Post by johnbrawn1972 on Aug 29, 2017 13:01:08 GMT
This is the next book from my 99p buys. The book itself is in rather a poor state but it is still fine to read and what a read it is. Warlock especially seems to express language suitable for 8-12 year olds whereas this seems suitable for a teenager so it is more attractive for an adult sensibility. I have not tried a minimal stats attempt with dice.
The skill bonuses are a little bit ambiguous. Does the +2 skill bonus apply or not? The rules seem to suggest there are no limits for skill yet they apply as normal to luck. The wonderfully monikered Potion Of Berserk Rage must apply in a wide sense or else it is useless. Shades of The Port of Peril. Annoyingly sometimes specific initial stats increases are clear sometimes not.
I only played this book from darvill Evans. I have read here oftenly that his later books are better, but I sincerely doubt it. Beneath nightmares castle is so so good!!
I think all his books are pretty strong. I don't really like how Willpower is handled in Beneath Nightmare Castle and the illustrations are a mixed bag, but otherwise I can't fault it.
Portal of Evil is a stronger concept in my opinion and has a lot of fun sequences though it leads you by the hand a bit too much. A couple of subquests add greatly to the story but actually make the book a lot harder which is a wee bit annoying.
Spectral Stalkers is great, it's basically a collection of wacky mini adventures. There's one lengthy segment I don't much care for and the mini adventures can feel a bit pointless but it's definitely one of the most imaginative books in the series.
So yeah you can't go too wrong with any of them - Peter Darvill Evans is a firm contender for best FF author in my opinion.