Scenic Dunnsmouth


by Zzarchov Kowolski

Dunnsmouth is diseased and rotten to the core. Beset by malefactors supernatural and mundane, Dunnsmouth slowly dies in the swamp. But within the rot are mysteries to be solved, evil to be fought, and the Weird to be encountered.

Scenic Dunnsmouth is good. Scenic Dunnsmouth is not an adventure. Here’s the blurb from the LotFP store: “Scenic Dunnsmouth is an adventure for characters of levels 2-5 for use with Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Role-Playing and other traditional role-playing games.”

Yes, sometimes I can be a petty ass and this is one of those times. Scenic is a village. It’s got lots of strange shit going on in it and a lot of weirdos to interact with. I love it. Scenic is not an adventure. It’s a backdrop. It’s a terrific backdrop full of everything Bryce loves. But it’s not an adventure.

I’m not sure why this shit sets me off the way it does. I’ve clearly got some deep wounds to my inner child that this sort of stuff sets off. Probably because of Castle Greyhawk. Everything bad in the world can be traced back to Castle Greyhawk.

I review adventures. I buy adventures to review. People don’t give me things. They try. I politely decline. If I buy an apple and you give me an orange I’m going to be pissed. If I wanted an orange I’d buy an orange.

This is a good supplement. A good village. I’ll almost certainly use it as a backdrop for some other adventure I’m running. But it’s not an adventure and I’ll always feel a little cheated when I look at it. 🙁

[Aso, this is why Zak’s stuff doesn’t get reviewed. He writes great stuff, but they generally don’t fall into the “adventure” category.]

This is available on DriveThru.

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4 Responses to Scenic Dunnsmouth

  1. The Dungeon Analphabet says:

    What about the random Dunnsmouth generator? It is what most reviewers praised when this came out –“It’s always different!”, etc–, but you don’t even mention it. Is it worth it, or just a pointless gimmick a la Seclusium of Orphone? As always, O mighty Bryce, your wisdom guides us to the light–

  2. inplacesdeep says:

    How do you define adventure?

    • Jorge Jaramillo Villarruel says:

      “I am a jerk-faced jerk. I insist on usability at the table. That’s my definition of “adventure”, which is what I review. I don’t want to prep an adventure. If I have to prep its a toolkit and, while I might be fine with a toolkit, I want to make sure I understand that’s what I’m buying.” Source:

  3. I’ve had this book for some time and made various villages but never really understood how it was an adventure nor why I’d sick this on my players.

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