Evocative City Sites: Burial Vaults of House Blackwood by Rite Publishing
This product is 33 pages long. It starts with a cover, credits and 3 pages of maps. (5 pages)
IC introduction (2 pages)
This section is a IC introduction talking about the vaults with some plot hooks at the end of the section. It was a bit odd, not good or bad, just odd. In the IC description of the vault is varies DC's for knowledge and or saves for things the character telling the story encountered. It is obvious this is for when the PC's go in. I just fond it odd they added them into the IC section of the text and not as side bars.
NPC's (11 pages)
There is 9 NPC's with full stat blocks. Most of them have some background information to flesh them out but a few of them are just monsters. This is a departure from this series normal set up. Which was only to list a few key NPC's and that’s it. This one has them and then some minor NPC's and a few monsters as well. For key NPC's it is nice that there is a DC lore table if the PC's want to ask around about the NPC in question and learn stuff about them.
Magic (2 pages)
This section has 5 new magic items. There is also a new metal material to make things out of and a new spell.
It ends with a OGL, 2 ads and blown up maps to be used with Mini's. (13 pages)
Closing thoughts. Layout and editing where good as was the black and white artwork. I am of two minds on this product. For one I like the new direction of adding more than just key NPC's and a map to this series. But with the information in IC view told and some information in with the NPC's it is not as easy as it could be to use. Also since it includes monsters it would have been nice if they had been placed on the map. Yes I understand that this is meant as a tool kit for a GM to create their own take on things. I just would have liked a GM overview map with room keys on suggested places for the NPC's etc.
So I like the addition of the extra stuff, but not sold on how it was implemented in the product. A overview map with keys, a side bar overview history, with a OOC overview of how to use the product. They would have all helped. As it stands it is a tool kit of parts and tools to make your own mini dungeon crawl. For what it is and what it is trying to accomplish I am going to give this one a 4 star review.
Trust me, I'm a Succubus.
[4 of 5 Stars!]