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City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities


City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities is a manual specifically designed to help guide storytellers through the process of creating exciting and compelling urban areas and other sorts of communities and places within them for their projects. It is a rules-free universal resource that is not specific to any particular game system and is intended to be compatible with the needs of almost any ancient, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance, fantasy, or other role-playing milieu.

This comprehensive, fully-illustrated book is divided into 14 sections and includes:

* An Introduction that describes the scope of the book and how to use the material it contains;

* A chapter on Communities that examines the Characteristics of Communities, including thorps, hamlets, villages, towns, cities, military bases, and plantations, along with regional and racial influences on their development; Buildings; the Physical Characteristics of Cities, including fortifications, lighting, and conditions on, above, and below city streets; and Disasters.

* Chapters devoted to 10 specific sorts of places, including Craftsman Places, Entertainment Places, Professional Places, Tradesman Places, Mercantile Places, Service Places, Scholarly Places, Religious Places, Governmental Places, and Underworld Places.

 * Descriptions of nearly 70 different sorts of places, including eight created specifically for this book that have never before appeared elsewhere.

* One to four Adventure Hooks tying in with each described sort of place. 

* An appendix on Guilds that discusses Guild Organization and Common Guild Regulations and includes a series of tables for Random Guild Generation.

City Builder has also been written so as to be fully compatible with the various Skirmisher Publishing LLC d20 publications, including Experts v.3.5, Warriors, and Tests of Skill v.3.5.

The contents of City Builder were initially released in 11 different volumes and these have been combined and expanded in this unified edition of the book.

"City Builder is one of the most useful city building tools to come around in this half of the decade," DriveThruRPG staff reviewer Nathan Collins wrote of the individual volumes. "Strong writing accompanies fantasy element nicely. Whether you need to develop one isolated building the PCs are set to encounter, or a city that needs to 'pop up' quickly, there is something in this set that will greatly help you. 

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Douglas B September 26, 2019 12:44 am UTC
Will this be updated with the recent Kickstarter that was done? Also some of the reviews mention it’s system free which is great but then the product description mentions a D20 ruleset alignment. Is it still a system “free” source book? Fingers crossed it is...
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Lon N March 01, 2019 4:41 am UTC
I have really enjoyed this product. It gives the GM a variety of ideas to add roleplaying opportunities in urban settings, and will certainly give you inspiration by helping you to create more substance to your villages, towns, and cities. Overall, a very good product!
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Jay N September 20, 2018 4:58 pm UTC
I have just purchased your product and I see in the bookmarks you have what appears to be bookmarks for Experts 3.5 (the Hi-Res 12-14-2016).pdf file.

Yet when I click on ANY of these bookmarks (technically any bookmark after Open Game License Version 1.0a) nothing comes up.

Was there an intent to include Experts v.3.5 in this product and then it was changed for some reason (thus the bookmarks are an artifact from an earlier part of the development/assembly cycle) or is the file on here not the correct one for customers?

Look forward to your response,
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Jim C October 16, 2018 10:50 am UTC
Hello Jay,
Appears to be an error. Experts v3.5 is a separate product.

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Michael V January 06, 2019 10:51 am UTC
Jay, that was just an error with the bookmarking and nothing nearly as complicated as some of what you have postulated! No, we certainly never intended to jam two large, unrelated books together into one volume and, had that been our intent, certainly would have noticed that one of them was missing. We have, in any event, replaced the previous "City Builder" PDF file with one for which we have corrected the bookmarks and made a number of other minor adjustments.
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Ralph T March 03, 2018 10:54 pm UTC
You might want to check the titles for the Appendix I section for it looks like you have one labeled Appendix II when it might be an Appendix I, and you definitely should check out the bookmarks; especially after the Open Game License Version 1.0a.
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Michael V January 06, 2019 10:53 am UTC
Ralph, we have fixed all that and you should be able to download an updated copy of the "City Builder" PDF that reflects those changes.
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Ralph T January 07, 2019 11:37 pm UTC
Thanks Michael. That is great to hear.
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Matthew V February 20, 2018 12:19 am UTC
How does this differ from the City Builder Volumes 1-11?
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Matthew V February 20, 2018 5:25 am UTC
Ah, ok. It *is* the compilation of the other volumes.
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