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Adventure Module BL1-2: The Ruined Hamlet/Terror in the Gloaming
by Mark G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/12/2014 07:40:56
This is an extensively detailed low-level module which reminds me a bit of The Village of Hommlet. Its length is probably because it's actually two modules combined. It's very playable and has the potential for providing hours of fun for those wanting a good all-around wilderness/dungeon adventure for a beginning party for fantasy rpgs, particularly d20 or AD&D (probably up to 2nd edition). Don't let it's design for the World of Stronghold put you off. If I have one wish for this adventure, something to make it memorable, would be for it to have had more specific information; names, personalities, unusual or new monsters, items and spells. As it is, everything is fairly generic, although a competent DM should have no problems giving it a bit more specialness. Also a shame that customers don't get the cover in this free download.

It's a pity that Barratarria never published a couple of promoted upcoming products; in this one there is a BL3 Mountain Redoubt of the Hobgoblin Legion but I've heard of another someone else mentioned.

Given that this is free, it's well-worth the download.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Adventure Module BL1-2: The Ruined Hamlet/Terror in the Gloaming
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Adventure Module BL1-2: The Ruined Hamlet/Terror in the Gloaming
by Joshua R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/07/2014 08:47:37
Personally, I found this fairly clunky to read through and get a handle on. There's a lot of stuff semi-detailed which might be ideal if you want to take raw materiel and mould it to your own ideas, but many of the elements of the area seem without clear concept or purpose.

There's definitely enough going on, built in, however, to make the adventures work without a lot of creativity from the game master.

What I really did not like was the organization. The numbering scheme led to a lot of duplicated numbers and repeats which made referencing maps and items unnecessarily clunky. In print this might be mitigated, but in a PDF it really hurts, at least for me.

This is all WITHOUT playing it. I might find a hidden brilliance when doing so, but it didn't really turn my crank in terms of the mini-adventures or setting either, so I probably won't get around to giving it that fair shake.

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Adventure Module BL1-2: The Ruined Hamlet/Terror in the Gloaming
by Mark S. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/29/2014 22:58:21
A free adventure, and pretty good stuff.

I wish I got the cover art with the PDF download, but it was not included for some reason.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Companion Expansion
by Tim H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/15/2013 16:11:17
An excellent publication - clear layout in the style and order of the Basic / Expert books, even the font matches. The inclusion of new classes, races, kit and magic expands the game in a way that I wish had existed back in the early 80s when I started playing Basic. (I still DM it now actually!). WIth the inclusion of Bards, Illusionists, half-ogre, half elves, gnomes, NEW thief skills, new spells, monsters and magic items etc, I feel this is better value (and more focused) than the Rules Cyclopedia.
The demi-humans are still limited in level advancement and there is still a focus on clan / stronghold creation at name level - which, unless you want to rpg day-to-day running a castle / clan then your charcter effectively retires. How can a character advance / gain XP whilst is sorting out taxing the peasants?!
Overall a fantastic publication.

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Adventure Module BL1-2: The Ruined Hamlet/Terror in the Gloaming
by Jeffrey V. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/24/2012 11:49:20
This is actually a very nice little opening adventure area for groups of low rated Characters (really levels 1-3 for D&D). I picked it up for use with "The Fantasy Trip," and I think it will do very nicely for introducing some new characters (especially if the Players have never done "Fantasy Role Playing" before) to the concepts and ideas without overwhelming them. It lays out the basic ruined village and the surrounding areas for the players to adventure in, gives them a relatively tough monster to tackle at some point, and there are plenty of things for them to do which can earn them rewards. All in all, its a pretty classic introductory set-up, though it does lack a "home base" area a la "Village of Hommlet" for the players to work from. Still, this could easily be combined with "Village" or the "Caves" setting from classic D&D to provide a relatively complex area for the beginning characters to work through and having enough stuff in it so that the players won't be railroaded into any particular set of adventures -- always a plus when first working with a new group. In fact, there would be so much stuff in such an area that they might not even get to it all! Anyway, I enjoyed reading this one and can see how it would be easy to work into as a start for a much bigger campaign. I haven't tried it out on my players yet, but give me time; I think they'll love it. Production quality is pretty good (basically on a par with the classic AD&D Modules from yesteryear) and easy to read. RPGNow's production values are high as usual. The module includes some handouts and mostly blank map sheets for the players (par for the course with these modules), and is friendly to the GM. Overall, a good solid effort, only slightly marred by the lack of a working village or hamlet as a base area. I give it a "four."

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Companion Expansion
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 01/19/2012 13:38:25
A hundred-plus pages of old school fantasy goodness! Perfect for players who only have access to basic/expert level play in old D&D sets or "retro-clone" product-equivalents.

Billiam B
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