By Thilo Graf
As in the first three issues, we kick off this issue with news from the front – though different ones this time around – instead of a letter, we actually get a kind of editorial that sums up the stance of the church of the One True God on the war against the Old One’s spawn. The writing ranks among the best I’ve seen in any Vathak-related product – two thumbs up!
Immersion is king in this type of publication and a call to serve in the army only helps this product’s presentation, as are sentences from royal engineers and a rousing appeal to the honourable soldiers that set themselves apart in battle. Supplemented are these this time around stellar pieces of prose by a new feat, which allows for more cohorts or followers for distinguished leaders. Nice! A tally of the casualties and discharged from the hospital lends yet another edge to this product’s flavour.
Sir Timothy’s Emporium also scores this time, by providing us with Vellum that helps duplicating texts, maps etc. – glorious and one of the items I wonder why no one else had created this before. Instead of local news/hooks, we this time around get a truly disturbing article – the Seet Meat Murderer, a twisted individual and mass murderer who has travelled the lands with his mobile butcher’s cart, killing as many as 135 people – and coming with a signature feat to make you a truly twisted torture master. better yet, instead of a monster, the final pages are devoted to full stats for this disturbing villain, allowing you to pit him against your players.
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn’t notice any significant glitches this time around. Layout adheres to the b/w-2-column standard and the pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.
Wow. Of all the issues of Vathak Times, of all Vathak supplements, really, this has the best and most concise writing – exciting, twisted, evil and chockfull with great ideas and oozing fluff, this issue is a blast to read and vastly superior to all other released in the series so far – a well-deserved 5 stars + seal of approval rating is thus in order!
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