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Farm, Forge and Steam

Farm, Forge and Steam

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Farm, Forge and Steam is a campaign design aid for GMs who want a realistic and logical background.

It provides information and guidelines for key areas of campaign design including -

* Population distribution and growth
* Diseases and Demographics (the biggest retarding factor on pre-modern population growth after food supplies)
* Food sources, productivity and supply (how many people are needed to grow the food, and how many non-farmers they can support)
* Transport effects (or why the biggest metropolises are port cities)
* Technology effects (or why even magic can't prevent technological progress)
* Magic effects (how magic would really affect a world over a long period of time)
* Common design faults and mistaken assumptions (why technological and social stasis for millennia doesn't work, why "universal empires" don't make much sense, and why its a bad idea to price technology for "game balance" reasons ... and unneccessary to boot).

If you are designing a new campaign world, or overhauling an existing one (whether commercially published or home brew), then you can't go far wrong by using FFnS to ensure that the whole creation hangs together.

Farm, Forge and Steam is usable with *any* game system, as it is a *meta* product ... it provides the underpinnings for the campaign without affecting the actual game system.

The "rules" that are detailed in Farm, Forge and Steam are general ones, not universal mathematical formulae (though some of them come with mathematically applicable data), and enable you to provide broad and medium level application for your campaign.

 
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January 22nd, 2011
I've been doing world building for a long time, and have also for a long time purchased and read various guides and books on history, and on the construction of realistic campaign worlds. With Farm, Forge and Steam, I hoped I had picked up a document [...]
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April 16th, 2006
A decent overview of technology. Not really much practical use for it though. QUALITY: Acceptable VALUE: Satisfied [...]
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December 31st, 2005
I will start by saying the author of this book did a good job of summarizing and organizing many of the important factors that led to the development of civilzation as we know it in the real world. I was familiar with some of the sources in his bibliograp [...]
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September 24th, 2005
Interesting to read. Gives a good basis on creating a world based on real world facts. LIKED: Interesting read. DISLIKED: Proper grammer, spelling, and editting were not a priority in this book. No mechanics. No demo provided ( [...]
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August 27th, 2005
A *must* for anyone wanting to design a believable word. LIKED: Excellent layout. QUALITY: Excellent VALUE: Very Satisfied [...]
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Silver seller
Pages
90
Edition
1.0
Publisher Stock #
PGD 002
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Phalanx Games Design
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