EZG reviews Urban Dressing: Shrines
This pdf is 14 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 7 pages of content so let’s take a look!
We kick this pdf off with a mini-table -for there are multiple types of shrines – personal, public and major shrines. Hence we also get different characteristics and appearances for each category: The personal shrines may e.g. consist of well-polished shelves of oak, grey stones set in a column or frames of mouldy dried sand in the shape of a castle. Public shrines include poles holding up slanted roofs over rugs or moss-covered columns and tables and alcoves made from human skulls, whereas major shrines come as e.g. a terraced wooden dais decorated with silks or ornately-carved mausoleums that denote the final resting place of a hero.
Most shrines also feature an object of veneration – and 100 different ones are provided, running the gamut from glass cylinders filled with water, small candles to gems, crops, empty baskets or even ivory tusks or vials of blue blood. 20 hooks, complications and opportunities further serve to increase tensions around shrines – from stolen objects of veneration to paladins found dead at the site or being permanently hidden from sight by invisibility – neat.
We also get 20 sample NPC-fluff-write ups to populate your shrines and surrounding areas, adding more fodder for your DM-arsenal.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn’t notice any glitches. Layout adheres to RSP’s 2-column b/w-standard and the pdf comes fully bookmarked and in two versions – one optimized for print and one for screen-use.
Author Brian Liberge has created a neat dressing-supplement here that can create quite some interesting plots beyond its cosmetic basics – and while I would have loved some supernatural effects tied to the shrines, I won’t hold the absence of these effects against the pdf. Hence, the overall supplement can be considered a rather cool supplement sans issues and thus well worth 5 stars.