PATHFINDER LEGENDS – MUMMY’S MASK: THE HALF-DEAD CITY

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Pathfinder is a fantasy franchise that seems to set to take over the world. It started out as an alternative to Dungeons & Dragons, but has since developed into its own thing. Its heritage is still obvious to see when you look closely; Pathfinder products tend to involve ensemble casts and be heavy on exposition, almost as if they’re designed with small groups of role-players in mind.

These geeky origins are all the more obvious in the Big Finish audio drama, Mummy’s Mask: The Half-Dead City. The ancient Necropolis of Wati has been opened for exploration, and adventurers from across the land have come to plunder this city of the dead. Of course, the place is filled with zombies, ghouls, ghosts and other horrible things, but it’s also packed with treasure and artefacts that have not been seen for millennia. The drama focuses on two adventuring groups, one which is clearly meant to be a proxy for the listener, and then the other team, The Scorched Hand, is a more sinister group who have their own reasons for tomb raiding.

The audio drama is adapted not from a short story but a role-playing game scenario, and this becomes quickly obvious. It works surprisingly well as an audio, however; the banter between the heroes is thick and fast and the acting is solid throughout. The plot is steady and entertaining all the way through and it’s pretty easy for the listener to pick up this fantasy world.

Mummy’s Mask: The Half-Dead City is flat-out swords and sorcery fun. Some of the elements owe a bit more to the gaming clichés than they perhaps should, and story elements intended to create a broader ‘arc’ plot feel a little forced (and mostly irrelevant), but overall this is a solid listen and should keep you happily entertained for a couple of hours.

PATHFINDER LEGENDS – MUMMY’S MASK: THE HALF-DEAD CITY / AUTHOR: CAVAN SCOTT / DIRECTOR: JOHN AINSWORTH / STARRING: STEWART ALEXANDER, TREVOR LITTLEDALE, IAN BROOKER, KERRRY SKINNER, WASEEM ABBAS, DONOVAN CHRISTIAN-CAREY / PUBLISHER: BIG FINISH, PAIZO / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW
 


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