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HighFell: The Drifting Dungeon
Publisher: Greg Gillespie
by TIM D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/18/2019 13:06:30

I've run two sessions of Highfell since getting my backer PDF last week. My players are loving it. I was able to jump right in after giving the adventure background and gazeteer a quick scan through. The adventure challenges players from the start. I find the wizard towers to be an interesting sandbox for players to explore.

The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is the requirement to have BARROWMAZE/FCOA if you want to use some of the monsters referenced in the adventure. Not a deal-breaker, but it would be nice to have in-line creature stats for those monsters.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Delta Green: Control Group
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
by TIMOTHY D. D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/10/2019 11:08:01

BLACKSAT was my introduction to Delta Green back in 2013 at NecronomiCON Providence. DG immediately became one of my favorite RPGs. It's worth buying this pdf for that scenario alone, and you get 3 more fantastic scenarios to go along with it.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The Sea Demon's Gold (5e)
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
by TIMOTHY D. D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/10/2019 08:58:22

This adventure fills two much needed voids in the current 5e universe: a short adventure module instead of a long campaign book, and quality sword and sorcery rather than vanilla fantasy.

I can't wait for the other adventures!



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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DDAL08-02 Beneath the City of the Dead
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by TIMOTHY D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/09/2018 23:01:25

Short little dungeon crawl with some interesting side missions, roleplaying opportunity, and some party-ending combat if you're not careful.

Why two stars? This module literally has no ending. There is a hint to a "mutually beneficial arrangement" with a rather menacing character, but there's not a lot of detail as to what that arrangement would be. I guess that's in part 3. The magic item reward is nowhere in the story. There are quite a few typos, incorrect treasure cards, and an extra page that has the APL listed as balanced for an APL of 1 when it is in fact balanced for a 3. That would have been bad had I not caught it. The game went longer than expected because there's a lot of combat, and many of the monsters are far outside the capabilty of a tier 1 party MURDERHOBOS BEWARE



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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DDAL08-01 The Map with No Names
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by TIMOTHY D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/04/2018 11:05:27

I like the idea of a more sandbox AL module, but this one doesn't work upon execution. On the surface, it seems like the players can go wherever they want and gather clues in any order, but they will never meet the objectives unless they actually follow the map. There's even a Deus Ex Machina scenario if the players happen to lose the map.

The plot is also non-sensical: Bregan D'aerthe wants the PCs to fight the Baron of Blood, so they sprinkle clues everywhere as to where he can be found, instead of just giving them the map directly to his location. How did Bregan D'aerthe get those clues into the locations? Seems like a lot of risk for a convoluted plan. The second clue location can be a boring time sink unless helped a good deal by the DM.

My players didn't hate it, but they didn't love it, either. This adventure is better run in a quiet place and requires more than usual DM prep time for an AL module.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea (Compleat Second Edition)
Publisher: North Wind Adventures
by TIMOTHY D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/23/2018 22:13:07

I adore this game. It does something that other retroclones don't, which is to refer back to some of the fiction which inspired D&D instead of just referencing some earlier edition. If you long for an old school game, but want better editing, tighter rules, and an evocative sword and sorcery setting, AS&SH is for you.



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Dungeon World
Publisher: Sage Kobold Productions
by Timothy D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/29/2013 06:52:56

Dungeon World saved gaming for me. As I get older, taking time to prepare games and be a dad don't really mix. DW offers a great way to weave a story with minimal effort. I've now purchased Apocalypse World as well, all thanks to the intro DW provided.



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