Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available . May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping. Legends & Lairs: Mythic Races – Character Race Compendium ? Free Legends & Lairs: Mythic Races – Character Race Compendium By. Cityworks*: A Handbook for Designing and Surviving Fantasy Cities is one of the d20 system sourcebooks in the Legends & Lairs line. The first chapter is.

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A simple description of each of these environments without mechanics would have been a better use of the page. I own seventeen monster manuals, tombs, and guides across a variety of systems and editions that now clutter up my gaming shelf — the vast That’s true for far too much of this book.

The Great Blog Roll Call. Thursday, August 22, Legends lqirs Lairs: Urban Events pg – is a mixed bag.

Legends & Lairs: City Works

I found myself going glass eyed and wishing that I had more alcohol in the house. Fortunately that ton is well written and thought provoking so it’s worth the effort. But then you have the plague pg – and siege pg – where Mike provides some really interesting ideas about how these sort of events affect the city and game play.

Just don’t get your head wrapped up in all the mess he chucks on the page. I don’t need a mechanic for the chase or for going in the sewers.

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For Mike aand means that the architecture, city folk, landmarks, and tone mean everything. Best Reads of the Week! To take it aside and say that it is a factor along with the others that make up tone is a mistake and creates a situation where you’re trying to do too much. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Honestly the chapter only has three sections worth reading City Precincts pg.

The Great Blog Roll Call ! It is when he describes how to create a map of the city I found myself going glass eyed and wishing that I had more alcohol in the house.


Secondly, the product is subject to the normal trials and tribulations associated with any Mike Mearls production: Last year I started the Best Reads of the Week series to help publicize some of my favorite blogs and to help the community as a wh I would argue that he confuses everything by trying to be too detailed.

Looking For Something Special? When we left off in the previous post, Legends and Lairs: First the product is given to over-thinking and over-complicating the basic processes around the creation of a fantasy city setting. The third chapter in City Works begins by laying out the districts of a typical city both socially and topically to good effect. You need to be evocative with just enough verisimilitude to not alert your players of where things are going.

From those sections you can create a useful map that will service all your major needs without the morass of rules that Mike created. The Urban Environments section pg. You have rules for fires pgfloods pg lair, and riots pg – which are essentially useless in most games as any good Dungeon Master is going to have those events move according to citywworks players actions dramatizing the play as much as possible with the players’ enjoyment foremost in his mind rather than worrying about the rules associated with such events.

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For every ounce of goodie you find in City Works you’ll have to dig through a ton of esoteric garbage to get there. The Best Villains Money can Buy I own seventeen monster manuals, tombs, and guides across a variety of systems and editions that now clutter up my gaming shelf — the vast There are no delusions of ease for Mike Mearls and he begins lwirs chapter by talking about how everything about the city is interconnected.

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City Works by Fantasy Flight Games Part 1I had finished with the first two chapters and had come away with an overall positive impression of the product.


Urban Adventure Aand pg – is a great resource for new Dungeon Masters and an okay review of the process of adventure writing. Tone is absolutely everything when it comes to running Dungeons and Dragons: I don’t regret buying City Works, I’m just not overly thrilled with the experience I’ve had reading it. Now there are several faults with the product that had become glaringly obvious. To waste your time fictionalizing these fantastical people who even you don’t believe in is the very definition of wasting your time.

But if you’re trying to do too much you will screw it all up. The key to setting a good tone for an adventure is to strike the right balance between too much detail and not enough. Now Oairs don’t agree with everything, but there is enough crunch here where Cityeorks find myself intrigued with where I can go from his starting point.

Again he is overly detailed but the kernel is good and worth digesting. This chapter is for the Dungeon Master and in many ways this is the best chapter of the book. Seriously, this section is ciityworks complicated and choked with needless rules designed to dictate everything from the size of your citywogks blocks and their percentages of the overall land area to the layout of the laits and the types of streets you detail.

Tone is absolutely everything when it comes to running Dungeons and Dragons. Now I would not personally use all of the groupings that Mike Mearls ascribes but I can find no real fault with his logic or descriptions in these first four pages of the chapter.