Saturday, April 11, 2015
Weekend R&R: A Red & Pleasant Land
Besides, I also love the wonderful world that Lewis Carroll has created and the various interpretations that pop culture and various creative minds have given to us over the years. The more twisted and imaginative they were, the better. One only needs to look at American McGee's "Alice" and "Alice: The Madness Returns" to get an idea of what I'm talking about. Of course, Lewis Carroll's influence was seen before "A Red & Pleasant Land" as far as pen and pager RPGs were concerned as well. Gary Gygax penned two adventures heavily inspired by Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" for AD&D based on material he used in his own campaign. Fans of the modules, "EX1 - Dungeonland" and "EX2 - The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror" accept these as 'funhouses' and something never intended to be taken too serious. They are lighthearted in tone and generally fun. The Alice videogames I mentioned earlier, are darker and more twisted. The tone of "A Red & Pleasant Land"? Dark and purposely disjointed. Don't get me wrong, it is a brilliant and beautiful piece of work and, in the right hands, will make for a fantastic adventure or even a great campaign. Everything you need is here -- croquet mallet included!
Simply put, Zak Smith and James Edward Raggi (of Lamentations of the Flame Princess) make a great team, and this is a truly a great product. I regret nothing with this acquisition. For those that want a print version of the book... you can check or perhaps request it from your FLGS or order it straight from LotFP over HERE. On the other hand, it that is too rich for your blood (it is a bit pricey but it is a premium book in every sense of the word), you can opt for just the PDF over HERE.