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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.

5 comments:

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

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  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 ;)

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  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

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  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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