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Review: Kingmaker

19 February, 2012

Kingmaker is a useful and well-built adventure to start a group with as it is full of options and opportunities in play, not restricting a new group to any forced path.  It should serve as solid building block for a new campaign and contains a great deal of play in a small package.

Kingmaker: for 2-8 1st level characters is an 18-page PDF (15-pages if you remove the covers and OGL page) for any Retroclone RPG (such as OSRIC or Labyrinth Lord) written by Eric Jones and published by Ludibrium Games.  This is volume 1 of Ludibrium Games’ Sessions line.

Kingmaker has mostly a traditional two column layout and is easily readable.  The art is black and white and nicely evocative.  A page of tokens for all of the characters that appear in the module (along with blank one for the player characters) is included.

Kingmaker hinges on a simple plot but provides a wide field of options, the characters are hired as caravan guards and are drawn into the events.  A roster of interesting NPCs to interact with along with a set of scheduled (to the GM’s pace) and triggered events allow for this module to play out in a wide variety of ways depending on the choices of the players and the luck of the dice.

Beyond the adventure itself, there is a brief discussion on how it resolves will affect the campaign world.  Appendices contains eight pre-generated characters, a new monster, magic item and spell.

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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