20 Things #42: Archives & Libraries

Are you a busy GM? Does session prep take too long? Do you never have time to work on the cool little details that can bring your session to life? Well, fear not! That’s where the 20 Things line comes in. Compiled from the free 20 Things posts available at Raging Swan’s website, this short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your adventure. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation. This instalment provides ten tables designed to help you flesh out and bring to life a ruined wizard’s tower.

20 Things #42: Archives & Libraries comprises the following 20 Things articles along with ancillary information:

  • Books in the Common Collection
  • Books in the Special Collection
  • Events Among the Stacks
  • Folk Among the Stacks
  • Things Among the Stacks


 

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A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 7 October 2019; Pages 10

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Village Backdrop: Don Galir

Last known hold of the dwarves in Ashlar, shadow-cloaked Don Galir lies hard against Lake Thraren dark, cold waters in a massive cavern buried directly beneath the human village of Wellswood. Dozens of wells, illuminating the lake’s dark, unknowable deep waters with faint shafts of light and link the lake below with the village above. Strange fungi and mushrooms grow around the lake’s shore and stranger fish dwell in its lightless watery depths. Humans and dwarves fish the lake and harvest these unique plants in an increasingly uneasy peace. Now the jealous attentions of the greedy lord of the village above fall on Don Galir and taxes slowly increase. The reclusive, secretive dwarves of the Erdikr clan work hard to fortify their hold and to attract more of their brethren to Don Galir while some secretly plot to regain their fallen dragon-infested holds lying far to the south.

Village Backdrop: Feigrvidr 2.0

Most dwarven holds are vast and ordered halls filled with solemn and stoic craftsfolk. But that’s not Feigrvidr. Some say it’s not a dwarf hold at all, but rather a lawless mining camp ruled by dwarf thugs and ruthless agents of the ruling thane. 

Founded less than three years ago by Svingal Halfbeard, the ore coming from a vale carved out of the headlands of the Titan Peaks is of the greatest purity and the works coming forth from Feigrvidr’s forges are both subtle and ingenious, rivalling those of any traditional dwarven stronghold. The great wealth coming from the foot of the Titan Peaks was only the beginning, now with the discovery of ancient and abandoned giant halls deeper among the mountains’ spires adventurers are flocking to the camp, increasing its wealth and its danger.

The Death King’s Forlorn Isle

A Raging Swan Press Eventure

A keening gale tears across the Bitter Sea, parting the clouds above to unveil a turgid crimson moon. Ominous rumbling resounds from the churning waters below. The surface of the sea boils and bubbles like a witch’s cauldron—its waves foaming and swelling like a suppurating sore until a mass of jagged black rock erupts from the lightless depths. The Forlorn Isle has risen. Legend claims the small island holds the tomb of an ancient king whose crimes were so heinous his name was stricken from history. After his death, the weight of his evil deeds caused the isle to sink into the Bitter Sea.

But once every year, when the Blood Moon casts its baleful gaze upon the world, the cold brine rejects its cursed burden and the Forlorn Isle rises again, eagerly awaiting fresh victims. Despite the impressive tally of adventurers lost to the basalt bowels of the so-called Death King’s ruined keep, many brave souls have sailed there over the years, drawn like moths to a flame by legends of lost ancient treasure. When dawn breaks, the bleak island sinks into the deep once more, entombing alive those who would steal its sinister secrets.

This Dungeon Backdrop is suitable for any level character and is set in Ashlar but is easily adaptable to almost any fantasy city.

What’s a Dungeon Backdrop?

You are a GM, but you are busy. You want to write your own modules, but you just don’t have the time. And you don’t want to use commercial modules. You want to make your campaign your own. That’s where the Dungeon Backdrop line comes in! Each Dungeon Backdrop presents a fully fleshed out and lovingly detailed self-contained dungeon ready for you to use as you see fit. Stock the dungeon with your own monsters (and—perhaps—their treasure), decide their back story and you are good to go.

Every Dungeon Backdrop is carefully designed to be easily inserted into almost any fantasy campaign and is compatible with virtually any fantasy roleplaying game. Dungeon Backdrops: we describe the dungeon, you add the monsters (and the treasure).

 


 

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible Dungeon Backdrop by Bart Wynants

Released 30 September  2019; Pages 15

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A Pathfinder 2nd Edition Roleplaying Game Compatible Dungeon Backdrop by Bart Wynants

Released 30 September  2019; Pages 15

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A 5e CompatibleDungeon Backdrop by Bart Wynants

Released 30 September  2019; Pages 15

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A System Neutral Dungeon Backdrop by Bart Wynants

Released 30 September  2019; Pages 15

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Monstrous Lair #40: Drow Outpost

Monstrous Lair #40: Drow Outpost provides you—the busy, time-crunched GM—with the details to effortlessly bring to life the drow outposts in your campaign.

Are you a busy GM? Does session prep take too long? Do you never have time to work on the cool little details that can bring your adventures, dungeons and campaign to life? This short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your dungeons. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation.

Monstrous Lair #40: Drow Outpost comprises a single two-page spread designed for use either during preparation or at the table. Behold:

 


 

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A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Steve Hood

Released 23 September 2019; Pages 4

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Monstrous Lair #39: Otyugh’s Sewer

Monstrous Lair #39: Otyugh’s Sewer provides you—the busy, time-crunched GM—with the details to effortlessly bring to life the otyugh’s sewers in your campaign.

Are you a busy GM? Does session prep take too long? Do you never have time to work on the cool little details that can bring your adventures, dungeons and campaign to life? This short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your dungeons. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation.

Monstrous Lair #39: Otyugh’s Sewer comprises a single two-page spread designed for use either during preparation or at the table. Behold:

 


 

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A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Steve Hood

Released 26 August 2019; Pages 4

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Dungeon Dressing: Wells

Tired of dungeons lacking in verisimilitude? Want to add cool little features of interest to your creations but don’t have the time to come up with non-essential details? Want to make your dungeons feel more realistic? Then Dungeon Dressing is for you! Each instalment focuses on a common dungeon fixture such as stairs, pillars or pools and gives the harried GM the tools to bring such features to life with interesting and cool noteworthy features.

This instalment of Dungeon Dressing presents loads of tools to help you give your dungeons flavoursome and detailed wells. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Dungeon Dressing: Wells is an invaluable addition to any GM’s armoury!


 

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A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Brian Gregory

Released 23 September 2019; Pages 6

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A Pathfinder Second Edition Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Brian Gregory and Stephen Radney-MacFarland

Released 23 September 2019; Pages 6

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A 5e Compatible GM’s Resource by Brian Gregory

Released 23 September 2019; Pages 6

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An OSR GM’s Resource by Brian Gregory

Released 23 September 2019; Pages 6

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Monstrous Lair #38: Frost Giants’ Glacial Rift

Monstrous Lair #38: Frost Giants’ Glacial Rift provides you—the busy, time-crunched GM—with the details to effortlessly bring to life the frost giant glacial rifts in your campaign.

Are you a busy GM? Does session prep take too long? Do you never have time to work on the cool little details that can bring your adventures, dungeons and campaign to life? This short, focused compilation gives you, the time-crunched GM, the tools to effortlessly add verisimilitude and detail to your dungeons. Use the material herein either before or during play and bask in your players’ adulation.

Monstrous Lair #38: Frost Giants’ Glacial Rift comprises a single two-page spread designed for use either during preparation or at the table. Behold:

 


 

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A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Steve Hood

Released 26 August 2019; Pages 4

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