Posts Tagged as "Mid Level"

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Review: Hunted!

Posted by Benoit de Bernardy on Saturday, September 16, 2017

“Hunted!” is a Dungeons and Dragons adventure for characters of levels 5 to 7 written by critically acclaimed author Tony Petrecca. It’s a three to five hour module in which the PCs try to discover who or what is raiding the winter stores of the friendly thorp of Northwood's Rest. The villagers will be quick to blame the Hunting Claw orcs to the North, but the culprits are much more sinister.

“Hunted!” is the type of adventure I enjoy the most. It’s a series of encounters and places in which the story behind the livestock attacks gradually unfolds, while at the same time, offering an interesting mix of combat, exploration, and social interactions. Players who enjoy story-focused adventures will absolute love this one.

Besides the great backstory, the module is also a delight to read. Tony has a unique style that combines captivating descriptions, a proper choice of words without sounding pompous, and a bit of humor to lighten the mood. The adventure also has clean and functional layouts, color maps by Elven Tower, and awesome new monsters!

My only problem with the module is that sometimes, Tony is a bit too brief in his explanations. Most DMs will be able to improvise in these situations, but I prefer having all the information in a published adventure and decide which parts to use, than not having the information at all. I find that building on top of someone else’s ideas yields better results than filling the gaps. Ultimately, this is just a design choice that Tony made, not a flaw, and I’m sure many DMs out there prefer more compact adventures.

Review: Reign of the Ice King

Posted by Benoit de Bernardy on Friday, February 17, 2017

Reign of the Ice King is a short Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition module for characters of around level 10. It’s a classic dungeon crawl in which the PCs help the people of Termalaine get rid of a self-proclaimed frost giant king and his minions. The adventure normally takes place in the Forgotten Realms but you can easily adapt it to just about any town during the winter.

Reign of the Ice King is as old school as it gets, and reading it made me oddly nostalgic. The plot is spot on what you would expect from an adventure in the Forgotten Realms—kill the frost giant who is extorting money from the villagers—and the eBook really reminded me of the modules TSR used to publish back in the 90s (especially the cover by Eugene Jaworski). While the dungeon delve is mostly Diablo-like hack’n slash, Reign of the Ice King still features an interesting combat on a bridge against a white dragon, and an opportunity to use ruse and trickery to make the rest of the dungeon crawl easier. Because the plot is so basic, the module is very easy to prepare, making it ideal for any DM who only has an hour left before his game session!

Review: The Fasting Worm at the Spider Feast

Posted by Benoit de Bernardy on Sunday, December 18, 2016

“The Fasting Worm at the Spider Feast” is a Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition module for a party of 3-5 players around level 8. The adventure is a one-shot dungeon dive into a demon lord’s snake-like carcass that will delight any player who enjoys discovering the world and its lore.

The module features some interesting NPCs, a few cleverly thought-out encounters, a morally challenging dilemma, and a perfect introduction to the Underdark and to drow society. What makes this adventure truly exceptional, though, is the backstory, and in particular, Remley Farr’s original take on the origins of the purple worm.

The strength of the module, however, is also its weakness. The adventure sometimes feels like a short novel about the demon lord Shomarrah and her confrontation with Lolth, and it will probably leave the more action-orientated players wanting more.

The art is very good and enhances the immersion of the reader, the editing is impeccable, and the layout is basic but clean and easy to navigate. Overall, this is a solid adventure that is well worth the download (it’s free), even if you only intend to shameless steal the backstory.