Free Role Playing Game Supplement Review: FT – The Thane’s Retreat

FT – The Thane’s Retreat is a free role playing game supplement from Adventures in Filbar. The supplement is number 28 in the FT series. Although the FT series of supplements primarily cover urban locations, this one instead covers a small castle, which is the base of the adventure FS8 – Ransom of the Thane’s Daughter.

FT - The Thane's RetreatThis is a thirteen page PDF which lacks bookmarks. The first page is the now-standard gray colour denoting a free supplement, with a stock photo of a small, castle-like building. One page has two black and white maps of the main and upper floors of the building and two pages have four photographs, one of the exterior (a different view of the same building as on the front cover) and three of the interior.

One page gives an overview of the castle, a fairy-tale building that has been recently completed by the Thane, based on a design drawn by his deceased wife, the Thane himself and some details on his history and that of the land. The remainder of the supplement describes the various different areas of the castle.

The supplement maintains a one column layout, and a few errors were noted in he text. The images, except for a simple pennant belonging to the Thane and the maps, are all stock of some description, but they do do the intended job.

Although it is stated that the castle belongs to the Thane of Orack, it isn’t made clear, in this supplement, where the actual land is, making the castle essentially setting-neutral. It can be dropped into most settings without any problems; it doesn’t even need to belong to a ruler. Similarly, although these supplements are usually aimed at AD&D, AD&D 2nd Edition or D&D 5E, there are no game stats so it is also system-agnostic.

The castle is detailed to a decent level, and with a few changes could suite a wide variety of different uses, not just the one it is intended for. FT – The Thane’s Retreat describes a useful perhaps picturesque, small castle that is easily adaptable, and it’s free, so click here to get it.


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