On the Village Calm
Hommlet. Saltmarsh. Small cities and towns.
How to make them useful?
Now we have plenty of semi-useful large cities. Vornhiem, Lankhmar, City-state, and more.
But what can we do to make our smaller settlements both interesting and playable. What information or stat-block can we give a village that makes it instantly useable?
Pathfinder has a settlement stat block. Notice the complete lack of shock and surprise on my face.
Is this stat-block useful?
Some people who run cities, said they wanted: Name; overall feel; map; names of major NPC's; tavern or a few shops/key locations/interesting features; shadiest guy in town; who the guy they will run afoul of is; a plot point/adventure seed or two; a descriptive phrase; and resources and obstacles (nee features);
Some people who play in cities, said they wanted to know: Shops; How easy is it to get in and out of town; What is the reaction to our arrival; who lives here; what language do they speak; what religion are they; Is it a village of ghosts where they hate thri-kreen and do they eat ghost candy.
I don't know if that last one is relevant but Scrap Princess is more awesome than you.
Name : Descriptive Phrase
Type : "Community Motto"
Government if non-standard (not mayor/council)
Population (Breakdown by race)
Locations / Interesting Features
Some examples of names
* Name, six categories that affect skills, alignment, government type, "danger level", population, base value/purchase limit, spell-casting, magic items available, qualities, and disadvantages. Basically the most mechanical towns possible.