Friday, March 11, 2011

Adventure Review Archive

I'll be putting up a lot of adventure reviews over time.  To help keep everything straight and do some calibration, I'm also going to keep a summary and list here, and how I ranked them.

Plus, I want a place to circle back and re-score things over time - for instance, my opinions and rankings on some of the modules might change after a playtest.

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The Spire of Iron and Crystal  5 stars
Challenging trek through a weird wizard's tower with sci-fi themes.
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Tower of the Star Gazer:  5 stars
Playtested
Awesome introductory adventure, fresh take on the cliched wizard tower.
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Blood Moon Rising: 4 stars
Playtested
Solid mix of time-based events, sandbox, random encounters, dungeons, and a tournament.
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The Grinding Gear:  4 stars
Playtested
Fresh take on the classic trap-filled dungeon built by a mad manipulator.
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Lesserton and Mor  4 Stars
Richly detailed adventurer's town and sprawling ruined city nearby
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The Nameless City:  3.5 stars
Evocative and inspirational approach to a classic pulp fantasy lost city.
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The Hidden Serpent:  3 stars
Re-envisioning of the old B1 as an active fortress.
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Rating Guide - The Beedometer:


5  Defining
This module turns a genre on its head, breaks creative new ground, and otherwise stands above the crowd.

4  Exemplary
Breaks creative new ground or demonstrates a level of effort far beyond what I'd do for the home game.

3  Good Effort
Worth buying!  Either a polished home brew or the start of something creative and new (but flawed).

2  Home Brew
This adventure is something I'd expect a creative DM could home brew on their own; you're not missing anything.

1  I Want My Money Back
I try to be risk averse not to buy modules that could be in this category, but I suppose it could happen.