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The Priest, the Witch, and the Lost Temple: An Adventure
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/17/2018 08:13:42

Pros:

  • Packs in four distinct dungeon crawls: a bandit tower, a mage’s magically defended home, an undead crypt, and an unholy temple, and each has a map.
  • Detailed NPC backstories, relationships, and roleplaying notes.
  • Intriguing side quests that take advantage of the undead uprising theme.
  • Satisfying, fun, action-packed finale involving the whole town.

Cons:

  • I’m not a fan of the Dyson Logos-style dungeon maps.
  • No map of the town, nor of the side quest areas in chapter 2.

THE VERDICT: WITH A COMPELLING OVERARCHING STORY, DETAILED NPCS, MULTIPLE DUNGEON CRAWLS, AND A WONDERFUL BALANCE BETWEEN COMBAT, EXPLORATION, AND ROLE-PLAYING, “THE PRIEST, THE WITCH, AND THE LOST TEMPLE,” IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPLETE TIER 1 ADVENTURES ON THE DMS GUILD.

Full Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/12/15/dms-guild-review-the-priest-the-witch-and-the-lost-temple/

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNneq36gkHs



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Enhanced Focuses
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/17/2018 08:11:40

Pros:

  • 15-20 new thematically appropriate magical items per spellcasting class, for a total of 65 new focuses.
  • The second half is a guide to creating your own focuses, as well as an excellent tutorial for how four of the focuses were created.
  • A detailed list of hooks and tips for granting PCs their enhanced focuses.

Cons:

  • Distractingly plain font.
  • The focuses are a bit top-heavy when it comes to power and rarity, with most landing in Tier 2-3.

THE VERDICT: “ENHANCED FOCUSES” PROVIDES DOZENS OF SOLID SPELL AND ABILITY-BOOSTING MAGICAL ITEMS FOR SPELLCASTERS, AS WELL AS A NICE CREATE-YOUR-OWN SECTION WITH A RICH PERSONAL TOUCH.

Full Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/12/12/dms-guild-review-enhanced-focuses/

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VICYavjxOVE



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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CCC-AETHER-01-02 The Heir of Orcus: Verse II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/06/2018 13:53:00

Pros:

  • The unique pixelated art style is well-utilized and looks fantastic, from the isometric maps to the pixelated head-shot portraits.
  • Maps are provided for all the areas in the module, including gridded and non-gridded, as well as nifty card handouts depicting the NPCs and tokens for VTTs.
  • Each Scene has a concise method for tackling the problem in three different ways that highlight the major D&D pillars: Combat, Exploration, and Social
  • Excellent use of monsters, including rutterkins, spawn of kyuss, and a tricky cambion.
  • Exhaustive appendix that includes all NPCs and monster stat blocks.

Cons:

  • The temple is very short and linear (~ 7 pages).
  • Verse II should have been combined with Verse I to create one complete adventure package.

THE VERDICT: WHILE ITS DUNGEON IS DISAPPOINTINGLY SHORT "THE HEIR OF ORCUS: VERSE II" CONTINUES THE DETAILED DESIGNS AND EXCELLENT PIXEL ART, MAKING FOR A SATISFYING ENDING TO THE ADVENTURE.

Full review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/12/05/dms-guild-review-the-heir-of-orcus-verse-ii/

Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AYoAp2XImU



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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CCC-AETHER-01-01 The Heir of Orcus: Verse I
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/03/2018 08:15:47

Pros:

  • The unique pixelated art style is well-utilized and looks fantastic, from the isometric maps to the pixelated head-shot portraits.
  • Maps are provided for all the areas in the module, including gridded and non-gridded, as well as nifty card handouts depicting the NPCs and tokens for VTTs.
  • The module is very well-organized, including notes on what happens if certain NPCs are killed.
  • Each Scene has a concise method for tackling the problem in three different ways that highlight the major D&D pillars: Combat, Exploration, and Social.
  • Every single challenge can be successfully completed without combat!

Cons:

  • Lacks a proper adventure hook.
  • The module doesn't have a proper ending, and requires Verse II to continue.

THE VERDICT: WITH LOVELY PIXEL ART, WELL-WRITTEN NPCS, AND LOTS OF SATISFYING AVENUES FOR ROLE-PLAYING AND EXPLORATION, "THE HEIR OF ORCUS: VERSE I" IS A GREAT START TO A MEMORABLE ADVENTURE.

Full review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/12/02/dms-guild-review-the-heir-of-orcus-verse-i/

Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRqzvfJVjcc



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Truly, Madly, Deeply-Module 3
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/29/2018 12:51:39

Pros:

  • Lots of well-written, detailed notes on every NPC.
  • Each of the three parts includes a battle map.

Cons:

  • Part One is excessively railroad-y, and ultimately unsatisfying.
  • The dungeon in Part Three feels too generic and lacks cohesion.
  • The final boss is too easy by herself and lacks proper motivation.

THE VERDICT: "HEAVEN IS PLACE ON FAERUN" IS TOO LINEAR AND SPECIFIC TO BE A DROP-IN ADVENTURE OR FRAMEWORK AND TOO GENERIC AND SIMPLISTIC TO MAKE FOR A SATISFYING STORY-HEAVY ADVENTURE.

Full Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/11/28/dms-guild-review-heaven-is-a-place-on-faerun-truly-madly-deeply-part-3/

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV-awgk63B0



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Cult of The Glutton
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/21/2018 13:52:50

Pros:

  • Well-designed cave dungeon with multiple paths, secrets, traps, and environmental hazards.
  • Appropriate dungeon ecology with bats, myconids, and a roper existing among the troglodytes.
  • Player map hides the secret doors and paths; DM map reveals them.
  • Tons of loot, including several original magic items.

Cons:

  • Weak story hooks and almost no story-telling.
  • A CR 20 demon lord is a bit much for a Tier 2 dungeon boss.

THE VERDICT: "CULT OF THE GLUTTON" IS A GOOD OL' FASHIONED COMBAT-HEAVY DUNGEON CRAWL IN A DISEASE-FILLED, ACID-SPEWING CAVE WITH A FANTASTIC MAP AND AN EXTREMELY CHALLENGING BOSS FIGHT.

Full review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/11/21/dms-guild-review-cult-of-the-glutton/

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0EJEfUI7P0



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Grimm Encounters
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/16/2018 08:02:40

Pros:

  • Each encounter is very well organized, explaining the Type, CR Tier, and Premise right from the start.
  • Uses highly recognizable fairy tale stories, such as Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, and Snow White.
  • Extensive encounter scaling for most encounters

Cons:

  • CR Tiers are provided instead of specific levels.
  • Almost all of the encounters are simple, straightforward combat encounters.

THE VERDICT: “GRIMM ENCOUNTERS” PROVIDES A DOZEN SHORT, TWISTED ENCOUNTERS DRAWN FROM CLASSIC FAIRY TALE STORIES, THOUGH MOST ARE HEAVILY WEIGHTED TOWARDS COMBAT.

Full written review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/11/14/dms-guild-review-grimm-encounters/ Video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBiJL6osN40



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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The Malady Codex: The Guide to Diseases
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/08/2018 10:00:58

Pros:

  • 11 D&D-friendly diseases, organized by Origin, Symptoms, Cure, and potential Plot Hooks.
  • Many of the diseases are based on real-world counterparts, such as Tetanus, Cholera, and Leprosy.
  • Disease-healing abilities and spells are listed at the beginning.
  • An appendix with several NPCs, statblocks and magical items with a disease theme.

Cons:

  • Mad Mage Virus is a neat idea but a bit overly complicated.
  • Some of the plot hooks are just a few generic notes rather than specific stories.

THE VERDICT: WITH NEARLY A DOZEN DISEASES INSPIRED FROM REAL-WORLD MALADIES, "THE MALADY CODEX" PROVIDES A VARIETY OF INTERESTING AND TERRIBLE AFFLICTIONS TO ADD TO YOUR CAMPAIGN.

Full Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/11/07/dms-guild-review-the-malady-codex/ Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeVYzoZ8_Eo



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Grimm Encounters II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/31/2018 23:28:33

Pros:

  • Encounters feature a nice variety of role-playing, story, investigation, and combat.
  • Each encounter is very well organized, explaining the Type, CR Tier, and Premise right from the start.
  • The Glass Mountain and The Elves & The Shoemaker are particularly effective at applying the fairy tale themes to D&D while effectively telling mini-stories.
  • Lying Cat!

Cons:

  • Only a single grid map for one of the encounters is included.
  • CR Tiers are provided instead of specific levels.
  • The Trial of Little Franecker Finn is overly gruesome and cruel, with a premise that’s a bit too complicated for a single-session encounter.

THE VERDICT: IF YOU LIKE YOUR WITCHES EVIL AND YOUR TALKING ANIMALS CURSED, “GRIMM ENCOUNTERS II,” FEATURES A NICE ASSORTMENT OF ENCOUNTERS AND ONE-SHOTS BASED ON A DOZEN CLASSIC FAIRY TALES.

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARWu5wlCC0o Written Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/10/31/dms-guild-review-grimm-encounters-ii/



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Attack on Coppercoil
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/20/2018 13:53:00

Pros:

  • Coppercoil comes alive through environmental storytelling in each area, from an insidiously trapped letter to an interrupted birthday party.
  • Everything you need on a single map, with full color and black and white options.
  • Fun elements and options for PCs – including a friendly octopus, tamable giant snail, defensive construct, and alarm-blaring trap door.
  • Several full page player handouts to draw the PCs into the town’s history and current plight.
  • Optional evil party of adventurers that can throw a deliciously evil wrench into the PCs’ plans at any time.

Cons:

  • The map needs height elevation markers in the southern area.
  • The map feels overly big, and as a result a bit empty.

THE VERDICT: “ATTACK ON COPPERCOIL’S” SUPERB ENVIRONMENTAL STORYTELLING MAKE THIS LOW-LEVEL RESCUE MISSION INTO A GIANT TREE STUMP MEMORABLE AND COMPELLING.

Full review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/10/17/dms-guild-review-attack-on-coppercoil/

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXszVdDfUMg



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Versatile NPCs II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/20/2018 13:51:27

Pros:

  • Huge, diverse selection of NPC classes and archetypes.
  • Excellent character artwork for each entry.
  • Every NPC has 1-3 well-written and fun sample character stories.

Cons:

  • Many of the entries simply tweak or scale existing humanoids from the Monster Manual.

THE VERDICT: BY CONVERTING ALL OF THE VARIOUS PC CLASSES AND SUBCLASSES INTO NPCS, “VERSATILE NPCS II” PROVIDES A WEALTH OF OPTIONS FOR DIVERSIFYING ANY HUMANOID NPCS IN YOUR CAMPAIGN.

Full review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/10/13/dms-guild-review-versatile-npcs-ii/

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCUnkseO6M



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Minotaur's Bane
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/11/2018 09:00:26

Pros:

  • Uses past characters and events from the Minotaur Trilogy in meaningful ways.
  • Fantastic battle maps and overland map of the Abyssal Rift.
  • Tons of custom NPCs and monsters
  • The Eternal Battlefield provides a good mix of overland adventure, random encounters, chase sequences, and mini-dungeons.
  • The Maze of the Minotaur is clever, lengthy, and challenging, and could translate well to virtual tabletops.
  • Epic final boss battle versus Baphomet, Prince of Beasts!

Cons:

  • Several errors, such as miss-numbering foes, or pointing to an “eastern passage” instead of a western one.
  • Baphomet’s Domain is strangely organized for DMs.

THE VERDICT: “MINOTAUR’S BANE” PROVIDES FUN MAZES, HORRIBLE DEMONS, AND LARGE-SCALE WARFARE IN THIS ACTION-PACKED, EPIC CONCLUSION TO THE MINOTAUR TRILOGY.

Written Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/10/10/dms-guild-review-minotaurs-bane/

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnMx8sCKR9A



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Creator Reply:
Heya Eric, Thanks again for the great review. I have addressed the number issue on Baphomet's Domain map, and included new gridless maps. Kind regards PB
Sharn, The Missing Schema
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/02/2018 10:04:59

Pros:

  • Excellent background information and lore on the city of Sharn.
  • Variable informational rewards based on different DC skill checks.
  • Excellent formatting and use of art, maps, handouts, and flavor text.
  • Adjustable encounters for level 1-5.
  • Vehicle chase in the sky!

Cons:

  • Joining the villain at the end is a neat option but it results in no final boss fight, and an aftermath that isn’t covered in the scope of this adventure.
  • Part 3 (Flying Chase) could use a bit more clarity and structure in its design.

THE VERDICT: STRAIGHT-FORWARD AND EASY TO RUN, “SHARN: THE MISSING SCHEMA” IS THE PERFECT INTRODUCTORY URBAN-BASED ADVENTURE INTO THE WORLD OF EBERRON.

Full Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/09/30/dms-guild-review-sharn-the-missing-schema/ Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTflrcq_2TA



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Widow's Peak
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/02/2018 10:02:59

Pros:

  • The writing throughout the adventure is evocative and immersive.
  • Richly thematic random encounters that are more than just monster attacks.
  • World map and isometric dungeon maps look fantastic.
  • Several unique, interesting monster stat blocks, magic items, and new tables for more thematic trinkets and wild magic.
  • A selection of suitably epic ending climaxes to choose from.

Cons:

  • No separate grid-based battle maps.
  • More a series of locations and events than an overarching narrative.

THE VERDICT: WHILE IT USES ITS FAIR SHARE OF CLASSIC HORROR TROPES, “WIDOW’S PEAK” BREATHES FRESH SALTY SEA AIR INTO THE GENRE BY PROVIDING A MINI-WORLD OF HORROR TO EXPLORE.

Full Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/09/26/dms-guild-review-widows-peak/ Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBte5pMvU78



Rating:
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Calpurnia's 101 Lesser Magical Items
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Eric W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/02/2018 10:01:39

Pros:

  • PDF Bookmarks for every single magic item entry.
  • Many items actually care about a PCs skill level or modifiers.
  • Every item has several variant traits that can be added for even more options.
  • Calpurnia has a fun, college professor-like voice who makes insightful comments on items throughout the compendium.

Cons:

  • None!

THE VERDICT: “CALPURNIA’S 101 LESSER MAGICAL ITEMS” IS THE PERFECT SHOPPING LIST OF FUN, VARIED MAGIC ITEMS FOR YOUR LOWER LEVEL CHARACTERS.

Full Review: https://roguewatson.com/2018/09/22/dms-guild-review-calpurnias-101-lesser-magical-items/ Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ58S7awFYk



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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