The first review of Shadows of Forgotten Kings is in, and it dragged Gus from Dungeon of Signs out of self-imposed retirement to write it!
“A lost city jungle adventure that emphasizes both the tragedy of the city’s ancient fate and firmly roots the adventure in a swords & sorcery setting that is refreshingly mysterious and dangerous seeming compared to 5E’s default high fantasy…”
Ever since I discovered Zzarchov Kowolski’s work via Lamentations of the Flame Princess, I’ve been in awe of his adventures and adventure design. He writes adventures that are easy to run as a DM, but still feel complex and intertwined – especially from the player side of the table.
“The core mysteries of the lost city – it’s deadly insect curse is near impossible to fix, and instead creates an environment where exploration must take place at night (risking ghost panther attack in certain areas) – making it a puzzle to solve rather then an obstacle to overcome. Puzzles and traps a a huge part of Forgotten Kings and they are generally excellent – providing opportunities to gain treasure and clues and offering players a chance to solve problems creatively without being stymied by a bad die roll.”
(Source: Dyson’s Dodecahedron)