||MonkeyGod Presents: The Maze of Screaming Silence is an adventure/sourcebook released through Highmoon Media Productions. The zipped file is just under 10.5 megabytes in size, containing a single PDF of just over 11 meg. The PDF has bookmarks and a non-hyperlinked table of contents. It is one hundred pages long, with a front and back cover, two pages of geographical maps, a page for the credits/legal/table of contents, and a page for the OGL.
As a note, this is a 3.0 product, not 3.5.
The book?s only color artwork is the cover. The rest of the art, which is moderately prevalent throughout the book, is in black-and-white. Each page has skull borders around, alternately, the top and left of the page, or bottom and right. No printer-friendly version is included.
The product?s introduction explains the backdrop for the book. The majority of the book deals with the remote mountain country known as the Empire of the Yagga-Kong. A reclusive people, the Yagga-Kong are hideously chaotic evil, engaging in all sorts of terrible vices and even insanities as a normal part of life. Every so often, they have a game wherein people enter and try to survive the Maze of Screaming Silence. Most everyone dies, but the few who emerge can win a fortune, based on how long they stayed inside. Several pages of back-story are then given as methods of pulling player-characters in.
The next portion of the book covers The City of the Damned, the largest city in the Empire. A few pages of introduction are given to underline how decadent and malevolent the City is, before the product moves into daytime and nighttime encounters. Most of these are designed to shock and horrify the PCs, and they do a fairly good job of it. Following this are descriptions of specific places in the Empire, including several locations outside The City of the Damned.
The next portion of the book covers the Maze of Screaming Silence itself. This assumes that the PCs have signed up to participate in the ritual, either for riches, or to fulfill the presented back-story. A brief section then covers ways to conclude the adventure.
A series of appendices round out the product, including one with the stat blocks, descriptions, and role-playing tips for major characters in the product, along with notes for scaling the adventure, what happens if they ever return to The City of the Damned, and a few possible further adventure seeds.
All in all, MonkeyGod Presents: The Maze of Screaming Silence sets out to present a vile city filled with vile people, and it does it quite well. It is easy to see the PCs never wanting to come back to the Empire of Yagga-Kong, unless it?s to raze it to the ground and kill everyone. Player-characters will likely find much more than they bargained for in the Maze of Screaming Silence.
LIKED: The characters in this product do an excellent job of coming across as wicked to the point of repulsion. This book describes a place and a people that the PCs will love to hate.
DISLIKED: The book tends to repeat stat blocks of characters who show up in multiple places. If it gives their stat blocks and information in the appendix, then it shouldn't reprint the stat blocks at the adventure locations or city locations where those characters appear. Also, a printer-friendly version of this product would have been good
[4 of 5 Stars!]