Brazilian author/illustrator Alex Damaceno (@gnarledmonster) is back to bring you issue #2 of Beyond the Borderlands.
Palewood trees spread their scarlet foliage across the Bloody Ravine. A waterfall thunders nearby, and the air feels fresh and sweet. This place doesn't look as bad as expected....
Beyond the Borderlands Issue #2 contains 6 dungeons, a bestiary of 60 old school monsters and NPCs, heaps of treasure and thrilling dangers. The monsters here haven't caught humans invading their homes in quite a while, so adventurers will have an opportunity to engage socially with the various factions of the valley. However, if players come in brandishing weapons, a clever alert system makes it easy for the game master to ratchet up the tension around the valley in a meaningful way.
Everything you need to run a dungeon, from encounters to loot, to the general behavior of the inhabitants can be found on a single page spread. He even provides you with each dungeon's total population making it easy to handle payer's sneaky (or brash) plans.
The first 250 orders will also receive a bonus 5" x 7" sticker sheet of monsters and NPCs. All orders will receive a handy tracking sheet for all six of the dungeons, and a copy of Alex's mini-zine Dungeon Reavers, the system used for stats in Beyond the Borderlands.
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The second installment of the BtB series continued where the first left off - with chock-loads of material, tons of encounters, and copious amounts of cool art. Short adventures in several small locales make for great single-session runs that provide players with lots of choices to pick from. The monster and NPC art in the back is also fantastic, a great add-on! I look forward to #3!
This series, only two books long at this point, is delightful. It has these vibrant isometric layouts of the keep and surrounding areas. The second one has a mini bestiary with each monster illustrated, NPCs, a few dungeons, and more. I'm looking forward to the compiled work, a color hardcover, perhaps with ribbons. If you've ever run or wanted to run Keep on the Borderland, this is a great resource.