Mini-Dungeon: Temple of the Secret Power
This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a 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! Yeah, that’s pretty amazing! Better yet: GM-friendly version of the jpg’s included as well!
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. Got that? Great!
This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.
There are forces out there that few truly understand – one such item would be the omnihedron, an artifact with a snide intelligence that is capable of temporarily imbuing items with magic, which is used to some effect to upgrade the ratfolk cultists that worship at this place. This can be somewhat of a killjoy for the PCs when the magic items their opposition wields loses the bonuses. The artifact doesn’t get stats per se once liberated, and may or may not enhance the weapons of the PCs. There is a puzzle, but it amounts to being very rudimentary.
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. Cartography is full color and surprisingly good for such an inexpensive pdf. The .jpg version included here, which you can easily cut up and hand out to the players as they progress is a huge bonus -and even better: A KEY-LESS VERSION sans the annoying letters/numbers is included as well for full VTT-compatibility!!!. The pdf does sport one nice piece of original full-color art – kudos!
Michael McCarthy’s “Temple of the Secret Power” is a bit weaker than usual for the author. The mini-dungeon’s artifact-conceit is a bit frustrating for players and the lack of definition for the artifact’s precise powers render this more opaque than it imho should be. As such, I can’t go higher than 3.5 stars, rounded down for the purpose of this platform.
You can get this pdf here on OBS!