Friday, February 21, 2014

Review and Commentary On Free OSR Resource For Your Sword & Sorcery Campaign - Beneath The Dark Shroud Peaks By Stuart Marshall

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We get another entry into the Melford series of Dragon foot modules that started with Spider Farm. Well written and worth the download these are classic AD&D style modules that start the PC's on a trail of bread crumbs until they're deep into the complex plots that seem to surround Melford.  Melford reminds me of a nineteen fifties town where the events of the supernatural collide with normal life and the PC heroes must deal with these events time and again. 
The Dragon's foot blurb :
Once again evil threatens the town of Melford and only you can help!

Bad times in Melford

This module is geared for AD&D and most of the retroclones. There is a  definite pulp vibe that really runs through these modules. This is pretty high level adventure with a very interesting dungeon crawl tucked right into the background of this. This really works as a high level minor campaign. The Melford region is a really large trouble point and works a vector for a campaign to attach itself to any of these modules. This has been done on purpose and its a pretty neat gimmick for old school campaign play.
 If I was a farmer in the Melford region I'd be packing my family up and moving to the next valley. However this makes a great place to set adventure because of the linked play that happens in the chain of the Melford modules. All in all this i
s a solidly written adventure.

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