5E Mini-Dungeon: Maze of the Skullkeeper (5e)
This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a 5E-mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM. Oh, and the series now comes in an archive that also contains…*drumroll* a .jpg-version of the map, in both GM and player-friendly versions!
Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is, a helpful tool in the GM’s arsenal. Got that? Great!
This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.
The PCs have been drugged and captured by Lord Xu Tannak, and no the PCs will be forced to run the maze of his Skullkeeper, a deadly minotaur. The maze comes with 6 sample events and descriptions of the rooms, with desperate NPCs hoping to escape as well. Avoiding the potent minotaur will NOT be simple and the module is brutal, particularly since PCs only get a torch, a rusty shortsword and a loincloth.
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to a beautiful 2-column full-color standard and the pdf comes sans bookmarks, but needs none at this length. Annoying: The scroll that contains the header obscures location #1 on the map in its entirety. Cartography is full color and nice. Huge plus: We get a GM AND a Player-version of the area in which this takes place, providing full VTT-friendly compatibility.
Justin Andrew Mason’s maze of the skullkeeper is a cool, deadly gauntlet. The layout glitch is a bit problematic and a reference to combined strength to remove something is a bit odd for 5e. The conversion by Kyle Crider and Chris Harris is solid. Still, in spite of these guffaws, this is worth checking out – my final verdict will clock in at 3.5 stars, rounded up due to in dubio pro reo.
You can get this module here on OBS!