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Review – The City of Vor-Loren

4 March, 2012

Vor-Laran is an interesting city, systemless and open to be adapted for any fantasy world, it does have its own character.  If you have need for a city, or ideas for a city, this inexpensive product is a good resource.

The City of Vor-Laran is an 18-page PDF systemless city resource for any fantasy RPG written by Bryan F Irving and published by Gethsemane Games.
After the introduction page Vor-Laran has a standard two column layout and is clearly readable.  There is a full color map of the town at the beginning with a single piece of black and white art.  There are a couple of typos in the book but nothing major.

Vor-Laran begins with a short introduction to the original setting used for the city and what some of the terminology used in the description means in that context (along with telling you to change what you need if that suits your campaign better).

It is a major city on the southern edge of a great empire, wealthy through trade and ancient status.  Twenty-seven points of interest, including palace, markets, theater and college, in the city.  Many of the locations come with an associated NPC.  Additional information on the sewer and water system is provided (both of which are subjects that are often overlooked).

Six adventure ideas, each at least two paragraphs long, conclude the product.

It is an interesting setting, the empire is portrayed as fairly modern and progressive -at least in comparison to what proceeded it- while still having its dark sides and problems.  But it can easily serve as a basis or inspiration for a city (or cities) in a campaign.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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