PDF and electronic versions of books are nice. You can carry a whole library with you in your pocket. But... I don't know, man, there's just something about having an actual book in your hands. I love it. If you're like me and you've been wanting to get a physical copy of Skirmisher Publishing's best-selling City Builder book, you now can in hardcover.
From the website:
City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities is a writer's resource specifically designed to help storytellers create exciting and compelling urban areas and other sorts of communities and places within them. It is a universal sourcebook that can support the needs of any ancient, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance, or fantasy fiction or role-playing game setting.
This comprehensive, fully-illustrated book includes:
* An Introduction that describes the scope of the book and how to use the material it contains;
* A chapter on Communities that examines the Characteristics of Communities, including thorps, hamlets, villages, towns, cities, military bases, and plantations, along with regional and racial influences on their development; Buildings; the Physical Characteristics of Cities, including fortifications, lighting, and conditions on, above, and below city streets; and Disasters.
* Chapters devoted to 10 specific sorts of places, including Craftsman Places, Entertainment Places, Professional Places (with a sidebar on Guilds that discusses organization and regulations and includes tables for random guild generation), Tradesman Places, Mercantile Places, Service Places, Scholarly Places, Religious Places, Governmental Places, and Underworld Places.
* Descriptions of 85 different sorts of places, including eight created specifically for this book that have never before appeared elsewhere.
* Two to three Adventure Hooks tying in with each described sort of place.
The contents of City Builder were initially released in 11 different volumes and these have been combined and expanded in this unified edition of the book.