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    Merric's Erratically Updated Reviews of old D&D adventures

    My collection of old AD&D and Basic D&D TSR adventures is almost complete, and I'm occasionally writing reviews for them. The schedule is likely to be extremely erratic (as other things distract me), but I'll use this thread to keep track of which ones I've written so far.

    Feel free to discuss the reviews here.

    Eventually, I hope to review all AD&D and Basic D&D adventures published before 2nd edition. If my collecting mania continues, it might branch into 2E as well. We'll see!

    The Reviews

    A (Aerie of the Slave Lords) Series
    A1: Slave Pits of the Undercity
    A2: Secret of the Slavers Stockade
    A3: Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords
    A4: In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords

    B (Basic) Series
    B1: In Search of the Unknown
    B2: The Keep on the Borderlands
    B3: Palace of the Silver Princess (Original)
    B3: Palace of the Silver Princess (Moldvay)
    B4: The Lost City
    B5: Horror on the Hill

    C (Competition) Series
    C1: The Hidden Shrine of Tamaochan
    C2: The Ghost Tower of Inverness

    D (Drow) Series
    D1: Descent into the Depths of the Earth
    D2: Shrine of the Kuo-Toa
    D3: Vault of the Drow

    EX (Extension) Series
    EX1: Dungeonland
    EX2: The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror

    G (Giant) Series
    G1: Steading of the Hill Giant Chief
    G2: The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl
    G3: Hall of the Fire Giant King

    I (Intermediate) Series
    I1: Dwellers of the Forbidden City
    I2: Tomb of the Lizard King
    I3: Pharaoh
    I4: Oasis of the White Palm
    I5: Lost Tomb of Martek
    I6: Ravenloft

    L (Lendore Isle) Series
    L1: The Secret of Bone Hill
    L2: The Assassin's Knot

    M (Master) Series:
    M1: Into the Maelstrom

    N (Novice) Series:
    N1: Against the Cult of the Reptile God

    O (One-on-One) Series:
    O1: The Gem and the Staff

    Q (Queen) Module:
    Q1: Queen of the Demonweb Pits

    S (Special) Series:
    S1: Tomb of Horrors
    S2: White Plume Mountain
    S3: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
    S4: The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth

    T (Temple) Series:
    T1: The Village of Hommlet

    U (UK) Series:
    U1: The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh
    U2: Danger at Dunwater
    U3: The Final Enemy

    UK Series:
    UK1: Beyond the Crystal Cave
    UK2: The Sentinel

    WG (World of Greyhawk) Series:
    WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun

    X (Expert) Series:
    X1: The Isle of Dread
    X2: Castle Amber (Chateau d'Amberville)
    X3: Curse of Xanathon
    X4: Master of the Desert Nomads
    X5: Temple of Death

    Bonus Reviews
    The World of Greyhawk - Folio
    AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide
    AD&D Players Handbook
    AD&D Monster Manual
    Deities and Demigods
    D&D Basic edited by Tom Moldvay

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    Awesome stuff, Merric! Keep it up
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    Added a short review of G2.

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    I've run G1, but never reached G2 or G3, sadly. I tried running D3 once, but I was very, very young. I've never had a game when they fitted in, and it's been very long since I was running AD&D.

    My review for D1: Descent into the Depths of the Earth is now available!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonesy View Post
    I haven't run these myself actually, but now I'm definitely thinking about it.
    They play pretty well converted to 3e as well, just with expected levels being a little higher. 9-10 for G1, 11-12 for G2, 13-14 for G3.

    I've run G1 and G2 for my players as part of a 3e "Classic Modules" campaign. After a few years off to play some Star Wars Saga Edition and 4e, we're about to start back up with G3. And I have surprises planned (and foreshadowed). The clever giant allies (Drow) have been following in the PCs' wake, analyzing their attacks, and have started stockpiling some potions of energy resistance to foil their main attacks of fireballs and acid balls (energy substitution feat + fireball). There are a lot of trolls in G3 - there will eventually be a mass charge of them doped up with fire and acid resistance. Should be fun.
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