A List of City Locations/Shops/Occupations for BoE

by Brett Bixler, with thanks to:

Aceron <Aceron@MailAndNews.com>, Kalorlo <kalorlo@email.com>, Timothy Burke <burneill@worldnet.att.net>, Jeff Binder <jeffb2000@earthlink.net>, Cph2686@aol.com, RoninSFH99@aol.com, Jamie Clark <clarkj@oit.edu>, David Holford <dfholford@brownswell.demon.co.uk>, Camilla Kantola <camilla.kantola@dlc.fi>, Juliet Rowley <juerow@dial.pipex.com>, PDDP88, Kattana'ver Reaper<kattana_@hotmail.com>


Purpose

After seeing many town designs in BoE, it struck me that - in terms of shops - few designers were pushing the limits on what could be in a town or city. So, I cobbled together this list, with the help of others, over a two-week period. I feel the list is very robust, but probably not complete. If you have a suggestion, let me know. The list is divided into two sections - a section directly related to adventuring, and a section containing shops/businesses one might see in any town.


Shops Directly Related to Adventuring

Alchemy/Herbalist Shop (for ingredients, potions, recipes)

Archery Shop

Armor

Augmenters (of weapons)

Boat Maker/Boatwright

Cartographer

Castle

Cemetery

Churches (for Priest Spells) & Healers

False Shops (sell fake goods - like love charms, etc.)

Food for Travelers Store

Fortune Teller

Healer

Horses

Inns (Sell drinks, food, lodging, information)

Junkyard (buys items from players, also may have good stuff)

Library (Sell Books? Access to knowledge)

Light Sources

Livestock

Locksmith (sells exotic keys that just might work on that dungeon door)

Luck Charms

Magic Teacher (Mage Spells)

Mayor's Office

Militia (Empire Related)

Monastery (men or women, source of wine, herbs)

Necklaces

Nephilim Shop (Nephil items at reasonable prices)

Personal Storage (You pay to store items there)

Poison Shop (Stick em in a dark alley)

Prophet (more accurate than a Fortune Teller)

Rumour Monger (both true and false rumors)

Sages (Identify Items)

Random Items SHop

Rings

Scroll Shop

Sewers

Skill Enhancers (should be expensive)

Slithzerikai Shop (Slith items at reasonable prices)

Special Metals (like adamantine, mithril, etc.)

Spheres (Magic Spheres with various effects, Anti-magic sphere, etc.)

Stable (house horses, provide feed, etc.)

Tanner/Leather Maker (source of leather goods)

Taverns (Sell drinks, food)

Teleportation Services

Tool Shop (For thieving supplies)

Trainers

Vahnatai store (Vahnatai items at more reasonable prices)

Wands

Weapons Shop (could be many of these, different qualities, prices, etc.)


Shops NOT Directly Related to Adventuring

Animal Husbandry (for breeding creatures, mundane to exotic)

Antiques

Apartments

Apothecary (chemist, druggist, or pharmacist)

Architect

Arena (watch others fight, or party fights monsters)

Astrologer

Baker

Barber

Barrister (one who pleads the case of another before a noble's court)

Beauty Shops

Bellfounder (caster of bells)

Blacksmiths

Bookbinder

Brewer (A maker of ales, bitters, stouts, and beer.)

Bricklayer

Builders

Butcher

Carpenter

Caterer

Carrier (One who hauls messages or small goods.)

Carter (A teamster, a hauler of goods.)

Cartwright (A builder of wagons and carts.)

Carver (A sculptor in wood.)

Chandler (A maker of candles.)

Chapman (A traveling peddler who normally frequents small villages.)

Charities

Churl (A freedom farmer of some wealth.)

Clerk (A scribe who generally handles business accounts.)

Clockmaker

Clothing (could have many specialties of this)

Cobbler (A mender of old shoes.)

Collier (A burner of charcoal for smelting.)

Coppersmith (A copper worker.)

Cook

Cooper (A barrelmaker.)

Cordwainer (A shoemaker.)

Courts

Cutler (A maker of knives and silverware.)

Dragoman (An official interpreter or guide.)

Draper (A cloth merchant.)

Dyer (One who dyes clothing.)

Embroiderer (A needleworker who decorates fabric with intricate designs of thread.)

Enameler (A jeweler specializing in enamel work.)

Engraver (A jeweler specializing in decorative engraving.)

Escort Services

Farrier (A maker of horseshoes.)

Fisherman

Fishmonger (A fish dealer.)

Forester (An official responsible for the lord's woodlands.)

Food (many specialties, like chocolate)

Funeral Homes

Gardener

Gilder (A craftsman of gilt gold and silver.)

Girdler (A maker of belts and girdles.)

Glassblower (A maker of items made of glass.)

Glazier (One who cuts and sets glass.)

Glover (A maker of gloves.)

Goldbeater (A maker of gold foil.)

Goldsmith (A jeweler who works with gold.)

Grocer (A wholesaler, particularly of everyday items.)

Groom (A man who tends horses.)

Guilds

Haberdasher (A merchant of small notions, thread, and needles.)

Harpmaker

Hatter (One who makes hats.)

Herald (A courtier skilled in etiquette and heraldry.)

Herbalist (A practitioner of herbal cures.)

Hewer (One who digs coal or other minerals.)

Horner (A worker of horn.)

Hosier (A maker of hose and garters.)

Hosteler (An innkeeper.)

Home Furnishers (furniture, etc.)

Home Services (Exterminator, etc.)

Interpreter (A translator.)

Industries (Some are cross-listed here.)

Inventor

Ironmonger (A dealer, not maker, of ironwork.)

Jail

Jewelers

Knife-grinder (A sharpener of knives.)

Laborer

Latoner (A brass-worker.)

Laundry/Laundromat

Lawyers

Leech (A nonclerical doctor.)

Limeburner (A maker of lime for mortar.)

Limner (A painter.)

Linkboy (A lantern- or torch-bearer.)

Lutemaker

Marbler (A cutter and carver of marble.)

Market (For fresh produce & livestock, maybe seasonal, and/or certain days of the week)

Mason (A worker in building stone, brick, and plaster.)

Mercer (A cloth dealer.)

Messenger/ Messenger Service

Miller (One who operates a grain mill.)

Miner

Minstrel

Money Lenders (Banks, underworld, etc.)

Movers (For moving large amounts of goods, like an entire house's worth)

Musician

Museum

Navigator (One skilled in the arts of direction-finding and navigation.)

Organmaker

Orphanage

Painter

Parchment-maker

Park

Paviour (A mason specialized in paving streets.)

Pawn Shop

Pet Shop

Pewterer (One who works pewter.)

Plasterer (A specialist in plastering.)

Ploughman (A worker of the field.)

Police/Guards

Porter (A hauler of goods.)

Potter (A maker of metal or, alternatively, clay pots.)

Poulterer (A dealer of chickens or other forms of poultry.)

Pursemaker

Quarrier (One who digs and cuts stone.)

Transportation (For moving people quickly from place to place.)

Saddler (A maker of saddles.)

Sage (A scholar.)

Sailor

Saucemaker (A cook who specializes in preparing sauces.)

Scribe (A secretary or one who can write.)

Scrivener (A copyist.)

Seamstress (One whose occupation is sewing.)

Shearman (A man who trims the loose wool from the cloth to finish it.)

Sheather (A maker of scabbards and knife sheaths.)

Shepherd

Shipwright (A builder of ships and boats.)

Shoes

Skinner (A butcher who prepares hides for tanning.)

Soapmaker

Spurrier (A maker of spurs

Spy

Street Merchants (Small items that can be moved about, like bread, knives, etc.)

Swineherd (A keeper of pigs.)Security Agency/Private Investigator/Spy (former thieves?)

Tailor

Tanner (A leather-maker.)

Tax Collectors (For King, City, etc.)

Teamster (A hauler of goods by wagon or cart.)

Theater

Tilemaker

Tinker (A traveling craftsman who repairs tin pots and similar items.)

Tinner (A tin miner.)

Toy Shop

Trapper

Travel Agency (For vacations)

Trinkets (Things for the rich to decorate with, for example)

Vintner (A maker of wines.)

Waller (A mason who sets stones and brick for walls.)

Waterleader (A water hauler.)

Weaver (One who makes fabric.)

Wheelwright (One who makes and repairs wheels.)

Wiredrawer (A maker of wire.)

Woodturner (A lathe-worker.)

Warehouses

Universities/Schools

Zoo


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