Pyramid Review

H1, Keep on the Shadowfell (for Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition)

Published by Wizards of the Coast

Written by Bruce R. Cordell & Mike Mearls

Cover by William O'Connor

Illustrated by Miguel Coimbra & Eric Deschamps

Cartography by Mike Schley & Jason Engle

Card folio with 80-page & 16-page full-color booklets and three Double-Sided Maps; $30

With the launch of Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition everywhere today -- have you gotten yours yet? -- everyone now knows what the new game is like. Yet for the past few weeks, gamers have been able to get a big taste of what we can hold in our hands right now, with H1, Keep on the Shadowfell. This is the first scenario for the new edition, the first part of a campaign that will take the player characters from 1st through to 30th level, and the first product released for it. This makes it quite a significant item, but then its significance does not end there, for H1, Keep on the Shadowfell also includes the rules needed to play the scenario. Not all of the rules of the game are included, but still enough to get a character from 1st to 3rd level.

What you get is a card folder with pockets for two booklets and three double-sided poster maps. The left-hand booklet is the 80-page scenario, while the right-hand booklet is the 16-page Quick-Start Guide to the rules for both players and DM that also includes a set of five ready-to-play characters for use with the scenario. The double-sided maps depict encounter areas within the scenario. Almost everything . . .

This article originally appeared in the second volume of Pyramid. See the current Pyramid website for more information.

Article publication date: June 6, 2008

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