XSOLO: Lathan’s Gold, is it really a treasure?
I’m not sure how many of you out there ever tried the XSOLO series of modules from TSR, but there are a couple that are very fun. I’m not really certain Lathan’s Gold is one of them, but still, it has some nice artwork in it and I’m tempted to take out my dice and give it a shot just to see.
Written by Merle M. Rasmussen [is that a real name?] and produced in 1984, the module takes your character into the Sea of Dread [a favorite setting of mine and one that I’ve played in as recently as March] where you must thwart pirates and find your way to a ‘fiery mountain of gold’. For characters level 4-6, it is in my favorite wheelhouse for the AD&D setting, as after 6th the experience tables become so huge it is hard to get excited about advancement.
The cover is done by Jim Roslof, in one of his rare color pieces and certainly one of his last pieces at TSR as the book was produced late in his days with the company. The interiors are all handled by artist Jeff Easley, who by this time was well entrenched into the TSR workplace and had already begun to cement his place in history with his iconic AD&D hardback covers.
In all, I find Lathan’s Gold to be an intriguing adventure that does call with the lure of a siren, so perhaps I will have a chance to set sail on a solo adventure, but only time will tell.
Artistic Rating: 3.5 [out of 5]