Monday, July 21, 2014

Review and Commentary On the Pay What You'd Like Lamentations Of The Flame Princess Adventure - The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children

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So this is it, the Free Rpg Lamentations of the Flame Princess module from Free Rpg day. And its really a nasty little adventure and not because of the content either. The adventure clocks in at a whole fifty six pages of  low level dungeonfest exploration meat grinder adventure.
 Let me in on a little secret, your PC's are going to be killing the 'Crystal Headed Children' by the score in this one. The adventure is great low level introduction to the world of Lamentations of the Flame Princess, if world is the right way of putting it. Like every other LoFP adventure this one stands on its own merits and its a well put together old school pulpfest adventure. I don't want to go into too much detail but its nicely done and with the right group of players this adventure could really have the players challenged in a very stark and well done almost survival mode of an adventure. Note that this adventure uses the 'Grind House' edition rules of the game and with a bit of tweaking it could be used with the 'Deluxe' edition.
This adventure is not meant for the faint of heart and I'm not talking about the content here which really isn't any worse then 'The Palace Of The Silver Princess' from way back. This adventure centers around the dealings of an alien artifact and a villain whose got a whole mess of problems to deal with leaving the PC's with a dungeon crawl with several twists.
From The Rpgnow blurb: 
LotFP’s 2013 Free RPG Day adventure, Better Th an Any Man, was banned by many game stores around the world. ‚The adventure was even accused by one participating store as being about “killing children.”
It wasn’t; but people see what they want to see, and because LotFP wants to work with retailers and be a publisher that produces what retailers want to see, we have decided that per that store's wishes, this year's Free RPG Day adventure should be about the killing of children.
Not to worry though—they are freaky crystal-headed children. Inhuman RPG cannon-fodder. ‘Monsters.’ So it’s okay. Th‚ey deserve it. So you can have fun carving them up. Right?
A LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing adventure for characters of any level. As the title indicates, it is a dungeon crawl.
Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Role-Playing is the horror‹ adventure RPG out of Finland that holds nothing back. It is part of the Old School Renaissance family of games, which makes this adventure broadly compatible with dozens of other old school games.
If you find The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children a sufficiently guilty pleasure, look for other LotFP adventures and supplements right here on DriveThruRPG and RPGNow!

The Doom-Cave of the Crystal-Headed Children
 For Your Old School Horror Campaigns 

Alright I downloaded this adventure expecting the Earth to shatter and lakes to dry around me. As a DM its a solidly made and well thought out adventure with some really nice pulp elements. I was expecting one hundred days of Sodom and instead got a nice introduction to the Lamentations mode of old school role playing.
This is a survival mode style of  adventure with a dark undercurrent that rolls in the  underpinning of the adventure and that in my opinion isn't a bad thing. PC's are going to get involved in the plot and background as they start to play and events will move along quite well.
The sheer weirdness of the adventure is nicely done and I surprised that so much care had been put into the encounters. The alien device and backdrop is unique which is to be expected from Lamentations of the Flame Princess's design ethos and the execution of this adventure. This one is a good adventure to introduce players to the ideas of the LoFP old school retroclone but don't get too attached to those PC's. There's a number of ways to die in this adventure and there may need to be a few PC's to navigate this adventure. That's not always a bad thing because as a player your going to get to the ins and out of this adventure quite well by the time the ride is over.
All in all I was really happy to finally get a look at this adventure. A four out of five for my expectations and the delivery on this one!

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