16 February 2011 at 11:42pm
I've just completed this quest, and blimey... it was an epic struggle for my meagre hero! haha
Maybe I picked the quest a little too soon for my hero, but thankfully the challenge felt really well balanced... the amount of playtesting really shows and has paid off.
I recall in some old FF books there occasionally didn't feel like much thought had been put into the progressively harder battles. Just the stats edged up a few notches and not much thought put into what state the players character would be in at this stage.
The different special skills of each of the rune-keepers(?) really did help to give a different feel to each battle. I wasn't best pleased to be on the receiving end of two damage dice! haha
The final battle of this quest was a real nail-biter for my hero. I'd used up all of my Goblin Grog and my Healing Potion on the previous battles, so I didn't fancy my chances at all....
.... but praise be for my Traveller's Band (ring with Charm) and my Weather Ring (Lightning)! Without those I would have been stuffed (I didn't get the Malachi Rune which would have been nice!).
So, there you go. I'm enjoying geeking out to this book a great deal. On to the next quest!