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Haedra's Shard, Part 1 $3.95
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Haedra's Shard, Part 1
Publisher: EDGE Studio
by Jon-Philip I. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/12/2020 08:54:01

After purchasing this adventure just a few days ago, I was able to get it up and running with very little extra preparation required. The writing is pretty solid throughout and really shines in a few places. Moreover, the adventure itself is interesting and fun. My group particularly enjoyed the custom adversaries the author created. They have some creative abilities and weaknesses and they provided an adequate challenge to our group of new player characters. Overall, I strongly recommend this module for anyone who needs a quick go-to for their Terrinoth campaign. I'm looking forward to the promised sequels and hope they come around soon!

A few minor points of critique: (1) Overall, the adventure leaned toward the easy side. While the combat encounters were challenging, the adventure gives players more than enough information to draw fairly obvious conclusions about what's going on and where they should be going. As a long-time GM who has put together many of my own adventures, I definitiely understand the anxiety of wanting make sure players have enough information to make sense of everything happening. In this case, some more subtle clues might have added an enjoyable layer of mystery. (2) There were some minor inconsistencies in the way that information was organized throughout the module which lead to a little bit of confusion the first time I read through it. Sometimes encounters were alluded to that hadn't occurred yet and so forth. Really, no big deal, just something to think about. (3) As far as pdf functionalty goes, it would have been nice to be able to hide the background layer for easier printing. Other than these few minor points, I found this to be an excellent product and well worth the very reasonable price.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Great feedback! Look for more subtle ways to throw out clues in future releases. Will look into making the PDF background able to hide and better ways to organize information.
Haedra's Shard, Part 1
Publisher: EDGE Studio
by David M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/22/2019 18:40:35

I just finished running this adventure at MyCon in Logan, UT. The players had fun with the adventure. They stayed engaged with the story and thought the hooks were good. We took about two hours to complete the adventure. Part of the reason for that run time is that people playing at conventions tend to get down to business because they have an awareness of the limited time. The other reason is the power level of the pregenerated characters (pregens) we used.

We used the pregens from the Fantasy Flight website. They have about 200 XP each. We had three players with one character each, and the fights were a bit too easy. With starter characters, the encounters would be a good challenge and are well balanced. A GM with a bit more experience in improvising combats in Genesys would be able to adjust.

Overall all the players (who also DM our D&D games and had various exposure to Genesys before this) had a great time and are looking forward to the chance to play the next part. A couple of the players asked to play the adventure again at game day back at our friendly local game store. The small gripes I mention below are not enough to remove a star.

People aren’t usually eager to jump back into the same adventure soon, and I would call it a win.

Presentation The editing and layout are good. I ended up having to print in monotone after my daughter hid the first print out. The Terrinoth style is not great for monotone printing. The file would benefit from using the background as a layer in the PDF to allow people to turn it off; the file also does not have bookmarks, which will make it a bit more difficult for GMs using it digitally.

Story The story was fun and engaging for the players. I also had a good time reading this as the game master, which made preparing it easy. There were plenty of opportunities for combat and social encounters. Exploration options had less emphasis, but are still present. I would prepare encounters or increase travel times and have the characters suffer strain for failing some of the Survival checks, to allow the game to move forward, but present consequences for the failed skill check.

UPDATE The author has updated the file to include bookmarks.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Thank you for the review. Good feedback.
Added some bookmarks for digital GM users.
Haedra's Shard, Part 1
Publisher: EDGE Studio
by Theo F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/09/2019 23:21:28

This is a solid adventure, with a lot packed into a small space. i really liked how the village of Strangehaven was fleshed out and made to feel like a living, breathing place. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy adventures!



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
Wow. Thank you so much for the great review.
Haedra's Shard, Part 1
Publisher: EDGE Studio
by Chris M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/01/2019 22:51:24

Set in the city of Strangehaven, the PCs are new to town, and discover that the citizens are basically going crazy. They have to get to the bottom of it, before they too succumb.

What I really liked about this module (aside from the price which you can't beat), is that the NPCs really felt like they "fit" Strangehaven (a crazy Gnome, a surly Dwarf slumlord, etc.), and the idea behind it (a city of folks who are basically outlaws or refugees of one sort or another, hiding from their past). Most NPCs are given descriptions and mannerisms that should really help a GM in bringing these folks to life.

The crunch-lovers will love that there are lots of Genesys stats, both for NPCs and flora and fauna.

Don't let the "part 1 of 3" scare you. It definitely has a conclusion, and could easily be a stand-alone adventure. Fans of the Terrinoth setting will definitely love it, and enjoy fleshing out the city with more lore.

Personally, I'm very pleased with it, and looking forward to parts 2 and 3, and to any other Terrinoth modules! (hint...hint)....



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Creator Reply:
That is so great to hear! Thank you for the very thoughtful and concise review. I look forward to hearing tales from your adventures.
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