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D&D 5E Temple of Elemental Evil is the next Original Adventures Reincarnated

Goodman Games has announced the next in its line of Original Adventures Reincarnated - -and it's The Temple of Elemental Evil, in late 2020 or early 2021.

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"Like all of the Original Adventures Reincarnated line, this release will contain both the original material scanned in and cleaned up to present it as it originally appeared, along with a full, new 5E translation in the second half of the book. The new material is being designed by a creative team led by Chris Doyle with contributions from Rick Maffei and others, all of whom are seasoned veterans of Dungeons and Dragons across its many incarnations.

Unlike the previous five volumes in the OAR line, the sheer size and scope of this module requires something new: OAR #6: The Temple of Elemental Evil will be released as a two-volume hardcover slipcase edition. The two volumes will also contain expert commentary about the original modules and their history."

Here's the back cover text:

EVIL BORN ANEW

The Village of Hommlet thrives again. Years ago, this quaint village nearly fell prey to a great, neighboring evil. The nearby Temple of Elemental Evil, a grand edifice of wickedness, was defeated after a great battle and thrown into ruin forever … or was it? Bandits have started to ride the roads again, and there are other ominous signs afoot. It is whispered that the demonic evil at the heart of the Temple was not truly conquered but merely imprisoned. Even now, agents of evil, malevolent beasts, and far worse creatures are conspiring to return the Temple to power and enslave the surrounding lands. Hommlet and the neighboring ruins may hold clues, but not everyone is to be trusted. Surely danger lies hidden in this idyllic region.

Sharpen your swords and axes. Purchase your iron rations and tinderboxes. And don’t forget at least one 10-foot pole. Great adventure awaits those that dare confront the Temple of Elemental Evil!

This book collection is an homage to the origins of an adventure that began decades ago with T1: The Village of Hommlet and T1-4: The Temple of Elemental Evil. Herein you will find high-quality scans from multiple printings of the original first edition adventure modules, plus commentary by gaming legends. Full fifth edition conversions of both adventure books are included, as well as brand new adventure material that adds new wilderness encounters, expands the Village of Nulb, fully details the evil Elemental Nodes, and provides fifth edition updates of many original magic items, monsters, and spells. This is a fully playable mega-dungeon and mini-campaign—many hours of classic-style adventure await you!​
 
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Parmandur

Book-Friend
Woot! Not only is it something I’m going to enjoy I’m wondering what it might mean about future WotC books.



What do y’all think?


Veeeeery interesting: don't have the original, never played it, might get this.

Didn't watch the accompanying video, but I recall from the Lost City intro last year that Goodman said that there was a master list, dividing the old Adventure products between things WotC was looking to cover, and things they had no long term plans to use. Goodman has freedom to pick their projects from the "no long term plans" list. So, this means WotC has no intention of doing a Ghosts of Saltmarsh style book with the Temple of Elemental Evil. Maybe Return of Elemental Evil...?

It wouldn't surprise me if they just let Goodman do more and more of these, though, if the license is profitanle for all parties. They've been going more and more into original territory with in-house Adventure products, though I'd love another Saltmarsh.
 


Lidgar

Hero
Was just going to post about this...one of my favorites, warts and all.

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Looking forward to seeing this one get the GG treatment!

EDIT: looks like it will be in two volumes:

Unlike the previous five volumes in the OAR line, the sheer size and scope of this module requires something new: OAR #6: The Temple of Elemental Evil will be released as a two-volume hardcover slipcase edition. The two volumes will also contain expert commentary about the original modules and their history.
 


From the announcement:

Full fifth edition conversions of both adventure books are included, as well as brand new adventure material that adds new wilderness encounters, expands the Village of Nulb, fully details the evil Elemental Nodes, and provides fifth edition updates of many original magic items, monsters, and spells. This is a fully playable mega-dungeon and mini-campaign—many hours of classic-style adventure await you!

Sounds good to me. :)
 

atanakar

Hero
I never played the T series of module and probably never will. Dungeon crawls are just not my thing. But this product looks very interesting for the fans.
 

TheDelphian

Explorer
I played through both the original in 1st edition and return to in 3.5. I enjoyed the immensely but that may have been as much the module as the groups so i have fond memories.

It is a classic Dungeon crawl in all the good ways with many details that make it slightly more realistic than other pure dungeon crawls. There is a bit of intrigue and social possibilities so is not all hack and slash.
 



Parmandur

Book-Friend
From a historical standpoint, T1 may be the first time we got a published detailed home base from which to go on adventuring runs. So it's the precursor (beating Keep on the Borderlands by a short bit) of practically every computer RPG, which all use that precise model.

To launch tengentally off of this into speculation:

Now B1 and T1 as homebase Adventures are off the table for first party usage by WotC, while U1 and the Sunless Citadel have already been used. What other low level options are left, and whi h way do y'all think these may go (WotC like GoS, or Goodman?):

  • N1 I could really see being the basis for a Ghosts of Saltmarsh style book, it's even geographically adjacent to Saltmarsh
  • L1? It was featured in the Rick & Morty comic?
  • Other B modules? If B2 didn't get used by WotC directly, I wouldn't lay good odds here...
  • Something else...)
 

To launch tengentally off of this into speculation:

Now B1 and T1 as homebase Adventures are off the table for first party usage by WotC, while U1 and the Sunless Citadel have already been used. What other low level options are left, and whi h way do y'all think these may go (WotC like GoS, or Goodman?):

  • N1 I could really see being the basis for a Ghosts of Saltmarsh style book, it's even geographically adjacent to Saltmarsh
  • L1? It was featured in the Rick & Morty comic?
  • Other B modules? If B2 didn't get used by WotC directly, I wouldn't lay good odds here...
  • Something else...)
I love L1 and N1 both, but they're both so less prominent than what both Goodman and WotC have used so far, it's hard to see either being used. It may be that Phandelver is the only setting of this sort we get this edition.

I would expect something much less traditional in future. A book of planar adventures anchored by a gazetteer of Sigil and the gate towns, maybe.
 


Parmandur

Book-Friend
I love L1 and N1 both, but they're both so less prominent than what both Goodman and WotC have used so far, it's hard to see either being used. It may be that Phandelver is the only setting of this sort we get this edition.

I would expect something much less traditional in future. A book of planar adventures anchored by a gazetteer of Sigil and the gate towns, maybe.

Still room for some more introductory material, since people start all the time: they've released at least two Level 1 intro Adventures a year so far, usually more.
 


Lidgar

Hero
I'd like them to do D1-D3 (Descent/Shrine/Vault). So much room for expansion, especially for Erelhei-Cinlu.

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S4 - Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, is also high up on the list, especially because of the different versions/ historical changes made.

EDIT: Obviously neither of these are low level... ;)
 


Parmandur

Book-Friend
I'd much rather see new adventure paths that aren't just rehashes of old stuff. Even updated a little (like Princes from Elemental Evil), they're still showing their age a little. The Pathfinder APs tend to be better in that regard at least.

It's been a while since WotC has done that, other than Ghosts of Saltmarsh. Tomb of Annulation, Waterdeep and Decent to Avernus were all mostly new, with references to older material.

Goodman Games runs a whole product line of new and original 5E Adventures.
 


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