Passed The Gates Of Hell
“Through me you go into a city of weeping; through me you go into eternal pain; through me you go amongst the lost people”
― Dante Alighieri,
Last night I got together with friends from Otis Massachusetts to go to a screening of Captain America Civil War and to discuss my upcoming Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Veteran game where we take the PC's straight down into Journey through Malebolge Book Two From Spellbook Games.
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― Dante Alighieri,
Journey through Malebolge Book Two From Spellbook If you are expecting the Hell of Dragon magazine and AD&D 1st edition you can forget it. This is a series of products that doesn't pull any punches and its very close with some modifications to the original sources & most of all its deadly as sin. That's not to say that it can't be navigated by a group of cagey and literate players but this is a series that can be very nasty on the PC's.
Does Journey through Malebolge Book Two live up to its infernal and damned reputation among gamers? Its really hard to say but it sure is damn good fun. This would definitely be a great setting to play and romp in. The ideas and themes that this book lays out for the dungeon master are much darker then I was expecting without crossing the lines of weirdness that other material that I've seen deals with. What the product does do is live up to the middle depths of Hell as described in the Divine Comedy with plenty of room for a dungeon master to leave their thumb print on the setting and location but we'll get into that in book three in one week the next time I get together with my fellow friends and players.
Below is another classic art piece on the journey into Hell from Dante and I can tell you without a doubt that each and everything depicted is in Journey through Malebolge Book Two.