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The Hidden Current 4E

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The Hidden Current 4E
Publisher: Blackbyrne Publishing
by Kurt R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/21/2012 12:45:28
I haven't begun the adventure with my group yet, but having read through the campaign several times I must say I am very impressed with the thought and detail put into the adventure. The author has done a good job with party scaling (based on the number/level of PC's), and it looks like several angles are explored to provide hooks for the party to remain engaged. The encounters seem well balanced and are well-contextualized within the frame of the story (no "filler" encounters). The maps provided are very helpful with the visualization of the encounters, as well. Full 1" grid maps are included for the DM to lay out for quick encounter set-ups; this is much appreciated and will definitely help in streamlining the campaign.

I will add to the review after the adventure has been completed. So far, so good, though.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Hidden Current 4E
Publisher: Blackbyrne Publishing
by Donald J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/25/2010 14:40:24
This adventure was a real time saver for running with my gaming group. It includes battle maps for every encounter, not just one double-sided poster for two encounters usually offered in WoTC 4e publications. The background story, combat encounters and skill challenges create a cohesive plot that unfolds nicely before the players as they face the challenges before them. The artwork and maps are good quality for the price of the adventure and the layout of the publication helps the GM to streamlessly deliver a good gaming experience. I will definitely purchase future installments in the Dark Veil campaign.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Hidden Current 4E
Publisher: Blackbyrne Publishing
by Ed G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/20/2010 16:07:46
http://www.robotviking.com/2010/04/16/send-your-adventurers--
upstream-with-the-hidden-current/

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Hidden Current 4E
Publisher: Blackbyrne Publishing
by Doug H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/16/2010 10:55:21
Maybe it was the purple frame round the cover picture or the old black-and-white sketches of the end NPCs in this adventure but it brought me back to my first D&D adventure Keep on the Borderlands which was published in 1979. Combined with the high-quality maps produced using the Campaign Cartographer mapping program. The hidden current created a highly enjoyable experience when I first read through this adventure. The author in his introduction to the Hidden Current explains that he was trying to achieve an old-time feel of earlier versions of Dungeons & Dragons and for me he has exquisitely done just that.

There are several things in this adventure that I liked beyond its general style. Without giving too much away for anyone reading this review that is considering buying the Hidden Current I will outline a couple of them.

Far too often I have purchased products that had a treasure list of items that my players didn't need. The author of this adventure had a simple solution. When the treasure from an encounter did involve magic items the author specify the level and left it up to the game master to decide what the treasure was. Quoting the author he says, "since only the GM will know what the players will need/want."

I found a trap in the adventure well thought out for the thinking players. Even if your players are new to Dungeons & Dragons it can be resolved to a satisfactory conclusion. If your players are the hack and slash types unfortunately they will have to reconsider their approach for the next encounter.

This product is basically a one-person production with some help from contributing artists, which the author explains in his forward. I mention this so anyone reading this review appreciates that it took significant amount of work for an individual to create this adventure. Which is something we do not see in products produced by most companies.

I hope to see future adventures from Blackbyrne publishing.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Hidden Current 4E
Publisher: Blackbyrne Publishing
by Ian J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/04/2010 18:32:24
This is a good 4th addition D&D adventure it contains everything a GM needs including maps for miniatures. The story is enjoyable and I will be buying future products from this company.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Thank you for the positive review, I am glad you enjoy our product, it's always rewarding to have loyal customers!
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