Sunday, September 26, 2021

Review & Commentary On 'Night of the Spirits' By Brian Young For Castles & Crusades Rpg or Your Old School Campaigns

 "At the end of each year comes the month and holiday of Samonios, Samhain or Nos Galan Gaeaf, or Halloween. This is the time when the worlds are drawn together and monsters, gods and the spirits of ancestors wander between them. It is a dangerous and dark time in which the most holy and sacred of ideas mean more than they ever have before in the previous year. It is a time for the Dead and to honor them.

Events in the last year were steeped in bloody battles, the death of kings and encroaching evil from the Otherworld. The seers and madmen foretell that the omens are in place to bring a wrathful invasion from the Land of Magic. Most nobles and lords scoff at these superstitious words and ridicule them, but the common-folk know that there is truth in those portents and omens."

"Families stay close, hold their festivities in honor of their ancestors and the gods, but stay wary of the dangers that might find their way into their darkened homes and lives. But for the young or unwary . . . .

Little Addolgar ap Maelon Gof has wandered into the thick foliage of the Coed Celyddon, lured by the many colored playful lights that he saw dancing and laughing. Now the young dark haired child of ten winters is deep in the mist-shrouded forest soaked in Otherworld energies. A storm is brewing in the dark woods, stirring the trees and causing the limbs and boughs to crack and knock against each other. Owls hoot in their haunting voice and somewhere distant, wolves howl. Addolgar climbs over fallen trees and makes his way in bramble patches trying to get closer to the mysterious lights in the boughs of the trees.
Night of Spirits plunges you into the heart of Nos Galan Gaeaf, bringing your characters face to face with the Otherworld and the true horrors of the holiday!" 

Clocking in at twenty four pages of Halloween inspired madness 'Night of the Sprits' By Brian Young is a solid adventure for Castles & Crusades. This is a tight adventure with lots of twists & turns using mythology as its basis. And it does it with style. 
'Night of the Sprits' takes the adventurers in hand bringing them into a Fey or Celtic inspired adventure centered around the Autumn time of the year. This is a tight & very well done adventure bringing just the righ inspired adventure encounters balanced with the machinations of an NPC of moderate power. But death awaits within 'Night of the Sprits'. The layout is well done, the cartography well executed, and plot very quick running. 


The set up in  'Night of the Sprits'. is pragmatic & well thought out. The center of the adventure is the way that Mr.Young brings his ideas to the table without ever becoming tedious or boring. This adventure sings along in only twenty four pages making it perfect for a Halloween game. For Castles & Crusades  'Night of the Sprits' peresents a solid  Adumn time or Halloween adventure. I highly recommend 'Night of the Spirits'. 
You can download Night of the Spirits Here. 

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