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Poll: Favorite module of all time?

A1-4 Scourge of the Slavelords 7%       7%  [ 2 ]
B1 In Search of the Unknown 10%       10%  [ 3 ]
B10 Night’s Dark Terror 7%       7%  [ 2 ]
GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders 28%       28%  [ 8 ]
I3-5 Desert of Desolation 10%       10%  [ 3 ]
I6 Ravenloft 3%       3%  [ 1 ]
S1 Tomb of Horrors 0%       0%  [ 0 ]
S2 White Plume Mountain 10%       10%  [ 3 ]
T1-4 Temple of Elemental Evil 14%       14%  [ 4 ]
Other 10%       10%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 29

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 1:35 pm 
 

Supermodules used as shorthand, to include all earlier versions.  But if ever there were a poll with a need for an "Other" category for you to elaborate, it's this one.
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Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:19 pm 
 

Ah... B1... it's the stem cell from which all other adventures mutate from.

I had always hoped that Rogahn and Zelligar would return, turn out to be uber bad guys and try to take back their dungeon... or more levels would open up or there would be an adventure where they are good guys, but you have to go rescue them.  etc..

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 6:18 pm 
 

Other - My favorite adventure was the "mini super-module" series: S4 & WG4 (Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth and The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun).

Especially Tsojcanth - not only for the large dungeon sprawl, but also because of the of awesome booklet of new monsters/magic/magic items which I got to borrow after the adventure was complete.

Bodak, Behir and Graz'zt?  Man, did I ever think that was cool!  Especially a new demon prince.  

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Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:06 pm 
 

I'd have to say X2 Castle Amber.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:40 pm 
 

My nod for the greatest module of all time has to be Gary Gygax's hauntingly beautiful masterpiece, WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun. I have been in great awe of this disturbing little wonder from the mighty pen of the Great One ever since I first looked upon it almost 22 years ago. The sinister undertones in the adventure will forever haunt my dreams.


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Post Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2004 8:52 pm 
 

Castle Amber was great and was the only D&D module I played until the Companion rules came out (except for Keep on the Borderlands - of course).

X2 is also part of the "geekiest" Dungeons & Dragons incident of the my life.  I've been holding back this confession for a long time and it is time to actually let it out. . .

. . . Back in 6th grade my friends and I used to play  D&D on our recess period.  Our teacher (I forget his name) took notice and between me, my friends and him it was suggested that we play the game in front of the class and he would give us extra credit. . .

So. . . I was the DM and Greg, Steve, Wade & Tom were the players.  We proceeded to play D&D in while the rest of the class was gathered around. . . and our teacher let us play for over 2 hours!  As you can imagine. . . not one person was interested (if any of them had been, they'd have been playing with us to begin with).  Absolute boredom and blank stares surrounded us. . . I don't think any of us cared at first, but towards the end it did start to get a little. . .  embarrassing  :oops:

But, what the hell?  We got to play D&D for the afternoon and he gave us all an A+ in extra credit.

At least I've grown up to be  totally cool, though.  Right?  I mean, between the Spider-man movies and Lord of the Rings my status has gone way up - without me, how would any of my co-workers know the acutal origin and complete history of Spidey & the Green Goblin, not the mention the deeper meaning and history behind the each and every scene in LOTR.

Like I said. . . totally cool.
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:17 am 
 

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Post Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2004 2:55 am 
 

My favorite single module is G3, though I love the S4-WG4 one-two punch :D

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Post Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2004 9:32 am 
 

I gotta go off list. U1 is right up there. It is a great start up adventure and has a good twist.

A1 (or whole series) is next in line. Great new monsters (at the time). Smooth play, clever ticks, some great NPC villians.

But in the end I voted for B1. It was the first module I played with my first character I ever rolled up. Sentimental, I understand, but hey it was loads of fun...and that is what I think makes up a good module.

I'm not following the WG4 thing, though. I see alot of Gygax hidden meaning in that module. i.e. his fight against those forces that were edging him out of TSR and his game 8O


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Post Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2004 10:25 am 
 

Favorite module on paper or based on personal experience is a big difference...and I'm not sure I could pick either way.


Personally: I12 Egg was a fantastic epic
L2 Assassin's totally changed my concept of what an adventure could be
DDA1-2 Thyatis was incredibly well written.  Also, one of my best DMing efforts ever.

On paper:
UK2-3 Alderweg have to get major props as my Most Underrated pick
I6 is in no danger of underrating, but deserves its rep
I3-5 Desert was a tremendous series, although we had no idea how to believably incorporate it into our generic campaign world and even less idea how to run an 'Arabian' campaign.
B4 had some phenomenal semi-developed ideas (particularly the world beyond the bottom of the temple) that I could have gone wild with, if we'd have played it when I was older.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Aug 07, 2004 10:05 pm 
 

If we went into 2nd edition, I'd have to say my two favorite supermodules were The Great Modron March and Dead Gods (both for Planescape).  Dead Gods in particular...  never got to run it, but man, I think you could stretch that puppy out over a year.

  


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Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 12:57 am 
 

You didn't have S4 up there, so I had to go with my #2 - Queen of the Spiders.  

Actually, it's a tossup between S4 and B2 (the first one I ever played)

S1 is a great one, but a killer module.  You really have to be on your toes for that one.  And the Desert of Desolation series is the type that really sucks you in.  The kind of modules that you wish would never end.

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 8:32 am 
 

While I like a number of the other's mentioned, my favorite was Barrier Peaks.  The color pictures, the sci-fi meets fantasy thing.....crashed spaceship, aliens....Wow!

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 10:39 am 
 

If I could chip in with my $0.02... I'd have to say that N1: Cult of the Reptile God deserves a nod for one of the best "beginner" modules out there.

I cut my teeth on B2 and X1, but got to this one years later. Wow. Wish I had started with N1 instead. It's seriously underrated, along with most of the UK modules (esp. UK2-3 and U1-3) and the S4-WG4 duo.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2004 1:52 pm 
 

For low level mods, I always rated L1 as one of the best.


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2004 2:45 pm 
 

Here's why I voted for B10 …

It's a full campaign waiting to blossom.  Everything you need to encourage your players to graduate from dungeon crawls, and into the world at large, is right here.  You get a compelling setting, the borderlands of Karameikos, where the verge of human civilization meets with tribes of hostile humanoids, all under the shadow of a lost ancient culture.  And unlike GDQ and T1-4, the plot is moved forward with time and intensity.  The environment is not reactive, it is compelling the characters to act to the best of their ability.

It is one of the few TSR settings I can think of that presents the adventurers' "base camp" as a place where friends are made, loyalties bound, and true incentive is given to the rest of the adventure.  It's not just a place to stock up on supplies and slog away to the dungeon again.

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I changed the format of the module a little, to introduce characters.  When my players first came to Sukiskyn, they were uncomfortable -- this was clearly a role-playing only site, and they had no experience with such things.  So they were relieved when the goblin tribes attacked and had to be repelled.  Then they went into the wilderness, chasing after the goblins.  When they got back, and found out that all the people they had known had been taken hostage, they took it personally!  It was the first time my players expressed real emotion for imaginary characters, or displayed any incentive to play beyond "level, kill things, get the treasure."

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Adding to the mix:  Interesting allies, compelling enemies that you would love to kill but are always one step ahead of you, intriguing side adventures that scream out for mini-adventures to explain their origin, and a dramatic chase into the lost valley itself.

This sudden advent of maturity served them well once they finally got into the war between the ancient cultures -- instead of deciding who to loot and who to kill, they were having fevered arguments with one another over which side was morally "right."  It took some doing to get them out of there.

So, this module has a complete introductory setting, a great base of operations, additional adventures in every direction, recurring enemies you love to hate, a larger town to graduate to once the players are ready to move on, and a lost valley filled with ruins and adventure hooks.  It also features dungeon delving, wilderness exploration, combat, intrigue and clue-gathering, role-playing, and a siege as well.

I love the old Gygax classics, but I think B10 is as close to a perfect module as TSR ever made.

  
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