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Four Against Darkness: A solitaire dungeon-delving pen-and-paper game: Volume 1

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Caves of the Kobold Slave-Masters is an adventure for 1st-2nd level characters divided into three parts lasting a couple of hours. It starts with a pre-generated dungeon, to continue instead with one to be generated randomly and ends with a decisive battle. Remember how I just wrote that you shouldn’t bring up real world politics in the Facebook group? Well, this ain’t Facebook and there’s some real world shit that’s affecting the game. While Andrea Sfiligoi is originally from Italy, he moved to Ukraine some time ago. You probably see where this is going. Rich Horton on An Extravagant and Wonderful Fantasy with Assassins, Ghosts, and Necromancers: Saint Death’s Daughter by C. S. E. Cooney

The Expansion

Let’s have a loot at an expansion that figuratively continues the basic manual. Four Against the Abyss is a set of rules and options to expand the game and raise the adventurers to the ninth level. The dice evolve from d6 to d8 (and explode with 7 or 8, so very volatile). It starts with casually generating Four Against Darkness dungeon but what is inside it is determined by new tables.

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The layout is standard two column format, with clear text and very easy to read tables. It is simple but effective. Neither in cost nor in content is it a product that will attract readers with refinement or visual impact. It was designed to be pleasant, immediate and immediate to use. Supplement: Four Against the Abyss Systems like Labyrinth Lord, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Basic Fantasy Roleplaying, OSRIC, and (my personal favorite) Old School Essentials all bear a more than passing resemblance to the Moldvay Cook editions of D&D from the early 80s (and modules for one system can be very easily used in any of the others), but they each have their own unique communities that play them. Speaking of variety, last but not least Knight of Destiny adventure is the latest product, published in Italy a few days ago. It is an adventure for a 3rd level wandering knight in search of the holy Grail.

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It is not a game-book or a choose-your-own-adventure book. There is no prose to read or numbered sections to go to, even if we could do something like that in a supplement. Here, we face a completely different setting. It is an outdoor adventure, so we have inns and encounters instead of corridors and dungeons.

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