Quirin Encounter #2: Brianna is a short adventure/supplement from GMC. The zipped file is slightly over four and a half megabytes, and contains two PDF files, one of the adventure, and a printer-friendly version thereof. The full version of the PDF is twenty-one pages long, with a page each for the front and back covers, a page for the table of contents/credits/legal, and a page for the OGL. The table of contents is fully hyperlinked, and the PDF has full bookmarks.
The book contains very little in the way of artwork. The covers are done in full color, and the table of contents has the same cream-colored background, but the rest of the pages are white. Barring the reuse of the cover image a few times throughout the book, the only other artwork here are the maps of Brianna's mansion. These are presented initially in color, but player handout versions are given at the end of the book in greyscale.
The synopsis of the adventure is fairly simple. While staying at an inn, Brianna, a vampire, attacks a guest there. The PCs must defeat her, which likely entails following her back to her mansion and staking her there.
For a relatively simple plot, GMC goes all-out in the information it gives. While intended for 7th-level PCs, the adventure gives fairly detailed guidelines on scaling it for characters as low as 1st level or as high as 13th. It then moves on to the adventure background, synopsis, and character hooks, before moving on to the encounter itself. No details were spared here, as everything from Gather Information check results to the statistics for doors to the menu at the inn the PCs are staying at are given. After the listing for how the encounter with Brianna likely goes (with several options being outlined), similar information, as well as maps, are given for Brianna's mansion. The resolution of the adventure comes next, presenting the treasure the PCs gain, developments from their slaying the vampiress, and further adventure ideas. Clearly, GMC considered everything here.
That's the first half of the product. The second half is the appendix, consisting of various crunchy bits. This section opens with a new magic item, the Fortified Coffin, which is Brianna's last line of defense. It then gives several examples of a character with the vampire spawn template, before giving the mechanics of the template itself. Several different versions of Brianna are given next, each with less class levels than the preceding version, in case the GM wants to scale the adventure up or down, along with brief statistics for the few other NPCs in the adventure. The book then closes out with the black and white maps for the players.
All in all, Quirin Encounter #2 goes above and beyond in its presentation of a fairly simple encounter. Everything that could conceivably be given is given, along with a smattering of new crunch to boot. The only real downside is the actual style of presentation. The rapid and thorough presentation of so much data, so unrelentingly, can be intimidating to read through first. This is only a minor issue though, as once a GM reads this through, there'll be no doubt that the PCs will have a thorough encounter with Brianna.
LIKED: This product truly went the extra mile in making sure that all of the information that could be presented was. Presenting the vampire spawn as a template, as well as giving a new magic item, was a pleasant touch as well.
DISLIKED: The rapid presentation of so much information so fast can be off-putting to a casual reader.
QUALITY: Very Good
VALUE: Very Satisfied