[Review] The Beholder Contracts (AD&D); Railway to Heaven

[Adventure]The Beholder Contracts (1986) – Reprint 2018David Whiteland (DWK Games)Lvl 1 – 3 A recommendation by the Kent. A re-formatted edition of the adventure from the obscure Fantasy Chronicles magazine #3. Is it pretentious litwankery? Or is it the greatest thing since sliced bread? Yes. Published well into the bronze age of AD&D, The Beholder … More [Review] The Beholder Contracts (AD&D); Railway to Heaven

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[Review] C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (AD&D 1e); Beautification

[Adventure]C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (1980)Harold Johnson & Jeff R. Leason (TSR)Lvl 5 – 7 The most famous tomb adventure ever to grace the hobby is unquestionably Tomb of Horrors. Though it is in quality sublime and supremely fit for its unique purpose, the legions of imitators it would inspire were ultimately detrimental to … More [Review] C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan (AD&D 1e); Beautification

[Review] Dark Tower (AD&D 1e 3PP); Summa Coom Laude

[Adventure]Dark Tower (1979)Paul Jaquays [0] (Judges Guild)Lvl 7 – 11 Alright. It’s time. I’ve done my push ups. Its time for one of the big ones. This is about as close as we get to the absolute zenith of old DnD short of Gygax himself. After some initial fan publications, Paul Jaquays and the chaps … More [Review] Dark Tower (AD&D 1e 3PP); Summa Coom Laude

[TenfootPOSR] Dungeon Magazine #15; The road to hell is railed with good intentions.

Working on a long ass runway for a particular adventure that some might be familiar with and there must be content in the meantime. Another one of these to cleanse the palette. Dungeon #15 marks a relatively strong issue, lacking the shit-brew One-star trainwrecks of earlier issues. It does include a lot of fucking railroads … More [TenfootPOSR] Dungeon Magazine #15; The road to hell is railed with good intentions.

[Review] WG6 Isle of the Ape (AD&D 1e); Slog of Slogs

[Adventure]Isle of the Ape (1985)Gary Gygax (TSR)Lvl 18+ WG6 is the last official entry in the official canon by Gary Gygax, and unfortunately it is also his least effort. Chunky, verbose, turgid, the whole is laudably ambitious but is as punishing to use as it is to play. Based on the original 1972 campaign, it … More [Review] WG6 Isle of the Ape (AD&D 1e); Slog of Slogs

[Review] WG5 Mordekainen’s Fantastic Adventure (AD&D); Left-Hand Path

[Adventure]WG5 Mordekainen’s Fantastic Adventure (1984)Robert J. Kuntz & Gary Gygax (TSR)Lvl 8 – 14 Twilight approaches. The great odyssey through Gary Gygax’s ouvre of fantastic modules, beginning with the platonic B2, covering the fantastic GDQ series, the stellar S series, the promising but ultimately unrealized T series, the interesting but sub-par EX duology ends at … More [Review] WG5 Mordekainen’s Fantastic Adventure (AD&D); Left-Hand Path

[Review] Fez 1 – Valley of Trees (AD&D 1e 3PP); Alien

[Adventure]Fez 1 – Valley of Trees (1982)Len Bland & James Robert (Mayfair Games)Lvl 1 -7 A rewarding aspect of delving into old modules that are relatively obscure is that you discover something genuinely alien to modern sensibilities. It is almost inconceivable that something like Fez I would be made today. It is a tournament module … More [Review] Fez 1 – Valley of Trees (AD&D 1e 3PP); Alien

[Review] WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun (AD&D); Delayed Gratification

[Adventure]WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun (1982)Gary Gygax (TSR)Lvl 5 – 10 Maybe the best module Gygax has ever done? I haven’t read Necropolis yet but it’s hard to imagine something better then this. A kind-of sequel to the inspired but somewhat uneven S4, WG4 starts off coy, unassuming, with the Gnome King that you … More [Review] WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun (AD&D); Delayed Gratification

[Review] S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (AD&D); Beyond

[Adventure]S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (1980)Gary Gygax (TSR)Lvl 8 – 12 The legendary S3. If the GD(Q) series can be seen as a roadmap for ‘normal’ high level adventures as T1 can be seen as a normal low-level adventure, the S series is where Gygax gets wacky and more experimental, and few things in … More [Review] S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks (AD&D); Beyond

[Review] The Keep (AD&D 3PP); Echoes of Thulian Echoes

[Adventure]The Keep (1983)Daniel Greenberg, Samuel Shirley, Gregory Maples & Anne Jaffe (Mayfair Games)Lvl 9 – 12 Back with another Role Aids, for high level adventurers, written as an adaptation of an obscure 80s fantasy horror movie with time travel and nazis in it? Truly the oddest of oddeties. The Keep is a curiosity from the … More [Review] The Keep (AD&D 3PP); Echoes of Thulian Echoes