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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:25 am 
 

Someone over on ENWorld recommended the TR box set.  What are folks' thoughts on it?

For reference:  http://home.flash.net/~brenfrow/dd/dd-tr.htm


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:56 am 
 

grodog wrote:Someone over on ENWorld recommended the TR box set.  What are folks' thoughts on it?

For reference:  http://home.flash.net/~brenfrow/dd/dd-tr.htm


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It's not a boxed set, it's just a module/supplement setting.  It's a controlled enviornment for D&D adventuring, it details a rift/valley that has many low level D&D type adventures within, a good setting for a basic D&D campaign (specifically, for the "Challenger" series of modules).

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:58 am 
 

The link you gave is for one of the Thunder Rift modules.  Just to clarify, by boxed set you mean the D&D boxed set - the one with the expansions The Goblin's Lair, The Dragon's Den, and The Haunted Tower?

I can't say that I have ever used these boxed sets or the foldup standup counters but some of the modules aren't too bad.  In Phantom's Wake is a nice little ship encounter.

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 3:46 am 
 

Anyone know if other areas for Thunder Rift not covered by the 3 box sets were detailed in any official magazine? or is there any fan created material on the web somewhere? I rather liked this small setting.

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:06 am 
 

List of "Challenger/Thunder Rift Setting"
(I am doing this from memory so some of the names may be incomplete)

Dungeons & Dragons Classic Game Boxed Set - Large Black Box
Haunted Tower Boxed Set
Goblin's Lair Boxed Set
Dragon's Hall Boxed Set
DM Screen w/ Escape from Thunder Rift module*

Thunder Rift Accessory/Module
Sword & Shield Accessory/Module
Phantom's Wake
Silver Sword
Rage of the Rakasta
Knight of the Newts
Raven's Ruin
DDA3 and DDA4 use the same format, but I can't remember if they are Thunder Rift.

While the setting is pretty thin, it is cohesive. All of these products include large full color fold-out maps with cardboard monster and character cut-outs. That in itself is very cool.

If you are starting a campaign and want to run some quick adventures - one night sittings - this set is for you. I highly recommend it. But then again, I have always been partial to the D&D (basic/expert/cyclopedia) game system and Known World Setting.


*An adventure conculding with a magic gate allowing the PCs to travel to the Known World campaign setting.


And I could've bought these damn modules off the 1$ rack!!!

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:12 am 
 

Got all them..DDA3 and DDA4 are set in Karameikos btw.

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:45 am 
 

Thanks folks.  If I see one of these on the cheap, I may check them out :D


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 9:47 am 
 

There is  a very subtle one . . . the Dragonquest Boxed Adventure Game is set in Thunder Rift.

http://home.flash.net/~brenfrow/dd/dd-dquest.htm

I can't say I've ever read the rules, but . . . I just checked my boxed set and the adventure book refers to a village of Torlynn which is in Thunder Rift . . .


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:39 am 
 

grodog wrote:Thanks folks.  If I see one of these on the cheap, I may check them out :D


Good luck with that. The box sets can usually be had for $10-20 at worst. Problem is the shipping is always high because the boxes are so damn large.

A couple years ago, the modules and accessories were going really cheap ($3 or so), but they have taken a jump over the last year.

Also, if they are not in the shrink, ask if the map and cardboard figures are included...they are frequently missing.


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 4:14 pm 
 

The boxed set is also one that the Jade Hare sometimes shows up in.

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Post Posted: Sun Mar 25, 2007 4:30 pm 
 

Mars wrote:The boxed set is also one that the Jade Hare sometimes shows up in.


That would be a nice bonus :D


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