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19 January 2013

[Review] Menagerie of the Ice Lord

I'm excited to announce the release of the Digital Orc's latest offering: Menagerie of the Ice Lord!
(In terms of full disclosure, I will say that I was afforded the opportunity to assist in the editing process on this project. I will not, however, be receiving any compensation for my work or review beyond a copy of the finished product.)

Synopsis: Lord Venator lived in a remote mountain top family estate castle overlooking the snowbound village of Nix. An accomplished and enthusiastic hunter, he bored of stuffed trophies and took to keeping his prey alive in a growing menagerie in his expansive abode. A recent malfunction of the magical cages resulted in widespread escape. The Venator family castle is now overrun with vicious beasts and Lord Venator is thought dead. A brave party of adventurers, suspecting the Ice Lord is dead, hurry to loot the icy abode that resembles the valuable magical crystals with which it may be filled. (from The Menagerie of the Ice Lord)

Short review: This product looks terrific!

Longer review: I can't wait to sit down and run my players through this. Although designed as a one-shot adventure, there are sufficient hooks on which to base a pretty good campaign, including hooks to Dylan's other adventures: The Blasphemous Brewery of Pilz, The Horrendous Heap of Sixteen Cities, and The Veiled Invocation. I've decided that the Menagerie will provide a good gateway for my campaign to include these other great Digital Orc adventures.

As with all of Dylan's works, there are some terrific custom creatures. I'm not sure what twisted part of his psyche some of these come from, but bless that little chunk of grey matter. There are some artifacts and treasures to tempt adventurers as well.

The product is filled with Dylan's own artwork and comes well-mapped. The DM running the Menagerie is provided with a custom character sheet. The Menagerie is compatible with Labyrinth Lord rules, but could quickly and easily be converted to another OSR rule set, as well as 3.x, Pathfinder, and (I suppose, if you really have to, I guess) to 4E.

I'd highly recommend this to all of my readers. At $2.99 for PDF or $3.99 for print, it's a great bargain and a welcome addition to any OSR bookshelf. Grab your copy of the Menagerie of the Ice Lord today!
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