In the Pages – A review of The Storm King’s Thunder
System: Dungeons and Dragons
Company: Wizards of the Coast
Edition: 5th Edition
Release Year: 2016
Best Place to Get: Amazon.com
Book Type: Module Book
Can Get Used: Yes
Who needs it: DM
Welcome to the Forgotten Realms frozen north! That is where this adventure module book takes place. I will say that if you have a problem with giants, just skip this book entirely, because this is all about them. The adventure starts out simple enough with a giant attack on a village and then as it progresses you find out a lot more about giant culture and traditions as your PCs get wrapped up in some very big intrigue.
The chapters are laid out based on what level the characters in the party should be to handle it. Which is really nice, you can see that the WotC people started to really put some thought into the adventures. Keep in mind this is a semi-linear adventure with multiple chapters and based on what I have read, characters will probably exit the adventure around level 11 (Starting from level 1).
Keep your battle map handy because the mapping of something areas is quite detailed. That means as a DM we are going to have to be able to move around a bit getting map setup so that PCs are not able to see all of it once. The module adds 17 New Magic Items, 31 Monsters and NPCs, and Details the Frozen North very well.
Expert Set (1e) / Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (2e)
If you liked the Against the Giants Series (G1 to G3) this is right up your alley. We are back figuring out who to trust in the giant kingdom and the plot twists are really nice.
Dungeons and Dragons 3rd Edition (3e)
Revenge of the Giants Modules came into mind when I was reading this module book. So if you liked that module, you are going to love this one with the Forgotten Realms flavor.
What people are saying
While perusing the reviews on different sites have come across the following of what people are saying
- The storyline is natural and it made the PC group want to stick together
- Improved DM material in the front of the book
- The module is slow-paced
Summoning it All Up
Overall, I found the read very exciting. The additional DM materials allowed me to see what paths characters would need to take to complete the module. Not to mention it detailing out the Frozen North areas and the Giant Culture. You still will need to take some notes. Something also of note is that previous module campaigns have tie ins listed in the books so that your characters can transition over from them.
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As always if you have suggestions or comments, please post below.
-Archon Del Noche
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