This pdf clocks in at 2 pages and is a mini-dungeon. This means we get 2 pages content, including a solid map (alas, sans player-friendly version) and all item/monster-stats hyperlinked to d20pfsrd.com’s shop and thus, absent from the pdf, with only deviations from the statblocks being noted for the GM.
Since this product line’s goal is providing short diversions, side-quest dungeons etc., I will not expect mind-shattering revelations, massive plots or particularly smart or detailed depictions, instead tackling the line for what it is. This is one of the optional expansions for AAW Games’ superb Snow-White mega-adventure and thus has a certain fairy-tale-flair and can easily added into the superb mega-module.
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This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS. Potential players may wish to jump to the conclusion.
So, this is an expansion to Snow-White and completely optional – the second half of the module, is, as you know, pretty much a free-form wilderness exploration of the haunted forest that lives and breathes by the unique flora and fauna. Sooner or later, the PCs will have to camp. This mini-dungeon basically provides a small clearing and the campfire and surrounding things – beyond random (or not so random) encounters on the trail there, the PCs can find bladebark leaaves here (depending on the current season) and a small cave-entrance hides a twisted item that could really vex the PCs – a magic candle with three types of wax – yellow, orange and red – while the first phases are beneficial, the red wax results in rather nasty repercussions, making it thoroughly fitting for fey – always tip-toeing the line between the whimsical and disturbing. Additionally, the candle hides another, potentially lethal secret…what secret? Not going to spoil that here – download it and you’ll see…
Editing and formatting are very good, I noticed no significant glitches. Layout adheres to a beautiful 2-column full-color standard and the pdf comes sans bookmarks, but needs none at this length. Cartography is full color and surprisingly good for such an inexpensive pdf, but there is no key-less version of the map to print out and hand to your players.
Jonathan G. Nelson’s campsite is perhaps the most universally useful of the Snow-White mini-dungeons: While having the main Snow-White book and using this in conjunction with it obviously is the most rewarding way, this can be inserted into just about every forest. Granted, there is not much going on – but there doesn’t need to be. This is as unpretentious as it gets – a humble campfire encounter/scene with a great idea – how much more can you ask for in a mini-supplement like this, much less a FREE one? My final verdict will clock in at 5 stars + seal of approval.
You can get this nice set-pice environment for FREE here on OBS!