While I deeply appreciate the design goals and ideas in Artists, Artisans and Workers, it could have been better edited both as far as format and, more important, in mechanics. However, if you want to highlight character backgrounds and draw more upon medieval European history for your campaign setting, there is good food for thought here.
Artists, Artisans and Workers: Bold Background Series I is a 49-page PDF (45-pages if you remove the covers and OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Jarrod Camiré and published by Taurus Twelve. This product is the first of Taurus Twelve’s Bold Background series.
The layout is a standard page in two columns and mostly double spaced, leading to an easy to read if overly large product (as far as page count goes), a condensed printer-friendly file would have been a good addition. The cover is full color and the interior art is mostly black and white public domain art from historical sources, with a couple of original pieces, which is a good fit for the subject matter.
This product begins with a discussion on the importance of character background, heroines and heroes come from somewhere and that somewhere should shape them. Then it talks about the importance of artists, artisans and workers within a world. These are good ideas and useful things to keep in mind for characterization.
Next is the main body of this work, thirty-seven new feats. These are built around professions, using a mostly medieval European model, and artistic talents primarily. There are some good ideas here but they lack balance, many are too weak, others too narrow in focus and a few too strong (squire, is an example of one of the later, as it can replace up to four other feats and gives other bonuses). While some of these are quite good, they are in the minority.
For supplementary materials there are: Starting kits for the various profession, in other words, what you would expect of say, a leather worker who decided to seek his fortune would have with him. This is a very interesting piece and could also be used for fleshing out the starting equipments of hirelings or people inspired to follow a PC. Lastly, it mentions the obvious that these feats can be used to flesh out the NPC classes especially.
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