I was seriously blown away by the richness and depth of this module. Seriously, Creighton is missing his mark by writing RPG modules and should be doing Fantasy Fiction. (as some of you might know I am more of a book reviewer than a game reviewer.)
This Adventure is designed for four First level PCs.
Oh well, on to the module itself. We have 60+ pages of material here. The PC's basically travel to a monastery, and are trapped there during a snowstorm. Not surprisingly, "all is not as it seems". I am not going to give away spoilers, however.
What I liked here, besides the rich language and well thought-out background for this module, is the lay out. As we all know, some DM's like to read the whole module, while others want to "wing it". The writer here wisely adds a "Adventure Synopsis" so that the "wingers" can read just a couple of pages and jump right in. Also each section has synopsis and summary with how many eps and the loot. Nice. There's also a couple of unique monsters and even a one-of-a-kind magic item which won't break any DM's campaign- although it certainly useful. I always like those.
A few small caveats: there is one encounter (you'll know when you get there) which if the Players are "open the door and kill it" types, will likely result in a TPK. DM's- know your players. While there are several not-too-difficult ways of defeating this monster besides bashing it, if your players are of the "hack & slash" school, you might want to change the encounter a bit or warn them.
The one way I'd play this different is due purely due to a "DM philosophy". I think PC's need to be leveled up to level 2 asap. I like a fast advancement up to level 5, then I slow things down so that they can savor the "sweet spot' for a while. Thus, if I was running this, I'd level the PC's up to level 2 right after Part 1, then to level 3 at the end of the module (especially if the players showed good roleplaying). Yes, maybe I might add a few HP to a few monsters due to this, sure. But that's not a criticism of this module at all, Creighton wisely follows the rules with the eps.
Overall, this is very well done module, with several nights of good gaming fun, a decent amount of combat, investigations and RPing possibilities.
I give it ***** out of *****.
I rcvd a electronic download of this game for review.