by Jadefang is a very enjoyable mod created in the old school, GoldBox style.
Taking under three hours to complete, there are 3 initial quests, to which are later added one more, central to the main story. That makes 4 locations to visit on the Overland map, other than the village. I completed 2 of the early quests before the events of the big one unfolded. After accomplishing the big one, I went back and finished the one remaining.
There is no "the end" moment, and the storyline suggests that the village remains in a precarious position after all is done, so I was a little unsure that I was finished, at first. Hopefully, there will be a sequel.
There is much of the old GoldBox ambience here, like a logical use of random combats (many with an option to "Flee," with others offset by safe resting areas). Random combats are often criticized by modern FRUAites, but they do create an important sense of danger that some dungeons realistically demand. Jadefang handles his sensibly with a deft designer's hand.
Just as the GoldBox games had, at least periodically, tough combats, so does this mod. I was nearly overwhelmed by a veritable army of monsters in the penultimate climax, and loved every minute of it! It was thrill I haven't had in awhile, but came pretty standard in the old GoldBoxes.
I was delighted as well, with the sense of nostalgia I got when my party met a travelling caravan who offered their wares.
The main storyline is an interesting one, and there are some very nice interactions with a variety of NPCs.
The art is also very nice, with some great new pics, and a beautiful night Backdrop with twinkling stars.
Thanks for the good time, Jadefang!