Post by captainjapan on Jan 23, 2020 11:45:04 GMT -6
I don't own 5e, but I had to see this, nonetheless. You managed to elaborate just enough content from the original without filling in every detail and "doing our imagining for us". Well done. This new material is going to frustrate players in the best possible way, if you know what I mean. The jewel in the crown, though, is the bibliography, which is keyed to the individual story elements. I'll say again, Holmes would be proud.
p.s.: You have a real knack for naming (locations, npc's, etc.)
p.p.s.: I don't suppose you'd consider asking Chris Holmes to illustrate it.
Thank you, Cap'n, for the kind words and the purchase! I'm glad you like the bibliography; working on it got me back into reading Clark Ashton Smith.
Most of the conversions don't have artwork, but I'd love to add some illustrations by Chris to this, though he's often too busy during the year. He's done some fantastic drawings the past two summers for articles I've written for a new Cthulhu zine. And I'm hoping to have him illustrate Boinger et al for the character sheets for In Search of the Brazen Head of Zenopus.
Last Edit: Jan 23, 2020 12:59:45 GMT -6 by Zenopus
I bought this and gave it a first read-through. It is an excellent conversion of one of my favorite classic low level adventures, updated for 5e. There are some new monster stat blocks and minor magic items, a little town map on a peninsula (which makes it easier to locate the town on almost any coastline), options for expanding some areas, notes on factions, rumors, and ways to tie Portown to Saltmarsh, plus even 4 pre-gen PCs. Check it out.
Finally had the time to read The Ruined Tower of Zenopus: [link] @zenopusarchives has done an AMAZING job with this 5e update of the Holmes sample dungeon,
It's a solid dungeon using the classic map, but it's more than that. It's a great campaign starter for 5e with old-school sensibilities and trappings. It has new 5e monsters and items. Zach gives us 1st-level pregens.
Tips for situating the thing as part of 'Ghosts of Saltmarsh' to turn the beginning of that campaign into a sandbox. You want old-school? A nice rumor table. A delineation of the factions in the dungeon. A list of classic AppN stories that probably inspired Holmes' dungeon.
'The Ruined Tower of Zenopus' is, stunningly, only $1.99. If you're a 5e DM, pick it up and put it in your go bag. If you're an old-school DM, pick it up and see what Zach did with this baby, you'll appreciate it. Strongly recommended, looking forward to using it myself.
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2020 12:42:35 GMT -6 by Zenopus
"So The Ruined Tower of Zenopus, a 5e conversion of Holmes' Sample Dungeon by Zach Howard of the indispensable Zenopus Archives, is pretty exciting.
The result is exactly what you'd hope for. Here's the fun gameplay of a classic old school dungeon, with the clarity of modern layout. There's plenty nice, thought-out additions so that you don't feel like you should have just saved your money and looked up 5e stat blocks yourself. These include some great resources that Zach has developed for Portown and the dungeon factions..."
"...The author though, does not simply update ‘Sample Dungeon’ to Dungeons & Dragons, Fifth Edition. He also offers options to make the dungeon more challenging and adds a slew of monsters and magical items..."
I FINALLY picked this up. Nice work Zach. Great elaboration on the original, and now I'm psyched to run it again after a lot of years. Like tetramorph though, I will probably stick with an older edition *.
* Love those pre-gens though
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Coming soon- Inconsistencies & Interpretations- a faithful LBB Retroclone
"D&D was meant to be a free-wheeling game, only loosely bound by the parameters of the rules." Tim Kask, Foreword, Eldritch Wizardry 1976
"Maybe I'm just getting too old to want to have to deal with a heap o' rules and the steaming heap o' rules lawyers who go with them."-Gary Gygax
"...why have us do any more of your imagining for you?" OD&D- Afterward-Volume III
My version is a 5E conversion of this, so essentially the original provides the conversion notes you are looking for. I did expand it some by providing extra options, but it should be trivial to convert anything I added back to OD&D.
Even if you did not have the original, the conversion (like most 5E adventures) does not contain monster stats in the text of the rooms themselves. If a room has, for example, a standard skeleton in it, the monster name is just written in bold. Not even hit points are included in 5E adventures! The DM is supposed to reference the 5E Monster Manual for all stats other than new monsters/NPCs. So you could just use the OD&D version (or whatever rules you are using). New monsters/NPCs are in their own stat blocks separate from the text. Those few you would need to convert or use the closest OD&D equivalent.
Last Edit: May 15, 2020 16:33:37 GMT -6 by Zenopus
I am pleased to announce that a dungeon map is now included with the Ruined Tower of Zenopus adventure on DMs Guild!
There are actually two map files: a DM's and a Player's version. These are png files optimized for use in Roll20, but are also printable. These should be available to everyone that has already purchased the adventure. Read more here:
"Two bucks buys you 18 pages, faultlessly formatted and a beautiful cover painting (Thomas Cole’s 1838 Italian Coast Scene with Ruined Tower) that seems to symbolise the whole project: the crumbling tower is the monument of Holmes’ Basic D&D; the idyllic shepherd tending his flock in the shadow of the tower, that is Zach; the little boat out among the islets, that’s us, wondering if we should put ashore: in a moment the shepherd will stand up and wave to us to drop anchor. There’s treasure here, you see, that Zach knows about, in a place long neglected."
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2020 15:29:21 GMT -6 by Zenopus
On the blog, I am now posting notes on running the Ruined Tower of Zenopus using old school D&D. The first post covers page 1-5, the bulk of which is stats for my customized Wandering Monster table. Notes are written up for Holmes Ref (Holmes Basic + OD&D) but should be suitable for any old D&D.