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Review – Adventurers Wanted Vol. 2

18 February, 2010

Adventurers Wanted, Volume 2 is a 7-page PDF (6 pages if you remove the OGL page) compatible with the D20 3.5/OGL system written by David Caffee, Illustrated by Anthony Cournoyer and published by Scorched Urf’ Studios.  This product is part of the Adventurers Wanted line.

The layout is full page for the Adventurers Wanted posters and two columns for the adventure text itself.  The only art is the Cournoyer piece that is repeated, naturally, on each of posters.  Its lists itself as being an OGL product (even including the OGL) but the suggested monsters are described and organized for 4e D&D.  Confusing that.

The idea behind adventurers wanted is to have small adventures that can be easily included in any campaign, ready to be stitched into an ongoing game with minimal preparation.  The poster -which comes in English, Dwarven and Elvish versions- frame the situation and present a route for adventure for the player characters.

The basic adventure that follows is more sketched than fully prepared, a pretty classic ‘monster hunt’ in dangerous territory.  Some suggestions are made as to opposition and challenges along the way as well as other store threads and complications that could be added.  But it is really bare bones, no maps, no suggestions for presenting the named villain, Dragon Bone, or suggestions for what the massive bone club he uses (from which he gets his name) really is.

This product suffers from the same flaws as the first one in this line, it provides too loose of a frame work to be just dropped into a game which is its stated design aim.  For future products in this line the following would be excellent improvements: the information on major non-player characters could be expanded, more adventure options could be provided and suggestions for obstacles and setting various scenes (especially the confrontation with the main villain) could be included.

Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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