[…] following scenario is meant for 2nd level characters using the 13th Age role-playing game. Reference the 13th Age book to balance encounters by number of players. The […]
1) Forced Attempts to Connect with Young Readers. Every now and then, the author tries to shoehorn in a random pop culture reference in a hackneyed attempt to show his young readers that he's hip and speaks their language. For example: "And then the Pearl Jam song 'Go' started blasting over the line." This quote is from a book that was published during the height of Pearl Jam's popularity, and there's no reason to mention it, so he's clearly trying to grab the attention of Pearl Jam fans. Maybe he thought they'd call their friends and go, "You gotta read this Friday the 13th book! They talk about Pearl Jam in it, dude!" Well played, Mr. Morse. Another example: "She almost collided with a soda vendor, then a tall man on stilts, then someone in a big blue Sonic the Hedgehog suit." Almost every employee in the book is modeled after a classic carnival worker archetype - ride operators, clowns, fortune tellers, etc. - yet for some inexplicable reason, one employee is dressed as Sonic the Hedgehog. And yes, this is the ONLY instance you see Sonic mentioned in the entire story. Brilliant!