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For many, the Temple of the Frog is synonymous with Blackmoor. Over the years the Temple of the Frog has been presented in many published versions. DA2: “Temple of the Frog” (), by Dave Arneson and David J. Ritchie, is the second of the four Blackmoor adventure. It was published in. Temple of the Frog (Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor) [Harley Stroh] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For thirty years, no name has been more.

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The maps, when one can decode them, aren’t blxckmoor designed, being organic and indicating dungeon ecology that allows each level to have some coherence, but the keying is confusing and lends itself only to combat, and badly.

But again, that’s assuming you don’t count Modron, First Fantasy Campaign, what was published in the Journal, or the plethora of Wilderlands locales that JG published prior froog A strange dungeon obsessed with frogs stole half the pages.

Even if my players could handle the threats, I saw no way to make it fun. So, stare in wonder at the creations of the founders of blacjmoor hobby, and say a prayer in gratitude for the hours of entertainment they gave us. The high priest is a super villain.

This is unlikely to work, but if you want a pitched battle with lots of moving parts followed by a war-game in some tight corridors have at it. December 20, at If the technological elements of Blackmoor were shown or described simply as written, or pictured in art originating from TSR, they invariably rolled their eyes and lamented “you got your sci-fi in my fantasy!

Or act as super heroes vs common troops using Chainmail? The setting allows that to happen, yes, but it certainly does not require or expect it.

The combination of a hierarchy of mind control rings and distrust among various factions within the city make this the solution with the best chance of success and a truly picaresque option. So if you expect orders of battle, and blafkmoor of which captains are corruptible, and what it would take to bribe each one, before you can run the game, well, it’s not that the module is incomplete, it’s that you’re a demanding customer.


A couple of extra lines are all that one needs, but in the tunnels the actual ‘dungeon’ “Temple of the Frog” doesn’t provide this.

Wednesday, September 29, The Frog God. Oh I was just curious – they are just such very different adventures, and to me seem very emblematic of different playstyles, but the ToH is very polished compared to Temple, so I am curious as to what was handed to the folks running it in October 21, at 7: I’ve actually done a fleshing out of ToH much as you have in mind, but a little more traditional perhaps, by cherry picking info from the DA and DAB versions and a dash of Garbage Pits of Despair info thrown in.

January 4, at 3: The white box gave spells to tye level, and then Supplement I Greyhawk raised spells to 9th level. He ran some very complex campaigns. A published RPG scenario. City-State of the Invincible Overlord certainly pre-dates Tomb of Horrors, but if you don’t consider that a ‘module,’ then Tegel Manor was published inand still comes prior.

Stephen and features the villain returning as an undead Vampire.

Why the Temple of the Frog, Dungeons & Dragons’ first printed dungeon, seemed unplayable | DMDavid

I told Dave Arneson and he was delighted. Most of the right tempe are included and one can see that a game could be run from “Temple of the Frog”, but it might be clunky and blacmmoor uncomfortable. I have no clue what Rob might have said, but ToH was not only intended for use, it was used by Arneson.

He ran TotF as a mystery adventure with a few tantalizing clues for the players to investigate. Statistics are only provided for a few enemies, and the entire leadership of the Temple, including the alien High Priest, aren’t stated up.

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Retrieved on November 26, These frogs were bred and genetically improved over time until some special breeds grew to enormous size. I’ve heard it said by a former Arneson player that each publication purporting to be Blackmoor has gotten further from what the reality was. This second module takes place 30 years after the defeat of St. July 8, at 7: Once the players tried the standard dungeon raid The officers of course would live in a series of tunnels around a large central bunker designed to mimic a suburban street, with artificial facades, plastic trees, murals of horizons and a poorly implemented night cycle provided by dimmer switch.

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Guy Fullerton April 26, at 6: Firstly, after more research, I’ve come to think that perhaps when I poured a cyclopean mass of tentacled antediluvian horrors into the regions around Blackmoor, I may not have been as heretical as I thought. Their like will not come again. This would present difficulties given the magical power of the temple to disappear sliding sideways in time with an illusion making it appear as if the building turned into a frog and leaped off into the swampmeaning that infiltration and subterfuge are the ideal means of invading the temple.

Arneson lays out a situation and set of problems well enough, and where there’s detail it’s functional and adds something but there is almost no evocative writing or structure to the adventure beyond the vaguest hints.

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I don’t demand much, but I had to guess that that the lower tunnels of the Temple are dirt based on the terrible cross hatching it makes the rooms hard to find on ov lower level map. The Genie’s Curse Birthright: Legions of mind controlled guards clashing with each-other.

In truth, the Frog Cult’s new leader, Stephen the Rock, is actually a space traveller who has passed his advanced technology as divine power.

JB April 28, at