Sunday, September 26, 2010

King Arthur in the Tomb of Horrors

In recently discussing the possibility of playing the Tomb of Horrors module as a one-shot, I suggested the idea that we use characters picked from Deities and Demigods just for kicks. Sure we could use the ones included in the back of the module, but I thought it might be interesting and a little humorous to see how someone like Sir Gawaine or the Gray Mouser might do down there. My friend declined, though mostly because he’d like to run his own characters through it one day never having played it before.

The conversation later had me thinking about what other quick and dirty gonzo one-shots I could come up with using the old 1st edition stuff. In retrospect, I can’t believe I didn’t do more of that kind of thing as a kid. I remember we did overrun the village of Hommlet with a high level thief and my friend’s assassin's guild, but that was more sadistic than gonzo really.

I can see mashing together some old stuff. Maybe you step through a door and are transported to a wholly different TSR module, then a few doors later, you teleport back to the original, or yet another one - a sort of 1st edition medley of modules that would really test the memory. Or perhaps to their surprise, all the inhabitants of one module are suddenly teleported and dropped into the various dungeon or rooms of another… G3 becomes S3. Running monsters as PCs and turning the table and having them invade various settlements would be fun. A handful of giants against the Keep on the Borderlands?

I’m committed to our regular games but these ideas would be a fun break for everyone, or something a potential new player might be interested in as a one-shot (lacking the ability to commit to a longer campaign). More than that, using the old stuff like this could give me the extra time I sometimes need for the regular game's design.


Brutorz Bill said...

The Original Deities and Demigods was one of the first AD&D products that I bought, loved that book, still do. The Arthurian heroes in that tome played a big part in my initial campaign. Heck I even had the Castellan in the Keep on the Borderlands pay fealty to King Arthur.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

christian said...

I'm also a huge fan of the original Deities and Demigods. I recall it being a kind of Monster Manual when we played without rules or level limits back in the early 80s.

"Dude, Loviator is hot. I'm taking her for my bride."
"Okay, but you have to fight Tiamat first."
"No problem, I have my +22 long sword of dragon slaying."

Trey said...

Sounds cool to me. Count me as another fan of the original Deities and Demigods.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant idea!

I only spread rumours in my games that Excalibur lay deep within the crypt, embedded in a dark stone where only most noble of heart could release it.

It was a great way to sucker in the Paladins.


Nathan P. Mahney said...

I've always wanted to run a one-shot with Tomb of Horrors where the PCs play a never-ending stream of kobolds or goblins. Given the problem-solving nature of the dungeon they could probably get through, but it would be fun to see just how high the body-count gets.

Jay said...

"I suggested the idea that we use characters picked from Deities and Demigods just for kicks."

This sounds like a blast in general!

Christopher B said...

"'Dude, Loviator[sic] is hot.'"

Gee, doesn't that sound familiar? :P I wonder how often this exact phrase was uttered after that book was released. :D

I absolutely love the idea of using entries from Deities & Demigods in ToH. I also love the idea of sending waves of goblins into it. I think I will have to add both to my Bucket List. Heheh

Akrasia said...

Running the heroes from the 'Arthurian Mythos' through the Tomb of Horrors would be brilliant!

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