Urban Dressing: Bridge Town

Tired of your towns and cities being boring, bland places in which your PCs show little or no interest? Want to bring them alive with cool, interesting minor features of note? Then Urban Dressing is for you! Each instalment in the line focuses on a different kind of town and gives harried GMs the tools to bring such locales to life with interesting and noteworthy features.

By Maciej Zagorski (The Forge Studios)

By Maciej Zagorski (The Forge Studios)

 

This instalment of Urban Dressing presents loads of great details to customise the bridge towns in your campaign. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Urban Dressing: Bridge Town is an invaluable addition to any GM’s armoury!

Urban Dressing: Bridge Town presents the following information:

  • One table (100 entries) presenting the sights and sounds of the town.
  • One table (100 entries) presenting sample business found in the town.
  • One table (100 entries) presenting atypical bridges of interest
  • One table (12 entries) presenting hooks, complications and opportunities.

Extract: Sights & Sounds

  1. Wheels rattle as a wagon crosses the wide slats of a bridge made entirely of rickety wood.
  2. Rusting metal cages hang on chains dangling from a steel-spiked bridge.
  3. The tromp of feet nears as a guard patrol makes its way over the bridge.
  4. Children laugh as they scamper from one end of the bridge to another in a friendly race.
  5. A raucous parade pauses in the middle of the bridge to sing the mayor’s praises.
  6. Stonemasons hammer and chisel large blocks, which will soon form a new bridge.
  7. Pallbearers carry a casket over a bridge that symbolizes the passage between life and death.
  8. Mounted guards shout for people to make way as they thunder after a fleeing criminal.
  9. Wind whistles through the arches of this fine stone bridge.
  10. The complex web of ropes holding up the bridge creaks alarmingly as the party crosses.
  11. Wherever they go in town, swarms of biting insects follow the PCs.
  12. The water level in the canal is surprisingly low, reveals glistening mud flats.
  13. Every guard bears a breastplate or shield adorned with a stylized bridge.
  14. People whisper excitedly that the town’s “ghost bridge” is supposed to be manifesting soon.
  15. Dozens of shop fronts line this canal, but each of them is only accessible via the waterfront.
  16. Lifelike faces of stone peer out unblinkingly from their settings in the side of this bridge.
  17. A messenger boy walks past, calling out an advertisement for the Underbridge Inn.
  18. A cloaked trio of people glide past, faces masked to resemble a variety of unearthly creatures.
  19. The nearby craft shop resounds with hammering, and the occasional thud of a heavy object falling.
  20. The stagnant water under the bridge is covered with algae and crowded with frogs and turtles.

Extract: Bridge of Interest

  1. A bridge of solid ice glistens under the sun, refusing to melt no matter how warm it gets. Yet its surface is quite slick.
  2. This bridge is formed of floating wooden slats that have no obvious support, yet do not bob or wobble under any weight.
  3. This all-wood bridge is rife with notches and carvings, mostly crude, of random names and phrases, such as “Oggles was here.”
  4. This rope bridge offers a single taut cord to walk across, with a rope set higher up on either side for handholds.
  5. This bridge is carved in the shape of a serpent’s arched back, complete with spines and scales. It is noticeably warm underfoot.
  6. In order to cross this bridge, the PCs must let a golem carry them across, one by one. The golems become violent against any who try to cross without being carried.
  7. Is there a need for this bridge? It’s no more than a foot long and spans a drainage ditch alongside the main road.
  8. This has to be the ugliest bridge in the town; formed of hardened mud and jutting wooden pylons it has no right angles or straight lines.
  9. The span of this bridge is formed of what looks like a single sheet of clear glass. It never cracks, and travellers can see the canal waters below.
  10. Despite being made of solid stone, this bridge shifts and sways like a piece of parchment caught in a gust of wind.
  11. The wind cuts through the odd-shaped holes in the sides of the bridge, creating a strange, unearthly whistling.
  12. The eyeballs set in this bridge’s railing are certainly made of carved marble, yet they swivel to watch people cross its span.
  13. The bridge’s railing has thousands of padlocks cinched to it, apparently it brings good luck.
  14. The well-known Lover’s Bridge is infamous for late-night rendezvous and stolen kisses. Unfortunately, suspicious spouses are well-aware of its existence.
  15. This is less of a bridge and more of an enormous net strung across the gap, forcing folk to either walk the ropes or crawl across on all fours.
  16. Whenever someone steps on this bridge, the canal below seems to drop away into a bottomless gulf. Only when on the other side do normal dimensions restore themselves.
  17. This bridge is formed of wooden and stone blocks that, by some arcane magic, constantly shift and rearrange themselves. It never looks the same from one day to the next.
  18. When a PC steps on this bridge, they experience a brief vision of their greatest fear. When they step off, they experience a brief vision of their greatest desire.
  19. The middle section of this bridge has been damaged, leaving a wide gap between either side. The current runs fast and deep below.
  20. Rather than arching or going straight, this bridge bows downward, almost touching the canal before swooping back up to the other side.

Praise for Urban Dressing: Bridge Town

“Creighton Broadhurst and Josh Vogt have kicked another one right past the goalie and burnt a hole in the back of the netting with the Bridge Town supplement.”

Garth H (five stars)

“Josh Vogt delivers a furiously excellent Urban Dressing that stands out even among the numerous great instalments he has crafted”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars + seal of approval)


A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Josh Vogt

Released 8 January 2016; Pages 10

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Download a Free Sample Bridge Town Sights & Sounds

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8 thoughts on “Urban Dressing: Bridge Town

  1. the “Remarkable Bridges” table sends me though the stratosphere with pure joy! its exactly what i was hoping for … you & your team are the best, Creighton! Raging Swan forever!