An event-based adventure for 5th-level characters.
Falcon's Hollow has long been watched by the vile fey of Darkmoon Vale. They've lingered in their wood, seething with anger at the townspeople for defiling their land. When the carnival arrives, the fey finally see their chance for vengeance.
Carnival of Tears is a low-level, event-based adventure written by Nicolas Logue and Tim Hitchcock that pits the players against a band of wretched fey who have infiltrated a carnival in order to unleash their anger on Falcon's Hollow. When the heroes uncover the dark secrets within, will they act in time to prevent Falcon's Hollow from becoming the carnival's final patrons?
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Just wow. This was worth the purchase just to read. This is not for the faint of heart or looking for traditional gameplay. This is also not for those who "win" everytime. Their is a since of "failure" but tbh its needed bc tbe town basically deserves it and to add to the tone of the story.
Carnival of Tears is like a slasher movie, a Clive Barker novel, a Stephan King novel, and a Conan the Barbarian novel all rolled into one. It is thick ghastly images, screwed-up monsters, and blood-curdling supernatural horror, all spiced with a hint of heroic fantasy.
It is however, a little shallow. The players fight horrifying fey while navigating a bleak carnival, and that's about it. There is no intrigue to speak of, and the writers turn more and more to shock value to keep the players engaged.
Overall, I would recommend it to fans of horror media and dark fairy tales, but not to players looking for a "traditional" fantasy romp.
Yes, it's gory. Yes, it's horrific. Yes, it's shocking. That's rather the point. If you've not played something by Nick Logue before, tread carefully. Same goes for Richard Pett. These two together? Recipe for horror beyond imagination. I loved it.
To summarize... the fey of Darkmoon Vale are pissed, so they take control of the carnival, to massacre the townspeople of the village. The adventure starts as a "hey, let's go to the carnival" as the player's solve some ongoing issues over there. Finally, things get sick as the fey start their revenge on the lumbers and their families. Basically, every attraction turns into a horror show slaughterhouse and the PCs have to survive them and slay the cruel fey master. Seriously, if you are into this kind of stories, it doesn't get any better than this. I think it represents everything Paizo means to me... The best d20 rules edition mixed with that great old-school feel.