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Parsantium: City at the Crossroads $19.99 $11.99
Publisher: Ondine Publishing
by Paul B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/01/2014 13:48:01

Full Disclosure: I am thanked in the credits for this product for giving feedback on an early draft of the product.

This product presents a city that stands at the crossroads of major trade routes and is a melting pot of different cultures and races. The book does a great job of making the city seem like a living breathing city.

The book contains 7 chapters:

  • Introduction
  • City at the Crossroads
  • Life in the City
  • Running a Campaign
  • Gazetteer
  • Organisations
  • Religion

The Running the Campaign chapter is well thought out, suggesting themes for campaigns and other DM advice. Having all of this information in one chapter will make it much easier to run a game in the city and I love the random events table to help keep the city moving even when the PCs stand still in a campaign.

The gazetteer is the real meat of the book, being 70 pages long and is a joy to read, offering great descriptions of the city (a "First Impressions" section and also a "Passers By" section both of which are useful for immersing the in the world). As well as these, there are the obligatory NPCs and adventure seeds.

Don't let the Pathfinder logo on the front cover put you off. I've never played Pathfinder but will use this in my 4E campaign at some point as the amount of Pathfinder centric information is relatively small and what there is, is almost entirely descriptive enough to easily convert to your favourite rules system (the one exception for me, being the "Medium Items" available and "Major Items" available in the city's stat block).

All in all, this book is a great resource which can be dropped into an existing campaign world or mined for great ideas. Exactly what you want from a sourcebook.

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