There are a lot of goblin kings in the Fantasy Realms. It seems that most low level quests are geared towards combating the evil monarch of the goblin lands. You would think that in all these years the goblins would move to a more democratic government or at least elect a prime minister to be the proxy target for adventuring heroes. The Forgotten Tomb of Felgar the Goblin King is a unique product that features a party of adventures heading to find the tomb of another clichéd Goblin King.
The adventure itself is pretty tried and seen before, but what makes this product different from other smash through the goblin site adventure is its attempt to provide a quick one session adventure with minis and maps in one package. Published by OtherWorld Creations and sitting at a small 31-pages, The Forgotten Tomb is a quaint little adventure that is well paced and designed. The layout is impressive, separating the descriptive adventure from the tactical encounters. Each tactical encounter, of which there are three, includes combat tactics for the creatures, very nicely detailed battlemaps and standup minis of all the NPCs. The only thing missing are the statblocks for the NPCs, which were left out to make the adventure playable in multiple system. A move I was not too happy with, as if I am attempting to run this in one night, I would have to spend an extra 10 minutes pulling the stats.
Whereas the setup is pretty good, the story itself is pretty weak. The adventure begins with the party already at the location of the tomb. It feels like there should be some suggestions included as to how to setup the adventure as opposed to throwing the PCs. The dungeon is pretty linear and an experienced party may move through it pretty swiftly. There are no real traps or puzzles to provide a variety from the combat.
For the Dungeon Master
The maps are pretty impressive and possess a very gritty color quality about them. The only nagging thing abut them are the ugly out of place red asterisks on the actual battlemaps.
The Iron Word
For a pinch, The Forgotten Tomb of the Goblin King Felgar might work with a slightly inexperienced group of players, or those just looking for something to do. I like like the minis and maps idea and wish more complete adventures included them. Hopefully future products will have more variety and a bit more of a challenge for players. There just needed to be more of a story if you are making a self contained adventure. I look forward to seeing more in the One Night Stand series from OtherWorld Creations as they try to find the right balance between challenge and a quick adventure.