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“The Shipyard” is a rules-free description of a specific sort of place that might be found in many different sorts of communities and cultures. It is formatted like the more than 70 places found in Skirmisher Publishing's Platinum bestselling sourcebook City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities and intended to stand by itself or serve as bonus content to that volume. 

Shipyards are places devoted to the construction of vessels of all sorts, including rowboats, keelboats, longships, sailing ships, warships, and galleys. Such places might be very specialized and used only for construction of one or a few sorts of ships or boats, or more comprehensive and used variously for multiple purposes, to include building many sorts of watercraft, repairing and maintaining them, and possibly even breaking up decommissioned vessels. Adventurers might end up in shipyards for any number of reasons, to include commissioning construction of vessels or having existing ones repaired; serving as security personnel; posing as workers or otherwise gaining access to facilities to gather information or steal things; or being hired to oversee transport of completed vessels to clients in other places.

Both this title and City Builder overall are intended to be compatible with the needs of almost any ancient, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance, fantasy, or other role-playing milieu. It was developed by Jim Clunie, Michael O. Varhola, and the Skirmisher Game Development Group. This comprehensive, fully-illustrated manual is specifically designed to help guide Game Masters through the process of creating exciting and compelling urban areas and other sorts of communities and places within them for their campaigns. 

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George F July 26, 2019 7:26 pm UTC
I snagged this PDF about year ago, but it seems to keep popping up as a new item every 3-4 months.
I can d/l it from my account page; but when I click to see the product page from there, it's gone.
Are you deleting it and relisting it?
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Michael V July 28, 2019 2:23 pm UTC
George, anytime we update a freebie we relist it so new customers will easily be able to learn about it! Not sure why you can't access a previously-purchased product but, as noted, the most recent version of this one can be downloaded for free right here. Very much hope you enjoy it.
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This title was added to our catalog on July 26, 2019.