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Etherscope: The Lemurian Candidate
[1-30000-106-0]
$5.99
Publisher: SteamPower Publishing
by Shane O. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/31/2006 00:00:00

The Lemurian Candidate is an adventure by Steampower Publishing, meant for Goodman Games?s Etherscope RPG. The zipped file is 8 megabytes in size, containing two PDF files: the first is the adventure, weighing in at almost 5.8 meg, and the second is the printer-friendly version of the adventure, which is just under 3 megabytes. The adventure is forty-nine pages long (forty-eight for the printer-friendly version, which lacks a cover). Both PDFs have a non-hyperlinked table of contents, but only the main file has bookmarks.

It bears repeating that this adventure is for the Etherscope RPG. If you don?t have that book, you won?t be able to run this adventure ? not without doing a large number of conversions, anyway.

The cover of the main file is the only full-color artwork in the adventure, with the relatively sparse interior artwork being black-and-white. Pages have borders along all sides. Oddly, the printer-friendly version does lack the cover and the pages are borderless, but the interior art remains. Given how that?s relatively rare though (and much of it is maps), it shouldn?t be too large a problem for most printers.

An adventure for characters level 4-6, The Lemurian Candidate is the first in a series of adventures for the Etherscope game. In this one, the PCs are contacted by local law enforcement regarding a string of robberies of artifacts from ancient Lemuria. The adventure is loosely divided into three parts: the initial investigation of the crimes, the formation of a suspect, and the denouement as the real mastermind is revealed?or are they? Appendices after the adventure itself cover various characters. One appendix apiece are given for major NPCs, contacts that the PCs can make, and pregenerated NPCs.

The Lemurian Candidate does an excellent job of drawing characters into the world of Etherscope. Having multiple twists throughout, it keeps the characters off-balance a great deal of the time, but never so much that they can?t recover and move ahead. The ending is likewise open enough to lead to further adventures. If you have the Etherscope game, then you?d be well served by sending your PCs after The Lemurian Candidate. <br><br> <b>LIKED</b>: This product presented an excellent adventure that is perfectly tailored to the world of Etherscope, leading in to what could easily be an Etherscope campaign.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: The printer-friendly version didn't remove the interior art, but that's an altogether minor complaint.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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