From publisher blurb:
Backgrounds grant you the ability to customize your character even further by suggesting ideas for your character’s history. Likewise, the DM can use backgrounds to make NPCs more memorable with personality traits & their own odd, little habits.
Although the 10 backgrounds we present here are specially tailored for Gnomes, backgrounds are virtually rules agnostic. Feel free to use them with any game, any race, any character!
We present 10 new backgrounds tailored for Gnomes & their kin.
What tricks can you pull off with your skills in prestidigitation?
What concoctions will you discover next? Will you ever uncover the Philosopher's Stone?
What fantastic new devices can you create?