Review: Raging Swan Press – Bossin (Village Backdrop)


Village Backdrop: Bossin
Bossin is a fantasy supplement from the Village Backdrop line of supplements for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game written by John Bennett and published by Raging Swan Press.
By Venus De Coy

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Nestled in a deep dell behind the cliffs guarding the Lonely Coast, Bossin is a troubled village. The rich bounty of the nearby mines and the excellent farmland should provide the villagers with a comfortable life, even though the lower part of the village periodically floods, but instead the populace now labor under the tyranny of Jacca Lander and his hired thugs. Extortion, disappearances and “accidents” are a daily feature of life in Bossin and the villagers are desperate for salvation, but they dare not speak of their woes for fear of ending up in the Pit.


Village Backdrop: Bossin is a 13 page supplement by Raging Swan Press. In the 13 pages you have a small detail of the town, history, demographics, notable locations and a black and white map of the town.


Bossin is a village that can easily be dropped into any campaign, anywhere, which is something that I love the most about Raging Swan Press Products. Although I still wish this product was in color, this is where sometimes, colored pencils are your friend.


Publication Quality: 10 out of 10
The layout is done in the traditional style of Raging Swan Press which is minimalist black and white. While it doesn’t take away from the quality of the publication, I WISHED they would do something in color. Again, they are passing the savings to their customers by not doing color, but  it would be nice to see some color! The bookmarks are done in a clean style, and the transfer to mobile devices is made awesome by the company’s policy to give you both the high resolution and low resolution for whatever your needs are.

Mechanics: 10 out of 10
Mechanically it is sound, I don’t find many issues with Raging Swan Press goodies, and this is no exception.

Value Add: 9 out of 10
While this is an amazing supplement, I still hate that it’s not in color! When you do cities, locations, and other things, art becomes incredibly important in making the world that much more realistic. But as is, I am still content. What I wouldn’t give to see some color though.

Overall: 10 out of 10
Overall, this product is a sound product. It’s light, affordable, and quite really nice. Bossin, can fit into any campaign, adventure or small skirmish and it gives the players and the GM, the maneuverability to play with the city as much as they like.

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