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A fantastic starting module! (Other user's issues addressed),
This review is from: Hoard of the Dragon Queen (D&D Adventure) (Hardcover)
This is a great module that should be picked up for sure!
Production Value - The book is indisputably high quality. Full color printing, heavy duty binding and fantastic artwork makes the book a pleasure to use.
Layout - The layout is extremely clean, with nice use of color to delineate sidebars and "read-aloud" text.
Writing - The writing is well done, by some big name pros in the industry including Wolfgang Baur and Steve Winter. It's got enough flavor to paint a picture, but is short enough to not overwhelm.
Structure - The adventure is put together in an episodic format throughout the book and each episode has sub-missions that can, generally, be done in whatever order the GM / Players choose. This may not be true for each chapter, but is certainly true for the first.
Cons (I would not actually say there are any *real* cons to this product, but I would like to address some issues other users have mentioned):
Level Range Visibility - Some users have pointed out that it does not state the level range. It does, on the back cover of the book it states that it is from 1-7.
Monsters - There are certainly monsters mentioned that are not found in the book. The reason that this was done is up for debate but you DO NOT need to wait until the Monster Manual or the Dungeon Master's Guide come out. They state in the first pages of the book that there is a free online supplement that they have released that has all of that information (and then some). That info can be found simply by googling "Hoard of the Dragon Queen Free Supplement."
This is a great product that is extremely high quality and should make for the beginning of a very awesome campaign! You would do well to pick yourself up a copy.
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Initial post: Aug 23, 2014, 10:51:08 AM PDT
T. Harris says:
Excellent review, and great clarifications about some of the complaints being lodged.
Posted on Aug 23, 2014, 11:46:02 AM PDT
John Casiello says:
Thanks for the great review!
Just wanted to add that the level range is also given in the second sentence of the Introduction, at the top of page 5.
Posted on Jun 11, 2015, 2:47:57 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2016, 3:08:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2016, 3:09:41 PM PST
Christopher B says:
OK, I am going to seriously answer your painfully bad critique. Why are the maps on half pages and no popouts? Money. Would you rather pay $20 or $50 bucks for this? (although with your attitude I almost doubt you paid anything) Also, why is rushing to print so there is something decent to play in combination with the released rulebook bad? It's not like they are making you PAY for the addendum. If a game console released without any actual games, not only would nobody buy it, but all gamers would ridicule the company that put it out. This was do or die for D&D and Wizards. If this didn't succeed, D&D would have been dead for all time or at least stagnant in an official capacity. People were leaving for other systems because 3.5 on can be absolutely mindbogglingly convoluted and time consuming with all the buffs/debuffs/modifiers, etc. So there, you got the attention that you so desperately craved. I answered your question, despite you clearly only being a troll, with a dead serious answer. You don't like it, don't play it. Personally, I am having an absolute BLAST with it...BTW, the writing is only a suggested dialogue, so if you played it and people seriously had a bad time, that must mean your DM sucked. A good DM can bring just about any "OK" adventure to life. Oh, that was you? Oops, I forgot.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 8, 2016, 5:02:23 PM PST
Posted on Apr 3, 2016, 8:13:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2016, 8:14:20 AM PDT
Why was there a comment deleted? I totally disagree with almost all of your review, having now DM'ed this campaign for over 9 months. You *really* don't believe there are any cons? Did you actually DM this campaign? I could write a small novel on the Cons of this campaign. Overpriced, and a poor quality product. Can you confirm that you are not affiliated with the product in anyway, because I have yet to find a DM that has not been scathing of this product? I have been playing (on and off) for almost 30 years, and I have never seen a more poorly edited campaign or module. What's wrong with rushing it print you ask? Nothing if the price was reasonable, and there was some level of humility about the lack of editing in the document. But for A$50+ that's just not good enough.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2016, 10:42:23 AM PDT
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