"World of Bastards is the name we have chosen for a series of planned scenarios taking place in the Wretched Bastards setting, the world of Antillia. There’s no metaplot, no necessary connection between the scenarios, but a few known characters, places and factions might show up in some of them. The first scenario takes place in the Var Valey, a once fertile land where the crops are now rotten. The locals believe Lord Percival, an ambitious landowner with delusions of grandeur, has angered Ksenia, goddess of Fertility. Now drop a few bastard characters into this bucolic setting and let them raise hell!"
Now I've already covered World of Bastards rpg here on the blog here. Today we're gonna cover another whole different avenue in the form of Daughters of Darkness. World of Bastards: Daughters of Darkness By Sílvia Clemente, & Miguel Ribeiro From The Red Room takes place in the Var Valey, a once fertile land where the crops are now rotten. The locals believe Lord Percival, an ambitious landowner with delusions of grandeur, has angered Ksenia, goddess of Fertility. So far nothing really to write home about or so it seems. What 'World of Bastards: 'Daughters of Darkness' really is an OSR horror film homage to those European grindhouse films of yesteryear. Yesteryear being the late fifties into the late Eighties with European flare. Daughters of Darkness lives up its title in both its female protagonistic NPC's, its supernatural flare, and its body count if the PC's are not careful.
'Daughters of Darkness' clocks in at thirty four pages of OSR supernatural hijinks & it does it quick. We already know that Sílvia Clemente, & Miguel Ribeiro are fans of both old school Kult, grind house horror movies, & more. And Daughters of Darkness shows this off in spades. We've got a fully fleshed out Var Valey with NPC's aplenty with murder, motives, and means, and this adventure really let's the World of Bastards rpg shine.
The writing on Daughters of Darkness is tight, the content isn't lean by any means, and the cuts into the party are going to be plenty. Daughters of Darkness is sorta like an actually useful LoFP adventure and its centered around a similar time period. Because Daughters is written by a solid pair of writers and OSR hobbyists you get a good solid horror romp. And 'Daughters of Darkness' actually has some solid chops to create an entire mini campaign around. And this is one of those inspiring adventures! Solidly done & highly entertaining.
But whatelse could 'Daughters of Darkness' be used with?! Alright so this is a period adventure ala about the 14th through 16th centuries. And Daughters of Darkness could be used as a jump off point for a B/X game of Lamentations of the Flame Princess. Now that's pretty obvious! But Daughters of Darkness could be used as a flash back adventure for another OSR B/X system in the form of Veterans of the Supernatural rpg. Its a perfect fit for a flashback adventure in which the PC's confront the evil of the Var Valey and then jump forward in time to deal with it once again.
Do I think that 'Daughters of Darkness' is worth your time? Yes in spades! This is a great little adventure for at least three or more sessions.