This installment of Raging Swan Press’ system-neutral #20-series clocks in at 12 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
We begin this pdf with 20 weird magical effects you can encounter in a wizard’s tower – from beautifully-crafted illusions instead of tapestries to light-weighted objects starting to float, this selection is evocative and fun and, as supplemental material, sundials, impossible slender flagpoles and similar things are evocative, though system-neutrality purists may be annoyed by the reference to detect magic.
A total of 20 odd spell components and pouches are next – wool impregnated with dried wax, statuettes of bloodhounds, clay models of ziggurats and similar objects once again cover a nice array of themes, that are further emphasized by 20 odd objects to decorate a wizard’s tower: Thick red curtains, battered suits of chainmail, soot-marred ceilings, pictures of “God-Thrones” and 8 odd sounds and a selection of 6 strange pickled and preserved things allow you to set up a nice level of creepy mood.
It should be noted, though, that aforementioned pickled things alongside the 20 entries for a Necromancer’s Sanctum and the 20 notes on a wizard’s laboratory can all be found in GM’s Miscellany: 20 things Volume I.
There is more new content herein, though: The 20 entries that depict things you can find on a wizard’s bookshelf (from cryptography to infernal genealogy) are amazing! Creative, diverse and inspiring and the 8 things you can find INSIDE these books add another level of coolness here. The final array of 20 things would be those that are found within a wizard’s laboratory and the pdf sports some creative ideas here: A box with hundreds of little compartments that contain components, stone beakers or skull stands with lights flickering in the eyes – certainly an inspired array. 6 odd smells, some of which stick closer to the floor (and thus are noticed by halflings and gnomes) close the pdf on a high note.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to Raging Swan Press’ elegant two-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience. Additionally, the pdf comes in two versions, one optimized for the printer and one for screen-use – kudos for going the extra mile there!
Creighton Broadhurst and Amber Underwood’s dressing-file here is a neat installment; the new content provided is inspired in the best of senses – but at the same time, one third of the pdf can be familiar for gamers who already own the glorious GM’s Miscellany: 20 Things Volume I book. If you do not already have this gem, this pdf is excellent and 5 star + seal-worthy. If you already have this book, though, you do lose a portion of the file, which downgrades this to a good offering. In the end, my final verdict will clock in between both, at 4.5 stars, rounded down for the purpose of this platform.
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