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So What's For Sale, Anyway? II
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Alexander L. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/23/2012 07:12:07
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Raging Swan Press are back with a follow on to their So What’s For Sale, Anyway? Pathfinder sourcebook, entitled So What’s For Sale, Anyway? II.

In a nutshell, what this book does, is give the busy GM a bunch of pre-stocked shops, spread out across towns of all sizes, from Thorps to Metropolises, once again accessed by a simple dice roll. Now, while the list size is smaller than the first edition (87, down from 157 in book one), this edition introduces a couple of new things that can definitely add to one’s campaign.

For starters, there is the addition of shopkeeper NPCs, which can help add as much or as little extra colour as the GM wants to the adventure. Secondly, and more gleefully for the more…evil GMs amongst us, are the addition of cursed items. Secreted amongst the lists of new items are four dozen cursed items, and c’mon – who amongst us doesn’t enjoy taking a risk in buying a wonderful new shield only to find out that it makes us immune to healing spells?

For those who read my review of the first volume, you’ll know that my one tiny issue with it was that it contained no stats for the items that needed them. Unfortunately, this is a problem that carries across to this book. Again, it’s nothing that should ward you against buying this, just something that you should be made aware of in advance.

Much like the first volume, this is quite a useful little purchase, made all the more useful (if not essential, especially for the GM who may struggle with a few NPCs) with its additions. And, again, for the price it is offered for, you can’t really go wrong.

[4 of 5 Stars!]
So What's For Sale, Anyway? II
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/20/2011 10:05:10
This pdf is 24 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page blank inside front cover, 2 pages editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 16 pages of content.

There is scarcely a situation as annoying as the PCs unexpectedly retracking to a town to purchase supplies and spending loot. Raging Swan's first "So what's for sale, anyway" remedied that by providing a plethora of lists sorted by settlement-size. This sequel to said pdf provides more of these item-lists, which essentially means that as a reviewer you have to look up the items and make sure they're appropriate for the settlement-size.

There are some changes, though, which are readily apparent when checking out the 21 thorp-lists - namely 4 curses for minor items as well as a list of 10 sample sellers with short fluff-write-ups (but, of course, sans statblocks). These sample sellers are an AWESOME idea, helping with a simulationalist's approach to a campaign world or simply offering names and personal quirks for merchant xyz. Even better, the merchants may provide minor and major hooks and can easily be expanded upon. Neat!

Hamlets also get 21 lists and 10 sellers, but no curses.

Villages get 11 lists, 10 sellers and 6 curses, small towns get 8 lists, 10 sellers and 6 curses, large towns get 8 lists, 10 sellers and 5 curses, small cities get 6 lists, 10 sellers, 8 curses, large cities get 6 lists, 3 curses and 10 sellers and finally, there are 6 lists for Metropolis-class settlements, 10 sellers and 6 curses. It's also rather interesting to see that the sellers of larger settlements tend to be more powerful, corresponding to the items they own, sell, etc., keeping the in-game logic intact.

Editing and formatting are top-notch, as I've come to expect from Raging Swan Press. Layout adheres to the clear and printer-friendly two-column standard and comes with extensive bookmarks. The pdf also comes with a special version optimized for use with e-readers. Content-wise, there is nothing to complain about, the inclusion of sample sellers and curses help to further customize the individual shopping experiences. That being said, we do get a lot of lists that really help customize individual shopping experiences and the pdf goes above and beyond its predecessor by providing more than necessary. Were I to voice any kind of criticism, then that I would have loved to see more complex curses or one or two specific, unique items. Seeing that this is not enough to rate this pdf down, I'll settle for a final verdict of 5 stars - a very useful, nice little pdf.

Endzeitgeist out.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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