This installment of the Dungeon Dressing-series is 11 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
As often with the Dungeon Dressing-series, we kick off with a DM’s primer on construction – this time offering no less than 5 different quality modifications to apply to ceilings as well as 6 base materials. Beyond that, rafters, beams and handholds as well as climb DC and a short primer on ceiling style vocabulary kick off this installment with a bang of customization options even before 42 entries of a d%-table introduce us to a wide array of different appearances of ceilings – from ceilings created to look like scrolled parchments to strange apertures emitting miniature waterfalls, the entries contain from regular to the wildly wonderful quite an array of excellent and evocative appearances.
Next up would be a massive 100-entry table (though no. 100 is the roll-twice-entry) that contains walls studded with faerie fire, knowledge (dungeoneering) DCs to realize the presence of suspended ceilings, embedded ammunition, chains and rings and even dead people with doom-laden messages. Over all, a versatile, cool table.
The final page contains 3 new traps, including different CR-variants with additional effects. The base ones clock in at CR 2, 8 and 8, with the variants covering 4, 5, 6 and 12. The traps per se once again partially span multiple rounds and come with crushing blocks, cave-ins and collapsing ceilings. Per se, nice.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’s 2-column b/w-standard and the art is fitting stock that takes up about 2/3 of a page. The pdf comes in two versions, with one optimized for screen use and one for the printer. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience.
Aaron Bailey covers ceilings in this installment of Dungeon Dressing – and weaves a surprisingly awesome yarn with quite an array of cool options, superbly useful first page (DMs – archive that and never leave home without it!) and imaginative tables. All in all, an exceedingly great installment on a topic that is many things, but probably not that easy to write for. So all superb? Not exactly – the traps, while not perfect, are cool and useful, but also not completely in line with the awesome start of the pdf. Still, that is me complaining at the highest level – this is still a 5 star-file, though one slightly short of my seal of approval.