EZG reviews Dungeon Dressing: Tapestries
This installment of Raging Swan Press’ Dungeon Dressing-series is 13 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page advertisement, 2 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC/foreword, 1 page SRD and 1 page back cover, leaving us with 6 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?
As has become the tradition for Dungeon Dressing-installments, we kick this off with a handy DM cheat-sheet providing DCs, hardness, hit points etc. for tapestries (and yes, that includes metal sheets!) as well as numerous things to do with them – pulling them down, swinging etc. We also get modifiers for varying qualities and a short table of d20 different general subjects for tapestries.
A d% table with 38 entries, many of which feature Knowledge-checks or even spell effects are provided after that and run a gamut of interesting, balanced subjects covering noble crests, torture or ships sailing towards gigantic tentacles.
Hereafter, we are introduced to a massive 100-entry d%-table that allows you to stud tapestries with prominent symbols of faith, make them sodden, have them misused as saddle cloth for a mule and similar entries – all in all a nice array that once again features modifications of the base value/hit points here and there – evocative indeed.
the final two pages feature 3 different tricks and traps – one being rather neat: gust of wind + burnt othor fumes in powder form = cool trap – especially since the base CR 9 trap comes with a CR 6, 7 and 11 variant. Beyond these, we get animated tapestries (two statblocks) and three different tapestries that summon forth the creatures depicted on them. While not particularly original, I consider that one iconic enough to still consider it worthwhile – variants for CR 6, 7 and 8 of the latter trap are provided.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’s two-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes in two versions, with one being optimized for print and one for screen-use. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience.
Author Aaron Bailey has created a great installment of the series that oozes flair and atmosphere and should make the walls of complexes all around feel less empty, less sterile – and that’s what this is about, after all! Definitely one of the best, most useful installments in the series so far, this is worth easy 5 stars and seal of approval and comes with a definite recommendation from yours truly.