For many, the Temple of the Frog is synonymous with Blackmoor. Over the years the Temple of the Frog has been presented in many published versions. DA2: “Temple of the Frog” (), by Dave Arneson and David J. Ritchie, is the second of the four Blackmoor adventure. It was published in. Temple of the Frog (Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor) [Harley Stroh] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For thirty years, no name has been more.

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Do you have references beyond Ripvanwormer’s article at the Vaults? Location based exploration or ‘Dungeon Adventures’ to use Gygax’s phrase are the standard form of adventure, the party explores a space room by room, unravels its mysteries, plunders its treasures, and battles or tricks its varied and often passive inhabitants, B2 – Keep on the Temppe is this kind of adventure in a fairly elemental form, but there are countless examples.

Temple of the Frog

Oh I was just curious – they are just such very different adventures, and to me seem very emblematic of different playstyles, but the ToH is very polished compared to Temple, so I am curious blaclmoor to what was handed to the folks running it in That’s exactly how I’d describe the first level – as a bunker complex like something out of the cold war or thf of the underground tempe of WWII and indeed the map has some minor similarity to real WWII and cold war bunker complexes.

The basic idea of a frog cult in the swamps in a newly built giant frog shaped temple with a fiercely loyal army of slave soldiers that has arisen because of meddling by star-wizards oof fun.

Dark Sun Dark Sun: The only reason I see to say Temple of the Frog isn’t the first published ‘ready to play’ adventure would be to denigrate Arneson’s contribution to the game or because one disliked the content.


There is a nice faction balance with potential between the disgruntled but cowed raiders, angry neighboring kingdoms hinted attemple guard and the hidden frog priests. Well, it was after all.

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Guy Fullerton April 26, at 6: City-State of the Invincible Overlord certainly pre-dates Tomb of Horrors, but if you don’t consider that a ‘module,’ then Tegel Manor was published inand still comes prior. He did make a few trips to Lake Geneva for to attend GenCon, so I froy it is possible he could have made a side trip around the lake to Fontana. Newer Post Older Post Home.

These barracks contain enormous numbers of level 1 fighters we assume, maybe they are level zero, no monsters are stated up very well in “Temple of the Frog”.

Gus L April 27, at The combination of a hierarchy of mind control rings and distrust among various factions within the city frob this the solution with the best chance of success and a truly picaresque option.

I really appreciate tue fair mindedness. The Temple of the Frog merely describes a place. A third category is the ‘Maze Adventure’ or perhaps just the trap dungeon trap house?

If so, then isn’t the adventure a success? This meant among other things that the adventure assumed bringing several units of soldiers along with the adventurers.

Few of these rooms include interesting content, just hordes of soldiers, frogs, and coinage. More of a super In Search of the Unknown, perhaps, but again, depends on your definition of ‘published module. Stephen had mutated frogs and other swamp creatures into servants who worshipped the alien as a god and protected his temple. But Supplement II Blackmoor disappointed me.

The setting allows that to happen, yes, but it certainly does not require or expect it. He will rise not from his place, even in the ravening of hunger, but will wait in divine slothfulness for the sacrifice. It’s hard for me to decide what to include in my comment. I read the thing, all 19 pages of confusing, poorly mapped, weirdness and while “Temple of the Frog” is ‘interesting’ and it really does appear to have set the standard for the way adventures are designed and written, it’s a mess.


Something dark stirred that day, and the players grew nervous More mission focused and with a far more organized enemy the Fortress Adventure is notable because it tends to have a fail option that is a potentially very war-game like as the party and whatever forces it might have in reserve face off against the whole of the fortress’s defenders.

And wouldn’t that be consistent with TSR’s original philosophy that the company shouldn’t do the imagining for the consumer? Herein lies the problem with the Temple of the Frog: Consider whether the TOTF was even intended to be a completed, playable adventure in the first place.

The city is then described and a somewhat confusing map is provided.

It only shifted in later years. Luckily the basic underground space of a giant flooded cavern filled with killer frogs and strange subterranean swamp plants surrounded by a maze of tunnels filled with things that prey on killer frogs is pretty easy to make interesting, but this is still work the GM must do, along od making the underground army base on the first level more interesting.