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Party of 1: Elgar Fletch and the Dark Army (solo adventure) $2.99
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Party of 1: Elgar Fletch and the Dark Army (solo adventure)
Publisher: Kobold Press
by James H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/11/2014 02:44:43
This is my favorite of the Party of 1 adventures, probably because the hero is a ranger, and ranger has been my favorite class for years. The game plays like a Choose Your Own Adventure book and is quite entertaining. Elgar is a likable character and with stats for him at both 1st level and 3rd level, he can be added to a tabletop game with only minor tweaking.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Party of 1: Elgar Fletch and the Dark Army (solo adventure)
Publisher: Kobold Press
by Olivier M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/06/2013 15:08:16
This was my first try at a Party of 1 and it was an overall pleasant experience. The writing is nice and the characters lively. You get a good sense of place if anything.

I expected to find a character sheet and rules in the front but there are no rules and the sheets are at the back. Why? Because you learn how to play as you go. If you are a veteran Pathfinder player, this might not be your cup of tea. If you want an introduction to basic PF mechanics, though, this is great, and you don't even need a GM to play it!

A little sour note though: some more in-depth mechanics are taken into account but not explained, so the teaching only goes so far. Maybe worse: I have found a few number mistakes in the character sheets. This does not break this game in any way, but hinders the use of the character in an actual tabletop game, too bad.

The last thing is that it is somewhat short overall and the ending (the one I reached at least) felt somewhat anti-climactic.

All I can hope is that the series keeps going with bigger and better chapters in the future.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Party of 1: Elgar Fletch and the Dark Army (solo adventure)
Publisher: Kobold Press
by Sergei P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/29/2012 11:22:09
Nice and short (83 entries) gamebook intended for those who are totally unfamiliar not only with RPGs but with gamebooks too.

There is no 'where should I go?' options (the only one - use road or go straight through the wood) - as for me this is good. You do should keep track of time but not in this irritating manner with counting hours (at best) and minutes - and this is good, all is very simple but working and interesting.

The only flaw is there are too many entries with the only possible option - of couse not so many than in typical CYOA gamebook, but too many for FF gamebook.

What else? There are codewords (only two but the adventure itself is a short one) and combined with time-tracking they make this game really cool. There is no 'hidden passages' (you know 'you find silver ring 74' - and when you are asked about silver ring you should add '+74' to the number of your current entry and continue reading from this).

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Party of 1: Elgar Fletch and the Dark Army (solo adventure)
Publisher: Kobold Press
by Thilo G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/10/2012 03:46:34
This pdf is 16 pages long, 1 page front cover/editorial, 1 page SRD, leaving 14 pages for this GM-less adventure for one player, so let's check this out!

Remember the "Choose your own adventure"-novels? Well, this is essentially a GM-less adventure for one player that follows the same format. Seeing that anyone who might be interested in the module will perceive any detailed information on it as spoilers, I'm only going to go into the most rudimentary of information.

The hero of this module, Elgar Fetch (stats for 1st and 3rd level are provided, though the latter is assumed to be the default) is a kind-hearted man who lives a good life as a trapper and ranger in a little village. Life has been good to him and he has quite some money to buy pieces of equipment in the town. This is the first scene and depending on what he buys, later decisions will be influenced. After the short shopping trip, Elgar will meet the town-beauty, who is obviously in love with the awkward ranger and it is after that meeting that things turn ugly. Suffice to say, Elgar will determine the fate of the nation's capital with his skills and the adventure provides quite a smattering of different choices and essentially two basic paths to follow. Oh, and there's some potential for even tricking a rather major adversary. Were I to hold anything against the module, it would be the lack of a exciting final confrontation, but that remains only a minor blemish.

Conclusion:
Editing and formatting are top-notch, I didn't notice any glitches. Layout adheres to a two-column standard and the pdf has no bookmarks. Non-fluff-information is in red, which is somewhat subpar, as, when printed out, the two different colors become indistinguishable in b/w. Elgar is a sympathetic, if somewhat awkward and nice hero to identify with and is much more colorful than Kalgor in the first Party of 1. In fact, I very much preferred Elgar's adventure - the choices matter more, there are more solutions to most problems and the different outcomes vary enough to offer some replay-value. That being said, presentation (with the red) is not yet optimized and the lack of bookmarks is another minor downer. Additionally, the lack of a true climax somewhat, at least for me, deters from the overall appeal - here, Kalgor's adventure is superior. Also, the opposing forces remain mostly undeveloped and potential for a certain affliction has been omitted. My final verdict for Elgar's adventure will thus be 4 stars - a good module that could have been stellar.

Endzeitgeist out.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Party of 1: Elgar Fletch and the Dark Army (solo adventure)
Publisher: Kobold Press
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/28/2012 13:28:37
This second in the 'Party of One' solo adventures follows the same format as the first, diving straight in to the first paragraph of the adventure then directing you to the next bit to read, and with the character sheets - for Elgar as both a Level 1 and a Level 3 Ranger - tucked away at the end. All you need are some dice, the necessary game mechanics being explained as and when they arise.

Starting as a backwoods youth, skilled at hunting and trapping, young Elgar Fletch begins the adventure as he's wondering what to treat himself with after selling some pelts to a local trader. Soon he's shuffling his feet around a local lass who's clearly sweet on him and then... well, you pick your route through the rest.

There's plenty for Elgar to do, and to fight with, as he betakes himself through his woodland home and, for the first time in his life, beyond. There are people to talk to, secrets to discover, a mad dash to the capital city and - if you get it all right - a kingdom to save. You might even get the king's thanks... as for the girl... wait and see!

It's an engaging adventure with enough going on that you can play it more than once, discovering new things and finding other places to go and people to meet. Ideal for a quiet moment when you cannot find anyone with whom to play.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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