This book - with the powerhouse team of Arman, Gregersen, Joyce, and McAlpin at the helm - immediatly opens with Justice's Houston encounter that sets the tone of Baldur's Gate: City Encounters: This. Is. Real. I hate cities - always have and always will - and in recently running Descent into Avernus, I have come to haaaate Baldur's Gate. If I was born there, I would emigrate as soon as financially possible. This supplement adds a lot of material in just 27 pages, but I think my favorite thing about this book is the Tension Meter (which I am 100% swapping for future city encounters).
The meter has five points, with Pandemonioum on the far left, Status Quo in the middle, and Martial Law on the far right. Between Pandemonium and Status Quo is Unstable, while between Status Quo and Martial Law is Order. This is immensely clever and is really my favorite feature that is in this piece, as it is universally applicable. Otherwise, the twenty neighborhood encounters are well managed and well laid out, and the book's simple formatting makes it easy to follow and use. Overall, a great piece that I am glad I got a chance to review.
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