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Dungeon Crawl Classics #76: Colossus, Arise!
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 05/15/2018 08:44:34

Ancient desert-cities where long-dormant giants stir and seek to revive even older deities... this sounds like it may prove a challenge and indeed it does. There's a lot of backstory that only someone who studies history and legends is likely to have heard about, but perhaps characters at the lofty heights of level 8 have time to sit around and read. Renowed heroes, they are probably rulers by now - so the adventure hooks are peppered with things like deputations of nobles approaching a character seated on his throne and asking for assistance.

Basically, we are currently in the Third Age of Man. The abandoned city and its restless giants date back to the Second Age, and once they surface they regard the Third Age fellows as inferiors, pale shadows of what Men once were... (the Titans say the same about the Second Agers of course, but we'll gloss over that for now). Their ultimate plan is to remove these pesky Third Agers and cleanse the place ready to take their place in the sun once more. Someone had better go and sort them out.

Just to muddy the waters a bit, this 'end of times' scenario includes sub-plots which different classes or races may be enticed into following, perhaps by divine relelation or the goading of a patron. However the main thrust of it is that raids on settlements are increasing, with what appear to be giants of unearthly beauty being the perpetrators, and the source is a ruined half-buried desert city. The adventure proper starts with the party standing on the sand just outside the city walls...

Inside they may explore to their hearts' content, wandering monsters permitting, but ultimately find that the only building standing is a temple, and what lies beneath. There are ample opportunities to die (usually horribly) as they venture further in and down, for this temple has been reactivated and is being used to further the Second Agers' schemes. The end - should they survive that long - involves the rising of a Titan, and cinematic levels of destruction and is certainly something that will never be forgotten by anyone who survives to tell the tale.

If your party is jaded, this will shake them awake and provide one last epic adventure before they hang up their swords. They'll need to be lucky as well as skillful to survive, though, but if they do they'll have a tale to tell that they can dine out on for the rest of their lives.



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Dungeon Crawl Classics #76: Colossus, Arise!
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Paul W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/06/2015 15:14:28

This adventure is a romp. I love the look on my players' faces when each new monster is another terrifying thing.



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Dungeon Crawl Classics #76: Colossus, Arise!
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Cedric C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/21/2013 02:36:33

One axiom of good dungeon design is the "method behind the madness". Yet, despite this adventure advice, most dungeon crawls hand-wave their background with the simple "abandoned caves with monsters who wandered in" trope. I look forward to Harley Stroh's dungeon adventures because this never happens. Instead, Stroh will take an adventure cliche and run it to its insane yet consistent conclusion. In "Colossus, Arise!", that trope is the "Cycle of Mankind".

The last remnants of the Ur-Lireans, divine, statuesque titans of the second age, wish to bring the next cycle forward. This isn't good news for your adventurers, quite content to keep the third age going as long as possible, thank you very much. Your heroes come late to the scene, as the Ur-Lireans have already "uplifted" men from the current third age into so-called "Sons of the Second Age", and they're not exactly making themselves unknown around the area.

Several desert encounters provide background of the reach of the Ur-Lireans. Then, after infiltrating past the Second Sons, the party arrives into the lair of the Ur-Lirean cult. The Ur-Lireans are quite busy sacrificing victims, uplifting third age men into Sons through horrible ceremonies, and engaging terrible magics and powerful artifacts to animate the dead titan (and his frickin' autonomous BRAIN) from the first age. You know, because the 484 soon-to-be-hatched bloodthirsty worm-men of the fourth age aren't enough. Good luck (and good bye), third age.

Subtlety this ain't, but the previous DCC adventures should have told you that. Instead, DCC presents us yet another momentous world-shattering epic adventure that should keep your players busy. Or, at least, very very dead.



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Dungeon Crawl Classics #76: Colossus, Arise!
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Jon M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/14/2013 12:46:35

Harley Stroh is consistently one of the finest writers in the business, and this is some of his best work. Highly recommended.



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