I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t usually review adventures, but I was intrigued by the idea of a multi-part chronicle specifically for the mortals of the World of Darkness, and Falling Scales seemed like a perfectly good place to start.
To those unfamiliar with the SAS system, the adventure is divided into scenes, which interact in a loose network. Unlike some adventures I’ve read, the SAS format allows for some extra flexibility as to how these scenes relate to each other and how they’re sequenced. It’s a rules-lite means of handling structure, I suppose and it does come off as fairly easy to use.
The adventure itself is suspenseful and introduces a few good villain characters, including an Aswang (yay for Filipino Folklore!) and some rather interesting villains, both mortal and supernatural. There’s a good mix of combat and investigation, though the social aspect of it might not really be anything to write home about. The scenario makes for a good entry point into the World of Darkness, though the presence of one particularly interesting plot element makes it difficult to run with supernatural player characters, so that might be something to consider if you plan to run this for an ongoing campaign.
Overall Falling Scales, Chapter One comes off as an easy to use adventure that a new ST can use to kick off a chronicle in the World of Darkness. I’ll probably save this for my next WoD campaign.