Tuesday 7 June 2016

A Faceless Enemy

For a while, I thought that the Dungeon Crawl Classics community had seen the last of Chapter 13 Press with their publication of Tales from the Fallen Empire.  Happily, that has proven not to be the case. A Faceless Enemy, by Oscar Rios, just hit the virtual shelves of RPGNow.

It should be noted that there is no “Compatible With DCC RPG” logo on the cover, and there appears to be no OGL section in the pdf. I am not sure what to think about that….? This is a Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure, and it clearly references the DCC core rulebook for monsters.

Anyway, the adventure is designed for 5th level PCs. As it is recent, I will give no spoilers. It is a good adventure, and although it adheres to the background from the Tales from the Fallen Empire book, it should be easy to adjust to another campaign milieu. There is a great deal of consideration as to how the decisions of the players involved can affect the set-up and outcome of different sections of the adventure. While I have not yet played through the adventure, it seems well thought out and likely to be a great deal of fun.

CAVEAT 1: There are two plot points in the adventure, where one offers an obvious (to me) solution to the other. This shouldn’t damage the adventure, although it may change part of the outcome. The second to last paragraph on page 6 may undo what is revealed on page 17. ‘Nuff said.

CAVEAT 2:  There is a LOT of interaction with NPCs in this adventure. For judges who are ready to jump into multiple roles, this is going to be a blast. Note that, while the decisions of the NPCs are important, the author is pretty damn careful to make sure that those decisions don’t derail the PCs being of central importance.

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