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Wilderness Dressing: Plains
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Eric H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/08/2013 18:43:09

Wilderness Dressing: Plains is a 13-page PDF from Roaring Swan detailing various sights and odd encounters PCs might have when traveling through, well, a plains area. It consists of 1-page front cover, 1-page back cover, 1-page listing other products available from Roaring Swan, 1-page for credits, 1-page contents and foreword, and 1-page briefly describing the PDF's contents. This leaves six pages for the good stuff, so here we go.

First of all, I was given this PDF for free in exchange for a review. That said, this is a very well-done PDF. It promises you fun and strange sights and encounters to use when PCs travel through the plain, and that is exactly what it gives. Two pages cover minor events, many of which are basically begging to be used as seeds for larger encounters, such as a swarm of ants carrying a skeletal human hand along or finding the skeletal remains of a dog topped by a human skull. We get 98 more bits of weirdness like this.

The next two pages cover odd features, ranging from a shattered house with a massive battle axe in the middle of it, surrounded by giants' footprints and a frozen-in-horror statue pointing towards the tracks of a six-footed lizard. Again, there are a hundred of these all together, and they can all easily be used as anything from some random oddness to the seed of an encounter to the start of an entire adventure.

The final two pages cover encounters and some minor features that can simply be helpful to remember, covering perception ranges, cover from hedgerows and fences, etc. The encounters range from CR 1 to 12, and involve everything from wandering ponies to the angry spectre of a hanged man to a lich returned home for revenge. These are all rather clever and can be adjusted for use with PCs of almost any level, depending on what sort of an encounter (combat or nonviolent interaction) you want to use.

This is a splendid collection of encounters and sights for use in a game. No typos and very professionally done; five stars easy.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Wilderness Dressing: Plains
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/05/2013 04:00:13

The second installment in the wilderness dressing series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let's take a look!

We kick off this installment of the dressing-line with a table of 100 minor events, much like we did in the installment on woodlands, and much like that installment, the events range from the mundane to the mystical - murders of crows flocking around the carcass of a large animal, half-dug grave-like holes, broken hunter's traps, centaur trails - and even ant hills, creepy pumpkin-like effigies and strange lightning strikes make for a nice array of bits and pieces to flesh out your plains.

A second table of, again 100 entries, makes up for the second meaty bit of the pdf, providing e.g. owlbear-bones picked clean, dubious signs proclaiming ownership, shattered wine-glasses at a well-used camp site, vast amounts of brilliantly colored flowers, crossing streams, shed griffon's claws etc to spark adventures or just make the plain more lively. Where did the nobles (peasants can't afford glass or wine...) go? Is the griffon still around? What killed the owlbear?

The 12 sample encounters are also interesting - from wild ponies crossing the PC's paths to a lich that has returned to his peasant parents to exact vengeance for his unpleasant childhood, the respective entries run a sufficiently large gamut to be useful for most DMs out there. The pdf closes with common terrain features of plains, covering hedgerows, fences and trails and the types of undergrowth that can be found there.

Conclusion: Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP's elegant, printer-friendly two-column standard and the pdf comes in 2 iterations, with one being optimized to be printed out and one intended for screen-use. Both are extensively bookmarked. Much like the first installment in the woodland-dressing-line, this offers us not a generator for the respective terrain, but rather things and oddities to populate the area with, adding interesting options and hooks galore, serving as a great way to inspire beleaguered DMs and adding detail to an otherwise bland terrain archetype. Much like for Woodlands, I'd appreciate a generator, perhaps in the "So what's..."- series, allowing for the customization of flora and fauna, trails, hedgerows etc. and much like that one, my final verdict for this well-crafted contribution to the series will clock in at a well-deserved 5 stars + seal of approval.

Endzeitgeist out.



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