Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gaming Music Review - Transylvania (Nox Arcana) - Monolith Grpahics

In general, I'm not big on music in my RPGs.  I generally find it to be distracting in my D&D sessions, even the soundtracks that are supposed to be evocative of sword fighting and such.  Yeah, I know the soundtracks from Lord of the Rings do a decent job, but again, I would find them distracting during gaming.

Horror gaming, however, lends itself to atmosphere.  Music is probably the most effective way to get your group into the mood for a nice nerve-racking Call of Chtulhu session.  The Transylvania - Nox Arcana album from Monolith Graphics does a surprisingly good job at setting that mood.

I say surprisingly, because as I stated earlier, I'm not big on music in my games and never used it in the past.  This album I think I could use.  CoC, Ravenloft... maybe even a Chill session.  Hmm, or maybe not Chill -  the camp factor is a bit high there.

I'm surprised that Monolith didn't release this just prior to Halloween.  They kinda missed a built in promotion by nearly 3 weeks.  Still, it's good.  Is it worth the 10 bucks?  If you asked me 3 weeks ago, I would have told you to have this playing as the Trick-or-Treaters made their rounds.  Now, unless you have a horror game session coming up, its kinda outa place.

It's al in the timing.


  1. Transylvania was released in October 2005. Bought it at Spirit Halloween. Way to keep on top of things, tenkar.

  2. Well, it just hit rpgnow nov 19 of 2010. That's where I found it. Which makes it even more confusing as to why wait for the rpgnow release until after Halloween.

    But hey, i'm slow too ;)

  3. well, like nbc used to say "if you haven't seen it yet, it's new to you." i think it was on rpgnow for about a year, but was offered as single tracks. that site needs to have music samples, the band site has some samples if you have flash. http://www.noxarcana.com

    hey, did you see the ez-dungeon 5? the pub site has some freebies from october. http://www.fatdragongames.com

  4. well, as a reviewer, i get access to alot of things the day of release... this was one, which is why i assumed it was new (as it hit my email yesterday)


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