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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No objectives are given. I happen to have a copy of Blackmoor, so I can suggest picking up a PDF even if it’s one of the simpler Little Brown Books to find because the type is tiny 9 point maybe and written densely to blackmpor margins in large blocks of text.

Gus that was a really interesting read! So my trouble started on that first level, where the party could easily stumble into an encounter with soldiers, part of an army housed in connected barracks.

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

I think disorganized isn’t the right word. Thd Temple of the Frog merely describes a place. 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.

Still this is good, there’s a problem with multiple solutions something like this: Or act as super heroes vs common troops using Chainmail? You could also look to the Judges Guild Journal.

G1 – Steading of the Hill Giant Chief is this sort of adventure. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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

Navigation Main page Recent changes Random page Help. Once the players tried the standard dungeon raid Some believed it was an incomplete adventure. DHBoggs April 28, at 8: Certainly portions of TotF could be turned into a mass combat game, as could portions of the giant series or blacmmoor of the Temple of Elemental Evil etc.


I’ve actually done a fleshing out of ToH much as you have in mind, but a little more traditional perhaps, by cherry trmple info from the DA and DAB versions and a dash frov Garbage Pits of Despair info thrown in.

Everyone assumed referees wanted to invent their own scenarios. DHBoggs April 27, at tenple The interest I have in writing about it is both as a contrast to Tomb of Horrors and maybe later I’ll add some G series and because it makes one think about what is necessary to produce functional content. While the ‘dungeon’ in “Temple of the Frog” is a series of rooms containing a small variety of foes the larger situation is poised on the edge of sliding into chaos – a chaos that a smart group of players can foster and move about in.

The high priest, Stephen the Rock comes from a sci-fi version of our world. The same year, Wizards of the Coast released a module called Return to the Temple of the Frog on their website. The locations in the town itself are simple and the descriptions focused more on the culture of the Frog cult and town defenses then description, but enough is here to make for a flavorful etmple. Therefore it’s an easy bet that what you see in the DA series of modules is a similar frig.

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Look at all those JG modules, there is a paragraph of backstory and a map. The DM was expected to run with the ball, and probably wouldn’t have much in the way of notes himself. This is very interesting blackmopr a historical prospective, even if I don’t really find much use in game history, and in thinking about writing this review I was somewhat excited to see what is in “Temple of the Frog” that one might style recognize as the ancestor for standards, mechanics and blackmood for playing and producing location based adventures today.


No wonder this adventure vexed a generation of players. 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 When S1 was written doesn’t change that.

I read the thing, all 19 pages of confusing, poorly mapped, weirdness and while “Temple of the Frog” is ‘interesting’ and it really does appear to have set the standard for the way adventures are designed and written, it’s a mess. In the introduction to Templ Gygax og Arneson as the “innovator of the ‘dungeon adventure’ concept. At the center of the town is the mystery of this dichotomy between a raider society that seems to host a highly organized religious order and growing disciplined army.

More mission focused and with a far more organized enemy the Fortress Adventure is notable because it fgog to have a fail option that is a potentially very war-game like as the party and whatever forces it might have in reserve face off against the whole of the fortress’s defenders.

A History of the Temple of the Frog

I had never heard of this module until recently. The descriptions of the fens also ring true as just up the hill from the frog, through a wooded swampy creek, is a rare wetland designated now as the Fontana Fen. Gus L April 29, at