A Review of the Role Playing Game Supplement Mystery in the Mindshatter

Mystery in the Mindshatter by Travis Legge is a Hero Kids compatible role playing game supplement published by Aegis Studios, part of their All Ages Adventure range. With it being written for Hero Kids, this is an adventure that is suited for younger children, both in content and in the ease of use of the game system it is designed for. The supplement is also available for the Savage Worlds and D&D 5E rule sets.

The supplement is available from RPGNow at the regular price of $0.99 but was purchased at the discounted price of $0.25. This is a ten page PDF, of which one page is the cover and one page the front matter. The only illustration is that on the front cover, of a chimera, one of which features in the adventure.

Mystery in the MindshatterThe players are asked to help find King Chuckles by his daughter. The king rules the faerie realm the Mindshatter and he has recently gone missing, which has caused sadness and greyness to affect the realm and its inhabitants. The adventure is divided into six encounters, some of which are combat oriented, some otherwise, and one is a collection of random events which could be either.

The adventures finishes with a one page Appendix which has the monster cards and stand up minis for the two new creatures. One of the minis is black and white; the other is colour and derived from the cover illustration.

The font used in the supplement is distinctive, but a bit hard when it comes to reading the entire supplement. It should probably just have been used for the titles and a more user-friendly font used for the remainder. The layout is two column and appeared error-free, with a fairly plain design (especially when compared to the offerings from Playground Adventures).

The adventure itself provided a variety of different tests, not being simply combat based, with ways for players to use different skills to solve problems, and suggestions on other methods. It would have been nice to have some solutions based on a role playing or creative response, rather than simply dice rolling – both would allow for flexibility and creativity.

There are references to two other supplements; Aegis Studios’ Armory 1 (available for $0.99) and the official Hero Kids – Fantasy Expansion – Monster Compendium. The first is a suggested source of equipment for rewards, and is therefore optional; some of the encountered monsters are taken from the second. If this is lacked, then it is suggested to use some monsters from the core rulebook instead.

Mystery in the Mindshatter is a nice, simple adventure that should occupy children for around an hour at most. Although it lacks some of the properties of its competing supplements, even at full price this supplement is still pretty decent value for money. Click here to buy it.

 

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