Friday, March 4, 2022

Reviews & Commentary On Chartreuse Shadows By Venger Satanis From Kort’thalis Publishing For The Crimson Dragon Slayer Rpg & OSR Rpg's

 "The long awaited 3rd book of the Cha'alt trilogy.  This PDF includes Saving Cha'alt, Cha'alt After Dark, and the Cremza'amirikza'am megadungeon.  I've also included the updated Crimson Dragon Slayer RPG and Crimson Escalation.  This motherhucker is 360 pages! "

"This work is for mature audiences that specifically want edgier, sleazier, and darker material.  You've been warned!

If you've ever wanted an eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting with random tables, humor, pop-culture references, and grindhouse / exploitation vibes, this is your lucky day.  Works like Cha'alt don't come round very often.  This is the opposite of corporate mainstream D&D."

Several months ago, my group of players were in the middle of Saving Cha'alt as a Godbound rpg  campaign. And unfortunately two of our players bowed out because of work scheduling commitments. Fortunely Venger Satanis collected Saving Cha'altCha'alt After Dark, and the Cremza'amirikza'am megadungeon into one volume in  Chartreuse Shadows. And it also includes Crimson Dragon Slayer RPG and Crimson Escalation. Now here's what I can tell you having DM'ed Saving Cha'alt. You have to understand that this is a completely gonzo campaign  as is the rest of the Cha'alt books. This doesn't mean that the adventures here are not hard or deadly quite the opposite.Sure there are lots of gonzo elements but this is a continuation of the Cha'alt books & their very skillfullly done. 

Cha'alt is a desert planet that takes on its  eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy, post-apocalyptic campaign setting seriously. There's more then enough tools here in  Chartreuse Shadows for the DM to dive into the deep end of a Cha'alt campaign with little to no issue.
 Chartreuse Shadows takes its gonzo seriously with lots of twists & turns to take the campaign setting of Cha'alt to the next level. The final twist on the Cha'alt setting is the Cremza'amirikza'am megadungeon. This is a megadungeon of nastiness.  There's some really solid encounters & several disturbing ones that stretches the nastiness of Cha'alt. And then there's Cha'alt After Dark by Venger Satanis is a series of supplemental rules, sexual encounter random tables along with consquences, and lots of Venger Satanis DMing advice all collected into Chartreuse Shadows . 
This is rounded out with another copy of the Crimson Dragon Slayer Rpg. And its a very well done micro set of OSR rules. This is just enough to run an entire Cha'alt rpg campaign for some months. Crimson Dragon Slayer has a really strange twist back to its own Eighties campaign period and it works quite nicely as a PC backdrop & possible origin point for Cha'alt. And this comes in quite nicely for 
Chartreuse Shadows

As for myself having run Saving Cha'alt some months back I'd use my favorite OSR Rpg rules to bring out the best in 
 Chartreuse Shadows. Cha'alt works best when you bring in outside PC's into the weirdness of Cha'alt & Chartreuse Shadows continues this OSR element. Is Chartreuse Shadows good?! Yes, and yes I do think its worth the money. 
You can grab 
Chartreuse Shadows right over here! 

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