Ring Side Report-RPG Review of Dungeon Crawl Classics #94: Neon Knights

Product– Dungeon Crawl Classics #94: Neon Knights

System-DCC RPG

Producer– Goodman Games

Price– $6.99  here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/221855/Dungeon-Crawl-Classics-94-Neon-Knights?affiliate_id=658618

TL; DR-Two tastes that don’t quite go together. 78%

Basics-How do we stop a hoard who feels no pain!  Zombies or unfeeling monsters have surrounded the town, and you are called to aid the defence.  But mid-meeting you are whisked away to do the bidding of a wizard.  Can you save the town and stop being a mister fixit on call?

Mechanics or Crunch-This adventure is short!  The major bad guy is the wizard who keeps summoning you.  You can fight the zombies, but the book makes it seem like you will die.  As a DM I would kill you as well.  The tower with the wizard isn’t bad, but he also is pretty much the only thing in it.  It’s a short dungeon with balanced fights, but just not enough of them.  It’s a little too old school as you have to find the fights and the goods here as opposed to them being out in the open for you to pillage and kill.  I didn’t hate it, but it will require you to punch up the adventure to keep your group involved.  4/5

Theme or Fluff-There are not one, but two things for the PCs to face. But, they are tied together.  BUT, only you, the GM, really get that.  The wizard only brings you in when he needs help.  You have to find and explore the place in seven rounds before he sends you back.  The zombies are ok, but why are they here?  I know why because I read the book, but it feels like two different adventures put together.   I didn’t hate this, but even after reveals, my players felt like there were really two adventures here.  Both of the singles are good, but together it’s three Michelen star steak mixed with gold ribbon winning chocolate.  Maybe these two things shouldn’t go together.  3/5

Execution–  PDF?  YEP!  Hyperlinked?  no…That’s honestly my biggest gripe here.  The execution isn’t bad.  I would like clean maps I can show my players without having things marked on the map that they find.  Text read fast and I could play quickly.  It is one of the standard well put together DCC modules I know and love.  4.75/5

Summary-I don’t hate this one, but this might not be the first adventure I show to new players.  I was able to turn this to keeping my players on the purple planet.  It works well that way, but the basic story gets lost in most of the GM fluff.  Not bad, but unless the players work to make friends with their captor, they won’t get it.  The dungeon needs more pieces and stuff to play with in the form of fights or toys.  The presentation is good, but I still want hyperlinks!  Overall, it’s an ok adventure that is maybe a bit too stuffed with disparate things.  78%

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