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Fantasy role-playing module for 1st or 2nd Ed AD&D, BECMI D&D, OSRIC, DCC, Pathfinder, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, or other OSR.
Fantasy role-playing module for 1st or 2nd Ed AD&D, BECMI D&D, OSRIC, DCC, Pathfinder, Labyrinth Lord, Swords & Wizardry, or other OSR.
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THE PROJECT

DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm adventure module is the second project of Dungeoneers Guild Games’ DUNGEON DELVE game adventure line. This product is designed specifically for the first edition of the original, and everyone’s favorite, fantasy role-playing game. It can easily be adapted to most fantasy role-playing games including the advanced 2nd edition game, the original game, the BECMI (“Basic”) game, most old-school renaissance (OSR) role-playing systems, and most other game systems. All DGG products are designed to have the look and feel of the classic D&D modules of the early and mid-1980s. 

Matthew Ray's depiction of the drow magic-user, Inmaric, and his flesh golem.
Matthew Ray's depiction of the drow magic-user, Inmaric, and his flesh golem.

The Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm module consists of thirty-two pages of high adventure, exploration, and mystery with a minimal plot that allows it to fit easily into any campaign world. The genesis of this adventure was the desire to create a dragon adversary that would be challenging and memorable for my gaming group. The dragon featured in this module, and the deathtrap dungeon it created, will test the skills of even the toughest high-level characters to their maximum. The dungeons of the wyrm consist of a maze filled with terrible guardians, wards, and traps designed to thwart bands of adventurers from plundering its immense hoard of treasure.

This adventure was originally created for an AD&D tournament game that I host every summer. Two separate groups competed over two days to win bragging rights as the best players. It was a lot of fun for all involved, although many of the players were at times convinced that their group was doomed. In the end, one of the two groups succeeded in completing the adventure to its ultimate end.  

DD2 cover with artwork by Bradley K. McDevitt.
DD2 cover with artwork by Bradley K. McDevitt.

Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm will be available in print and eBook PDF version. The print version has the classic module format with stapled booklet, and features a removable three-panel card stock cover. The maps are printed in classic dungeon blue inside the cover for that genuine old school gaming feel. Creating a module of quality production, artwork, and printing is the paramount goal of this project.  

THE MODULE  

Rumors hint that below a barren crag in a forlorn range of hills lies the lair of the great dread wyrm, Felmurnuzza. This dragon has mercilessly tormented, terrorized, and plundered the nearby civilized lands for hundreds of years. However, no one has seen her for many decades. Nonetheless, these kingdoms continue to pay the fell serpent tribute out of fear. Many now say that she sleeps that sleep of death — her legendary fabulous hoard unprotected and ripe for the taking. Of course, if the rumors of her death are not true, a grim death surely awaits those that seek to discover her treasures.  

Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm is a high-level adventure for characters levels 10 to 15. In this adventure, the adventurers will explore the deathtrap lair of an infamous red dragon to seek out her fabulous treasure hoard. Set in a wild, hilly region, the GM can easily place the dragon’s dungeons in any fantasy role-playing game world they prefer.  

The removable cover and booklet of the finished module.
The removable cover and booklet of the finished module.

ARTWORK  

All artwork are original works by Bradley K. McDevitt, Ryan Jack Allred, Chet Minton, Matthew Ray, and Russ Nicholson (of the original Fiend Folio fame). Interior art pieces are done in the old school ink style. Bradley K. McDevitt created the amazing cover art that depicts a band of brave (foolish?) adventurers being blasted by dragon fire. 

Russ Nicholson's depiction of adventurers at the Silver Portal.
Russ Nicholson's depiction of adventurers at the Silver Portal.

MODULE FEATURES  

  • A 32 page saddle-stitched booklet printed in black-and-white.  
  • A removable, three-panel card stock cover printed in color.  
  • Three dungeon level maps printed in classic dungeon blue in the inside cover.  
  • 42 numbered encounters, adventure background for the DM, scenario hook suggestions, and a rumors table.  
  • Four new monsters: infernal dragon, dragonaut, skeletal dragon, and Dzeluul (Elemental Prince of Molten Fires).  
  • Six new magic items. 
Ryan Jack Allred's depiction of adventurers inspecting a strange statue.
Ryan Jack Allred's depiction of adventurers inspecting a strange statue.

REWARDS  

This Kickstarter offers four different reward levels as noted below. Furthermore, the first two hundred backers that choose a print copy reward option will receive a signed and specially stamped copy of DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm module.  

Wyrmling: The eBook PDF of DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm.  

Wyrm: The DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm module print copy plus the eBook PDF copy.  

Two-Headed Wyrm: Two print copies of DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm plus the eBook PDF.  

Wyrm & Tower: The DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm module print copy and eBook PDF copy, plus a print copy and eBook PDF of DD1 Tower of the Black Sorcerers adventure module (see cover picture below).

Shipping: All print copies can ship anywhere in the world.   

eBook Copies: PDF copies will be available to backers for download free of cost on DriveThruRPG.com once the rewards are fulfilled.  

The old serpent watches a copy of the module.
The old serpent watches a copy of the module.
DD2 title page with Russ Nicholson's illustration of an iron golem.
DD2 title page with Russ Nicholson's illustration of an iron golem.
A sample page from DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm.
A sample page from DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm.
A map of a dungeon level in classic dungeon blue.
A map of a dungeon level in classic dungeon blue.
Select the "Wyrm & Tower" reward to get a copy of DD1: Tower of the Black Sorcerers.
Select the "Wyrm & Tower" reward to get a copy of DD1: Tower of the Black Sorcerers.

ABOUT THE MODULE DESIGNER

My name is R. Nelson Bailey. My start with playing role-playing games began with Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in 1983 and has never stopped. For the last 15 years, I have run a weekly AD&D game with a group of dedicated players. As with many kids of the day, it was my dream to have TSR publish one of my modules. Now I am doing that with Dungeoneers Guild Games. DD2 Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm is the second in a line of classic-style adventure modules (the first being the DD1 Tower of the Black Sorcerers module). The next project, DD3 The Misty Halls of Kalavorka, is fully written and will come out in a few months once the layout and artwork is finished.  

MODULE CREDITS

  • Design, Development, Layout, & Cartography: R. Nelson Bailey.  
  • Editing: R. Nelson Bailey, Rob Hand, Greg Earle, Dan Shoemaker, Jonathan Biedron.  
  • Cover Art: Bradley K. McDevitt. (Take a look at his extensive art portfolio here.)  
  • Interior Art: Ryan Jack Allred, Bradley K. McDevitt, Chet Minton, Russ Nicholson, Matthew Ray.  
  • Module Photographs: Rhiannon Brunett.  
  • Playtesters: Joe Brewer, Greg Earle, Rob Hand, Jason LaMaitre, Alex Severns, Jerry Severns, Raymond Severns, Dan Shoemaker, Brent Spotswood, Russ Whitsell.  
  • Special Thanks To: Mark Taormino for his invaluable assistance with this project. Visit his website, Dark Wizard Games, to learn about his excellent old-school gaming products.  
  • Physical copies printed by Chromatic, Inc
An unlucky thief adventurer falls into a covered pit trap.
An unlucky thief adventurer falls into a covered pit trap.

  Music: "A Brightly Burning Fire" by Art of Escapism (2017).

Risks and challenges

Editing, layout, and artwork for the “Dungeons of the Dread Wyrm” are fully complete as of this moment. All that is left is to have them printed. I have a professional, quality printer selected and ready to go.

WHAT DOES THE KICKSTARTER MONEY PAY FOR:

Printing of the physical full color cover and B/W interior booklets.

Creation, production, layout, and design of the module.

Artwork for module.

Reward fulfillment (i.e. shipping and handling costs and Kickstarter fees).

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