By Thilo Graf
This pdf from Raging Swan Press is 23 pages long, 1 page front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page advertisement, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving 16 pages of content, so let’s check this out!
As with all the pdfs in this series, this installment kicks off with a bunch of tables – to be precise, 100 tavern name descriptors and 100 tavern name descriptors and 50 ready to go tavern names. After these basics, we get a two-page spread table on interesting tavern features ranging from paintings of raunchy fey to excellent cuisines and leaking roofs – neat! Even better, we get two pages of sample customers and 2 pages of sample staff NPCs in short write-ups to populate your taverns.
Even better, sample food and drink is provided, 3 d20-lists for different poor fares (drinks, food and house specialties), 3 d20-lists for common lists and the same for good fare – awesome to add spice, quite literally to an adventure’s fare.
Even better, since taprooms are a place of encounters, we get a total of 100 different taproom events and 50 different forms of taproom entertainment. And then the awesomeness amps up: We get 3 perfectly spelled out sample songs for bards to recite in taverns as well as two pages of different forms of entertainment like arm wrestling, broom jousting, tavern dice games etc. – all with different rules that are provided for your convenience.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’s two-column standard in b/w and the pdf comes in two versions, one for the printer and one for screen use. The pdfs are fully bookmarked.
This installment of the “So what’s…”-series is just plain awesome and up to the highest standard of any installment, providing detail upon stellar detail at your fingertips, offering cool tavern-games etc. – and honestly, I would have loved more tavern songs and games! Especially when combined with RSP’s excellent Barroom Brawls, this pdf makes for a truly stellar offering that should not be missing from any DM’s library – hell, if you’re running an urban campaign, the staff and customers alone might make for awesome pdf, but combines with the cool lists and the awesome games, we’re in for a vast amount of fun. Now I want a sequel to this and a high-level barroom brawl-pdf! My final verdict? 5 Stars + seal of approval!
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