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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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Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Wasn't in OotA all the demons were somewhat "emerging" and thus their stats weren't full power stats? Not sure Zuggtmoy's role here in ToEE.

Yes, but they all are tweaked in the adventure to have like half their hit points and stuff after fights with each other. So they're 5E stats at normal strength is supposed to represent them as normal.
 

embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Not having it available on PDF is the most effective for me. Pretty much guarantees I'll never choose to run it since I'm an online-only DM.
Take that up with WotC. The license they granted Goodman is print-only. No PDFs.

That said, for the standard OARs, it would be a 300 page PDF. It's not like they're charging all that money for a 40 page booklet.

The standard OARs are about $70. ToEE is $99. And what you get is a hardbound module that is the same or better quality than the product that WotC themselves put out. Do I like that Goodman's estimated release dates are laughable? No. Do I understand why it takes so long? Absolutely.
 

Retreater

Legend
Take that up with WotC. The license they granted Goodman is print-only. No PDFs.

That said, for the standard OARs, it would be a 300 page PDF. It's not like they're charging all that money for a 40 page booklet.

The standard OARs are about $70. ToEE is $99. And what you get is a hardbound module that is the same or better quality than the product that WotC themselves put out. Do I like that Goodman's estimated release dates are laughable? No. Do I understand why it takes so long? Absolutely.
I have their B1-2 conversion and Lost City. I'd be tempted to get this one as well, but since I've been gaming online only for the past 2 years, it really stinks that there's not an electronic version available to allow easy porting to a VTT. I'm not blaming Goodman. It's just one of those "well, shucks" grumbles.
 


jerryrice4949

Adventurer
Their "Isle of Dread" conversion is absolutely superb; I might pick this one up next if I ever find an extra C-note in my wallet.
I don’t know if this helps but some online retailers have it for quite a bit less. I have bought stuff from both and had great experiences.


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Dire Bare

Legend
Take that up with WotC. The license they granted Goodman is print-only. No PDFs.

That said, for the standard OARs, it would be a 300 page PDF. It's not like they're charging all that money for a 40 page booklet.

The standard OARs are about $70. ToEE is $99. And what you get is a hardbound module that is the same or better quality than the product that WotC themselves put out. Do I like that Goodman's estimated release dates are laughable? No. Do I understand why it takes so long? Absolutely.
Take it up with WotC? Nah, I'm just not going to purchase the book(s).

I don't particularly care about the details of Goodman's license with WotC. Whatever the reason, this licensing partnership isn't providing something I want, or in a format I want. Did Goodman not push for digital rights? Did WotC deny digital rights? I don't particularly care . . . .

I mean, that's OK. If this is working out for Goodman and WotC, not everything has to cater to my needs. But it certainly feels like a missed opportunity to not offer a digital version.

If the team was motived enough (team = Goodman + WotC), they certainly could have offered PDFs on DriveThruRPG/DMsGuild, or roped in Fandom for web formats available through D&D Beyond. I'd of snapped those digital goodies up in a heartbeat!

Oh well, if someday digital versions are made available, I'll check these out then.
 

Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Take it up with WotC? Nah, I'm just not going to purchase the book(s).

I don't particularly care about the details of Goodman's license with WotC. Whatever the reason, this licensing partnership isn't providing something I want, or in a format I want. Did Goodman not push for digital rights? Did WotC deny digital rights? I don't particularly care . . . .

I mean, that's OK. If this is working out for Goodman and WotC, not everything has to cater to my needs. But it certainly feels like a missed opportunity to not offer a digital version.

If the team was motived enough (team = Goodman + WotC), they certainly could have offered PDFs on DriveThruRPG/DMsGuild, or roped in Fandom for web formats available through D&D Beyond. I'd of snapped those digital goodies up in a heartbeat!

Oh well, if someday digital versions are made available, I'll check these out then.

There is a certain element that these books are sort-of marketed as collectors items. Offering PDF versions diminishes that somewhat.
 



Esbee

Dungeon Master at large.
Toronto stores received theirs on Tuesday, I went down and got my copy.

It went straight to the shelf where it will likely not see play for a very long time, but at least the collection looks all purty and complete! :LOL::cry:
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Lidgar

Hero
Got mine yesterday and have been pouring through it. We had to start the campaign before it arrived (planned gaming trip), so we already went through the moathouse - but thankfully it arrived in time for Nulb and the Temple itself!

Like many of their other OAR's, just have to saw "wow." They do an incredible job making these older modules more organized, and fill in many of the details that are wanting (such as detailing the surroundings and Nulb). Great job again GG!
 



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