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So What's It Called, Anyway?
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/07/2012 11:42:04

This pdf is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside the front cover, 3 pages of editorial/ToC, 1 page back cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement, leaving 7 pages for the content, so what is this about?

Every DM knows the drill: How is the tavern called? The baker's daughter? The tavern wench? The cobbler's son? Players ask these questions and while they forget essential names, they are sure to remember these names. If you're trying to run an adventure, having a plethora of names ready can help keep the players from guessing who is relevant and who isn't. The same, of course, goes for everything - if you don't want to make hot-spot searching too easy, this pdf will come handy indeed, or at least that's its premise:

The first two pages are devoted to explaining how to use this pdf - that is, how to create Inn, shop, ship, place and organization names. After that, we get tables - 100 descriptive words, 100 creature-names, 100 titles/occupations for people, 100 objects and finally a table called other, which includes additional words. We also get 20 organizations, place names, ships, shops and finally 20 inns & taverns.

Conclusion: Editing and formatting are just as good as we've come to expect from Raging Swan Press, I.e. I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to the classic, printer-friendly b/w-2-column standard for text and 3 columns for the tables. The pdf is extensively bookmarked. This is a very useful pdf, helping you come up with names. It's no more and no less. It's easy to use, makes no pretenses and, all in all, is a great resource for just about any DM - being system-neutral, it could be used for just about every medieval setting. However, I do have one minor gripe - The amount of content provided. I know, for the very fair price, is more than adequate. Nevertheless, I would have loved to see more tables - for shops, temples etc. What about titles in a church hierarchy or in a town? Don't get me wrong, this pdf is an extremely useful purchase for the low price, but seeing that some more combinations of the words to roll up, some more detail could have been added, I can't bring myself to rate it the full 5 stars. Thus, my final verdict will be 4 stars - a nice and useful work by author Marc Radle. Now, what about library tomes?

Endzeitgeist out.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
So What's It Called, Anyway?
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Dark M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/05/2012 16:17:49

So What's it Called, Anyway? by Raging Swan

This product is 15 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits, and Intro. (5 pages)

Tables (7 pages) It starts off explaining how to use the tables with in this product. Which includes recommendations on which tables to use for what types of business. In short you normally roll on two tables, using the two words to name the place. Going off the suggestions of which tables to use, gives you results that typical fit the suggest business well. The different tables are Creatures Descriptive People Objects Other – words that don't fit the other but do fit with a business name.

Each table has 100 possible words that can be rolled. There is also smaller tables with 1-20 sample names for Inns and Taverns, Organizations, Place Names, Ships, and Shops.

It ends with a OGL and ads. (3 page)

Closing thoughts. The art work is black and white samples of signs with names on them. The art is good. Editing and layout where also good. It is a handy sheet to have around that I have already used in my home games. Need a quick name for something? No problem. Now with that said I do have one critic for the product. I would have honestly really liked to have seen a couple of more random tables. As a example one for inns and taverns. You roll on it and it tells you which tables to use. It could have added a bit more variety and added a few times to roll on 3 tables. Don't get me wrong the product works really well for what it is, but I think having that extra table for each business type instead of the sample names would have been a lot more useful for the long term use of the product. So what's my rating? Well despite my one critic the product is very good at accomplishing what it sets out to do. So I am going to give it a 5 star rating. While I think it could have been even better, it gives you all the tools you need to be a great product.

Trust me, I'm a Succubus.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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