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DMs Guild The Ruined Tower of Zenopus 5E conversion on DMs Guild...Now with a dungeon map!

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My 5E D&D conversion of the original Zenopus Dungeon, from the 1977 "Holmes" Basic rulebook, is now live on DMs Guild. 18-pages, $1.99.

The Ruined Tower of Zenopus (DMs Guild link)

Read more about it here on my blog, the Zenopus Archives.

The original dungeon (which includes the dungeon map) is available as a free pdf on the Wizards site.

Update: This conversion now includes a map of the dungeon suitable for use on Roll20. See 5/26/20 post below for details.
 
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News & a Review:

The Ruined Tower of Zenopus hits Silver on DMs Guild

A review on the oldschoolfrp Tumblr:

"I bought this and gave it a first read-through. It is an excellent conversion of one of my favorite classic low level adventures, updated for 5e. There are some new monster stat blocks and minor magic items, a little town map on a peninsula (which makes it easier to locate the town on almost any coastline), options for expanding some areas, notes on factions, rumors, and ways to tie Portown to Saltmarsh, plus even 4 pre-gen PCs. Check it out."
 


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There has never been any official followup either by TSR or Wizards, or even the writings of Holmes himself. In fact, as far as I know the first official recycling of the adventure material is the Tower of Zenopus site included in Ghosts of Saltmarsh, which includes some of the background and dungeon details from the original but does not include the full dungeon, and does not give any further clues regarding the fate of Zenopus.

Thus, the only clues we have are what is written in the original. Per the introduction, this doom involved unleashing "some powerful force in the depths of the tower" that result in the tower being engulfed in green flame. The coda to the adventure indicates that "depths of the tower" means "(undiscovered) deeper levels"; i.e., level(s) below the described first level of the dungeon.

Based on this description, I've speculated that the green flame was similar to the green flame in H.P. Lovecraft's short story "The Festival":

How Zenopus Met His Doom

Ghosts of Saltmarsh simply states that one night the tower was "engulfed in a fiery green aura", without specifying that Zenopus met his doom on a lower level.
 




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I have two new reviews of the Ruined Tower of Zenopus to share since the last update!


Review & Adaptation by An Abominable Fancy (a six part series!):
"So The Ruined Tower of Zenopus, a 5e conversion of Holmes' Sample Dungeon by Zach Howard of the indispensable Zenopus Archives, is pretty exciting.

The result is exactly what you'd hope for. Here's the fun gameplay of a classic old school dungeon, with the clarity of modern layout. There's plenty nice, thought-out additions so that you don't feel like you should have just saved your money and looked up 5e stat blocks yourself. These include some great resources that Zach has developed for Portown and the dungeon factions..."

Reviews from R'lyeh on the Ruined Tower of Zenopus:
"...The author though, does not simply update ‘Sample Dungeon’ to Dungeons & Dragons, Fifth Edition. He also offers options to make the dungeon more challenging and adds a slew of monsters and magical items..."
 
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𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝘂𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗭𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗽𝘂𝘀 is now a Gold Best Seller at DMs Guild!

As a reminder, it's on sale for $1.59 through this Sunday, May 17th.

I will soon be adding a map suitable for Roll20 to the product, see the blog post for more details and a preview.

 
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The Ruined Tower of Zenopus was reviewed here on En World this week, in the "DMs Guild Extra: Community Reviews" column by SMHWorlds:


Read my blog post where I shared the review. More reviews of the module can be found on my blog; the links are above.
 

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I am pleased to announce that a dungeon map is now included with the Ruined Tower of Zenopus adventure on DMs Guild!

There are actually two map files: a DM's and a Player's version. These are png files optimized for use in Roll20, but are also printable. These should be available to everyone that has already purchased the adventure. Read more here:

Zenopus Archives announcement of the new map
 
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Another review of the Ruined Tower of Zenopus:

The Fen Orc blog on the Ruined Tower of Zenopus

"Two bucks buys you 18 pages, faultlessly formatted and a beautiful cover painting (Thomas Cole’s 1838 Italian Coast Scene with Ruined Tower) that seems to symbolise the whole project: the crumbling tower is the monument of Holmes’ Basic D&D; the idyllic shepherd tending his flock in the shadow of the tower, that is Zach; the little boat out among the islets, that’s us, wondering if we should put ashore: in a moment the shepherd will stand up and wave to us to drop anchor. There’s treasure here, you see, that Zach knows about, in a place long neglected."
 

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The Ruined Tower of Zenopus is featured in the "D&D Classics" column in the latest issue of Dragon+ (the successor to Dragon magazine), along with an interview with me...!

Read more here:

Direct Link to the column in Dragon+ issue 32:
 
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