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Monday, April 26, 2010

Monster Chronicles: The Nightmare

Deep in the verdant grasses of the midnight plain we awaited the attack. Mighty and fell beasts circled silently and swiftly our position. Although there was no moonlight we could clearly see the monsters fiery eyes and flaming manes. "I don't suppose anyone has a carrot or a sugar cube? quipped our Bard. As if on cue they turned inward to meet our hastily prepared defense....

Recently I was asked to review the Open Design Monster Chronicles: The Nightmare.
According to the Kobold Quarterly website the Monster Chronicles is a project designed to flesh out little known monsters and some forgotten gems. A worthy endeavour indeed. Unfortunately I think they chose the wrong monster to kick off the series. The Nightmare, while certainly not a beast to trifle with, is not likely to inspire fear in the hearts of an experienced party. As with all Open Design products the writing and art is top notch. I'm looking forward to what they come up with next, especially if they can lasso writers like Ed Greenwood and Rob McCreary. On the whole, I would have been disappointed if I would have spent $2.95 for this 8 page PDF. (I received a copy for free for review) Add a map or two and some stats for different levels, and perhaps a sample encounter. Otherwise I think that a buck might be more in line.

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm...personally, I think the nightmare is an under-appreciated gem of a monster. I was sure to include it in my own game product.


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