Tuesday, September 20, 2011
City Sites - TSR, Deaden Sound
Castle Sites from yesterday is a product that I mentioned had varied layers of ease of use. Some of the locations it had would be much easier for the DM to use than others. City Sites has much less of an issue where the locations might be hard for the DM to use. The limitation in this case will be the size of the city the DM is trying to use them in. As long as they are used in what would be classified as a city then all could be used with little change.
As one might expect the number of locations presented in City Sites are more than what were presented in Castle Sites. There are a total of thirteen different locations described in City Sites. The locations are broken down into two types. The first are public locations and the second are business. The Public Locations section has five entries and the Businesses section has eight.
All of the locations described in the book provide the DM with a map that provides them with the layout of the establishment or building. This even more so than the actual described area will be a boon to the time stretched, creatively challenged or even just lazy DM. The maps can even be recycled for later use in other locations because very few players bother to map shops and city buildings.
There will perhaps be an obvious comparison to this product and the City Book products from Flying Buffalo. The comparison isn't really comparing apples to oranges but it comes close. The offerings in this book are much more detailed and come closer to being encounters in my mind. The offerings in City Book and the later offerings are painted with much broader strokes, In the end I am much more likely to steal maps from this book or use it as a single shot and I am much more likely to look at City Book for inspiration and also for fun reading. All that said both serve a well defined purpose and a DM could not be hurt by having both.
From the back cover:
"Come to the city and take a look around!
City Sites, the first in a series of AD&D game floorplans, includes extensive details on urban settings that player characters are likely to visit in any campaign. For instance, there's:
* A smithy run by gnomes
* A temple that's home to an orphaned dragon
* A tavern that patrons can't enter until they give the password
This book also describes two inns, a singing fountain, a jail, and much more!
Each site's entry tells the Dungeon Master what the place looks like at first glance and offers a detailed floorplan of the interior as well as a picture of the exterior. Readers also find fascinating notes about the characters who live and work in each site, and one or two ideas for personalizing the spot to suit any adventure.
From now on, make a trip to the city easy - and exciting!
Also in this series of accessories: Castle Sites and Country Sites."
Duration: 1 Turn + 1 Round/Level
Ares of Effect: Special
Casting Time: 4 Segments
Saving Throw: None
When this spell is cast the magic user causes the sound caused by a person or creature to be deadened. This will allow the affected to move and operate with little chance of being detected because of the sounds that they might be making.
Recipients of the spell must be willing. If they are not the spell will not have any affect on them. The caster will be able to target who the spell will affect. The spell will affect a number of creatures based on the level of the caster. The caster can affect themselves and then one other target for every level of experience they have.
This spell does not have the same effect as a Silence spell as that prevents all sound in the area of effect. This spell causes the sounds from the affected or anything they had on them for any part of a round to not cause any sound. Sounds from others or things can still be heard. Since this affects individuals it will move as they move and not be a static area of effect.
Items on the affected will not produce or cause sound either. A toll or weapon dropped on the ground will produce no sound provided it was in the possession of the affected for part of the round. This spell will have the side effect of limiting audible communication between affected individuals. The effect will also prevent the casting of spells with a vocal component. Affected individuals can drop the effect at will at any point.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
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