It feels like we have been waiting for this to come for ages. It has been hyped up a bit, mainly by ourselves, so I guess the question is, has it lived up to the hype: of course, at the moment I only have the PDF version to go by, but here are my initial thoughts:
Vornheim: The Complete City Kit
First of all, the PDf opens with a disclaimer that tells you that this was designed to be a hard copy book, and the PDF has the tables and charts and other cover bits at the back, for ease of reference. Good call on putting that in. I’ll leave the covers for last then 🙂
I confess, I already like Zak’s art. So I am biased. For some reason is makes me think of a grungy Month Python. Which is good, I think. Anyhow, the art and maps, the font even, all work for me. What more can I say.
Again, this is only the PDF I have at the moment: nice, simple, clear, good placement of pictures and art. Nothing to really fault. Really want to see what the printed copy looks like though.
Even though this is largely a kit about city adventures, I do like the fact that it has references to the locations and adventures from Zak’s campaign. Having watched the vid’s of the games, seeing the names of places in print is an added bonus. And I like his take on goblins (I am so going to steal the goblin pig-balloon idea. It’s too cool not too). The notes, detail, maps and assorted bits and pieces of the city itself are all pretty neat, and I like the superstitions bit. Some good ideas there. The medusa section looks like it is straight from the game session, with the lovely library of snakes that are read like books (another cool idea; Zak has a wicked imagination). But, while that’s all well and good, it is the ‘Kit’ that has the most appeal for me.
As James mentions in the foreword, I have found that my cities and towns can be a bit too samey unless I devote serious time in making them otherwise. With my future plan to ran a sandbox campaign, I want something that will make it easier for me to run sessions in cities with little or no prep, and I really want this Kit to do that for me; so, first impressions, does it do the job it sets out to do?
My quick answer: yes! And I am looking forward to putting them into practice.
I like it. And I fully intend to use it, and will no doubt find it an invaluable resource. Now all I have to do is wait for the hard copy so I can start rolling dice on the covers of the book 🙂