D3 was my favorite 1e module. I was just about to start a thread pointing out that many of them weren't really anything to write home about, but D3 was an exception, because it is rather open ended.MerricB said:Both of those are strong components to it. I think that certain adventures were also so barebones (see D3: Vault of the Drow) that the ingenuity of the DM and players made them even greater than how they were written.
Not terribly valuable since it's on the site for free.Tuzenbach said:??? What's this???
What's the name of this? Where can I find one? How valuable is it? Do you have one? What's it like?
In the forward to Q1, Gygax said that initially it was delayed due to workload, and then when he went back to work on it he found he'd used a lot of his original ideas in the Temple of Elemental Evil (which presumably was in a more developed state at that point, though I don't think it saw print until a couple of years later). Mike Carr got the nod because he had a fresh approach, and a cool idea for a dungeon layout without any particular project in mind for it... that became the Demonweb.MerricB said:In theory, Q1 is the conclusion to the Giants/Drow series. However, it was not written by Gary Gygax. The exact reason for that is not one I am entirely certain of. Was it that Gary was too busy and handed the job off to another designer? Or were the internal tensions at TSR already building and someone else was assigned to it?
IIRC, the same style was also used in at least one Top Secret adventure, the one that came with the boxed set (Sprechenaltestelle or something like that). Was Rapidstrike done in that format? I can't remember.MerricB said:B1 is also unusual: it was designed for novice DMs. A backstory was given, and the map was drawn, along with descriptions of some rooms and their special features. However, not everything was filled in! The DM had to stock the rooms with monsters and treasure, as well as other interesting items. This style of dungeon would only be attempted once more, in B3, but that product was withdrawn and rewritten before wide sales, so B1 also stands alone.