Sure, when it comes to the towns, cities, hamlets, and such in your games, you can just go, "Eh, it's got some buildings and people. That's good enough." But what if you want to actually take things to the next level and design functioning towns? That's where the City Builder line comes in from Skirmisher Publishing. And they've just released the Platinum-edition of their Guide to Designing Communities book. You can get your copy now.
From the website:
City Builder: A Guide to Designing Communities is a manual specifically designed to help guide storytellers through the process of creating exciting and compelling urban areas and other sorts of communities and places within them for their projects. It is a rules-free universal resource that is not specific to any particular game system and is intended to be compatible with the needs of almost any ancient, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Renaissance, fantasy, or other role-playing milieu.
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.