In fair disclosure I received a copy of this adventure in PDF form for a fair review.
Valley of the Gilded Tower is the follow up adventure to Masque of the Worms, which resides in the Edgar Allan Poe series of adventures. This means that each adventure has coloring and themes described in these stories and poems and they are clearly presented in the first pages of the adventure and carry through the adventure.
This adventure clocks in at 16 pages including cover and OGL statement at the end.
Layout is well done double column with full color art that fits the theme and tone of the adventure well.
Playable in what looks to be 2-4 hours
each NPC has a block when introduced in a scene, with their Appearance, Wants, and a Secret - leaving room for trhe DM to expand on these
Each encounter has a page dedicated to it and gives enough that you can shape the adventure to your tables need and your style.
A new unique monster to challenge your players.
The addition of Dramatic Question in each encounter and aftermath of the adventure. Makes for easy running and finishing the adventure.
Looking for a con I would go with the background for printing. If you wanted to print a copy of this to take with you to the table, it would be difficult. It would be nice if a printer friendly version was included.
comments: This adventure module is bordering on what I consider the OSR, not all situations can be resolved with combat and should be discouraged. Smart play is what will get you the most rewards.
The rewards from the adventure are not just monetary and would make for a springboard into future adventures.
The inclusion of what happens should you succeed or fail makes this a living adventure and will encourage future play.
I look forward to future products and adventures from the Arcane Library and encourage anyone who wants something different to take a look.