The Sinking: Animation
This installment of “The Sinking” from 0one Games is 15 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page SRD, 1 page editorial, 1 page ToC, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 9 pages of content, so let’s check out this particular installment, shall we?
This being an adventure review, the following text contains SPOILERS. Potential players might wish to jump to the conclusion.
Righty right, so what exactly is the deal here? When entering the (fully mapped – nice) Merchant Heaven Inn, the PCs have to contend with a small group of mischievous pugwampis and while fighting them, might notice white wisps floating in and sliding into furniture – which promptly attacks! Once the animated objects have been taken care of, all hell breaks loose in the streets: Animated street lamps try to explode on people, animated suits of expensive armors have to be pummeled into submission and even a funeral procession is not safe – a coffin and its recently deceased resident animate as well, as does a carriage that tries to work against its draft horses while the residents are still inside.
The trail of chaos leads to the sinkhole, where the WHOLE STREET animates as a deadly cobblestone golem that might actually kill off one or two PCs and makes for a hard, very memorable final encounter of this action-laden tour-de-force.
Editing and formatting in this installment were quite good, though not perfect. The pdf adheres to a neat, easy to read two column standard and the b/w-artworks are top-quality, as are the maps. The pdf comes with full bookmarks. The mysterious going ons, the chaos, the action-fueled pace of this module – this is the very first scenario of the sinking that manages to expertly evoke a sense of uncomprehending chaos and dread associated with natural disasters and catastrophe-driven movies. It is also by far the most challenging in the line as of yet and PCs who don’t act smart might get cobbled (pardon the pun). I really loved this installment of the Sinking, its mystery and its innovative concept. Add to that the low price and the minor glitches don’t matter that much anymore. Congratulations to author Tom Ganz – this installment gets my full 5 stars!
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