Monday 12 December 2016

DCC Lankhmar: Masks of Lankhmar

Masks of Lankhmar is a 1st level adventure written by Michael Curtis and published by Goodman Games. It contains art by Doug Kovacs and Brad McDevitt. This is part of the DCC Lankhmar series, published under license from the estate of the late Fritz Lieber.

DCC Lankhmar characters start at 1st level, rather than experiencing a 0-level funnel, so this is an introductory adventure.

This is an urban-based scenario, as is appropriate for a game set in Nehwon. Not all of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser's adventures occurred in Lankhmar's sprawling metropolis, but enough did to make the city feel more than "right" for a first outing. In DCC Lankhmar terms, this is the "meet", where Our Heroes encounter each other for the first time.

The adventure is written to accommodate the free-wheeling style of play in an urban environment (and DCC Lankhmar overall), including an optional encounter and event. Some rules for chases are included (pending full rules when DCC Lankhmar is released), which may be useful to judges of any flavor of Dungeon Crawl Classics. Certainly, the adventure would not be out of place if reskinned to Harley Stroh's Punjar.

The Fritz Leiber influences are strong, including a potential trip to the Plaza of Dark Delights. An encounter with "crypt spices" offers a nice homage to the Mouser's entrancement in Bazaar of the Bizarre.

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