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A Solo Adventure

Series: Maelstrom
Contained In: Maelstrom (Role-Playing Game)
Release Date: 1984
Length:48 pages (pp. 120-167; 161 sections)
Number of Endings:10 (not including sections which only conditionally end in death)
User Summary: You are an assassin, and an attempt to abduct you leads you into an adventure....
Demian's Thoughts: This is a decent little adventure. The author's decision to make the reader's character an assassin is certainly an unexpected change of pace, and the adventure's design is quite entertaining. There are lots of areas to explore and keys to collect, and completing the mission is nearly impossible without making a map. Fortunately, mapping the adventure is both easy and fun, and with a successfully-drawn map, it's possible to win without having to take too many risks. Unfortunately, the adventure's twist ending makes the coherence of the whole plot a little questionable, but this doesn't detract from the gameplay in any way. What does make the gameplay a bit of a pain, though, is the combat system. The attacker rolls against the Attack attribute, and if a hit is scored, the defender has a chance to cancel the damage by rolling against Defense. This may work for group adventures, but in the solo adventure, where many Attack and Defense attributes are in the area of 35% or so, it's just too hard to score a hit, causing battles to drag on for far too long. Thankfully, combat is relatively infrequent if you play cautiously....

Hint - Some attributes are definitely used a lot more than others; keep this in mind during character creation.

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