This installment of "The Sinking" is 17 pages long, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 1 page SRD, 1 page advertisement and 1 page back cover, leaving 12 pages of content, so let's check it out!
This being an adventure-review, the following contains SPOILERS, so potential players might want to jump to the conclusion.
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Politics Unusual is an interesting scenario to say the least - the PCs are hired by the right-hand man of an upstart Azindralean politician who plans a rally and a political speech in an amphitheater - unfortunately, trouble is to be expected and the PCs are supposed to make sure the rally goes through without violence erupting. The PCs get 2 plants in the crowd to help them deal with complications and each action of the PCs might earn them victory points, thus deciding the ultimate success or failure of the speech and perhaps even be the deciding factor of the rise of a new star in local politics.
The complications are AWESOME, and I don't say that lightly - from self-immolating wannabe martyrs, summoned fire beetles, insurgent clerics throwing rotten vegetables, bards etc. - the PCs will be hard-pressed indeed to keep the whole affair unbloody and resolved as subtle as possible. To add to the whole imaginative set-up, each section of the speech is actually depicted in extracts, adding to the awesome atmosphere. Add to that a stellar finale with a deadly villain that may see the PCs make a true difference after becoming legends via the politician's speech and even reform a foe into a cohort, and we're in for one of the best possible scenarios at this length.
Editing and formatting are very good, while I did notice some minor glitches, they did not impede my enjoyment of the file. Layout adheres to the 2-column standard and features beautiful b/w-artworks. The pdf also comes with extensive bookmarks. Author Rob Manning delivers the as of yet, by far most uncommon and excellent adventure in the whole series - socially-driven, featuring plentiful ways to solve the individual problems and offering a chance for the PCs to make a difference, this pdf is an excellent example of concise adventure design, leaving me with nothing to be desired from this installment of The Sinking. If you get one of the adventures from this series, get this one. my final verdict is 5 stars and the Endzeitgeist seal of approval, for the low price you have no reason not to check this out.
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