Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Knowledge Illuminates - A Review

I recently received a copy of Tim Shorts' new module (yeah, I call them modules) Knowledge Illuminates. Knowledge Illuminates is intended as a one or two session adventure for starting characters (1st level) using the Swords & Wizardry Complete rules. So, what's it like?

I found it a dandy adventure. It has a wilderness section with interesting encounters and a great map, and an equally enjoyable dungeon component. The encounters made sense, were varied and, best of all, the adventure provides opportunity for moving beyond it. One could even imagine increasing the power of the encounters for a higher level party and using it as the first stage of an adventure that would plunge them into an interesting campaign (I could say more, but I don't want to dangle any spoilers out there).

Again, the maps are fantastic - clean and easy to read. The art is excellent and provided by Dylan Hartwell of the Digital Orc Blog. The adventure also provides a new undead monster, a new magic item (two, really) and two new spells. It is written with a bit of background in mind, but I think one could easily adapt it to fit their own campaign.

All in all, Knowledge Illuminates definitely gets the Nod seal of approval. Check it out HERE.


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