I love it when Kickstarters get fulfilled. I love it even more when I open my mail box and think, “What the heck is this package? Oh yeah….” So this bad boy just hit my mail box.
I’ve ranted about Art of the Genre’s stuff before so I won’t go into too much detail here but I’ll do a little recap. The Folio is their standard line of products. The Black Label products are the adult/risque line. So they aren’t for everybody. The GM could just fade to black or take out the naughty bits but there’s still some artwork that’s best not shared with the kids (or at work).
This Complete Collection contains six full adventures plus three mini-adventures. The Sins of the The Three Sisters, The Hall of the Spider Queen, and White Witch, Black Stone are stand alone adventures. While Liar of the Slaver Succubus; Dagger, Venom, Throne, and Before the Necrotic Gate are a linked trilogy. And they are all dual stated for 5E and old school games.
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I don’t often plug Kickstarters. Every time that I do folks pop out the shadows and want to plug their Kickstater. Just like reviews, I plug the one’s I like and one’s that I put my money where my mouth is back it myself. And I’ve already backed the previous Indiegogo campaigns that funded some of the original adventures so it’s time to do a little rant on those.
So what’s the Folio Black Label series? Let’s just get the point. These adventures are more adult and risque than your standard adventures. So yes. Warning. Boobies and sex. So if that freaks you out or you don’t want the children flipping through the pages then you might want to give it pass. That being said, sex is easily one of those dials that a GM and the players can set for their own group.
As I said previously, I backed the Indiegogo Campaigns for the final trilogy in the Complete Folio: Lair of the Slaver Succubus; Dagger, Venom, Throne; and Before the Necrotic Gate. I’ve already got my PDF’s of Slaver Succubus and Dagger, Venom, Throne so I’m basing much of this on those adventures.
Overall, the adventures are interesting and well written. They aren’t “Kick in the Door, Kill the Monster, Loot the Room” style of adventures but there’s still plenty of that and good old dungeon crawling. So the adventures do take some thought and may required some stealth or other tactics. Plus there’s a slew of new monsters and magic items that fun and just downright quirky. And it’s one of the few times that I’ve seen someone put a privy in a dungeon.
Another that makes these shine for me is that they are dual statted for 5E and old-school games. Yippee! And speaking of doubling up. The maps are both standard top down grid and a nifty isometric version.
With all that being said, Art of the Genre does have some pretty cool adventures and supplements that part of the Black Label series. I’ve personally found The Storyteller’s Arcana is filled with some very cool thoughts and resources for GMing.
This is a great game. I’m in no way saying you shouldn’t go out and support this one. Heck, I know that I will. I’m just thinking about how much money I want to throw at the Kickstarter. I already have PDF’s of the 1st and 2nd Editions. Note: I do have a fondness for the original cover. So I still really want this for all the updates. But I still have fresh in my mind a more recent post, What games are you playing? What’s gathering dust? I do have to admit to myself that this might end up in the reference/inspiration section. Please, don’t take this as that’s there’s anything wrong with it. I really like the game. I know already said that.
I’m always kitbashing and making house rules. I don’t think that there’s a single game that I run that isn’t modified in some way. Some more than others. I suppose that if I were ever to run my own fantasy heartbreak campaign, it would take about half dozen rule books with little bits and bobs taken from here and there.
So yes. I know that I’m going to back this one. I just haven’t decided on what level yet. I really want to grab up hard copies. I’m just trying to justify it to myself. And that’s really why I’m rambling here. Hmm. How much do I want to spend?
Let me tell about how much luck that Steve the Paladin had in our last session, and yet another thing that’s different between old and new games. Plus some call-ins and shout outs.
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It’s Episode 6 and in this episode, I go on a rant about a couple of things. So if you’re publisher on Drivethru. Please categorize your products accordingly. It’s annoying. And here’s another gaming confession. I dislike crafting when the PC’s just sit around and make stuff, and domain play where they spend more time being bureaucrats then adventurers. Also, a long rant about the dumbest thing in Supplement 2: Black Moor.
And some shout outs to some cool Kickstarters. Swords & Wizardry Boxed Set Hunters in Death The Phylactery
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