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Fumarole wrote:Looks like this is the first second edition AP to not have any articles in it.
Yup. That's a result of an adventure that was larger than expected plus the fact that detailing out 18 Harrow Cards from the deck in each volume ended up taking four pages more than expected as well. In a way, Stolen Fate kind of wanted to be a 6 part adventure (that would have let us do only 9 cards per adventure, sort of like how we did Crimson Throne, with each adventure mapping thematically to one of the 6 ability scores), so cramming all those themes into a 3 part one that went all over the world (it takes more words to detail places we don't have a lot of Lost Omens book coverage for, remember) meant that I had to trim out some of the potential backmatter articles.
I'm eager to hear from folks if this is a good thing or a bad thing, in fact. Do you prefer having one or two articles in the back to support the adventure? Or do you prefer an adventure-only volume like this one?
In Blood Lords, the adventure should have gone into holomog. The backmatter on this region was interesting but didn't serve the adventure. So it's more of a developer issue here that should make the writer link thematically to the AP. I wish we got more on the region of Geb in that AP. Or on the city of ghouls that was mentioned. Why take us to a celestial kingdom but have no plot hooks there?
I loved the backmatter in Agents of Edgewatch detailing the various prisons, gangs, Harrow NPCs and NPCs who want to become gods. It fit in perfectly.
I would rather have backmatter in every book, except last books where I would like 4 pages on adventures beyond, like you did in wrath of the rigtheous showing the demonic expansion over time and the world's response. These conclusions with half a page are insufficient, especially for 1-11 APs.