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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:35 pm 
 

Keith the Thief wrote:
From this list -- setting sentiment aside -- I would choose:

White Plume Mountain
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G1
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The Village of Hommlet

I bought the Caverns of Thracia last year and read it for the first time.  It seemed solid enough from what I recall.

Once I own a copy of A4 again (In the Dungeons of the Slavelords), I'd like to re-assess it against my own criteria.


A4 is a good example of a "railroad" that works, because to set up a SPECIFIC situation, you have to start the party at a very structured point (i.e, basically nude with no weapons or spells).  The module simply doesn't work if the party is powered up with all their goodies.  I enjoyed it because it took characters out of the box, forced them to actually ROLE PLAY (I.E, no magic items or goodies to define their characters), yet use their brains to think their way out of certain situations (any party going into A4 guns blazing will be dead very, very quickly).  .  It managed to sweep away a lot of the generic stereotypes that were present in dungeon crawls at the time, and was ultimately very exciting and suspenseful.  My characters remember the original time I ran it to this day! I would say it rates very highly on my "subjective" criteria table for what makes a good adventure, and "objectively" is one of the better constructed classic adventures in both plot, objective, and tone.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:08 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:
Obviously we are not going to agree in the slightest on this issue, no matter the opinions expressed.  I'm going to go forward with "Some modules are definitely better written than others" while you'll stand by "Every module is the best module ever made in someone's mind and we should respect that preference."  Neither is right or wrong, to ourselves, but at this point there IS no point in commenting on our positions to each other any further.... :)

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 5:10 pm 
 

deimos3428 wrote:Well..this thread got stupid in a hurry.  Sorry, that's an opinion, not a fact.   :roll:


I guess I am wrong again.  :roll:   I seem to be on a real losing streak here.


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:42 pm 
 

I'd be interested in hearing how others of the older generation here first heard about the G-series.  

G1 is the only adventure I can think of that generated a near-mythos among the gamers I hung out with.  Its reputation for good battle and great treasure swept through gzmers in our school the way the storyline of the adventure swept through the characters embedded in it.


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:55 pm 
 

My friend's uncle kept telling us about this great series of modules we had to play once we were of the appropriate levels. Eventually he ran G1 for us and we narrowly escaped with our lives or some of us did be we really enjoyed it. I should mention he was a fantastic dm with an arts degree in theatre though. He made everything fun.


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:24 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:
if Ed Greenwood was independently publishing "Undermountain: The Lowest Levels" and it was exactly the dimensions of the Castle Whiterock set, I would be there the first day to buy one. I guess I'm just an old schooler at heart... :wink:

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Me too!

(trying not to get into the rest of the thread, which has gotten to be almost as bad as that POS G1 :lol:. For the G's its all sentimentallity for me, loved playing them, loved DMing them and love the fact that you can read the whole of G1 in a single visit to the smallest room in the house :D  :D  8O )


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:12 pm 
 

bombadil wrote:I'd be interested in hearing how others of the older generation here first heard about the G-series.  

G1 is the only adventure I can think of that generated a near-mythos among the gamers I hung out with.  Its reputation for good battle and great treasure swept through gzmers in our school the way the storyline of the adventure swept through the characters embedded in it.


It was early in high school, probably the spring of 79 if memory serves, and I remember mail ordering it from TSR.  There were two basic groups of D&D players at Huntsville High at that point.  My own group and another group who were a couple of years older than we.  Our group heard about the G1 from the older group.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:30 am 
 

We stole the G series, along with the D series and Q1. Well, my brother did, actually. He was a phenomenal shoplifter. We couldn't come close to affording more than one module at best.


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 1:15 am 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:We stole the G series, along with the D series and Q1. Well, my brother did, actually. He was a phenomenal shoplifter. We couldn't come close to affording more than one module at best.


So you're the ones responsible for the death of the FLGS - shame on you (or you (much) younger selves)(J/K)


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:17 am 
 

bombadil wrote:I'd be interested in hearing how others of the older generation here first heard about the G-series.  

G1 is the only adventure I can think of that generated a near-mythos among the gamers I hung out with.  Its reputation for good battle and great treasure swept through gzmers in our school the way the storyline of the adventure swept through the characters embedded in it.


back in the day, i didnt see G1 G2 or G3 individually. When i was buying Q1, one of the lads bought the G1-3 compilation, and one of the other guys got the D1-3 compilation too.

thats how we got ours and then played the whole lot one after the other.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:50 am 
 

Did anyone here play the G-series at the tourney or con where they were introduced?  I can't remember which convention it was...


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:57 am 
 

bombadil wrote:Did anyone here play the G-series at the tourney or con where they were introduced?  I can't remember which convention it was...


There's a nice writeup of the con where the G-series was first run in an early issue of the Dragon....

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:40 am 
 

Oooooo, sounds like a good read!  Do you remember which one it was?


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:10 am 
 

bombadil wrote:Oooooo, sounds like a good read!  Do you remember which one it was?


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:04 pm 
 

Deadlord39 wrote:We stole the G series, along with the D series and Q1. Well, my brother did, actually. He was a phenomenal shoplifter. We couldn't come close to affording more than one module at best.



So, we have you bastards to thank for inflating the collecting price of these modules?!?!?

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