August 2014 Blog Carnival – Devious Dungeons
This months carnival is being hosted by Mind Weave Role-Playing Platform and they want to know about dungeons.
In all my years of gaming the groups I have played in haven’t really done much in the way of dungeon crawling, our fantasy adventures tend to be wilderness or urban themed with the usual mixture of combat, problem solving, barge burning and diplomacy. That’s not to say we haven’t done them, they’re just a rarity.
The one dungeon that I do love more than all the others is the first one I ever ran in module B1: In Search of the Unknown; the Caverns of Quasqueton .
The great thing about the dungeon is that is had advice for a novice DM as well as letting you stock it yourself from the charts and tables in the back of the book. These charts had treasures; both magical and mundane plus monsters appropriate to the level of the characters. This ensured that although the general layout remained the same, you could never be sure what lurked in the next room. On top of this there are several unexplained events so that the dungeon retains a magical quantity.
I found it the ideal starter dungeon and this is why I will come back to it time and again for the nostalgia and the happy memories of me running it.