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Uncaged | Volume II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jay G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/03/2020 08:23:48

Volume 2 offers 25 short adventures for Tiers 1-3 by a massive and diverse team of writers and artists. Much like the first volume I have to start off by saying that the book itself is physically gorgeous. The cover art by Samantha Darcy of a Rusalka is incredibly striking and powerful and once you start flipping through the book you will find it is crammed full of art in a variety of styles. I've always felt the use of art in gaming products is immensely important to help the DM get a feel for the atmosphere of the adventure or setting and much of the art in Uncaged really drew me in and ultimately determined the order I read the adventures in. If I had one criticism of the visual elements of Uncaged Volume 2 it would be that some DMs might find the lack of cartography a bit surprising. Most of the scenarios presented in Uncaged Volume 2 are very narrative and role-play driven so they do not really rely on maps to steer exploration or combat. Where maps are needed they are provided but the ratio of maps to page count might surprise some DMs.

At it's core though the true value of an adventure or series of adventures for an RPG is the quality of their writing. This is another area where the team behind Uncaged truly excelled. I really enjoyed Volume 1 so I had high expectations for Volume 2 and those expectations were more than met. By working from existing mythology and storytelling tropes Uncaged feels familiar as you start reading but then the authors bend and twist and give you something unexpected to layer on top of the familiar. With a list of 25 adventures my original intent had been to call out the adventure I liked the most and the one I liked the least but I genuinely can't come up with one I don't like so I'll just have to focus on the one I liked the most and will probably run first. Love's Sorrow is written by Tera Hooper and illustrated by Gwendy Bee. Love's Sorrow is a great combination of horror and mystery that as I touched on earlier may initially feel very familiar to both players and dungeon masters but as they begin to unravel the mystery they will find a few twists and a lot of depth for a story that takes a mere 7 pages to tell. How the adventure plays out will be entirely determined by player choices and the author has thought to lay out multiple outcomes so that success or failure is more on a sliding scale than a traditional got-it/didn't-get-it dynamic that exists in mystery adventures.

Overall I think Uncaged Volume 2 (and Volume 1 for that matter) are must buys for any Dungeon Master. There are high quality adventures across almost every level of play that can either be played as one-offs or dropped into an existing game as side quests. Personally I love having a ton of short adventures ready to go on hand as it means if a scheduled game ever becomes unplayable due to a player or players dropping out you can run something else on short notice with those who can attend and possibly some other players dropping in as well.

I would definitely say buy Uncaged Volume 2 and I highly recommend investing in the print-on-demand version as the art and visual elements make it more than worth a space on your bookshelf.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
Uncaged | Volume II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Gabriel M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/26/2020 18:54:35

I ran Permament Collection this weekend, scaled it up a bit for 3 level 5 characters, and my party had a great time! We set a fully creepy ghost-house vibe and they were able to put the pieces together with just right right amount of problem-solving. It's a really nice slow reveal. I ended up fully embedding the Shandorel Manor into my homebrew world and it may have spawned a whole unintended plotline. Excellent stuff!

Just ran Spoils of War and had to come back to edit my review. It's another excellent oneshot. I tuned up the combat a bit, and the party totally loved the setting. They all created characters with connections to the city and jumped right into the slavic steampunk. Rave reviews from the whole group!



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Uncaged | Volume II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jason B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/27/2019 16:10:48

The Uncaged crew continue to knock it out of the park. So far I have the digital and hardcover versions of volumes I and II and I have no doubts I will complete the set as future volumes come out. The modules are very clearly structured with lots of great notes for DMs (The first volume inspired me to get into writing adventures myself and I signed up for the RPG Writers Workshop this summer which is organized by people from this project). The art is beautiful, and the layouts are gorgeous too. The subversion of harmful tropes and lore is something my players and I really appreciate, and has had a major influence on how I think about all of the adventures I run - even if they aren't part of this anthology. It's great having a book full of characters I see myself reflected in. I can't wait for volume III.



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Uncaged | Volume II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by John B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/31/2019 22:40:56

It is simple: This is THE best value on the DMsGuild. Packed with content, lots of new authors and old favorites alike. Art throughout, solid layout. Run them as written, launch campaigns, weave them into your current campaign, or just mine it for ideas. Let me spell it out again: VALUE!



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Uncaged | Volume II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Jason M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/26/2019 12:50:52

Vol 1 was awesome. Vol 2 continues the trend. I highly endorse the Uncaged series.



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Uncaged | Volume II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Patrick M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/03/2019 07:38:54

Beautiful art, great maps, & thrilling adventures! A wonderful follow up to Vol. 1, & gets me even more excited for Vol 3. I am very excited to play these with my D&D group.



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Creator Reply:
Thank you so much, Patrick! Be sure to let us know how your games go! :)
Uncaged | Volume II
Publisher: Dungeon Masters Guild
by Adam W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/02/2019 23:25:38

More brilliant uncaged adventures to play with my group and inspire new campaigns! There are no tier 4 adventures in here, but that's really the only critique I could level. Great art, great maps, great adventures. Cannot wait for volume 3.



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