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A picaresque romp through an ordinary town gone bizarre– The Honest and Plain Village of Scio is an OSR adventure mini-setting for low level parties, levels 1-4. Inspired by weird historical primary sources, it takes the players on a journey to the f*cking absurd.

This is an adventure of precarious setups, not scenes. There is no plot, no ending or beginning. Random encounters and events make the Village feel busy and urban, faction events keep the Village from feeling static. 

The Village is part of the Ouaricon setting (Mythic False Oregon) for your Northwest American Fantasy needs. However, it is compatible with most standard medieval fantasy campaigns.

Highlights for your Players:

  • Finding immensely powerful, but not entirely useful relics that no low level party should possess.
  • Meeting a treasury of knaves and confidence artists. 
  • Learning new spells and feats, advancing the characters abilities in-game.
  • Exploring a small tomb where an ancient mummy yells long-forgotten expletives.
  • Getting drunk on soil beer, which is a bad idea. Drinking teas with mystical effects (some are ultra-hallucinogenic and cause visions to become reality).
  • Way too many factions!
  • Buying a home, and learning the struggles of homeownership in a fantastic setting.
  • Playing a tennis match using a board game simulation.
  • Getting caught in the middle of bizarre local festivals. 
  • Rolling on a custom magical mishap table, a missed session table, tables, more tables, and sub-tables. 
  • Looking at full page player illustrations, Barrier Peaks style.
  • Getting arrested and going to trial facing the Rooster Judge (while the GM guides the process using a Metaphorical Dungeon).
  • Fighting allegorical beasts!
  • Mad libs!

Compared with the overall complexity, it requires little preparation; one read through with a pencil or pdf markup software is sufficient. Areas to write in game stats and pages to rip out for handouts give it a workbook feel (POD softcover in the works). It is campaign-friendly, meant to be used as a base of operations for a dungeon crawl, but works as a stand-alone town adventure. There are multiple points that lead to undefined areas where the GM can plug-in other adventures. 

Sources:

  • The Book of Charlatans, Jamāl al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥīm al-Jawbarī, 13th century
  • Natural History, Pliny the Elder, 77
  • Faerie Queene, Muiopotmos, Edmond Spencer, 1590, 1591
  • Till Eulenspiegel, unknown, 1515
  • The Fraternity of Vagabonds, John Awdeley, 1561
The digital PDF version includes two files; one for printing US letter and use on a large screen, one optimized for tablet use with simplified layout and 12 point fonts. Sample of accessibility version below.
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Stan R January 07, 2023 3:14 pm UTC
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A brief remark about something other than the fonts (which I rather like, actually): is it possible to create a version in which the viewer can add his own bookmarks? I typically re-shuffle bookmarks and add more, but this file seems not to allow that.
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george P January 08, 2023 12:49 am UTC
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Updated the file! No friggin clue what happened, but I couldn't add bookmarks either. Re-exported it (and fixed a silly spell check problem) and seems to work. Let me know if you continue to have problems.
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Benjamin N January 06, 2023 1:37 am UTC
Came here because of the tenfootpole review. Wanted to see for myself. Downloaded the sample. The issues Bryce brought up are blown way out of proportion to me.

Only some headers are in the gothic/calligraphy (not sure the proper name) font, and even those aren't very hard to read if you're at all familiar with the style. The vast majority of the text is in a standard serif font. Layed out nicely in two columns. The finger bullets wouldn't have even stood out to me if they weren't specifically mentioned in the review.

But that's my take. Download the fairly generous preview and make up your own mind.

It just bugs me that a well-known reviewer made such a harsh write-up of a pretty decent looking adventure/module. This is definitely better than average based on my experience.
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george P January 06, 2023 3:29 am UTC
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and don't forget, there is also a version with even EASIER to read text available too!
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Nicholas F January 05, 2023 2:13 pm UTC
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This does look really cool but I agree with online reviewer Bryce (tenfootpole.org) that the font and typeset makes it difficult to read and I would not try to run it. If this product could be revised with a better typesetting, I would definitely run this.

That said, I bought it anyway and hope for a possible revision. I may copy/paste it and reformat myself to print up for table use.

The author's "Groats" bestiary product is also cool, I've had that for awhile.

Final note: the term is "Dramatis personae". Your spellchecker apparently changed it to "Dramatist" which is incorrect. Dramatist is an English word but it does not belong in that term (which is Latin).
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george P January 05, 2023 11:18 pm UTC
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There are two pdfs; one for printing and large screens, and one with simplified layout for laptops/tablets. Is that second pdf not showing up for you? And thanks for the heads up on "Dramatis". Friggin spellcheck!
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anthony B January 07, 2023 11:56 am UTC
Do the two PDFs show up only if you make a purchase? It would be great to see a sample with the simplified font. At a quick glance I would say that Bruce has gone over the top but thats what he does and why people read his reviews. Otherwise it's a pretty glowing review!

If I did start to read it properly I could see it being a chore. The heavily serif font with similar sized letters makes it more difficult to read as a dyslexic and anything that adds cognitive load and makes reading more effort is less likely to be read. This is meant as constructive feedback, not a dig so I hope it didn't come across that way.
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Stan R January 07, 2023 2:41 pm UTC
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If you buy it you will have both pdf's available for download.
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george P January 07, 2023 11:25 pm UTC
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if you follow this link you can see a quick screenshot i took. working on getting one of the previews to hit the accessible version. https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3001970/wonderful-if-unusable
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