By Thilo Graf
This pdf is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/introduction, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Following the tradition of the Dungeon Dressing-line, we kick this pdf off with information on bridges and their construction, thankfully including information on drawbridges, rope bridges (including stats to break them) etc. – of course also including DCs to traverse narrow bridges. The pdf provides 43 characteristics and interesting they are indeed – take bridges crafted from web-spell-like magic or gentle reposed huge creatures that serve as macabre bridges and we’re in for a great variety.
A massive table of 100 entries is also provided, helping you modify the respective bridges – advanced states of bridge repair, slippery surfaces, statues set on bridge parapets, molds etc. add a nice level of detail and versatility to your bridges and should make sure that your bridges feel unique and relevant for the respective encounters.
Also following the tradition, the PCs may also include up to 5 different new traps/tricks for the bridges – collapsing and crumbling bridges being among the more conventional and general traps, but also spicing these useful ones up with a trap that smashes PCs off bridges, hurricane-style wings showing up and a dread bone bridge that actively tries to kill your PCs. Better yet – most of these traps come with one or more variants to further modify them – two thumbs up.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’s elegant 2-column standard and the pdf and in two versions – one optimized for screen-use and one optimized to be printed out. The pdfs both come fully bookmarked.
The Dungeon Dressing-line is almost always a joy to read – and author Ben Kent delivers another glorious installment that should make sure that your bridges are the stuff your players will keep talking about. Iconic, full of great pieces of information, this is yet another excellent, useful addition to the line, making this a prime candidate for my final verdict: 5 stars + endzeitgeist seal of approval.
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