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Poll: Which is the best "Sample Dungeon"?

"Sample Level" in Underworld & Wilderness Adventures in OCE 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
"Zenopus Dungeon" in the Holmes Basic Set 36%       36%  [ 17 ]
"Dungeon of the Fire Opal" in the 1E Dungeon Master's Guide 30%       30%  [ 14 ]
"Haunted Keep" in the Moldvay Basic Set 11%       11%  [ 5 ]
"Bargle" Sample Dungeon in the Mentzer Basic Set 17%       17%  [ 8 ]
"Escape from Zanzer's Dungeon" in the Classic D&D Basic Set 6%       6%  [ 3 ]
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:28 pm 
 

Somebody said they love polls. So here's another!

I've restricted the choices to adventures that were contained within a 1E AD&D/D&D "core" rulebook.

I've voted Zenopus Dungeon, though I'm actually partial to each (other than Zanzer's, which I've never seen).

The Zenopus Dungeon has no goal other than exploration/treasure-seeking and a circular layout, both of which discourage railroading. It also interacts well with the "outside environment" - there are at least three other "exits" from the dungeon in addition to the entrance (thaumaturgist's tower; pirate's sea cave w/boats; rat tunnels) and the end also hints at an undiscovered entrance to lower levels. Plus some nice dungeon "obstacles", such as the room where the doors can only be opened by turning the statue to face the door, and the room bisected by the river that will sweep weak characters away to another chamber. Good monster selection - the standards (skeletons, ghouls, goblins, giant rats, giant spider) plus some oddities (giant crab and giant octopus - both of which may have been inspired by the movie Mysterious Island). Good NPCS - evil thaumaturgist (with pet giant snake, wand of petrifaction and caged ape), a group of pirates and lovely warrior to rescued (Lemunda).

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:31 pm 
 

Bargle!!

Course that is because I started out with the red box set :)
Only later did I come to realize different printings had other dungeons (which I've acquired and find to be good)

Dungeon 150 is going to have Bargle in an adventure again :D  :D  :D  :D

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:16 pm 
 

I voted Fire Opal, though I still like the OD&D sample level quite a bit too! :D


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:44 pm 
 

Fire Opal also.

I fleshed it out and used it to connect two other dungeons.


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:16 pm 
 

Fire Opal!  Just used it in my GDQ campaign as a side-trek!

Although one day I'm going to steal Zenopus' dungeon for sure :)

  

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:42 pm 
 

Definitely Zenopus! One of the first things I ever ran.
Sentimental favorite!


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Post Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 8:52 pm 
 

A collective of Dragonsfoot contributors has recently finished a fleshed-out version of the Haunted Keep sample dungeon from the Moldvay Basic Set, titled "DF23 The Haunted Keep". The first page of this thread has a link that leads to the  free pdf download:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27940

It's dedicated to Gary Gygax (see the cover).

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Post Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:45 pm 
 

Zenopus.

First adventure for me. I remember it vividly to this day - it was almost 30 years ago! Damn...i am getting old.


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:25 am 
 

Given that Holmes' book is the ultimate classical depiction of the game, no surprise there. However I own a copy of Zanzer's & was thinking of running it. Are there any specific merits to it?

  


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:00 pm 
 

Man, I can't believe I missed this poll the first time around ... but I must have, since it let me vote.

Anyway ... Zenopus. It's the only I could still vividly picture after reading through the list of candidates, so it must have had some effect on me.  :)

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:23 pm 
 

What? No "Temple of the Frog"?

  

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:39 pm 
 

zhowar wrote:A collective of Dragonsfoot contributors has recently finished a fleshed-out version of the Haunted Keep sample dungeon from the Moldvay Basic Set, titled "DF23 The Haunted Keep". The first page of this thread has a link that leads to the  free pdf download:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27940

It's dedicated to Gary Gygax (see the cover).


That's awesome, do they have plans for the dungeon settings from the other Basic box set printings?

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:11 pm 
 

Busman wrote:What? No "Temple of the Frog"?


I don't consider the Blackmoor Supplement a "core rulebook" (see above).

Plaag wrote:That's awesome, do they have plans for the dungeon settings from the other Basic box set printings?


Not that I am aware of. This project developed from a thread in the Workshop that started back in 2005:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewt ... 25&start=0

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:36 pm 
 

zhowar wrote:I don't consider the Blackmoor Supplement a "core rulebook" (see above).


I can respect that.

It happens to be the only one that I played with any seriousness. I couldn't comment on any of the others. I remember when I got Blackmoor and Tempe of the Frog was in there, that it was a real kick in the pants. We had been making pretty much just dungeon crawls before then based on the "core" books. We realized you could do a lot more after Blackmoor.

I know, seems silly now, but I was 8 and my brother was 11 at the time. It was eye opening. =)

  

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:59 pm 
 

sauromatian wrote:Given that Holmes' book is the ultimate classical depiction of the game, no surprise there. However I own a copy of Zanzer's & was thinking of running it. Are there any specific merits to it?


If I recall correctly it is an escape type of adventure. Good enough.


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Post Posted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:36 pm 
 

The Zanzer map looks like it would make a good urban setting. Although as part of this poll, maybe it shouldn't be included since it's the main scenario included in the set.

The sample dungeons seem more like something for players & DMs alike to read, so that novice players will have some idea of what they're supposed to be wandering into.

When I learned the game, I went through Zenopus & the monster descriptions to see how my first character would stack up in a fight. I think I killed a skeleton or two at my first game, in Mrs. Beers' afterschool D&D club.

Once somebody left a DMG behind, so she propped it up on the blackboard for the owner to claim [& I suppose to advertise the club]. It sure looked weird to have that picture of the demon holding a scantily clad maiden staring out on our 7th grade Language Arts class for a few days. I wonder if it caused someone's mom to complain about rampant Satanism in our public schools.

  


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Post Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:46 am 
 

I voted for Zenopus's dungeon. Gary's dungeon level probably would have gotten my vote if it had been completed.

  
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