on 19 July 2013
This is an interesting product. Not only does it detail an interesting and mysterious shadowfell based city (Gloomwrought) but it also provides some more general shadowfell information such as various interesting sites and locations for adventuring.
The box contains the main booklet, an encounters booklet, a despair deck and a few sheets of tokens. I just added the tokens to my box o' tokens (which I rarely use). The despair deck is great - it adds that element of depression which is prevalent throughout the shadowfell but hard to implement in game. The deck solves that - it provides a minor penalty which if overcome gives a minor bonus. Simple, but an effective mechanic.
The encounters booklet has various 'shadowy' style encounters which can be chopped and changed as usual or else used for the key encounters for the Gloomwrought adventure site.
Unlike say keep on the shadowfell this is NOT an adventure/quest, it is more like a setting or an arc that can be dropped into a game.
The only negatives are that it is is the default setting and thus needs a bit of modifying for use in Forgotten Realms or Ebberon. Overall though if you're going to be doing anything shadow-fell related this is a worthwhile buy.
on 16 June 2011
I liked this supplements content alot its actually inspired me to move my party to the shadowfell for a few weeks. However the format of this boxset sucks I wish it had been released as a hard back suplement in a single book format like they did many of the other background books. The soft cover of the two books just feels cheep in comparison to its hard back cousins. the content is awesome and really jumped out at me with lots of new ideas and possibilitys, however I can't help feel I'm left with a inferiour cheep product and a couple sheets of card tokens(which I like but don't make up for the soft cover). The nice thing about the hard backs is they last forever and are resiliant to the trials of DM'img, the soft backs not so much i forsee pages dropping out by the end of the first few months.
on 15 June 2011
4th edition d&d.most of it has been great.some not so much.this is up there with the best of it.not only does it give you a campaign setting,but it tells you what the players FEEL when they adventure into the shadowrealm.as far as i know,this is unheard of in 4th ed.to make the players feel scared,or clumsy,or delusional,or a multitude of emotions,this is not just a hack+slash like most of 4th ed.
like most people who are considering buying this product,i was intrigued by how different the shadowfell is from the normal world.this book does a fantastic job of telling you how exactly.
THE MAIN BOOK.just fantastic.so rich in depth and detail.i love it.details the shadowfell,the city of gloomwrought,and those you can encounter therein.
THE ENCOUNTERS BOOK.a selection of encounters,from 7th lvl+.they all look fun to play.
THE COUNTERS.well made counters,representing the players and monsters.nuff said.
THE INSANITY DECK.this is a 30 cark deck,that is used to give rules applications,to the player's new emotions,or phobias,caused by thier encounters in the shadowrealm.they work very well,and are a great addition the the game.
all in all,i would say to any good d&d fan,BUY IT!