The Amulet of Shavaka is a certified DM's Guild Masterpiece by the Going Last Tabletop Gaming Podcast!
Author Phil Beckwith has created an incredible adventure, designed to take 2nd level adventurers deep into the darkness in the Tomb of Shavaka to find a mysterious Amulet. This adventure is bold and gets low-level characters immediately drawn into the action as they race deeper and deeper into the ancient tunnels. Horrifying undead action awaits!
Without giving away the plot here, this book is filled with great thematic elements. At every moment, players feel the weight of a tomb filled with traps and terrors. Plus, the adventure begins with one of my favorite notes in the whole book: terrifying poison gas hallucinations! These are ideal for getting your players into the spirit of the game. Make sure someone fails this save, as they give this expedition some major heft!
I wish that a little more had been made out of the expedition itself, as well as the leader Elel. This is such a great journey, and I'd want to change that character to add more potential shiftiness and set my players to worry about what waits when they emerge. Then again, this adventure has been written in a very narrow scope to allow DMs that kind of freedom themselves. This is a great quest to slot into the beginning of your campaign!
I am a huge fan of a well written, low-level dungeon delve, and Beckwith has checked all the boxes with the Amulet of Shavaka. I can't wait to take this for a spin with a new set of players! (But seriously, Elel is 100% going to betray everyone.)
You can hear more of my thoughts about The Amulet of Shavaka on Episode 220 of Going Last!
[5 of 5 Stars!]