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H1 Keep on the Shadowfell (Dungeons & Dragons)
H1 Keep on the Shadowfell (Dungeons & Dragons)
by Bruce R. Cordell
Edition: Paperback

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new adventure..., 22 May 2008
Played the first part of this last night with my regular group.

The books themselves are soundly produced and well set out. Good descriptions of the locations and excellent primers for first time DM's (and reminders for older ones who have forgotten about things). The adventure itself is interesting, and the challenges so far are engaging. Kobolds are strong!

The best thing about the new system (you did realise that this was a D&D4 product?)is the fluidity it lends to combat. Once the players realise the possibilities and the potential for mobility in combat then the fights start to sprawl and move around. Don't get isolated! As a DM it is simple to run and the players do much of the book-keeping themselves (if you trust them!).

The battle maps are fab. It will be hard I think to run this game without some form of marker for the fights. We use a wipe-clean notice board with a grid, and drywipe pens usually. THe maps made an attractive change. They are not required for inventive groups but the system does lead strongly in that direction. Wizards are keen to push their miniatures and good luck to them.... BUT - you don't have to buy them. Make a choice as a group and work with it. We have used dice for years along with my aging Warhammer collection and the miniatures from the D&D board game (available from all sorts of places at a knock down rate). Heroquest dudes have also shown up from time to time!

So... Good quality, engaging ideas, fun system. Some irritating gaps in the rules primer (How much do things cost? Does standing from prone provoke an attack of opportunity?) but if you want to play 4th Ed then this isn't a bad place to start. You could always wait for the main rules of course and use imagination. But this takes a lot of work out of preparing adventures and I guess that's the point.

Delphin Arm Bands
Delphin Arm Bands
Offered by Pozzani Aquasport UK
Price: £34.95

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delphin Armbands, 24 Mar. 2008
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Delphin Swimming Disks (Sports)
These are fab. WE're buying a second set for our second child. They're safe, easy to put on and off, easy to clean. They give confidence because they don't move around on the arm and keep the child afloat - unlike most inflating armbands. No leaks either. They don't clip together as well as the description would have you believe, but they have been great for us!

Friction Flex
Friction Flex

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friction Flex, 14 Nov. 2007
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Friction Flex (Toy)
Look, it's a Bob the Builder Friction toy. You probably have these already. If not, they are child-proof (even ours) with only minor repairs needed. They last for seven years (so far-we inherited ours from a nephew). They don't like sand in the friction motor (so avoid sand pits (and water features)). Movable bits are hard for the very young, but by 2yrs should be no problem. And they are fun! Our boys have had hours of creative play out of the others and I can see no reason why this one won't proudly join the gang on the window ledge.

The Hero Game (Puffin Teenage Books)
The Hero Game (Puffin Teenage Books)
by Pete Johnson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, 10 July 2007
I read this book in about an hour and a half. I should have been working, but the story and characters gripped me from the first page to the last. Far from being an 'all action' adventure the book keeps you involved by the gradual realisation that Charlie's 'Hero' Grandad is hiding a dark secret. Just as you are ready to condemn him for this, the book sweeps the rug from beneath you and asks you to examine your own ideas. The issues (being deliberately vague here!) are raised and tackled with a clear point of view, but the book seeks to examine how people can be led onto different paths in life rather than simply condemning. To feel sympathy for the 'villain' was as surprising to me as it was to Charlie. Great stuff.

Return To Krondor
Return To Krondor
Offered by APE-GAMES
Price: £9.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RTK - Fine if you like reading books., 12 Nov. 2000
This review is from: Return To Krondor (Video Game)
The Game has many strengths, balanced by an equal number of frustrating weaknesses.
The storyline is straight out of a R. E. Feist novel, with some truly outstanding set pieces (just wait until William fights Bear!), and leads you across the world of Midkemia, without ever leaving you clueless about where to go next.
This may be its weakest point of course. Somewhere along the line Havas failed to put in any real choice over what you do while you play. Once you master the combat system, you are really following the game's lead, never again getting any control over the events.
So, entertaining storytelling, but with a flawed game to back it up.

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