In the Pages – A review of Princes of the Apocalypse
System: Dungeon and Dragons
Company: Wizards of the Coast
Edition: 5th Edition
Release Year: 2015
Best Place to Get: Amazon.com
Book Type: Module Book
Can Get Used: Yes
Who needs it: DM
By now you have figured out I am reviewing in the order that the books came out, with some exceptions. So next on the list is the Princes of Apocalypse Module Book. This is an updated version of the Temple of Elemental Evil and Return to the Temple of the elemental evil storyline. Let me tell you it brings it back with some flash and fury.
The four cults are back, and a lot more devastating. Though the players might not encounter them except for small groups in the beginning. The module book does a very good slow intro through a series of small adventures before it plummets the players into the epic fights at the end. Designed to bring first level players up to speed with the current standings of the cults of Elemental Evil. It takes them on a tour that eventually ends up in the Temple of the Elder Evil.
The book brings 43 new Monsters and Villian! Top it off with 15 New Magic Items, 1 new Character Race, and several new spells and you have almost a supplemental rule book along with the 6 episodic module book!
Expert Set (1e) / Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (2e)
We all remember the Temple of Elemental Evil (T1-4) and how some of our characters did not make it through it or ended up releasing Zuggtmoy into the world and having to deal with her. True to its form this book does an excellent job of recreating that apprehension.
Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition (3e)
.In the Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil, we delved into the Temple of Elemental Evil from a 3E point of view. This one takes it to the next level and brings back the cults, with a kicker. They have their own temples our players have to go through to find the Elder Temple.
What people are saying
While perusing the reviews on different sites have come across the following of what people are saying
- Great stuff, although it is a beast if you run it from start to stop
- DM needs to make some on the fly modifications as they go
- Non-Linear Campaign
Summoning it All Up
If you liked the original Temple of Elemental or Return to Temple of elemental evil this one is for you. Those who do not mind making some on the fly changes due to its non-linear quest lines will have no problems running it. I would recommend reading the book all the way through before running with players. I do this often with module books to make notes on where I can make stopping points.
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As always if you have suggestions or comments, please post below.
-Archon Del Noche
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