The skinny: Tabletop Adventures' Bits of Darkness Bundle contains the 'Bits of Dakrness: Caverns' and 'Bits of Darkness: Dungeons' products, both of which combined comprise about 65 pages of information and 200 'bit' cards altogether. Each page is jam-packed with imagination-spurring mini-encounters and descriptive tags (to use their terminology, "Shards" and "Bits") that give any humdrum underground setting an instant feel of "Huh!" and "What's going to happen next?" that is often missing in canned encounters.
If you're looking for a quick and easy set of monster encounters to throw at your players, you're bound to be a little disappointed; this isn't a Book of Lairs or similar item that lays everything perfectly out for a GM so that he has to do nothing but read and roll dice. These are more valuable as imagination kick-starters, with bits and descriptions specifically set up for the GM to have the freedom to expand upon them, or just give the players more description of a locale than its size in feet and the plot-imperative objects found within. The descriptions are lush, making even some of the more mundane settings seem mysterious and foreboding, even when there are no magical pools, grim creatures, or long-lost relics for the players to find.
IMHO, the Bits of Darkness books do exactly what they set out to do... they can help a GM turn a ho-hum section of cavern or dungeon into a place filled with sights, sounds, and smells that keep the players on edge and involved in the game. Very highly recommended.
<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: I liked the concept on the whole, actually. The descriptions are detailed and hit all the senses, and can turn a section of cavern or empty room into a sort of small adventure in themselves.
<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The only thing about this I wasn't too fond of was the repetetive cover art, which is reprinted on other Bits books with slight backgrounding changes... that gives it a 'series' feel, I know, and in a PDF, that's a very minor issue. If I was buying it in print, however, I don't know that the cover would sell the book for me.
<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br><BR>[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]<BR>
[5 of 5 Stars!]