As much as I love creating my own adventures, I love pre-made ones too. Pine Ridge Horror is my first Savage Worlds adventure that I have picked up here and I am pretty happy I did.
Set in a way-the-hell-away-from-everyone forest and simple hunting trip turns into a weekend of murder and horror. I don't want to give away the plot, but the author obviously watched the same movies I did in the 70s, not to mention "questionable documentaries" on Bigfoot and other creatures. There are several reasons why I like this adventure. It has almost a Chill or Call of Cthulhu quality to it, something I didn't think Savage Worlds could pull off, but the author does a beautiful job of it.
Also this adventure is not some over arching plot or a foray into something darker, it is a weekend of horror. It is like "Deliverance" in many respects. Plus the premise is simple enough really to played with any game system and that is plus really.
I really don’t have anything negative to say about it. It does exactly what it is supposed to do and it does it well. I do suppose it is rather linear, but given that some events need to happen first to build up the tension I guess that is to be expected.
The author says he is trying to emulate movies he saw while growing up; “The Hills Have Eyes”, “I Spit on Your Grave” are given as very good examples and the mood is captured well. I’ll add “Deliverance” and “Prophecy” from 1979, a movie that scared the crap out me. This adventure reminds me of that movie.
If you are fan of 70’s American horror films, terrifying nights in the woods or have said “where you goin’ city folk?” then I would get this. If you are looking an awesome Savage Worlds adventure that you can run over the weekend, preferably in a dark cabin so far out in the woods that your cell phones won’t work, then get this.
[5 of 5 Stars!]