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Sunday, June 7, 2009

TSR's Top Five Basic D&D Modules

There is another top five list over at the Dwarf and the Basilisk about his top five "basic" (but actually classic) D&D modules.

Here are my top 5 TSR Basic Modules:

5. Horror on the Hill - A great meat and potatoes adventure and it has a dragon - that is awesome!

4. Veiled Society - My first urban adventure. This and X3 became by baseline for developing urban adventures.

3. Keep on the Borderlands - My first module. A great illustration of a micro-sandbox.

2. Night's Dark Terror - A great sword & sorcery feel with lost races and unknown horrors.

1. Lost City - Also has a great S&S feel. Lost City is a great example of showing a young DM how to do things. It gives some great ideas and fleshes out some of the levels but leaves a lot of stuff up to the DM and gives lots of areas to develop.

4 comments:

  1. Don't know anything about #s 5 and 2, but the others: most definitely. :)

    Good stuff.

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  2. Ditto TS...the Veiled Society is interesting in that it deals with civic leaders (whom one might expect to be at least Name level), but it is for Basic characters (levels 1-3).

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  3. I posted my top 5 over at Dwarf and the Basilisk. I went with:

    5. B4: The Lost City
    4. B7: Rahasia
    3. B5: Horror on Hill
    2. B3: Palace of the Silver Princess
    1. B10: Night’s Dark Terror

    I would given honorable mention to M1: Blizzard Pass, B1: Search of the Unknown. If we are to add Expert adventures in I would want to include X2: Castle Amber, and X4: Master of the Desert Nomads. Honorable mentions to HWA1: Nightwail, X1: Isle of Dread, X3: Curse of Xanathon, and X11: Saga of the Shadow Lord.

    I do not include B2: Caves of Chaos on my list which is on many peoples lists. I started my first campaign with B3 and B1 and only ran B2 sometime later as a one-shot. It does not have the same nostalgia for me. I always thought the incredible diversity of humanoids in the caves was forced. I also never cared for B6: The Veiled Society although I could appreciate its novel approach to an adventure. It just was not the kind of adventure I could use with my early gaming group.

    tegeus

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  4. I love all he adventures on this list, but I never got into The Lost City as much as a lot of other people seem to have. Loved Horror on the Hill—because it really did have a Dungeon AND a Dragon! In a low level adventure, even! Good stuff.

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