If you have been waiting to get this book, do yourself a favor: QUIT WAITING! Stop your suffering, and start making your cities better than your adventures!Every Game Master has suffered (or is currently suffering) the player that loots everything. He takes anything that isn't nailed down, then goes back for the nailed stuff with a looted hammer!
Have you ever allowed a player to pick up an item you were using as set decoration, only to have him spring the "how much can I sell this black candle for?" zinger when you least expected it?
Be ready for your looters with the Kaiser's Bazaar. This no frills, printer-friendly book is the first in a series designed to provide hard-working GMs and their more mercantile players with an exhaustive listing of hundreds of goods and services that might be available in a town, city.
The goal is to keep pricing consistant, hopefully halting arguments, and providing a means to manage some control over the distribution wealth to players, all while providing them with new outlets for spending their developing fortunes. These listings can also serve as suitable alternative 'treasure' listings, providing GMs with a variety of new items to stock private chambers, homes, trade caravans, traveler's trunks or any number of locations.
Kaiser's Bazaar-Book A contains the following goods and services:
- Farmer's Market: Named for the overwhelming amount of green food and household staples, estimates say that the market boasts over 125 farmers and laymen during harvest, selling nearly every type of vegetable, fruit, honey, vinegar, coffee, tea, sugar, milk, egg, grain, bread, cheese and drink or providing handy services.
- Confection Shoppe: An authentic listing of Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance period candy.
- Courier Service: A simple scribing and delivery service.
- Public & Private Bathhouses: Not just a place to get clean, but a good place to trade and gossip.
- Marionette Opera: An entertaining show for children and adults.
- Candlemaker: New candles and handy fire-starters, with rules for illumination.
- Textiles & Clothing Market: A place to get cloth and clothes of all types, both mundane and magic. Includes new rules for fancy or poor garb, magic cloth, and a Laundry Service.
- Beer, Cider, & Mead Market: A huge selection of beers, including the ultra-rare elven beer!
- Liquor & Spirits Market: A list of period alcohols with their proper period names, including spirits from the Far-East favored by the monks of the Drunken-Monkey school.
- Winemaker's Market: This is a tiny block of richly decorated buildings and tents. Large gilded signs proudly advertise their fair selection of barrels, kegs, urns, and racks of dark glass bottles of wine.
- Each of the various listings of booze include their own individual Alcohol Unit* so that they may be compatible with the popular drinking rules found in Tournaments, Fairs & Taverns?.
- Bread-Baker's Market: A handy selection of breads that can be made from the huge variety of grains from the Farmer's Market. Includes the Lernage Baker's Academy and rules for studying to become a baker.
- Meat Market: A glorious street market filled with everything from mundane pork and beef to exotic gorilla and mongoose, with everything in between.
- Fishmonger's Wharf: A massive selection of seafood, including fish-taverns, an exotic pet fish store, a live bait & tackle and a new skill: Fishing.
- Live Animal & Monster Stockyards: This huge market includes the Cattle Market, Dog Market, Goat Market, Horse Market, Poultry & Raptor Market, Sheep Market, Swine Market, plus Other Live Animals & Monsters. Each animal listing is broken down into real and mythic breeds with new rules for their individual traits.
In addition to containing these handy lists, the majority of the stores and markets are provided with maps, example stores, and discriptive text, so that they may easily be used as a whole market or incorperated into your own existing markets and towns.
Although the new rules and statistics provided are designed for the d20 game system, all fantasy games can benefit from these stores and item lists.
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ENWorld Review - 5/5 (Superb)!!
*A.U. and Alcohol Units are from Tournaments, Fairs, & Taverns, Copyright 2002, Natural 20 Press; EN Publishing; Authors Peter M. Ball, Ryan Z. Nockand, Russell Morrissey.