If I review it, I like it.
This is a review of Grandpappy Cromdar’s Whizbang Zoo, by David Lewis Johnson, and yeah, I like it.
This is an old-fashioned beer & pretzels dungeon plus a menagerie of awesome monsters, all lovingly illustrated by DLJ himself – he did some kick-ass work for my Monster Tome recently, and the stuff here is even better. If you love weird monsters, and the idea of inflicting terror and pain on your player’s characters with them, you have to love this dungeon.The kjellmena and muggerbeak are particular favorites of mine, and the retch fly should join the ranks of low-level monsters everyone sneaks into their dungeon.
The map is fun and interesting, and I found it easy to read. The dungeon rooms contain all sorts of interesting things, and in fact should be very useful to GM’s who like to take random bits of dungeon paraphernalia and use them as further adventure hooks.
Grandpappy definitely does not keep a run-of-the-mill dungeon. It’s inspired lunacy, and perfect for players who like a bit of the tongue-in-cheek element in their game, while still dealing with a solid dungeon crawl.
Do yourself a favor and give it a try.