and having enjoyed this that much, my final verdict will clock in at an unsurprising 5 stars + endzeitgeist seal of approval.
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