The Zobeck Gazetteer is a fun delve into the inner workings of the "Free City". Designed to fit into Open Design’s Midgard campaign setting (but fine for any fantasy setting), the ZG is a great read for any GM or Player who loves fantasy cities!
After a brief, 4-page history lesson on the city's history, the pdf goes on to describe both the people and cultures that poulate the city and give it life. Typical of most other fantasy cities, the Free City is home to many a fantastic race. The reader is introduced to humans, dwarves, kobalds and gearforged; all typical residents. Other races are considered to be rare, but not wholly unusual. These include elves, goblins, halflings and lizard folk, among others.
Next we are introduced to the various holidays and fairs that are held in the city; my favorite being "We No Work Day", when the kobold population celebrates! It should be noted that this holiday is never celebrated on the same day each year, and may often occur more than once per year.
The true meat of this pdf are the detailed descriptions of the various city districts and the ZG does not disappoint. Each district is given a full page+ of detail, which includes adventure hooks.
In the next chapter, the underside of the city is examined, detailing the various seedy factions that any fantasy city worth it's weight will have.
"Gods, Cults & Relics of Zobeck" is the section devoted to the divine aspects of the city. Highlights include details about the high priest/priestess of each god and what that god expects of his/her worshipers'. Also detailed is a neat form of "Crab Diving". You have to see it to believe it!
My favorite chapter would have to be the "Denizens of Zobeck". The great artwork and NPC descriptions just ooze with flavor, which chould give any GM a ton of adventure ideas.
Lastly, there is the Magic of Zobeck section, which introduces 2 new schools of magic and over 50 spells. Also included are some nifty magic items; many which have nice twists to them.
In closing, this is a solid product. Minor gripes include the omission of an index and the fact that the city map is in black and white and split over 2 pages. But I highly recommend this product for anyone who is in need of a solid city supplement to drop into their fantasy campaign.
[4 of 5 Stars!]