Caverns of Thracia () - The Original Classic Adventure by Paul Jaquays, with new maps and editing by Bob Watermarked PDF. The Caverns of Thracia fantasy game aid by. Paul Jaquay. JAQUIUS. Created and Approved for Use With. Judges Guild. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS **. $ Guild logo and Caverns of Thracia are trademarks of Judges Guild. All characters , names, places, items, art and text herein are copyrighted by Necromancer.
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I've always wanted to try this one out. My group had a blast with Dark Tower and this seemed like it could have been a nice follow-up. Unfortunately it seems like a pdf version of the original was never produced, and I've had trouble tracking down a used copy.
This is perhaps the best-designed dungeon ever published with Jaquays' own "Dark Tower" being one of the other prime contenders , both in its map which is really amazing and I don't think gets enough praise in your retrospective -- the extensive use of the third dimension and hidden sub-levels are light-years ahead of anything else released up to that point, and most things released since and its content other designers were doing "living dungeons" by this point - G1 and "Snake Pipe Hollow" for RuneQuest are good examples - but Jaquays takes the complexity up a notch, with a half-dozen different factions, plus three different "lost" areas.
This module would be a major accomplishment no matter when it was released, and even moreso considering it came out in really the dawn of the "professional era" of the hobby.
I do have a couple minor quibbles, though: This could also cause something of an issue with running this module as part of an otherwise-homebrewed campaign, because it's likely everything else will feel different and not as good as this one module. A module IMO should inspire the DM to create his own stuff, not intimidate him out of trying to do so. I can't really blame Jaquays for this "The Dungeoneer" shows that he was a hobbyist just like everyone else, he just happened to be way better at it!
Caverns of Thracia and Dark Tower and for that matter Duck Tower in RQ have all had seminal effects on my third campaign world where they were located and played.
Paul Jaquays is probably my favourite adventure designer and a great artist to boot. One of the problems I have with a lot of 4E design is the idea of balance that seems so intrinsic to it's philosophy and which shouldn't exist in a more fully-realised world.
There should be situations where the only sensible option is for the players to run away or seek another way around the problem. You would have to reverse engineer the stats, of course, but it's an option. Paul Jaquays remains one of my favorite adventure designers. Also, his Runequest work, mainly Griffin Mountain, is outstanding. Both had an incredible ability to stuff an immense amount of ideas into a relatively small product.
From what I understand, the Necromancer Games 3. I also understand that the NG version expands upon the original levels of the dungeon, although again to what extent I don't know yet.
Is anyone else out there familiar with both? I'll be the first to congratulate you if you do; it's one of the many lessons the old school still has to teach us about adventure design and I'd be very pleased to see it incorporated into newer games. I'd be very curious to see this thesis tested. My fear is that a lot of younger gamers simply have no experience of this kind of play and would consider it "unfair.
They pop up on site pretty regularly and often go for very little money. The D20 version produced by Necromancer is quite good too. Just ignore the stats and revel in its glory.
The maps are amazing and they contribute heavily to what makes this module the masterpiece that it is. I think you're on to something there. The irony, of course, is that this module actually did inspire me to try and imitate it and, while I failed by any measure, I did learn a lot from the experience. Personally, I'm of the opinion that having one's reach exceed one's grasp is a good thing, particularly in creative endeavors, but I suspect that you've identified a very reason problem that occurred as the hobby became more "professional" and the mentor culture of early gaming disappeared.
The problem is wider than 4e. Indeed, 4e's design is simply, from what I can tell, dancing to the piper rather than calling his tune.