"Go to the sign of Harvel's Axe, a dubious inn on the edge of the Thieves Quarter, in the City of Greyhawk, and look to your own wrist. If you perceive a bracelet and dangling dice, watch for the next throw in the war between Law and Chaos and be prepared to follow the compelling geas." -Signal

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

D&D X11: Saga of the Shadow Lord

Saga of the Shadow Lord was released in 1986 near the end of my initial steady playing of D&D. At the time I did not pick it up and it was not until the middle 90's or maybe even later that I set about picking up a copy of this. It was one that eluded me for a period of time and for a long period of time went too high price wise for me and what I was willing to pay. It is still sometimes on the pricey side but I have seen it go for under $20 in some cases.

It is a standard adventure plot but it does offer the players options on how they want to accomplish the tasks they need to. I would place it in the upper middle range in level of adventure fare. There is nothing in this that is going to set the gaming world afire but it is a fun romp and it is something that could be expanded into more than what it is. It also offers a number of ideas that a DM might want to borrow for their own use.

From the back cover:

An insidious peril threatens the peaceful kingdom of Wendar. When a traitor stole the realm's greatest treasure, a magical Elvenstar, disease, drought, and famine struck the land. For the first time in decades, hostile armies were poised to invade Wendar.

Yet even greater danger looms. The traitor has delivered the magical gem into the hands of the Shadow Lord, Wendar's greatest foe. This evil being has returned from the dead to seek revenge on Wendar, and the Elvenstar is the key to an even more sinister foe.

You must evade the Shadow Lord's army, penetrate his fortress, recover the Elvenstar, and foil this heinous plan!

This adventure is for use with the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Basic and Expert Rules produced by TSR, Inc. You must have both rule sets to play the adventure.

1 comment:

Anthony Simeone said...

I've always loved that particular piece of Keith Parkinson art, may he rest in peace. I remember seeing it in the pages of Dragon magazine back in the day. Very inspirational! His art, as well as that of Larry Elmore, were always big inspirations for me, and to a lesser extent Clyde Caldwell's work.

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