Bryce’s ToDo List of reviews

This is my ‘ToDo’ reviews list. Except maybe the old stuff. I don’t like reviewing older stuff. I’m not begging, I’m more just organizing the six separate ‘buy’ lists I have and informing people what is on my list.

“It’s on the list” … unless it’s not, in which case you should mail me your request.

Oh man, I don’t know.

214 Responses to Bryce’s ToDo List of reviews

  1. dungeonfish says:

    Hope you haven’t stopped permanently… I enjoy reading your reviews.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I hope so too. This site is a great resource for checking out OSR adventures. You warn me about the shit ones so I don’t buy them! 🙂

  3. I emailed you about a complimentary review copy of Liberation of the Demon Slayer a couple weeks ago. Let me know if you’re interested…


  4. Hey. You don’t know me… and I don’t know you… but I love your reviews.

    I appreciate your (colorful) frankness. If you ever find yourself exhausted from reading ODD / OSR dreck, lacking inspiration to do another review, or just plain burnt out — because I can imagine that running this blog for so many years has got to have it’s low points — please do me a favor and take a short break, then come back to this very post, and soldier on!

    I find your reviews immensely valuable, and your review insights point out many pitfalls I can avoid when creating my own adventures. Well done, sir. Well done.

  5. cafaristeir says:

    Not yet any review of Beasts & Barbarians ? This is (based on the Savage Worlds) the best universe for Sword & Sorcery I have ever seen. I wrote a bunch a reviews about many of their products :

  6. Camila Acolide says:

    Hey Bryce, allow me to make a suggestion. You probably already know that WotC is going to release Tales From the Yawning Portal in April, containing seven old-school adventures adapted for the D&D 5E rules. It’s an official bridge between old and new! The adventures are:

    – Against the Giants
    – Dead in Thay
    – Forge of Fury
    – Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
    – Sunless Citadel
    – Tomb of Horrors
    – White Plume Mountain

    Why don’t you review (or re-review) the old ones as the launch of the book approaches? And after the book is released, you do a review comparing the old and new, what’s better and what’s worse! That’d be awesome!

    Anyway, suggestion made!
    Keep on keeping on.

  7. Edgewise says:

    Hi Bryce, I’d recommend taking a look at the Treasure Vaults of Zadabad, and possibly the prequel Well of Souls. I think that TVoZ is amazing, and I’m surprised I don’t see more reviews of it. I wrote my own review on my own blog, but I’d be curious to see your take.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Any plans to review the Hyperborea modules?
    – Ghost Ship of Desert Dunes
    – The Mystery at Port Greely
    – Forgotten Fane of the Coiled Goddess
    – Beneat the Comet

  9. Anonymous says:

    Some products to consider:

    DCC 91 Journey to the Center of Aereth
    DCC 91.1 The Lost City of Barako

  10. Niller says:

    I just found some new and different OSR-style adventures. Somebody has begun translating Danish OSR-adventures to English. Some are at DMs Guild, others at Drivethru.

    Try and check out these two:
    * Palace of Sweet Dreams (at DMs Guild)
    * The Flooded Temple (at DriveThru)

  11. Shane says:

    Hey Bryce, if you want to check out “The Invitation From The Blue Baron” that would be cool! I’m curious to know your thoughts on the adventure.

    You can get it here:
    and here:

    Elevator pitch: This wonderful forty four page adventure that you hold in your hands was written for Blueholme Prentice rules ™. The book was a collaborative effort between some of the brightest minds in the Old School Role Playing community. Detailed within this book is a twenty two room dungeon, new monsters & spells, and all kinds of interesting twists. The Blue Baron holds his masquerade party annually, and because of this we have added a pile of random tables, which should easily allow replaying this adventure with different results! Grab a few sets of dice, some pencils, paper and few friends and delve into the masquerade.

  12. I know these aren’t strictly traditional OSR, but they are OSR adjacent, neo-OSR, quasi-OSR, 4th wave OSR, etc., so here goes: Crimson Dragon Slayer edition 1.11, Slaves of Tsathoggua, Stairway of V’dreen, and the dungeon map/toolbox aids The S’rulyan Vault and The S’rulyan Vault II.

  13. Graham says:

    I only have one suggestion to make.

    N3: The Destiny of Kings

    One of the very few 1st Edition DnD scenarios to be upgraded and reprinted for the 2nd Edition and it’s not tied to any of the major settings…

  14. I want to add my vote for you to review old / classic modules. You say, there are enough reviews out there on them. I think nostalgia makes it hard for other reviewers who played them as kids to do them justice. Also, there is something special to your style. One example I know of is your contrarian view on Tomb of Horrors, which typically gets rave reviews elsewhere.

    I think some of them are famous due to having shaped the hobby. Think about paintings from the early renaissance that introduced perspective into art: even though on an absolute scale the execution was flawed, this made them meaningful in a way the thousands of later works with slicker execution can never be. Likewise, the first social investigation adventure, the first with a timeline of unfolding events, the first with an antagonist who is not just waiting in the last room, like the original Ravenloft, broke new ground. You appear to be uninterested in the historical significance of these adventures, judging them rather on their merit for playability, wonder and fun. It would be valuable to get a review on them from that point of view.

    If that is still not an option for you, I’d like to request reviewing the 5e Adventures WotC puts out, like Tales from the Yawning Portal, Tomb of Annihilation, etc. These are quite expensive to buy, and I believe you would provide a valuable service to your many readers who trust your judgment.

  15. Dungeon Full of Monsters by RedBox Vancouver

    A Field Guide to Hot Springs Island, & Dark of Hot Springs Island

  16. Bryce,

    do you have any plans to review Tomb of Annihilation from WotC?

    Also, I second Hot Springs Island.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The Isles of Mist is a bunch of free materials: an island hexcrawl, some mini adventures, and the Thedron Barrows, a dungeon with factions. The island maps are beautiful. Hopefully worth your time to review.

  18. Mistress of the Ghost City?

  19. I’d like a review of Hot Springs Island as well. Also Mortzengersturm by Hydra Collective. Also World of the Lost by LotFP

  20. Jeff says:

    If you are planning to do Pathfinder products, I’d love a review of Fen of the Five-Fold Maw (by TPK Games). My reaction to it was very different to Endzeitgeist’s review on Drivethru, and I’d really appreciate your take on it.

    • Bryce Lynch says:

      I hate you ‘Jeff.’ I declare, publicly and forever, that I now hate all ‘JEFF’s!

      Oh man, just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom a Jeff comes along and suggests something like this.

  21. pathofsuns says:

    I would love to know your thoughts on the most recent edition of The Lost City of Barakus

  22. Capitán Garfio says:

    Hi Bryce !. I enjoy very much your reviews . Because of them , i’ve discovered: Fight on ! Magazine, Stonehell Dungeon, and too many other jewels of the OSR.
    I would like to read your reviews about City of Dark Trolls (Fight On! Issue 14) , about the second half of Stonehell megadungeon ( into heart of Hell ) and finally about DCC module Journey to the Center of Aereth and its two suplemments.
    Regards from Spain.

  23. A couple more:

    Frostbitten & Mutilated
    The Gardens of Ynn

  24. Frostbitten is…but it is pretty glorious and adventure oriented, similar to DCO.
    Ynn- not sure; thought it was a point crawl similar to Slumbering Ursine Dunes

  25. The Complete Roslof Keep Campaign

  26. Graham says:

    I’d like to suggest Tomb of the Lovelorn, it’s in the same series as The Flooded Temple, Grave of the Heartless and The Dragons Heart and from the preview looks to be one of the more intelligent dungeon scenarios out there.

  27. YouDontMessWithTheJeff says:

    @ Bryce, I’m curious why you’re bothering to review Pathfnder adventures at all. Pathfinder is the antithesis of old school. I can grudgingly understand why you review 5e products but Pathfinder? Don’t get it.

  28. Mike the Mage says:

    Bryce, I love your reviews. I just wondered if ou had ever read the “Jaunt” series by Roan Studio

    No vested interest on my part, I was just curious as to your opinion.

  29. Yolanda d’Bar says:

    You might want to check out Mines, Claws, Princesses

  30. Keith Hann says:

    I’d like to see you tackle the official BFRPG adventures: BF1 Morgansfort, BF2 Fortress, Tomb, and Tower, BF3 Strongholds of Sorcery, and so on. They’re all free at As they’re for one of the first clones, and they don’t get talked about much, I’d like to read your take on them.

    Also the later DCC adventures, since you seem to have stopped with those.

  31. Keith Hann says:

    Tomb of the Necromancers, for Crypts & Things, since you liked Blood of the Dragon so much.

  32. Fucktard’s Everfull Ass says:

    Lixury Palace of Bones

  33. Anonymous says:

    I think ‘Something Stinks in Stilton’ by the Melsonian Arts Council and ‘Sacrebleu’ might be up your alley.

  34. Gus L says:

    You may want to read and review this lil’ fella – it seems to fit your ethos and style well.

    Sacrebleu by Tito B.A.

  35. Jeff says:

    I’d appreciate your thoughts on Shattered Heart Adventure Path #1, The Ties that Bind, by AAW Games. It was written for Pathfinder but there is also a 5th edition version. Endzeitgeist loved the Pathfinder version but is clearly biased (understandably so, in the circumstances), so a more objective review would be great.

  36. YouDontMessWithTheJeff says:

    Bryce, you should removed the Dungeon Magazine tag from this review

  37. Anonymous says:

    For something a bit different, you might review Kellerin’s Rumble (available for free download at Malrex’s Modules). One sentence summary: PCs get to interact with a James Bond villain (complete with crocodiles).

  38. Edgewise says:

    There have been a lot of official DCC adventures published since your last review of a Goodman product. As a DCC fanboy, I’ve really enjoyed one (Enter the Dagon), been underwhelmed by most and disappointed by a bunch. I’d be interested to hear your take.

    • Joshua Rodman says:

      Edgewise: If you’re willing, I’d be interested in what you found good and not good at table. Have you written about any of this on a blog or forum or google plus, etc?

      • lord of wolf rayet star says:

        as a rule of thumb all stroh adventures are really good. i also have enjoyed shadow under devil reef by hook and curtis’ shudder stuff.

  39. Internet Person says:

    ‘Do Not Let Us Die in the Dark Night of this Cold Winter’. Some sort of survival-type wilderness thing where the players can save a starving freezing village? Looks really interesting. You should check it out Bryce!

  40. Commodore says:

    Hey Bryce, I know it’s more of a survey than an in-depth review, but would you be up for hitting some of the more recent One Page Dungeon Compendiums? They’re grab-bags of great/mediocre/crap, but I love stealing ideas and maps from them.

  41. Jeff says:

    I’d be interested in a review of Necromancer Games’ Tomb of Abysthor, either the original d20 version, the Pathfinder version or the Swords & Wizardry version (for the latter two the Tomb is part of the “Stoneheart Valley” product from Frog God Games). It appears to be highly regarded, and has a lot of stuff in it I like, but there are also a few bits that I strongly dislike (mostly the entries which include the phrase “Lawful Good characters who …”).

    • Melan says:

      I can say that it is one of the most fun dungeons I have run. It has a very good balance of exploration, combat, and sense of wonder; it is just large enough to feel expansive without being overwhelming (which Rappan Athuk tends to be); and it has a good variety of content. It hits a lot of sweet spots, and it has worked nicely in practice. There is one level (Abysthor’s tomb) which is kinda linear and gimmicky, but otherwise, it is very solid.

  42. Evard’s Black Tentacle says:

    I want to like Necromancer/Frog God adventures, but find them uninspiring and boring and very mundane ( other than the hex crawl classics line). There is a certain flatness and density of text I find hard to overcome.

    • The Dungeon Analphabet says:

      That’s my impression too. Walls of text everywhere, and no solid reasons to believe it’s worth the time. Even the art looks pedestrian and samey. It’s a shame, because the production values seem good and we all want to like their stuff. Prices don’t help either.

  43. Keith Hann says:

    The Mortuary Temple of Esma, by Anthony Huso (he of Night Wolf Inn).

  44. Yolanda d’Bar says:

    The Weird That Came to Brigdoltan, a Dolmenwood adventure.

  45. Yolande d'Bar says:

    And by my previous post, I MEANT The Weird That Befell Drigbolton, a Dolmenwood adventure

  46. M.T. Black says:

    The Dragon’s Secret by Jennell Jaquays.

    Given you regard her as the greatest living adventure writer (and I think the case can be made), I’m surprised you haven’t reviewed this yet.

  47. Shuffling Wombat says:

    A sample from the Hexed Places series. (Minimal hexcrawl, on rpgnow.)

  48. squeen says:

    Found a PWYW one that looks decent at first blush:
    …perhaps the message is getting out there.

  49. Edgewise says:

    It’s been a while since you’ve reviewed any DCC adventures. I loved Enter the Dagon, but I have been disappointed by a number of other recent releases.

  50. Gus L. says:

    If you have a chance you might really like Ben L.’s “Through Ultan’s Door” Issue#1 – it’s 90% a 30 room dungeon crawl.
    I also admit this is a bit self promotional as I played through this dungeon with the author GMing and later drew the map in the zine.

  51. Handy Haversack says:

    In the same vein: . Second-latest Hydra product? I just grabbed this along with the newest from Dying Stylishly, a thematic kin to Gardens of Ynn: .

    • Shuffling Wombat says:

      A review of the (deliberately wordy) Witchburner could be combined in a compare and contrast with the shorter (and randomly generated) The Village and the Witch.

  52. Camila Acolide says:

    I know you’ve been avoiding 5e reviews recently, but what about Dungeon of the Mad Mage? Megadungeon, Undermountain, 23 dungeon levels for characters from levels 5 to 20, different themes on each dungeon level… and even a derelict Spelljammer vessel! I’d really like to see your point of view on this one, so there goes my suggestion!


  53. Keith Hann says:

    JD1 Cess-Pit of the Bog-Mother and JD2 Darkland Moors are small modules by TSR artist Jeff Dee. I haven’t heard much about them either way, and I’d be curious to see what sort of adventure chops Dee has.

    Also, Malrex (“Red Prophet Rises”) has a new one: Standoff at Sandfell Sea Fort.

  54. Gus L. says:

    Another thing you might want to check out is Dead Planet for Mothership – It’s a couple adventures and adventure generators – a bit a kit, but it’s fun and clever. Also gotta be a change of pace after all these drippy 5E things – space horror pastiche!

  55. Evard's Small Tentacle says:

    The Book of Terniel for…Pathfinder. I would actually run this thing! (a PF adventure no less). There are some things that can be done better, but the layout, flavor, internal consistency, player agency, and formatting are excellent and work harmoniously together- really done with the GM and play at the table in mind. I feel like more adventure writers should read this thing just to see what a good layout looks like for adventures.

    • Bryce Lynch says:

      ok, but this if this is a troll … I’m reposting the midwestern truecoat movie clip again.

      • Evards Small Tentacle says:

        Not a troll.

        • Bryce Lynch says:

          ok, a week fromtoday

          • Evards Small Tentacle says:

            Sadly the publishers future offerings went in the opposite directions; I think likely trying to emulate Paizo and others. Ugh!

          • Bryce Lynch says:

            Gah! Fuck you Evard, why you have to ruin my day with the news that the follow ons sucked? This thing is clearly one of the best PF adventures I’ve seen, easily.

          • Evards Small Tentacle says:

            Well, the “ good news” is that the publisher seems to take feedback pretty well. This was his response to my feedback on DT:
            “Gotcha. I did try out some different things. The shorter read-alouds with supporting bullets is a good example, and I prefer the prior (Terniel) style to the latter (Sunken Temple), which I’ll use in the future. Part of the reasoning for longer text was an attempt to invoke specific atmospheric themes. The artwork was handled differently as well, I had everything up front vs ordering up specific pieces as the project continued. That wasn’t a conscious choice, just a bi-product of my process. I really appreciate the feedback, and will incorporate your thoughts into future work.”

  56. Evard's Small Tentacle says:

    Since I like to find weird and interesting stuff for you to review…”Darkmoor RPG: Once Upon a Time there was a Swamp”…the Darkmoor description is fascinating…

    “Darkmoor is a game set in a self-deprecating fantasy universe, full of action and magic, where anything is possible! Giant apes and huge, colourful pandas train in the art of kung fu in remote monasteries in preparation for the Steel Fists Tournament. Huge robot toys chase one another through different parallel dimensions waging an automated miniatures war. Coins, jewelry and all kind of possible treasures pop out of the monsters you just killed in dungeons created by crazy robot butlers

    Have no clue if this thing is any good…but that’s some crazy gonzo shit.

  57. D J says:

    Bryce, Pacesettergames is having a sale right now. All PDFs are $2 piece. I know you’ve reviewed a few of their modules before but there’s a bunch more. You might want to take a look

  58. D J says:

    Bryce, Pacesetter Games is currently running a sale on all of their modules. PDFs are only $2 each. Might be worth grabbing some to review.

  59. Edmund Gloucester says:

    I still maintain if you want to be taken seriously as a reviewer you need to review material such as Dark Tower, Caverns of Thracia, WG4, and so on so that folks who know exactly how good such material is can judge YOU on your reviews.

  60. D J says:

    The only way he can be taken seriously as a reviewer is to review the classics? Yeah, okay. I keep waiting for your drum to break so I won’t have to keep hearing you beat it anymore.

  61. Squibble says:

    Invasion of the Tuber Dudes? No reviews but it looks Brycey.

  62. Shuffling Wombat says:

    Bryce, can you resist doing a review of RPGPundit Presents #59? (You will understand why when you read the title.) Or is that one safely left to the Prince of Nothing?

    • Melan says:

      I was on the brink of failing my saving throw; too bad I have already reviewed parts of this series:

      • Bryce Lynch says:

        I’ve sworn off Pundit stuff until I hear someone say he’s written something more serious. The last few forays in to Presents have each seemed like one little idea expanded upon a little … “there’s a castle with a guy living in it”

    • “While the source material could theoretically be interesting it is conveyed with textbook bluntness that utterly strips it of any potential to inspire or amaze. The best that may be said of it is that it is functional and executed with a workmanlike efficiency that makes it easy to adapt it into one’s homecampaign. Like a reverse King Midas, Pundit’s touch never fails to turn gold into lead. Try again. 3 out of 10. ”

      Apply judiciously where needed.

  63. Philippe Delmotte says:

    Bryce, have you had the opportunity to look at « What Ho, Frog Demons », Hill Canton’s latest release?

  64. I was wondering if The Pretty Girl is up for a review? The Tar Pits of the Bone Toilers. Happy to send a complimentary copy.

  65. Requesting “Horse-fondlers of Greater Aione” by William Morris.

  66. Fight on! Issue 14 seems to have slipped by you. Wpuld esp. like to read what you think of the Troll lord level from the megadungeon A Darkness Beneath wich can be found it that issue.

  67. Gnarley Bones says:

    A Fabled City of Brass, by Hudson (he did Night Wolf Inn). It looks gorgeous enough, but reviews are sparse.

  68. Gnarley Bones says:

    Yep, looks like an Autocorrect in action!

  69. squeen says:

    FYI: Looks like there is a duplicate menu item for this page in the drop-down “About Byrce”.

  70. Grützi says:

    The Dreaded Tunnels of Ruxabar.
    It’s currently free on DMsGuild … An 5e Adventure for levels 8 to 9 … maybe worth a look 😉

  71. The Middle Finger of Vecna says:

    Hey Bryce, you tagged the adventure linked below as a Dungeon Magazine adventure and it isn’t

  72. Dragonsdoom says:

    In your recent review of The Dog Who Would Not Bark, you wrote: “I’m interested, lately, in lower page count adventures. In contrast to the overwritten stuff that seems to dominate the market these days I was thinking about the opposite end of the spectrum. What was G1, like, eight pages or something? [..] Finally, just how hard is it to make an adventure for publication? How much effort is it to get something short, dense, and at least adequate in a form that other people can use?”

    I’d like to respectfully submit my first published work for your consideration in this category:
    The Quest for the Dungeon Terrier–Quest-for-the-Dungeon-Terrier

    I love reading your reviews, so I submit this in full knowledge that you are likely to rip it apart, but I hope I’ve learned enough to not make you sick by reading it. Also, it is PWYW, so please don’t pay for it unless you actually want to.

  73. Graham says:

    You might want to look over “Curse of the Lost Memories (5E)” (Griffin Lore Games) it claims to be the start of an ‘adventure chain’ (groan), but I like the vibe of this one, anything that actually mentions the term ‘murder hobo’ in a contextural reward situation might be worth looking at

  74. Chill_ice says:

    The Winghorn press modules are pretty popular among the 5e crowd right now. I’ve played and read a few of their modules. While I would not DM these modules myself, they’re sort of interesting. The writers claim it is possible to run them on the fly, without reading the module ahead of time (very unusual for 5e stuff!). The writers could use some pointers on making them flow better. I’d like your take on one or two of them.

  75. Chris S says:

    Have a look at “Winter’s Daughter”, the latest from Necrotic Gnome. Regardless of the content of the adventure, Gavin has done some interesting things with layout and design that I think will interest you.

  76. The Middle Finger of Vecna says:

    Contrast that with the preview for Winter’s Daughter which is twice as long and gives you more of an idea of what you are buying.

    • Handy Haversack says:

      The “Winter’s Daughter” preview is nice, that’s for sure. Is all of that at the publisher’s discretion?

      • The Middle Finger of Vecna says:

        Not sure but I assumed (you know what they say about that) that previews are set by the publisher.

  77. Bill says:

    What about Courtney Campbell’s Dread Eerie?

  78. Graham says:

    To the End of Time – an Epic One-Shot by Richard Jansen-Parkes of Winghorn press, looks to be an interesting way to ‘end’ campaigns, with the hero’s plucked from certain death, just long enough to perform one last, critical task.–an-Epic-OneShot

  79. Yora says:

    I just heard about Sly Flourish’s Fantastic Locations, which describes itself as “These sites and structures aren’t full adventures. Instead, you and your players build your own stories in these fantastic locations, then you populate them with the monsters that fit your story.”

    I wonder what Bryce thinks about whether this is useful for GMs and whether it actually manages to do what it claims it does.

  80. Graham says:

    You might want to look at ‘Distress Call’ by Angry Golem Games.

    This adventure was originally written for Starfinder, but has been converted to Stars Without Number. Looks to have an interesting plot, not so good hooks, a foreign language to English translation issue in it’s original form.

    Sadly the preview does not show any of the adventure itself, just the table of contents and a single full page illustration that was not in the original story.–SWN-Compatible

  81. Ice says:


    Two of the people who helped designed the Balder’s Gate series of video games recently put out this. I am curious to see how professional video game designers will do by your review standards.

  82. Giuliano Roverato Martins Pereira says:

    I humbly submit my very first published product. It is a low-level crawl through a frozen wasteland, it was made in the pamphlet dungeon format, so it is literally just a single, front/back, A4 sized adventure. I tried to make something that can be ran almost immediately with almost no prep time.

    The Frozen Province

    (Im a sucker for your reviews and a I tried to apply a lot of what I learned here)

  83. Shuffling Wombat says:

    Two requests: (i) Shotglass Adventures Volume 1, from a successful kickstarter, now on DriveThruRpg; it looks promising but pricey; (ii) In the bargain basement, Krillo’s Tomb (also on DriveThruRpg).

  84. Graham says:

    A scenario that begins with the PCs being asked by a pair of Goblin children to save their clan.

  85. Ice says:

    It might be a bit out of your scope since it is more than just an adventure, but Silent Titans looks extremely cool and I would like to know if it is worth my group’s time.

  86. squeen says:

    Bryce: I enjoyed your interview on False Machine. You were more “urbane” (if that’s the right word) than I expected.

    When you described you sorting method for reviewing products (inversely by price) I understood why the Fabled City of Brass has yet to make an appearance. I’ll stop holding my breath.

  87. Grützi says:

    Hey Bryce, If you find the time I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a look at my adventure.
    It was written for a little contest in your new forum and squeen suggested to bring it to your attention … so here it is:

  88. Tazimack the Red says:

    Since you seem to like Tunnels & Trolls adventures, I think you should check out both “The Dungeon of the Rat” and “The Skolari Vaults”. They are new(ish), apparently fun and well regarded by the T&T community. Yes, there is a T&T community out there–

  89. Anonymous says:

    A new megadungeon was just released today at DriveThru (with pretty much zero fanfare). It’s cheap at 10$, but pretty big. It’s called Gunderholfen.

  90. Knutz Deep says:

    Bryce, you have a spammer loose, a vampire spammer no less. Multiple posts from this asshat. Stick a sparkly stake through his heart. One example is linked below.

  91. Anonymous says:

    Guy Fullerton has a new one out. His “Many Gates of the Gann” was pretty damn cool, so I’m curious to see if you think this one holds up.

  92. Edgewise says:

    I just finished reading through Skerples “Magical Murder Mansion,” which is subtitled “A Challenging Funhouse Dungeon.” It reads as an excellent adventure, exactly the sort of thing it claims to be – just like “Tomb of the Serpent Kings” claims to be (and largely is) the canonical beginners’ dungeon.

    It’s also an interesting counterpoint to my own “The Magician’s House,” since they are both romps in the house of an absent wizard. They are very different, though…Skerple’s take is more old-school in every way, as well as more deadly. Bryce, I think you’ll like it. Check it out.

  93. Roland Volz says:

    Just putting in my two cents. Your reviewing style is excellent — even when you don’t like something, I read one and I know exactly what I will find useful in the product.

    – 100 Bushels of Rye. I have this one, and never had a chance to run it, even when I was running Harn in the dim recesses of Time.
    – The One Page Dungeon contest entries. Just a sentence or two is fine. My own entries are usually pretty crappy, but there are always one or two real gems every year, and a lot of them have interesting ideas buried under the dross.

  94. Shuffling Wombat says:

    Two more suggestions, both to be found on DriveThruRPG: (i) Everyone Plows the Graveyard Farm, which I suspect you might like; (ii) No Rest for the Wicked, which has a load of old waffle as a preview rather than details of what the adventure is actually about.

  95. Anonymous says:

    Some of the recent things I’ve bought (and liked) that I haven’t seen here yet:

    Patrick Stuart – Silent Titans (beautiful art, purple prose, good riddles)
    Ben Laurence – Through Ultan’s Door #2 (just out)
    Zzarchov Kowolski – City of Tears (great vibe, the labyrinth, like most, might be boring in play)
    Zzarchov Kowolski – The Punchline
    Anthony Huso – Mortuary Temple of Esma (my favorite of his)
    Anthony Huso – Zjelwyin Fall
    Anthony Huso – A Fabled City of Brass
    Gabor Lux – Echoes from Fomalhaut 5
    Gabor Csomos – Lost Valley of Kishar

  96. Anonymous says:

    The new Greg Gillespie megadungeon, HighFell, is out. You were enthusiastic about Barrowmaze but much less so about Forbidden Caverns, and I’m curious to see where you come down on this one.

    • Reason says:

      Yes. Interesting author but no preview. Riddled with grade school typo’s I can just about handle on a labour of love but he’s also asking top dollar even for a PDF so you’d hope that’s not an ill omen. I second the motion.

      • Miyu says:

        Yeah another vote for this one as there is no preview so I have no idea what it’s like. I find it hard for myself to pay $35 for a pdf, it just feels a bit pricey not having a physical object in my hands dishing out that amount of cash. If you’ve got awesome (and expensive) art in a product I can sympathise with the price tag to some degree, but as I understand it that’s what the Kickstarter is there for.

  97. Bryce Lynch says:

    Ok, I just bought $53 worth of expensive shit based on these last few comments. I’m just gonna go ahead and blame all of you in advance.

    • Chris Hall says:

      I’m responsible for the Silent Titans, Ultan’s, Anthony Huso, Gabor, etc. suggestions. I thought I was signed in, but it didn’t take. Just so you have a name to blame. You’re right, lot of it is expensive. I’ve bought all of it over the past year, some of it just recently. Silent Titans is cool, but I’m wondering how difficult it will be to actually run it at the table as is. Anthony Huso’s stuff is only on Lulu (I think). It’s high-level AD&D with the exception of Zjelwyin which is a low-level astral plane adventure. Cool Fiend Folio monsters, but the abstraction of astral adventures is tough.

      I didn’t make the Highfell suggestion, but I’m curious about it. I own (and like) Barrowmaze, but I just ran a sky fortress adventure of my own creation in my local game, so I’m not ready to shell out for another one just yet.

      • Edgewise says:

        I agree about Silent Titans being a bit rough for the table. It’s unfortunate because it’s clear that while Stuart was being experimental with the structure, he was doing so in order to increase usability. But the bullet point lists are too long (bullet hell) and the indentation is hard to see, and the maps are hard to decipher. Too bad because there are a lot of excellent ideas that don’t quite reach fruition IMO.

        • Slick says:

          I really wish “RPG inspiration books” were a common product. The concept gets brought up every time there’s a debate about the value of out-of-the-box utility/gameability, but I think Stuart could truly thrive if he didn’t have to worry about fitting his ideas into the framework of an adventure module.

          • Edgewise says:

            This comes down to the whole question of whether people get gaming materials to read or to use. Personally, I’ve seen too many of the former and I just wouldn’t waste my money on inspiration alone. Good ideas are easy but execution is hard. I’ll pay for good execution every time.

  98. Ice says:

    There is a super simple and pretty innovative adventure called Halflings and The Hive on Exalted Funeral’s page for free. It’s one of the FreeRPG day offerings. It might be available elsewhere. It’s incredibly short and it is filled with useful and unique looking ref-aids. It took me a few minutes to comprehend that it was an adventure the first time I looked at it, but once I was able to wrap my brain around, it looked like it would be incredibly easy to have have a good session with or just completely run on the fly. I am curious what your take on this one is. It’s free so if you want to sneak in an easy one between the expensive, gigantic modules you just bought, this might be a good one.

  99. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for tackling HighFell so fast. I’d really like to see some coverage of this Melan work: sounds intriguing.

  100. Evard's Small Tentacle says:

    Curious about this one…came across it while browsing the depths of DTRPG…

    Frozen Fortress of the Winter Warlord

  101. WrongOnTheInternet says:

    Descent into Madness: First Steps
    (Which is a sequel to “The Sunken Fort”)
    Mad Mask Spire

    Full Disclosure: I was in the original campaign these were run for, and am the other author in that publishing group.

  102. Edgewise says:

    You may enjoy the 100 Clones of Timothy the Wise. It’s a Five Cataclysms adventure, and it’s extraordinarily gonzo. Maybe one of the most gonzo things I’ve ever seen with a hyper-Vancian patron.

  103. Evard's Small Tentacle says:

    What about this thing…advertises itself as a beast of a dungeon, has 5, 5 star reviews…and an automatic disqualification for me cause i fucking hate unnecessary ap’ost’rop’he use.

  104. james says:

    Hole in the Oak?

  105. OSR Caveman says:

    wot about Geoff McKinney’s AD&D modules

  106. The Middle Finger of Vecna says:

    Here’s one for ya, Bryce. It’s a freebie.

    • Bryce Lynch says:

      Cause you hate me? I took a look.
      It’s an interesting format, but you can’t get the sense of the room easily. You have to look at five or six columns to figure out what is going on and get the room and relate it to the players. I suspect it makes more sense as a “personal note taking” format. IE: you already know what’s going on and your memory just needs prompting.

      • The Middle Finger of Vecna says:

        I thought you’d find the format……interesting. Still, the maps are nice (for me anyway)

        • Malrex of the Merciless Merchants says:

          Same author, looks interesting.–

  107. Anonymous says:

    Curious about this new one, which has received a bit of buzz. Conceptually interesting, at the least:

    Trilemma Adventures Compendium Volume I

  108. Robert says:

    I know Bryce doesn’t want to review the originals, but I think it would be great to see his take on some of the early modules, especially the hot messes like UK1. Or at the very least, if he’d review some of the non-TSR classics that he name drops all the time, like Kegals and Thracia.

  109. Robert says:

    Oh yeah. Bryce, ever consider reviewing some of the one-off modules that were published in Dragon magazine? I know, I know, it takes a certain bit of sadism to suggest this to you, but you might find some hidden gems, like Citadel by the Sea in issue 78 (it uses humanoids [orcs] to great effect).

  110. Graham says:

    Bryce you might want to look at Tower of the Moon, a werewolf themed adventure with at the moment only one detailed review suggesting good ideas, and disorganized room presentation.

    It’s a Pay-what-you-want on DriveThruRPG

    Here is the review I mentioned on Beyond Formalhaut

  111. Graham says:

    You might want to have a look at a scenario called ‘Goddess of the Crypt’ available at the blog Magick is Free, lots of inventive grotesquery.

  112. Yolande d’Bar says:

    Hey, how about Grinding Us, the sequel to Grinding Gear & Forgive Us . . .

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