Caverns of Thracia () – The Original Classic Adventure by Paul Jaquays, with new maps and editing by Bob Bledsaw III. Designed for. Caverns Of Thracia – A Lost Civilization Beneath the lost ruins of Thracia are the vast caverns of a once great civilization. While a death c. The Caverns of Thracia by Paul Jaquays is a good example of why Judges Guild is remembered so fondly by so many of us who started.

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Can this entire section of the rulebook be rewritten? I use the same method when assembling Cheapass boardgames. I have Paul Jaquays and Judges Guild to thank for that; I wish similar lessons might be imparted to today’s generation of gamers.

Tuesday, February 24,2: Books by Paul Jaquays. The Final Foray Part 6: Sure, describing odd rooms can be tough.

Wednesday, February 25,8: Both had an incredible ability to stuff an immense amount of ideas into a relatively small product. Works like a charm. Given the rigorous mathematical architecture of 4e, I should hope that DMs and designers will learn to make exploration and general “high weirdness,” as I call it, the high-profile parts of adventure design. Hmm gonna have to scout up a pdf of this adventures sounds really cool.

There should be situations where the only sensible option is for the players to run away or seek another way around the problem. Friday, Cavetns 01,4: Thanks for the link to Alt Text.


That sounds way waay too lethal for a game where the players are supposed to care about their characters. The bars to its cave are raised and lowered by a lever in Room Even a very inexperienced GM with a brand-new game system might reasonably think up that.

James Maliszewski December 31, at Ian December 31, at 2: Riley marked it as to-read Jan 19, Even more significant, from my perspective, is the diversity of environments within this module. Michael von Sacher-Masoch rated it really liked it May thraacia, The Caverns of Thracia by Paul Jaquays is a good example of why Judges Guild is remembered so fondly by so many of us who started gaming in the 70s.


Caverns of Thracia (Judges Guild #) by Paul Jaquays

Bravely running away, we are told, is not “cool” and gaming is supposedly all about being cool. Gygax in particular seemed to delight in elaborate traps and situations likely to kill or at the least inconvenience characters. And that, coupled with the presentation in random determination tables, I think led to thrracia lot of people feeling somewhat straitjacketed by the rules, monsters, and items, when that tracia probably precisely the opposite of what was intended.

And They have been waiting. Topologically equivalent to a loop, just with a couple of jogs in it.

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Is anyone else out there familiar with both? This is a “living” environment that puts paid to the notion that old school dungeons are static places with monsters statically side by side without any interactions between them.

It is left up to the DM whether they would like to leave the players entirely in the dark, or give hints as to what awaits them. Welcome to a rulebook written by Gary Gygax. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. These conventions have several advantages: For narrative sake, these hints may be discovered in conversation with non-player characters, or just given more directly to the characters themselves.

And instead of a simple loop, there were a couple of extra turns in there. The humans used beast men gnolls, minotaurs, dog brothers, etc. Of course it can.

Death in the Ruins Part 4: This module would be a major accomplishment no matter when it was released, and even moreso considering it came out in really the dawn of the thdacia era” of the hobby.