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Evocative City Sites: The Rogue's Gallery Tavern (PFRPG)
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by JK R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/21/2014 03:33:33

This is basically a floorplan for a one-room tavern, seemingly intended for a quasi-Victorian setting, although it's easy enough to adapt to any other. It's a nicely done line drawing, done as a single page version and a full-size one that can be fitted together from several pages, plus a GM key. There is also one page of text description, and a page detailing the barman and the serving girl, who are both interesting, with some plot hooks built into their backgrounds.

Nicely done, although it's more of a concept outline than a fully fledged location.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Evocative City Sites: The Rogue's Gallery Tavern (PFRPG)
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Dawn F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/04/2011 11:18:08

This Tavern bucks the standard trope of meeting in a bar. From an atypical circular structure, to secret escape hatches to special “quiet booths,” to removable partitions for accommodating larger than average patrons this place seems absolutely perfect for planning criminal activity or relaxing with a drink afterwards. For those seeking to bring said criminals to justice, however, this is a very dangerous place. The bartender is particularly good at his profession and the waitress is even better at hers. Fair warning, bringing a paladin into this tavern will demonstrate why being a paladin is such a challenge.

This Evocative City Site is definitely evocative. Numerous adventure ideas spring up unbidden, though there are a list of adventure hooks should a GM need them. The bartender and the waitress have full stat blocks with background, motivations, in fact everything a GM needs to run these two. There is also a full size 1” = five foot scale map to piece together so that the drafting impaired GM doesn’t have to try to redraw this circular tavern. There is a GMs map showing anything that is hidden to PCs as well.

The bartender has a few unique items and brewing techniques as well as a couple of feats that help him do his job. His brewing skills are unsurpassed. Crossing him is a dangerous enterprise within his domain. It is even more dangerous to break a deal with the waitress. Suffice it to say that she is fully capable of taking care of herself. The mysterious owners are never detailed. I happen to like this, because I know exactly where this tavern is going to be in my campaign and who the owners are. Adding something that may or may not fit in a particular GMs campaign would have been a waste of valuable space in this truly excellent supplement. It would have allotted less space to detail the bartender and waitress, a crime in itself.

No matter what campaign world is used any GM can likely find a suitable place for this tavern. Now I just need to locate a few villainous patrons for this tavern and perhaps some appropriate music from the cantina of Mos Eisley.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Evocative City Sites: The Rogue's Gallery Tavern (PFRPG)
Publisher: Rite Publishing
by Ernesto R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/20/2009 02:22:55

Rogue’s Gallery is an interesting and original scenario for those moments in which you need a quick way into the dark and seedy side of society, and still have some kind of net under their feet… at least until they anger someone important.

Maybe the most attractive feature of the Tavern would be the fact that it offers the possibility for a lot of interesting open options and alternatives beyond the hooks presented in the document… from patrons you can add… to the mystery behind the owners of the place.

Something open to debate would be the narrative perspective, since it’s the 1st person of an adventurer, it lets us understand and feel the place much better, but others would complain for the lack of objectivity of the narrator.

The map (which is great) makes for an interesting place with lots of opportunities for cloak & dagger encounters or a noir scene.

My only personal critic would be for part of the art, that while good… some of it is entirely unoriginal.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Ernesto thanks for taking the time to do the review, we really appreciate it. Steve Russell Rite Publishing.
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