My group lapped this adventure up! I love the sense of dealing with forces far beyond the party's ability while they're still at a lower level, letting them get a taste of the chaos to come. There's a lot of room for variation here, while still maintaining a basically linear story.
Some highlights from when I ran it:
- I swapped the roles of Ma and Pa, making Ma the exasperated head-of-house with a useless, distant husband. One of the players ended up flirting with her and taking her out for a drink, where they learnt more about her fears of Tobbi leaving.
- The players subdued one of the guards on the lower level of the ziggurat, and got the low-down on what was going on. They convinced Vizzax they were trying to join his army, which of course he didn't question too much given how desperate he was for more recruits. The rouse worked and they nearly launched a surprise attack, but then the player with the planar key stepped towards the gate and opened the portal, giving the whole thing away!
[5 of 5 Stars!]