RPGNow.com
Close
New Account
 
  
 
 
You will lose your chance to get the free product of the week.
One-click unsubscribe later if you don't enjoy the newsletter.
Close
Log In
 
 Forgot password?
 

     or     Log In with your Facebook Account
Browse
 Publisher Info









Back
Formication

This product is no longer available from RPGNow.com

Average Rating:4.3 / 5
Ratings Reviews Total
2 0
2 3
0 0
0 0
0 0
Formication
Click to view
Formication
Publisher: Tavernmaster Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 12/12/2012 10:07:59
Tunnels and Trolls has always been notable for the quantity and quality of solo adventures available for the system, and here's a fine innovative example.

Delights include a truly alien environment to explore - the inside of an ant colony - not to mention being a fairly uncommon race yourself: you are a fairy. A captured and battered fairy whose wings have been ripped off, yet. Sitting in a well-lit room at the computer, it's a bit surprising to find out just how claustrophobic the corridors of an ant colony can be but the vivid descriptions coupled with ingenious time-pressure - you've been given a masking scent but it wears off quickly, especially if you get into combat - makes it all quite scary to play through.

Technically, it is laid out clearly in the standard 'paragraph plus options: move to the next paragraph indicated by your option choice' style used by most solo adventures, although the scroll button on your mouse gets a lot of use, no use of integral hyperlinks within the PDF. (I think only one PDF solo gamebook I've read does that, it seems so obvious....).

From the plot point of view, there is quite a lot going on in that ants' nest. As a fairy you are small enough to scamper around without too much difficulty, but there are still some problems to overcome. The twisty tunnels and chambers are not really mappable, and sometimes they collapse. A neat point is the inclusion of 'random encounters' to make everything infinitely variable, as well as set encounters when you get to certain places.

Good luck, you'll need it to get out alive. (I got eaten by an ant-eater...)

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Thank you Megan R for the positive review. Paragraph links have been added to the pdf so no more having to scroll through page after page to find the next part of the adventure.
Formication
Publisher: Tavernmaster Games
by Chet C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/01/2012 19:46:38
OK, I'm lazy with my T&T and don't like to keep track of CON or AP (HP or XP in most other RPGs) or usually forget. Can't be lazy with this solo, or your character dies when you finally do notice. Or something like that.

Dripping with atmosphere, it would be good reading for that alone. But you'll enjoy fighting, victory, defeat, and the death of at least one player character. Heck, I've lost three in this solo and I keep coming back to it. It's that much fun!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Formication
Publisher: Tavernmaster Games
by Scott O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/23/2011 07:35:30
First of all let me be frank and honest about my relationship to the author of this solitaire adventure. He is my big brother. He it was that got me playing T&T more than 30 years ago and recently he has introduced my boys (ages 9 and 11) to role-playing. Indeed, he let Tom and Matt play test this very product.
I very much enjoyed playing this solo. There are pre-generated characters so that the lazy or busy, such as me, don’t need to spend time rolling up a new alter ego. I think the atmosphere of being trapped in the giant ant colony is well done and there appear to be numerous places to explore and dangers to encounter. I liked the idea of the protective scent decaying the longer my character stayed underground, though I perhaps didn’t enjoy the ‘housekeeping’ that this entails to keep track of it.
Overall, I think Sid has done a good job in putting together this book. It plays well and the cover and interior artwork by Jeff Freels is excellent. Well-done big brother!

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Displaying 1 to 3 (of 3 reviews) Result Pages:  1 
Back
You must be logged in to rate this
0 items
 Gift Certificates
Powered by DrivethruRPG