Ssendam's Dungeons & Dragons Scenario Reviews


In the Belly of the Beast

Author : Mike Mearls
Cost GBP : £5.95
Publishing Details : Atlas Games - January 2001
Pages : 24 pages (Module Size 32, -2 ½ for credits and D20 licence)
Price Per Page (PPP) : 20.2 pence
Levels / Number : 4-6 second to fourth level characters
Blurb : "Trust is the last resort of the desperate"

It is a cancer thriving in the midst of a bustling city, a shodowy conspiracy bent on driving the House Mezzia, a once proud and noble merchant family, to its knees. Forced to turn to outsiders for aid, an ambitious young scion of the Mezzia clan needs heroes to stand with him against the encroaching darkness - heroes who are willing to follow him through the dark heart of the underworld. The Mezzias are desperate and will reward well thosse who aid them in thier hour of need, but can material rewards hold any allure for those who find themselves In the Belly of the Beast?
Synopsis of Plot : This is a well written Role-Playing special where the PC's have to juggle the various factions involved in the mystery. A challenge for the DM here to, as players often don't let things go quite according to plan.

Artwork, as usual with Scott Reeves at the helm, is excellent and, IMHO, Atlas Games are the one of the few independant D&D scenario producers to compete with WoC in the quality and overall look of a module. Only one map on this one, and very small it is too, however the action is more role-playing and it is downloadable from the net if required.

A special 8 page tear-out section features a map, key character data cards, a handout and a combat table. The combat table is the most unexpected find which lists all the creatures you can encounter with combat notes and a space to mark off hit points. It's a great addition which should be the sort of standard inclusion in all modules.
Good Points : Good artwork and a well put together module. Nice addition of handouts and data cards and a combat table.
Bad Points : More maps of potential encounter areas would have been nice.
Stars out of Five : Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Other Notes :
Reviewed by : Justin
Justin Unsworth - copyright 2007