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The Absent-Minded Alchemist (DnD 4e)

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The Absent-Minded Alchemist (DnD 4e)
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The Absent-Minded Alchemist (DnD 4e)
Publisher: Darklight Interactive
by Jeff Z. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/03/2012 13:04:19
The flavor of this side-trek is phenominal. It sets up the party to have a long-lasting relationship that could be quite useful with an NPC that can fit in any campaign setting. While the NPC is not well fleshed out, it doesn't need to be, any DM can handle that task to make the NPC anything they want.

The encounters offer dynamic challenges, not just static combat, they use environmental features well and provide noncombat challenges as well as combat-only solutions.

The monsters are quite good, they follow a reasonable theme and are well suited for level. The only deficiency is that the one elite monster only deals standard damage. It has a few more tricks than a standard, but given that an elite represents two standard monsters, it should have the ability to do damage like two standard monsters beyond the first round. This is easily fixed by any DM.

All in all, this is a very entertaining side-trek that can be used as-is or adapted to anyone's setting with little effort.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Absent-Minded Alchemist (DnD 4e)
Publisher: Darklight Interactive
by Scott R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/14/2012 21:36:17
Full disclosure: I'm The Angry DM, the one being blamed for inspiring this. But it was a throwaway remark on Twitter. Darklight Interactive took one random remark about rats drinking potions and turned it into an exciting and engaging delve with interesting, unique monsters and terrain features. This little side-trek is a great distraction to drop into a city (maybe to liven up a shopping trip between adventures, or perhaps the party comes seeking an alchemist's help as part of a larger quest, or perhaps this is even the way a party of neophyte adventurers come together). The layout, formatting, and maps are high quality and show the typical pride that Darklight Interactive puts into all of their products.

At $0.99, this is well worth the purchase. Seriously, DMs, drop it in your little folder of stuff to pull out when you don't know what to do next or when you have an hour or two to waste playing D&D, or keep it for that night when some of the players are running late and you don't want to let the party make too much headway in the main quest without them. It is also a great trek to rip apart and pillage for strange monsters with a magical twist (need something for Eberron) and gloppy, goopy toxic terrain effects that would be perfect for some crazy Artificer's ruined lair. I shouldn't have to tell you how valuable a side quest like this is.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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