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City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities

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City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities is a writer's resource specifically designed to help storytellers create exciting and compelling urban areas and other sorts of communities and places within them. It is a universal sourcebook that can support the needs of any ancient, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance, or fantasy fiction or role-playing game setting. 

This comprehensive, fully-illustrated book 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 (with a sidebar on Guilds that discusses organization and regulations and includes tables for random guild generation), Tradesman Places, Mercantile Places, Service Places, Scholarly Places, Religious Places, Governmental Places, and Underworld Places.

 * Descriptions of 85 different sorts of places, including eight created specifically for this book that have never before appeared elsewhere.

* Two to three Adventure Hooks tying in with each described sort of place. 

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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Jim G May 01, 2020 5:36 pm UTC
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Just picked this up in hardcover...the artwork is washed out and/or grayed-out. The text is readable, but this does not look very nice and I had intended on making this a gift.
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Michael V May 02, 2020 2:02 am UTC
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Jim G., what you are describing, particularly "grayed-out" images, is something we would typically associate with a file-reading problem when a print-on-demand copy of a book is being produced. We have reviewed the files we provided to DriveThruRPG for purposes of printing copies of "City Builder" and cannot identify any errors in them, nor have we had any reports of similar problems from anyone else, so what you have experienced would seem to be an anomaly. This is nonetheless a matter of great concern to us and we are committed to making sure you and all customers end up with print copies of "City Builder" that appear the way we intend them to, so we have contacted DriveThruRPG about your feedback and suggest you do the same in case providing a replacement copy of the book for you is warranted.
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THOMAS B April 07, 2020 6:25 pm UTC
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So it says that I have purchased this product... Yet it does not seem to offer a pdf of the full document? Listing only the following:
(City Builder Volume 9: Religious Places Hi-Res)
(City Builder Volume 9: Religious Places Hi-Res Cover)
(CB_Platinum_Preview(08-04-2019).pdf)
(City_Builder_Vol9(01-23-2020).pdf)
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Michael V April 07, 2020 7:56 pm UTC
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Thomas, we are looking into this right now and reaching out to our publisher services people at DriveThruRPG! We will get it sorted out. Thank you for providing a thorough description of the problem.
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Michael V April 08, 2020 9:43 pm UTC
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Thomas, it looks like we have gotten this issue resolved! You should now be able to download the correct files associated with this title, "City_Builder(03-05-2020)" and "City_Builder_Reduced(03-05-2020)."
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THOMAS B April 11, 2020 4:05 am UTC
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Thank you very much for getting this fixed!
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Michael A April 07, 2020 5:56 pm UTC
Hi, does this have a complete economics price list, like for armour, weapons, trade goods, etc.?
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Michael V April 08, 2020 8:37 am UTC
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No, Michael, our sense is that price lists need to be associated with particular game systems. "City Builder" is a rules-free resource and we decided that anything we might create along those lines would have limited value to people playing specific games, which all have their own monetary systems, relative values of goods and commodities, etc.
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Jim J March 18, 2020 3:02 pm UTC
How can you claim this product has been "thoroughly rewritten, re-edited, redesigned, re-illustrated" when the VERY FIRST SENTENCE contains a typo?

"Characters in a typical fantasy role-playing game setting spend much of their time trudging through teem ing wilderness."

Asking $25 for a product that hasn't been proofread doesn't seem reasonable to me.
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Michael V March 25, 2020 6:31 am UTC
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Jim J., we have checked the most recent files for this book, dated 03-05-2020, and what you are describing simply does not exist in them. You may be seeing an error in an old preview of the book as a result of DriveThruRPG not updating these views but it does not appear in the current Platinum Edition of "City Builder."
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Thomas A February 27, 2020 8:49 pm UTC
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Will a print version of this be available in the future?
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Michael V March 15, 2020 12:01 am UTC
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Hi Thomas, yes, we are actually in the process of proofing the print version of this title right now!
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Michael V April 04, 2020 9:51 pm UTC
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Thomas, wanted to let you know that we have just made available a beautiful, full-color, hardcover print edition of "City Builder"!
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Michael A April 07, 2020 6:31 pm UTC
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Is there any discount if I have already bought the PDF?
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Michael V April 08, 2020 9:44 pm UTC
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Yes, Michael, there will be, and we will address that in an email message via DriveThruRPG within the next several days.
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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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Michael V February 27, 2020 10:03 am UTC
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Douglas, we have indeed updated this product listing with the complete updated, expanded, and re-illustrated Platinum Edition of "City Builder" that we funded with a very successful Kickstarter campaign!

Yes, "City Builder" is indeed entirely system-free, and really always was; when we originally released this book it included some rules-free content from the d20 SRD, but we have replaced that with original fresh material in the most recent edition and thus no longer include an OGL license in it.
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Lon N March 01, 2019 4:41 am UTC
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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
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Hello.
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,
Jay.
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Jim C October 16, 2018 10:50 am UTC
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Hello Jay,
Appears to be an error. Experts v3.5 is a separate product.

Jim
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Michael V January 06, 2019 10:51 am UTC
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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
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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
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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
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Thanks Michael. That is great to hear.
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Matthew V February 20, 2018 12:19 am UTC
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How does this differ from the City Builder Volumes 1-11?
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Matthew V February 20, 2018 5:25 am UTC
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Ah, ok. It *is* the compilation of the other volumes.
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