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D&D 2E What's a Good 2e Low Level Adventure?

Retreater

Legend
Hanging out with my neighbor last night it came up in conversation he has a lot of nostalgia for 2E, including THAC0 and all the old school feel. He knows 5e but really wants to do 2E again, and would like me to run a one-shot for him and his teenage kids.
I came in with 2E but didn't run many published adventures. The ones I did were Ravenloft.
Are there any you can think of that have a nostalgic feel for that era? I'm looking to avoid big adventures like Night Below because I'm not intending to run anything long.
 

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Stormonu

Legend
If you like Ravenloft, Night of the Walking Dead is one of the better ones. (Oh, I see it was suggested above - consider this a second).
Or you could go for the old B/X classic Keep on the Borderlands - should be able to use it straight in 2E.
 

grimslade

Doddering Old Git
I don't know if I ever ran a published 2E adventure. I owned Terrible Tragedy at Tragidor because it was bundled with a DM screen. The less said about that monstrosity of a scenario the better. I take it back, I ran Night Below for a group and it was pretty enjoyable. It is not exclusively a low level adventure, however. I recommend looking into Dungeon for scenarios there were a few good ones in the 2E years.
 

transmission89

Adventurer
A lot of adventure pitched here are 1e and basic (for good reason) , but a decent low level, 2e native adventure for a 1-3 one shot is The Shattered Circle.
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
A lot of adventure pitched here are 1e and basic (for good reason) , but a decent low level, 2e native adventure for a 1-3 one shot is The Shattered Circle.
I agree; The Shattered Circle is a great low-level adventure.

You can also get quite a bit of bang for your buck with Road to Danger and Dungeons of Despair, both of which were collections of low-level adventures from Dungeon magazine.

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The Sword of the Dales was fun, Its the first in the Randal Morn Trilogy. The second is The Secret of Spiderhaunt and the third is the Return of Randal Morn. Its set in the Shadowdale, Daggerdale area of the Realms and are low level. The first can be played as a stand alone but they make for great mini campaign if played together.
 

I recommend checking Dungeon Mag from this era, which had better adventures than anything 2E published as a stand alone.
Yeah I'd second this. Whilst I sadly can't remember specific adventures, the quality of adventures in Dungeon, especially low-level ones, tended to be pretty high. I'd say about 30% of them were not great, but they disproportionately tended to be mid and high level ones, for whatever reason. Pretty sure there's a legal archive of it out there too, if one Googles.
 

I mean, if the kids don't have any experience with past D&D settings, it is hard to go wrong with White Plume Mountain. It is also very easy to modify; shorten some of the fluff to create a shorter experience.
 

Voadam

Legend
Pretty sure there's a legal archive of it out there too, if one Googles.
If there is I would be very interested if anyone has a link. I am not aware of any though. Paizo has a lot of the 3e era ones for sale and a CD with Dungeon #1 on it, but that's as much as I have seen.
 


Alzrius

The EN World kitten
I was fortunate enough to purchase a couple of late-2E issues of Dungeon from an online seller a few weeks ago. At the time, I hadn't researched what was in those issues, only wanting to fill a gap in my collection. It was only after I started reading them that I realized they were the issues with the Mere of Dead Men series, including #70 with the spectacular "Kingdom of the Ghouls" adventure. Needless to say, I was very pleased. :)
 

Nikosandros

Golden Procrastinator
If there is I would be very interested if anyone has a link. I am not aware of any though. Paizo has a lot of the 3e era ones for sale and a CD with Dungeon #1 on it, but that's as much as I have seen.
There's plenty of "archives" to be found, but none of them are legal, sadly.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I don't think anyone should feel any qualms downloading out of print material published by a company that doesn't exist anymore.
 

Night of the Walking Dead is a solid and spooky adventure, definitely. And a striking cover.

Nothing wrong with Ravenloft here. :)

I particularly liked Night of the Walking Dead (levels 1-3). Also Howls in the Night (levels 3-5).

I have a soft spot for the Nightwatch in the Living City module. It's easily set in any city on a coast, and fairly free-form for the PCs to do what they want. The one thing it lacks that keeps it from being great is a strong ending. But I think you could easily work something into it.
 

Athelstaine

Explorer
Even though this is for forgotten realms, i have always enjoyed running Haunted Halls of Eveningstar , It's for levels 1 to 3 set within the Kingdom of Cormyr.
 

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