Ideas, ideas, ideas – can a good DM ever really have enough of ‘em? Thankfully, the Citybook All-system Catalyst Series is alive and well. Plug-in play encounters are truly abundant in this amazing book series.
Ben was organizing his bookshelf the other day to make room for all those great WotC 4E books and rested his hands on an original (yet tattered) Citybook: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker. He was amazed at how the encounter ideas just started to leap off the pages. Ben rushed to the web to see if there were anymore.
Low and behold the RPG book series has amassed quite a selection including:
- CityBook I: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
- CityBook II: Port O’ Call
- Citybook III: Deadly Nightside
- CityBook IV: On the Road
- Citybook V: Sideshow
Flying Buffalo still prints these beauties with a development angle that the pre-generated business and NPCs can be used in any role-playing system. Of course, that’s a nice way of saying they’re absolutely perfect for any D&D campaign – regardless of edition.
Don’t fret the printer’s website. It has all the charm and appeal of a 1990s mail order bride site but the checkout system is smooth and the books come in a hurry. Ben’s online shopping experience was flawless.
Ben enjoys matching his pile of RPG accessories to the books’ scenarios. Dr. Gopp’s Traveling Emporium of Medical Wonders is a great example. He even used the books to inspire a street beggar skill challenge.
There’s role playing game gold in dem dar books, my friends. Besides being fun to read on the plane, they have oodles of inspiration and gameplay in them. We’re curious to see if Wizards of the Coast goes to this type of narrowed focus but the good news is at least someone already has laid the groundwork.
Questions to Ponder: Will Wizards go down this subject path? Have you ever used a Citybook encounter in your own game?