Much better than I expected! Perfectly enjoyable little adventure. Jul 27, Karissa rated it really liked it. I got an eGalley of this book through NetGalley dot com. This book was an interesting concept. Basically it starts with a graphic novel set in the Dark Sun world, then after the graphic novel there is infomation monster stats, maps on running the story as a campaign for a group of Dungeon and Dragons DnD characters.
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The story features an ex-gladiator and a bard who meet in the desert. They are trying to get into a city but run into quite a bit of trouble along the way. The ARC I got only included the first 40 pages, or first part, of the graphic novel story.
Following that was stat info on the monsters the characters ran into during the graphic novel story. Also included was information on the campaign setting, maps, scenarios ect.
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All of the things you would need to run your own group of DnD characters through this graphic novel story. First let's discuss the quality of the graphic novel. The illustration is so-so; very cartoony with sound bubbles blam! The story was much more interesting; this is obviously set on an interesting desert world where there are a lot of conflicting interests slavery exists, as does gladiator fighting, as well as a mysterious symbols and tombs. The dialogue between characters was well done and engaging. Some of the battle scenes were a bit confusing, it was hard to figure out exactly what was going on with the characters.
So overall the graphic novel portion was okay, not exceptional but generally well done. The second portion was all of the campaign setting info. This info seemed very complete. All the enemy creatures actions and stats are there. Scenarios are played out and possible paths addressed. There are maps of the regions and ships etc. The group of DnD characters that would play this campaign follows in a general story similar but not identicle to the one played out in the graphic novel.
This is a neat idea, and the campaign provided is a nice campaign for shortish DnD excursion. Nice for a DnD group that wants a smaller campaign to run through. The campaign does seem to follow the graphic novel story pretty closely though. As a DnD player I would think this would take a bit of fun out of the campaign. If you read through the graphic novel then the element of surprise during the campaign is eliminated; which is part of the fun. I did not get a chance to play through this campaign with my DnD group. Since all of us have small kids we only get hours per month of play time and are dedicted to a many years long campaign right now.
So I probably won't get a chance to play through it with them in the near future. From my read through the campaign looks pretty well set up, although I will be curious to read reviews from people who actually give it a full play through. Overall this is a nifty idea. The graphic novel portion is okay; the illustration is not the best but it does provide an engaging story and a good introduction to the world. The campaign information that follows the graphic novel seems complete and is a cool idea.
It should provide a nice short contained campaign for those who like that; it could also be tied in with a larger DnD campaign.
The only downside I can see is that if you read the graphic novel first, the element of surprise is gone from the campaign. So if you want a small contained campaign in an interesting setting and enjoy fantasy graphic novels I would check this out. Jan 16, Keith Irwin rated it it was ok. This is a comic about a gladiator and a girl and a desert and a key and a secret society and preservation.
If that sounds a little confusing, well, it is. The basic events of the plot are not hard to follow, but the whys for most of the second half are kind of confusing. Basically, about the first third or so is really clear and does some nice fleshing out of characters. But then the two people trying to get back to the city do and then things get unclear. Having read the whole thing, one of the This is a comic about a gladiator and a girl and a desert and a key and a secret society and preservation.
Having read the whole thing, one of the earlier scenes doesn't really make a lot of sense in terms of the later ones. And there's this secret society which plays a big role, but they don't actually bother to explain more or less anything about it. And the author also has a habit of using words without explaining what they mean or giving us sufficient context to figure it out. I thought the art was good, although there were a few actions scenes where I had trouble understanding what was going on the majority were clear. On the whole, I thought this was okay, but could definitely have been much better with a little more refinement to the story-telling process.
View 1 comment. Shelves: sword-and-sorcery , graphic-books , imprint-dark-sun , dungeons-and-dragons , individual-issues. I have to admit that I was not expecting much from this. In fact, i thought it was going to be pretty bad. I was wrong. It was well written and the art was fantastic.
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This was an all around decent book. I think of the strengths was that it was formatted as a mini-series and not an ongoing. While it is certainly open for a sequel, the necessity of ending the story enabled the writer to craft a tighter narrative and focus on some nice character development and progression. The best part is that it I have to admit that I was not expecting much from this.
I've only played Dark Sun a couple times, but it was a nice campaign setting and in many ways this is a nice tribute; but even if you do not have a working knowledge of the world of Athas this is still a tight, enjoyable read. Jun 07, Luc rated it it was ok Shelves: bd , graphic-novel , dystopia , dark-sun , d-d. Bought this as an inspiration for an eventual Dark Sun campaign but this book hardly has any plot so it's a little light on the inspiration part. It did however get a lot of the look and feel of Dark Sun wrong. The hairy Mul and the bearded dwarf amongst other.
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I also disliked that it tried to showcase the 4th edition version of DnD so much going so far as to put a thiefling character but foregoing most Dark Sun races like Half-Giants and thri-kreens. Overall, the lack of any kind of attention to Bought this as an inspiration for an eventual Dark Sun campaign but this book hardly has any plot so it's a little light on the inspiration part. Overall, the lack of any kind of attention to details, the lack of a cohesive plot for most of the book and "oh no! Sep 03, Benjamin added it Shelves: bedside-reading , comics. Got this as part of a humble bundle collection.
And I thought the classic Forgotten Realms comics were a hoot. But this really didn't work for me, either as a comic or as a tie-in. The characters were too thin, as if we were supposed to like them just because they were the main characters; the obstacles were too easily brushed aside and the pacing is very much just a string of random encounters. And the drawing didn't really help clarify things. As tie-in, I'm amused when people in the world talk like they read the rule books, but that never rose to actual enjoyment. May 28, Silas rated it really liked it.
I have had a soft spot for Dark Sun ever since it came out it probably helps that I was ten at the time. This book captured the feel of the setting rather well for me, even if it was a little light on some of the story details. IDW Publishing does not read or accept unsolicited submissions of ideas, stories, or artwork. Read Free For 30 Days. Beneath a crimson sun lie wastelands of majestic desolation and cities of cruel splendor, where life hangs by a thread. Welcome to Athas! When an imprisoned gladiator named Grudvik escapes the city of Tyr, a part-time slave hunter and full-time dune trader is hired to bring back the fugitive.
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