Sunday, June 27, 2010

Greyhawk modules: Dungeon Module A1; "Slave Pits Of The Undercity" by David Cook and adrventure for character levels 4-7

This is the beginning of a series of posts giving a bit of an overview (but no spoilers) of Modules set in The World Of Greyhawk. I'll be using modules that I own, so I may not go in any particular order.

Introduction on the front cover:

It is time to put a stop to the marauders! For years the coastal towns have been burned and looted by the forces of evil. You and your fellow adventurers have been recruited to root out and destroy the source of these raids. But beware, hundreds of good men and women have been taken by the slavers and have never been seen or heard from again!

(Art by Jeff Dee; gotta love the bearded dwarf maiden)

Originally written as tournament rules for Gen Con XIII 1980. And was to be used with the AD&D rules, but I don't see a reason that this can't be played using all other editions (with a few minor tweaks, of course).

Map of the Sea of Gearnat area.

The players start out in the overrun city of Highport outside of a ruined temple. It was once a human city but is now infested with Orcs, Goblins, Gnolls, Kobolds and Ogres. Keep in mind that the people who hired you to destroy the slaver's operation also have loved ones who are enslaved, "Discretion is the better part of valor."

You make your way through underground complexes beneath the ruined temple, fighting monsters and freeing slaves. Over all it's a decent adventure that sets you up for 3 more adventures in the "A" series. This would be a perfect adventure to run on a games day or as a campaign that can later be used to as the backboard of other adventures.


  1. Nice! Although I don't remember a lot of details, I know I have had fun with this a couple of times in the distant past.

    Shit, I never noticed that dwarf had bazooms!

  2. As soon as I saw that pic, I was wondering if you were going to comment on the bearded female dwarf!

    This was one of the best 1st edition modules. I loved the whole series, but this and the second one are definitely the strongest of the four. I ran the series several times back in high school, and I still like to go back and reread it every once in a while. Even though the tracks are really plain to see in this, it's an awesome adventure.

    consting: the pain you feel after walking all day on the concrete floor at a con.

  3. Thanks for your insight! I don't own the second one yet, but I plan on getting it sometime.

  4. That 2nd picture isn't by Jeff Dee, it's by David S. LaForce (DSL).

  5. Wow, I thought some gender change had been happening for Rogar and Zelligar- I'm thunderstruck by that dwarven warrior- Who knew it was a woman!
    Take that gamergate!