Sunday, September 14, 2008

Archaic Game Material of the Week

The Isle of Dread
D&D Expert Rules
Module X1
Character levels 3-7
Published in 1981

The Isle of Dread is a D&D classic, though I must admit that while I own two copies of it, I have never played. Has anyone really played this module? By the time I had it, I was playing AD&D, not Basic or Expert. Sure the basics were easy enough to convert. Monsters were pretty much monsters... Classes could be fudged easily. Maybe I just got it for the sexy chick killing the sea serpent on the back?



Maybe The Isle of Dread is worthy of a 4e retooling? They did bring the Rakshasa back in 4e, and they are pretty much an evil version of the Rakasta... Who knows, maybe I'll get interested enough to do the conversion?

5 comments:

Mark Bruno said...

I've played it, and have fond memories to boot! The module, unlike any other for Classic D&D, has a very pulpy, sword-and-sorcery feel to it. There are lost civilizations, dinosaurs, dense jungles, ancient ruins...it's got it all.

Drizzt said...

i READ it... must say that i have read far more adventures than i've played. i agree with bruno. i think i'd be fun to play, and perhaps more fun post-conversion. if you DO convert it (to either 3.5 or 4.0), let me know. heck, i'd even throw a couple bucks at you.

Darius Whiteplume said...

I think 4e's MM has some dinosaurs, plus they have archtype monsters to include humans... Maybe they have some version of tribal islanders.

I hope I have a complete module. I have two of them, and they seem identical... Maybe an HTML conversion might work for both 3.x and 4e... It would be a lot of JavaScript (I'm on GeoCities... No PHP/MySQL). OGL over multiple d20 versions. Could the world handle such madness?!?

Darius Whiteplume said...

BTW, Hello Drizzt, did not recognize the name from HoM. GObama!

Robo said...

I played it twice. It was the last non-AD&D adventure my DM ran before we transitioned to AD&D. Then, I played again in college. That DM had re-tooled it heavily with DUNGEON magazine bits and, I think, some stuff from Isle of the Ape. I was playing a Drizzt clone with a Hellcat for a pet instead of that Guenwhyywhatchmacallit.

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