This installment of the evocative Gossamer Worlds-series clocks in at 17 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of advertisement, leaving us with 13 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
Poseidon’s Rapture was a bountiful world like many others – with ages good and bad…and then, Poseidon left…or died…or was abducted. The world’s god was gone, and soon after he had abandoned the place, the deluge began – or rather, the lack thereof. Mysteriously, the water did start to rise, swallowing most of the land of this world, forcing civilization beneath the waves – into remnants of former places, ships…
Poseidon’s Rapture is literally land-under. Above and below the seas, robbers, pirates and the like roam the waves and a sense of decrepitude suffuses the world – somewhere between high civilization, age of sail and water world in a world of technology adrift and houses feuding over the remnants of erstwhile civilizations.
Beneath the waves, the Cerulean Choir (with full abilities), the abandoned angels of Poseidon, still roam the waters and leviathans glide through the depths – and in the light-less darkness, creatures from the deep roam, once again, with full qualities listed.
From the cities of New Atlantis to the tropic Razor Falls, lavishly rendered and fascinating places to visit, await -and perhaps, you can even take control of the legendary boat Pequod (again, with stats)… As always, this installment ends with a summary of the world’s properties and advice on how to use it.
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to Rite Publishing’s beautiful 2-column full-color standard for LoGaS and the pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience. Artwork consists of glorious full-color pieces that are absolutely gorgeous to behold.
Matt Banach’s Poseidon’s Rapture does fall a bit short of the previous installment on Poetica Mundi – but then again, I expected that. The concept of a water-world is interesting, with the details and depicted houses and their politics providing an intriguing blend. At the same time, i couldn’t help but feel as though this could have gone one step further – unlike many other Gossamer Worlds, this one didn’t jumpstart my imagination to the usual extent – perhaps due to resources or the like not being that pronounced. Perhaps it’s that I would have loved this to go more full-blown bonkers. Then again, this reflects only my personal preferences – perhaps, for you, this does the job. My final verdict, then, will clock in at 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4.
You can get this nice gossamer world here on OBS!