Mythoard is a monthly subscription service for role-playing gamers. This month’s Mythoard included products from Squarehex, AAW Games, Awful Good Games, Genius Loci Games, and Bad Mike’s Books and Games. Heroes and Villains is a companion product included with The Star Silver Trek and it makes the first adventure (see the review here for more info about DragonQuest and The Star Silver Trek) look like a work of immaculate beauty in comparison.
This is a book of non-player characters, which every good role-playing game needs. It is not, contrary to what’s written on the cover, an adventure. Moving along, the inside cover lists Kevin Siembieda as one of the artists, and it’s a stark contrast between good ole Kevin’s art — most of the characters look weirdly warped, like the artist was drawing at an angle. But this was the 80s (1982, to be precise) so poor art is certainly forgivable. What’s not forgivable? Missing content.
We start on page 3 (page 1 is apparently the cover and page 2 is the interior cover) with Great Eagle, a shapeshift who turns into a dog — I kid, he turns into a great eagle. His stats conclude on page 1 and for a moment it looks like there will be one character per page, but that is not to be. On page 4 we get a cool, undoubtedly Siembieda-drawn picture of Seagdha One Ear and the text begins with “…afterwards he only takes time to bandage…” Huge swaths of text are missing.
Page 6 debuts another artist who likes to draw women as lips, eyes, eyebrows, and two dots for a nose, with very little else. But she has a loin cloth of temperature alteration you guys so relax.
There appears to be no rhyme or reason to the placement of the characters, which makes them difficult to look up later. They’re certainly not in alphabetical order, and that’s clear when on page 14 we find the beginning of Seagdha’s entry. So that’s where he went!
There’s a picture on page 16 for Aurelia that looks like it was drawn by Phil Foglio — either the artist copied him or it was drawn by Phil under a pseudonym. Check out slide 2 to see what I mean.
Where was I? Oh yes, on page 18 The Lone Huntress (she of the loincloth) is back with her saber-tooth tigers. Seems like whomever laid this thing out just threw the papers in the air and then printed it. There’s also a guy named Cameron Kirk.
We finally get to something interesting on page 21, which details an entire cavalry, and page 23, which includes two vampire hunters. The vampire they’re hunting, Shayana Hornblood, has some awesome artwork along with a map for her hideout that for some reason is way over on page 30 and 31. There’s mention of her mate, Ashburton, and he event has a picture — but no stats.
The content between the spotty vampire information is a detailed description of an inn (The Fiddle in Hand) and its proprietors. A spy group follows, and then some — but not all — of the NPCs have their stats listed on character sheets.
The content that is in here has promise — the spy group, the vampire lair, and the cavalry is a welcome addition. It’s a shame though, because that glimmer of greatness is overshadowed by the atrocious layout and poor artwork.
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