1 year ago ::
Apr 25, 2012 - 5:25PM
Oct 12, 2005
Also, regarding a previous poster's comment, every DM should be willing to spend hours of preparation before running any and every adventure. Anything less is lazy, IMO.
I do not spend $30 on a published "adventure" for the privilege of spending hours of preparation making it usable. Sourcebook, yes. Setting, yes. "Adventure" should be ready to go, out of the box.
That said, cross-referencing a monster book is acceptable, because it's something I can either spend prep time on, *or* something I can do at the table, on the fly.
I remember a couple of months ago, the development team announced in the Encounters forums that they were moving away from the 2-page encounter layout with stat blocks because it freed them to make less restrictive encounters. As a writer and publisher, I can certainly understand that, but as a user of these books, I have to say the 2-page layout was one of the best things to happen to D&D.
The first time that I saw those 2 page lay outs was in Expedition to Undermountain - it's kind of funny that this product is one that goes away from using it.
And I would agree, a premade adventure shouldn't require much prep in general but Undermountain is not your typical premade adventure - I would be surprised to see it have too much detail.
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