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Undermountain: Halaster's Lost Apprentice (4e) $4.99
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Undermountain: Halaster's Lost Apprentice (4e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Ken C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/29/2016 06:45:51

Being the only hard cover I dont have in the 4e Encounter series, having started just after this one was released, I was pleased to see this one released in PDF form. Loved reading it and looking forward to running it in a modified 5e version in the future.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Undermountain: Halaster's Lost Apprentice (4e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Tara B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/01/2015 18:58:07

This adventure was my first choice for being a first time DM. The formatting is incredibly easy to follow, there is a decent amount of back story information that also leaves room to research and add to. It does have two pages of map overviews. The PDF itself is really high quality, so it scales nicely. My adventurers are enjoying it, which si the mot important thing.

The one thing that tripped me up a bit was the skill challenges. But I think that might just be me being a n00b. The progression seemed a little stilted. My adventurers only complaint was how linear it feels, not much in the way off off quest exploring. This might also be something I'll need to work on as a new DM.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Undermountain: Halaster's Lost Apprentice (4e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 02/03/2014 00:32:12

‘Halaster’s Lost Apprentice’ is one of the D&D Encounters seasons that nominally ties into the forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. Nominally tied, because the dungeon and lore used in the Encounters are linked to Undermountain, which receives two products in the Fourth Edition line. The season is structured as twelve interlocking encounters and it is advised that a party will complete each encounter in 90 minutes to two hours – so there is a substantial amount of material in this product. The party is ideally five first-level adventurers, and substantive advice and mechanics govern progression and treasure acquisition during the Encounters. This guidance was required for the organised play aspect of the game when it was originally issued, and some gaming tables may find it interesting and fun to play under similar strictures to replicate the experience.
The title excels however, when removed from the organised play structure. All of the Encounters are very straight-forward and could be easily run by a novice DM. As players progress sequentially through the season, they are introduced to the mechanics of Fourth Edition in a purposeful manner. This is not to suggest that this product is only for beginners; quite the opposite in fact. Experienced DMs will find a good skeleton for a short series of adventures, and can add their own flavour, tinker with the opponents, and also with the motivations of the NPCs. Whilst this would require additional investment of time in terms of planning, the results (especially if the DM could blend this with content from the AD&D boxed set ‘Ruins of Undermountain’) would be worthwhile.

The design of the title is clean, with statistics boxes clearly able to be read, and organised with quick reference at the table in mind. The maps are likewise presented in an unambiguous manner, but for full use of these the DM will require set of Dungeon Tiles. All of the artwork is of a high standard, and these elements combined make for an enjoyable and streamlined read.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Undermountain: Halaster's Lost Apprentice (4e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Vladimir O. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/24/2014 12:10:24

The Quality of this PDF is really good, I looks great printed. I do however urge DriveThru RPG to Ask Wizards for the maps that should be included with the adventure, and put them on separate files that can be easy to print, without them the product seems incomplete.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
Undermountain: Halaster's Lost Apprentice (4e)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
by Sascha L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/14/2013 00:35:04

This one is a really great product, but letting me down by missing the counters and maps! The adventure itself is well organized and written, with nice and interesting encounters and combats. For a fan of the Realms looking for an adventure for beginners I would point to the one contained in the Campaign Setting, because this one is not too easy and surely no pushover for beginning players struggling to come to terms with the rules of D&D4. While I would really give this adventure the points for a nice 4 to 5, the missing maps and counters pull that to a three point rating.



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