Kos City (Swords of Kos Fantasy Campaign Setting) is a well done generic city setting for any fantasy rpg setting.
Kos City is set in a fantasy world much like our own, with a history much like our world from 2000 years ago.
This book is in the line of Skirmisher Press Kos setting. Many more books are coming out and are already out for this setting, but this book can pretty much be put in any high fantasy setting, regardless of gaming system used.
Set around a eastern Mediterranean center, this book centers on a city with a large number of business, public centers, and guilds that make up a city with a large number of humans, goblins and other fantasy races.
Kos City is a generic setting. No specific system is used for npcs or other rules, but each npc is given enough of a write up that any GM could be able to write one up in moments.
Each place , and there are about 70, has a detailed description, an npc or two and an adventure hook for GM to use for a game, or at least a side adventure.
There is a lot to like here. The setting itself is one thats not been done do death the last 30 years. If a GM is wanting to get characters out of the standard forests or icy mountains of the majority of most fantasy settings, moving the action south to the warm climate of the Mediterranean is a move in the right direction.
Kos City is well laid out, and the Map included is top notch. Even if the GM does not use the info in the book, the map is a keeper to use for your own city.
The look of the book is quite nice. The artwork is a collection of orginial art done for the book, as well as old paintings, wood cuts and photos from various museums. This gives the reader a perfect feel for the Kos City setting, as how the average npc would look and dress and in general what the city and shops look like.
The font and page lay out is well done for E-readers and computer reading as well. ON my Ipad2, the book was easy to read without having to zoom the page at all.
On my 7inch screen android tablet, reading was easy, but I did have to scroll around a bit on the page. Thats more of a issue of the screen size, and not of the PDF design of the book.
I found Kos city hard to read on my android phone, but again, thats an issue of the phone, not the book, but I just wanted to make sure that readers knew that.
Printing was easy and reasonably ink friendly. A few pages are art heavy, but those are few in this book. I used a Samsung 2510 laser printer for great effect. Ink Jet users might want to use a printing service as that could get expensive per page.
I really dont have any major issues with Kos City. A few GMs might bemoan the lack of written up npcs, but honestly, the write ups are well done enough that regardless of system, a GM is given enough info to make write ups easy.
I see Kos city working in nearly any system. Savage World and Hero players as well as the Pathfinder and D&D player will find a lot to work with here..
I might have been a bit happier if each chapter could have been printed off separately, for those of us that like to pick and choose, but thats the only real quibble I can find here..
For the record, I did get a complimantry copy of this book from the author and I have met Mr Vorhola at Gencon and we have chatted on some podcasts.
I am a fan of the company and have bought many of the City building books Skirmisher has published.
Im giving this book a 5 star rating.
Bang for buck, its one of the best buys on Drive Thru right now...get a copy, and read it….