Wednesday, March 4, 2009
"In Search of Adventure": same name, different game?
I recently snagged this 4e adventure collection "In Search of Adventure" by Goodman Games. The title actually grabbed my attention before the 4e description or the Goodman Games logo. It sure sounds familiar:
So I guess you can put out a D&D product with the same name, as long as it's 20+ years later...dunno. In my middle-aged grognardic heart I kinda wish they would have just come up with a unique title for the new collection. The '80s TSR supermodule, B1-9 In Search of Adventure pulls together a range of B-series Basic D&D modules which includes many of my all time faves (B2 The Keep on the Borderlands, B3 Palace of the Silver Princess, and B4 The Lost City to name a few). At any rate, titles-smitles I guess. I'm no attorney, but I am "in search of adventure," so I picked it up.
Just flipping through it, it looks to be a nice collection of (pretty) short adventures that could be fun to dork around with. They are all level 1 adventures, which is a little disappointing. It would have been nice to have them range a little bit from 1-4 or so, but I'll still take it.
Now, I've heard on some podcasts (notably The Tome Show) and in some forums, that in review of some other Goodman Games 4e material (DCC - Dungeon Crawl Classics modules, etc) have a few issues with nailing the 4e mechanics, stat blocks, DCs, etc. Basically this is due to Goodman Games putting this material out very early in 4e life, so they may need some errata to clean them up, or we can just tweak them as needed/wanted on our own. Regardless, errors or not, I think it's great that there are some more published modules for 4e, especially in a shorter, quicker format. The fact that there are six adventures in one book here seals the deal for me.
Now I won't give any real review of this item yet, because I haven't played through any of it. I'm sure others have and there are probably some fine reviews out there to check out.
On a side note, one which is absolutely covered in many fine blogs already, WotC's new book "Dungeon Delve" is out (came out yesterday). According to release notes: "Dungeon Delve is designed for groups looking for an exciting night of monster-slaying without the prep time. It contains dozens of self-contained easy-to-run mini-dungeons, or “delves,” each one crafted for a few hours of game-play.The book includes delves for 1st- to 30th-level characters, and features dozens of iconic monsters for the heroes to battle. Dungeon Masters can run these delves as one-shot adventures or weave them into their campaign."
Now that item is a gimme for sure for me. In fact I've been waiting for it for a couple months, and thus I'm picking it up today. I really like the fact that they run from levels 1-30 to allow for some real fun either running these guys all along, or just picking one here or there to try out some high level characters' abilities and such. Should be a blast.
All in all, great to see some more published adventures for 4e. I'm still an old fogie who loves his Moldvay/Cook/Marsh Basic and Expert box sets, but I'm getting more and more hip to 4e, and really diggin' it. To me, it's all good...it's all D&D.