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A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe


"If you're a DM and running a D&D game, you should have this book. Period." Monte Cook, author of the 3E Dungeon Master's Guide.

The Third Edition of this product is now available for sale here, containing 40 new pages of information, including expanded chapters and a new chapter on western european warfare, and a new chapter on how to name places. 

This 144-page supplement is for GMs and players who wish to add a touch of realism to their game. It's for the people who'd like to flesh out the background of their gaming world, but don't have the time to dig through scholarly books. A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe provides you flexibility and advice in creating your own world. It contains a massive amount of game-usable information about the medieval period and focuses on how D20 magic could change a traditional medieval setting. Generation systems for kingdoms, cities, manors, aristocratic wealth and landholding; a thorough construction system; and an economic simulator allow GMs to recreate the high middle ages feel with ease.

A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe solves age-old dilemmas like: How much does it cost for my PCs to repair the formerly-orc-infested abandoned keep they want to use as a home base? What would happen, politically, were the PCs to set up their keep? How big is my city of 15,000 people? How many buildings are in my city? What do all the NPCs do? How do I start my PCs on the road to becoming kings? Just how much does a king earn a year anyway? What about just a regular noble? How big is a kingdom of 5,000,000 people? How many cultivated acres does it take to feed them? How should I map towns, cities, and smaller communities within my kingdom? What type of government should I use for my kingdom? How does magical religion really work? Just what do those NPCs do with all their time?

The questions plaguing DMs and world-builders for the past twenty-five years have now been answered!

Don't forget to check out the new chapter about War! A Magical Medieval Society: Western European Warfare is available for only $6.

Here's what other reviewers have been saying....

"It's not a setting in and of itself, but a meta-setting you utilize for depth and richness on your own setting." Joe G Kushner at EN World.

"This is one product I’d recommend that every GM who is serious about world creation have on his or her bookshelf." Glenn Dean at D20 Magazine Rack

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John A September 09, 2022 2:41 pm UTC
As a 40+ year old student of the medieval period, I can honestly say that this is a very valuable and dense sourcebook, well worth the purchase price.

However, I do want to make folks be aware -- some of the population figures (for kingdoms, for urban areas, etc.) are at the high-end of spectrum, much more appropriate for a late medieval, early renaissance period. If you're looking to set your campaign in an early or middle medieval period (say anywhere from 800-1400 CE), you will likely need to pare down the population numbers -- which then will pare down the number of manors, towns, villages, hamlets, etc. in your regions.

For instance, Paris in 1328 had approximately 200,000 people. Here, the minimum population size for a city like Paris is 1,000,000+. In other words, assuming you are not planning a Renaissance-era campaign, reduce the population figures (and everything else that follows based on population count) by anywhere from 50-80%, especially if you want your party to have...See more
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Nick P March 05, 2022 4:58 pm UTC
In Appendix I: Demographics, page 123, it says the demographix appendix is based on the same generating die as core rulebook II. Which book is that? I thought this was a system-agnostic supplement?
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Joseph B March 05, 2022 5:40 pm UTC
It was written for the 3rd edition of the world's most popular role playing game. Core Rulebook II is the one for the game master of that edition.
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Van C October 01, 2017 12:44 am UTC
How is this different than the one titled "A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe Third Edition"?
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Joseph B October 01, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
The third edition is 208 pages and contains two additional chapters: On Warfare and On Place Names.
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