The Jade Magi sewer crawl invites the PCs to act as troublshooters to take care of the problem with a few oversized creepy-crawlies, and investigate the reason behind them.
The adventure, the title might suggest, has a Chinese flavor to it. The characters have Chinese sounding names and the background details about the Dragon Empire are styled like that of ancient China. This is not a huge obstacle if you aren't running a campaign with such a setting, as many of the conventions could exist in a traditional faux-European setting, but playing up the Chinese flavor could aid in setting a unique tone for the module. No special mechanics are use to reflect a Chinese culture.
The adventure is structured with the first 2/3 or so with the party interacting with the locals and troubleshooting problems with creatures rising from the sewers. In addition to the old school monster bashing, the PCs get to deal with corrupt guard captains, oversexed teenagers sizing up adventurers for husbands, and a cooky old sage that you will surely picture portrayed by Victor Wong.
The last part gives way to more traditional dungeon crawl, when the PCs find clues to the reason behind all this mayhem.
Overall, I find that the adventure has a depth in NPC characterization and great roleplaying potential that is missing from many d20 adventures. I highly recommend it.<br><br>
<b>LIKED</b>: Interesting scenario, well developed NPCs, amusing storyline.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: It's statted for 3.0. This isn't too big an issue because the specifics of NPC abilities aren't terribly important, and most creatures are right out of the MM/SRD, thus easy to update.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>