In the Abyss
[sterling]6.99 - 32pp + Card Screen
First impressions: What, you mean the player characters are supposed to go
skipping off across the Abyss on the trail of a giant, floating penis!
Seriously, if you get chance to check this product out with its shrink wrap
removed, take a look at the map of the Ship of Chaos on the inside of the
gatefold card. Which brings me nicely to my first point....
This adventure and the adventure below (The Deva Spark) both come in the
Planescape adventure format. There's a flimsy wrap around slip of paper around
the outside and a gatefold GM's screen with all maps and relevant information
on the inside (and wonderful artwork on the outside). Contained within there is
a slim booklet - type is only small, however, so don't panic you're still
getting a full adventure for your [sterling]6.00 - size isn't
So, what about this penis? The phallus in question is a Ship of Chaos - just
one of seven built by the mighty tanar'ri in conjunction with the entropic
Doomguard and mentioned in The Book of Chaos (which also has a large rampant
phallus on the front of it) from the Planes of Chaos boxed set (subtle hint -
go buy it).
Let's forget about the other six ship, this particular ship is one that your
berks and bashers have got to keep up with as it winds its merry way through
the Abyss pointing its entropy devices at all and sundry.
Your PCs are either motivated into action (if they belong to one of the many
factions) or are hired by "people" with an outside interest in the matter (such
as the General Assurance Company) to steal/destroy the ship after it has gone
"rogue" on some Doomguards who have taken the vessel as payment for their work.
Truth is, it's on its way back to its creators and there's going to be fun and
games aplenty if it reaches its destination with the players in tow.
Overall: A jolly romp through the nether regions of the Abyss, although I found
this adventure far too linear, but it's probably worth if for some great images
of the abyss, both in descriptive terms and the full colour plates.
Review by Mrs Stig Freud
Product supplied by TSR UK Ltd.