Best old-school dungeon crawl for 5e?

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
Forget plot, forget character development, forget roleplaying. What's the best good old-fashioned kick-in-the-door-kill-the-monster-take-his-$#@% dungeon for 5e? Does it even exist?

I'm going to be running a very short campaign (a bunch of sessions crammed into a week) for some novice players, and they'll just want to hack and slash their way to victory.

EDIT: Of any level, although lower is probably better.
 
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Parmandur

Legend
Forget plot, forget character development, forget roleplaying. What's the best good old-fashioned kick-in-the-door-kill-the-monster-take-his-$#@% dungeon for 5e? Does it even exist?

I'm going to be running a very short campaign (a bunch of sessions crammed into a week) for some novice players, and they'll just want to hack and slash their way to victory.

EDIT: Of any level, although lower is probably better.
Tales from the Yawning Portal is a pretty good bet for this need.
 

lowkey13

I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Agreed re: Into the Borderlands (Goodman Games, conversation of B1 and B2).

My quick review-
http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?655877-Into-the-Borderlands-On-Running-an-Updated-Classic

Basically, they did a great job! It's all the door kicking goodness for starter levels, BUT be aware that some parts did not age quite as well (such as the whole "kill the women and children" thing).

Given the great job they did, I expect that Isle of Dread will also be excellent (redo of X2- see http://goodman-games.com/store/product/original-adventures-reincarnated-2-the-isle-of-dread/ )
 

Parmandur

Legend
Agreed re: Into the Borderlands (Goodman Games, conversation of B1 and B2).

My quick review-
http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?655877-Into-the-Borderlands-On-Running-an-Updated-Classic

Basically, they did a great job! It's all the door kicking goodness for starter levels, BUT be aware that some parts did not age quite as well (such as the whole "kill the women and children" thing).

Given the great job they did, I expect that Isle of Dread will also be excellent (redo of X2- see http://goodman-games.com/store/product/original-adventures-reincarnated-2-the-isle-of-dread/ )
Yeah, the Isle of Dread book is good, too. Similarly they, uh, didn't adjust some aspects that haven't aged well.
 

Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
Sunless Citadel or Forge of Fury in Tales from the Yawning Portal.
 

Draegn

Explorer
You might find it fun to download one of the "Hardest mazes" to solve and use it as your dungeon. I made one that is a circle with the tower of an archmage at the center that the players had to get to. It has random teleports within it, is considered to be a massive construct that is aware and will defend itself. It is within a sphere that prevents, flying, tunneling, climbing over the outer wall or teleporting into it.

Perhaps this will work for you?

https://i.redd.it/rrkmzixm3laz.png

The white squares being locations the players have to reach in order to escape by finding keys.
 
I converted B1: In Search of the Unknown, it's about as classic a dungeon crawl as it gets. Though more weird than brutal, and it's low-level, but classic with all the crazy D&Disms you could want.

OK, 'converted' is giving me way too much credit, I didn't convert anything up-front, just ran with the 5e versions of what was there... sometimes even just used the old stats, mentally inverting AC (never work at higher levels, the monster hp/dam would be a joke, but at 1st, not too bad).
 

Toledo

Villager
Forget plot, forget character development, forget roleplaying. What's the best good old-fashioned kick-in-the-door-kill-the-monster-take-his-$#@% dungeon for 5e? Does it even exist?

I'm going to be running a very short campaign (a bunch of sessions crammed into a week) for some novice players, and they'll just want to hack and slash their way to victory.

EDIT: Of any level, although lower is probably better.
I've been told by the veterans at my table that Rapanathik is an extremely old school dungeon. It's very huge so far, and extremely tough. We ventured into the surrounding areas before entering it...we were probably L4 or L5 before entering it.
 

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
Thanks for all the answers. I was leaning toward Forge of Fury from Yawning Portal. Keep on the Borderland conversion is intriguing...I'll have to research that.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Rappan Athuk. For any level.

I'm running a campaign using the newly released 5e version. Massive book.

Just start them at the Mouth of Doom.
 
TftYP is a good bet. However, Sunless Citadel, Forge of Fury and Dead in Thay aren't really old old school.

And Against the Giants is as boring today as it always was.
 

Elfcrusher

Adventurer
However, Sunless Citadel, Forge of Fury and Dead in Thay aren't really old old school.
Yeah, I'll agree with that part. But...closer.

And Against the Giants is as boring today as it always was.
Spoken like a true grognard who can't remember what it's like to be new to the game. I'd have to put my first foray into the Steading as one of my top 5 all-time most exciting D&D games.

Then again, I was in junior high.

As are the players this is going to be for.

I'm thinking of using Against the Giants largely because some large, high-resolution maps are available and it would be fun to spread that across the table in full color.
 

Raunalyn

Adventurer
I can say that my group went through Sunless Citadel and Forge of Fury as the first part of Storm King's Thunder (I was underwhelmed at the opening chapter in the book) and had a fantastic time. Got them up to 5th level quite nicely.
 

dnd4vr

Adventurer
Another vote for KotBL! We played it and it was pretty good (I played it in 1E/2E a long time ago, but no one else in our group knew it).

I've also been a fan of the Against the Giants modules, and Tales from the Yawning Portal is a good write-up of it.
 

dnd4vr

Adventurer
Thanks for all the answers. I was leaning toward Forge of Fury from Yawning Portal. Keep on the Borderland conversion is intriguing...I'll have to research that.
If you are interested in KotBL, I can sell you our copy now that we're done with it. I'll give you a good price! :)
 

77IM

Explorer!!!
Keep on the Borderland 5e conversion from Goodman Games. Quintessential D&D door kicking action.
What? Am I remembering something wrong? I've visited the Caves of Chaos a few times, and the impression that I got was that if you simply kicked the door down, you would aggro the entire place (well, one humanoid tribe, at least) and get cut to ribbons.

Remember, "Bree-yark" is goblin for "TPK."
 

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