Want an introductory adventure to Saltmarsh that is full of birds, birds, and a few more birds? But, wait! Do you also want engaging NPCs, intriguing backstory, unique settings, and tons of thrills, near escapes, and conflict? Then you are DEFINITELY going to want to grab Down Came a Black Bird.
In Down Came a Blackbird, the party finds itself in the sleepy seaside town of Saltmarsh as it's in the middle of a terrifying ordeal. The local birds have gone vicious and are attacking citizens, sometimes targeting teens and children. Meanwhile, someone or something is bursting into people's homes at night and ripping out their hearts. PCs must unravel this mystery and learn who is controlling the birds and killing Saltmartians, eventually setting sail to do battle in a seriously gross (but seriously cool) setting.
I freaking LOVED this adventure and so did my players. There was so much lore and atmospheric bits to play around with, and I got to do so many fun and silly voices. Players really had to put on their thinking caps to try to solve the mystery, and they loved talking to all the NPCs. We played as a party of level 1s, which was difficult, but players compensated with ingenuity (and sometimes cowardice). We had an amazing time, and it really excited the group into diving into Ghosts of Saltmarsh.
This is such a great adventure and so fun to play. The layout is also beautiful with the repeated blue/purple, red, and white and bird imagery. It was just as much fun to look at as it was to play. I recommend it to anyone that wants a good mystery with an aquatic adventure.
[5 of 5 Stars!]