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Best AD&D module to use for one-off

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Our regular GM is taking a sabbatical from the campaign (due to work) and I have offered to introduce C&C to the group. One of the selling points that drew the players to wanting a C&C one-off was the allure of playing an old-school AD&D module (of which I have many). So, I am asking for your recommendations on which AD&D module you feel would be a good setting to showcase the C&C ruleset. Given that this is a one-off session, I am leaning towards a classic dungeon crawl or similar style module (heavy focus on combat). I'm currently looking at a portion of the GDQ series, Queen of the Spiders, or even the classic meat-grinder Tomb of Horrors.

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You said you wanted it to focus on combat, so why bother with Tomb of Horrors which is by far a more "play smart" dungeon where combat is more or less secondary and often discouraged... the GDQ series is much more combat-oriented, but also requires higher-level characters, which can be fun, if you're looking to delve into high-level play... but, nay, to both. I'd go with B2: Keep on the Borderlands. It is combat heavy, and role-play heavy, and it is designed for new characters, of low level, who have to struggle to succeed really allowing the full flexibility of the SIEGE Engine to shine as players try things they probably would not if, say, they assumed they could not because they are 12th level ass-handers.
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Too bad its a one off though, because "Nights Dark Terror" is a ROCKIN' MODULE and one I'd recommend if you had the time to run it. Sure it's basic D&D but since youre doing it via C&C anyhow, its a small task to convert.
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Thanks Serleran. Despite my newb status with regards to posts on these boards, I have been a lurker for quite some time and I have learned to respect your opinion. I will make it so! Thanks for clarifying my thoughts for me! My intent here is to offer an alternative to our semi-regular d20 campaign that also hearkens back to the games of our youth.

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Breakdaddy wrote:
Too bad its a one off though, because "Nights Dark Terror" is a ROCKIN' MODULE and one I'd recommend if you had the time to run it. Sure it's basic D&D but since youre doing it via C&C anyhow, its a small task to convert.

Night's Dark Terror...I must be getting old, as I don't remember this one. Google-fu, don't fail me now!

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DireDM wrote:
Night's Dark Terror...I must be getting old, as I don't remember this one. Google-fu, don't fail me now!

Here is an actual play thread for NDT, wherein the DM is actually using C&C alongside older D&D editions to run the module:
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=324043
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Cave of the Unknown.

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Omote wrote:
Cave of the Unknown.

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That module sucks way too much

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Simple, one-nighter, combat, dungeon, done. Cave of the Unknown. Otherwise I generally agree on the suckage. Since the limits are old AD&D modules, and Keep on the Borderlands seems to becoming passe', you get Cave of the Unknown. Taste the Golden Spray.

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PS: Otherwise I'd suggest Dark Chateau.
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Omote wrote:
Simple, one-nighter, combat, dungeon, done. Cave of the Unknown. Otherwise I generally agree on the suckage. Since the limits are old AD&D modules, and Keep on the Borderlands seems to becoming passe', you get Cave of the Unknown. Taste the Golden Spray.

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PS: Otherwise I'd suggest Dark Chateau.

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Rummaging through the modules I have in the basement, I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Night's Dark Terror! Huzzah! I'll have to add this to the reading list.

What about The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan? I never played this 'back in the day' but, a quick review and it seems to fit the bill of classic crunchy death-dealing luvin'.

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Where can I find Dark Chateau? I can't find a review of this module here or at rpgnow.

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Dark Chateau was published by TLG once upon a time (until Gygax Games yanked the license).
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I'd recommend S2 - White Plume Mountain. Gobs of fun with plenty of combat and some great puzzles. It's a fun-house dungeon, so if that is not your group's cup of tea, you might want to avoid it. An added bonus: the module is only something like 16 pages long and absolutely packed with awesomeness.

You might also want to consider another old favorite of mine, Frank Mentzer's To the Aid of Falx. It's one of the old RPGA modules (R2 I think, but don't quote me on that). It has pregens that are easily converted to C&C with lots of meat grinder combat.
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For low level, Serleran was right on - B2 KOTB.
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Palace of the Silver Princess was a good basic module. If you have access to Castle Amber, use that.

AD&D modules - I'd recommend the Village of Hommlet for the moathouse alone.

Higher level - Dwellers of the Forbidden City.
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AD&D modules - I'd recommend the Village of Hommlet for the moathouse alone.

Higher level - Dwellers of the Forbidden City.

I love T1, but the only thing, to me, is that if you're running a one-off you might not get all the in-town stuff (all the behind-the-scened plotting, etc.). If you're going into town then get sent to the moathouse, then it might work just fine. Again, I'm bias, but I don't think a one-off does T1 justice.
I1, however, might work pretty dang good.If I recall correctly, though, it's a lot of exploring.
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DireDM wrote:
Rummaging through the modules I have in the basement, I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Night's Dark Terror! Huzzah! I'll have to add this to the reading list.

What about The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan? I never played this 'back in the day' but, a quick review and it seems to fit the bill of classic crunchy death-dealing luvin'.

I'll second THSoT, that was a great play... And while not really a full on dungeon crawl, N1 Against the Cult of the Reptile Gods is awesomeness personified. The Saltmarsh series as well, U1 is playable in one night... U2 is great because of the massive plot twist, U3 is simply, search and destroy... Plus most have pregen characters, added bonus for a one shot.

As a side note, I am tossing around the thought of running a campaign, using almost exclusively old-school modules, probably close to 85%, using TSR produced modules, and those published in Dragon. Using the C&C rules as the core rule set. That or perhaps a post-apocalyptic campaign, with a twist
It would probably end up online just need to decide between fantasy grounds and maptool.

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koralas wrote:
It would probably end up online just need to decide between fantasy grounds and maptool.

Maptool.

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Maptools.

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