Curse of the Golden Spear by Rite Publishing
This product is 61 pages long. It starts with a cover, ToC, and credits. (3 pages)
Introduction (7 pages)
There is information about the island nation of Kaidan as well as a half page color map of the island nation. Next you get adventure background information and a summery of the adventure. Three new magic items, the NPC stat block for a merchant that hires the PC's as well as some additional plot hooks. It is made for four 5th level PC's.
The Opening Scene (3 pages)
The idea of the adventure is the PC's are hired by a foreign merchant to guard him and his delivery to a lord in the island nation of Kaidan. The PC's are meant to be new to the area as well. They travel by ship from where ever they are from to a smaller island that is part of the island nation. The adventure starts as the ship comes into port and the PC's are ambushed leaving the ship. Stat blocks and a mini's map are included in this section.
Part 1: In Gaijinoshami (10 ½ pages)
After the ambush, the NPC merchant attempts to get the paper work settled to deliver his gift to the Lord. Accept things keep popping up to delay it, during this time the PC's are left to explore the town, which causes them to get caught up in several events. There is four encounters in this section which may or may not all involve combat. In addition there is a map of the town and several locations around the town, plus keyed locations with information about the town.
Part 2: Journey through Yonshu (23 ½ pages)
Finally able to leave the town and start there journey likely due to the PC's efforts in the encounters in the previous part. There is 8 encounter locations/events in this section, not counting the possible random encounters along the way. Some of them are small single encounters and some are locations or events with several mini encounters joined together.
There is maps including mini maps for use with miniatures for key locations. There is random encounter tables, random weather, full stat blocks and several detailed locations and another overview of another town. At this point the adventure ends, but not really. They still need to take the spear to the lord. As this adventure ends they make it to a city and are left to guard the gift and rest for a couple of days, while their NPC merchant goes to talk to the Daimyo. Which is apparently where part two of the adventure will pick up at.
Appendix 1: PC Reincarnation (3 pages)
This section is about how reincarnation works in Kaidan.
Appendix 2: New Monsters (4 pages)
This section has 4 new monsters with full stat blocks and a new template.
Appendix 3: Pregen Characters (2 pages)
This section has 4 pregen characters with full stat blocks and short backgrounds.
Appendix4: Glossary of Words (2 pages)
This has a glossary list of words and names with their meaning. There is also a pronunciation Guide as well.
It ends with a OGL and back cover(for some reason the back cover is on twice. (3 pages)
Closing thoughts. The artwork is mostly color with some black and white, it ranges from fair to pretty good. Layout and editing where good, I did notice a couple of errors but not many. This is a very nice adventure, it has a nice mix of travel, location based encounters, social interaction and introducing the PC's to a new and interesting land. If you ever wanted to introduce your PC's to a Asian nation, then this is a very good adventure to do so. While it is obviously made to use with Kaidan the campaign nation by Rite Publishing, it would require only a little work to be used with any other Asian based nation. Other than the double back cover in the PDF, I really don't have anything negative to say about the adventure. So I am going to give it a 5 star review. A great intro adventure to the far east.
Trust me, I'm a Succubus.
[5 of 5 Stars!]