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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Review of Prince Charming, Reanimator (Dungeon Crawl Classics)



(I wish I could be more explicit in this review, but I really don't want to give away any spoilers. This module is just too good to risk ruining it for someone...)

Synopsis


In Prince Charming, Reanimator, by the prolific Daniel J. Bishop, we get a fantastic third party module for Dungeon Crawl Classics. The module begins with Sleeping Beauty lying in an enchanted castle; the cold Prince Hubert Charming has recruited village peasants to retrieve her. Danger, enchantment, comedy, and horror await PC's in this twisted take on classic fairy tales.

Impressions


Prince Charming, Reanimator is a perfect 0-level funnel. I believe it would be a great way to introduce new players to Dungeon Crawl Classics. It has all the elements needed to make for an epic night of gaming, including fun and unique NPC's, monsters, and artifacts. Beneath the fairy tale surface, the module features a dark, creepy vibe that really takes it to the next level.

Suggestions


The drawings were well done, and the layout was fine, but the maps were only adequate. I'm being a bit picky here, but I feel that hand drawn maps would have added to the module's old school vibe. Of course, considering how easy it is to draw one's own version of the maps, this is not a big deal.

Also, some of the module descriptions are a bit long. When the game is in full swing, they can be difficult to parse for relevant information. Before running this module, I recommend judges spend time going through the module with a highlighter.

Verdict


As usual, Daniel J. Bishop manages to hit all the sweet spots. Buy it, play it, and let it inspire you to make your own dark, weird, and creepy versions of classic fairy tales. Highly recommended!

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