Throne of Evil

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Throne of Evil
Authors Stephen Bourne
First published 1984

Throne of Evil is an adventure for fantasy role-playing games published by Mayfair Games in 1984.

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Role-playing game game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting

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Plot summary

Throne of Evil is a scenario for character levels 4-6 set in 12th-century England. The adventurers are involved in the intrigues of the Norman court, which leads to their being sent to penetrate Castle Wraithstone and kidnap the evil March Lord. The book includes a details castle and dungeons. [1]

In Throne Of Evil, the characters meet at an inn and are sent to a castle to dispose of an evil lord, but the only access is through a cavern inhabited by monsters. [2]

Publication history

Throne of Evil was written by Stephen Bourne, with a cover by Rowena Morrill, and was published by Mayfair Games in 1984 as a 32-page book. [1] The adventure module was part of the Role Aids line. [2]

Rowena A. Morrill is an American artist known for her science-fiction and fantasy illustration, and is credited as one of the first female artists to impact paperback cover illustration. Her notable artist monographs included The Fantastic Art of Rowena, Imagine, Imagination, and The Art of Rowena and her work has also been included in a variety of anthologies including Tomorrow and Beyond and Infinite Worlds.

Role Aids is a line of role-playing game supplements published by Mayfair Games starting in 1982.

Reception

Rick Swan reviewed the adventure in The Space Gamer No. 75. [2] He called the adventure "little more than a by-the-numbers rewrite of a typical TSR hack-and-slasher circa 1978". [2] Swan added: "Anyone who's even casually experienced with fantasy roleplaying will be in familiar territory with Throne of Evil [...] For what it's worth, there are plenty of well-rendered maps, including one just for the players (always a nice touch). At least you can sense the hand of a good editor at work as there is very little superfluous material to distract from the [...] adventure." [2] He continued: "If Mayfair indeed felt compelled to add a simple hack-and-slasher to their RoleAids line, you'd think they'd have at least insisted on some new monsters or some new treasures or at least an interesting trap or two. Instead, we get the usual assortment of snoozers [...] the 'political intrigue' referred to in the introduction is little more than an uninvolving fluctuation of loyalties among some of the NPCs. Somebody ought to tell these guys that this approach to fantasy modules is hopelessly old-fashioned. Sure, it's got its place – it's a nice way to introduce young players to the hobby, if nothing else. But it's already been done to death and done much better elsewhere." [2] Swan concluded the review by saying, "If you have an opening for a product of this kind, my suggestion is to pick up an old TSR D&D module. Just for old time's sake, I bought a half dozen of 'em at a book store recently for a buck and a half each. As for Throne of Evil, let's let it go as an unfortunate misfire from the usually excellent RoleAids series. I mean, nobody's perfect." [2]

Rick Swan is a game designer and author for TSR.

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References

  1. 1 2 Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 115. ISBN   0-87975-653-5.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Swan, Rick (July–August 1985). "Capsule Reviews". The Space Gamer . Steve Jackson Games (75): 40.