Stonehell Dungeon Supplement #1: The Brigand Caves (OSR)
The first expansion of Stonehell clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!
The Stonehell dungeon books were donated by one of my patreon supporters for my edification, with the note that I can review them, if I’d like to. Since I am a bit OCD, I have decided to cover the supplements as well. So here we go!
So, this pdf depicts the brigand caves on the surface-level of the mega-dungeon; as such, my brief discussion of the supplement contains minor SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump ahead to the conclusion.
Only referees around? Great!
So, this is pretty much what it says on the tin – an alternate means of accessing the dungeon, with a shaft allowing PCs to enter quadrant 1A of the mega-dungeon. The level provides a secret shrine dedicated to the master of the dungeon (allowing for a bit of foreshadowing) and otherwise feature a crawlspace with centipedes, a watch lizard and the like, as well as a solid strategy to respond to intruders. Other than that, it’s, well, a 20-room brigand-cave dungeon.
Editing and formatting are very good on a formal and rules-language level. Layout adheres to the no-frills ½-column standard of the main Stonehell book, and cartography is detailed and solid, b/w, and no player-friendly, unlabeled version is included.
So, this supplement, imho, is a web-enhancement, a freebie that lets you try out whether Stonehell’s unique one-page-dungeon inspired presentation works for you. That being said, it is not a particularly interesting teaser as far as I’m concerned. If I had only read this one, I probably would have skipped the dungeon. It’s not bad by any means, but neither is it that remarkable. Were this a commercial module, it’d fall probably somewhere in the 2.5 to 3-star vicinity. As a FREE expansion, though? Well, it’s worth downloading and considering, particularly since it can help you determine whether Stonehell’s very compressed presentation-format works for you. As such, my final verdict will be 3.5 stars, rounded up due to in dubio pro reo.
You can get this pdf for FREE here on lulu!