Monday, March 23, 2015

Greyhawk From The Other Side

Those who followed Greyhawkery recently may have seen my post last week on old classic Greyhawk modules that I need for my collection. Quick to answer was prolific blogger and fellow Midwesterner, Timothy Brannan of The Other Side blog. Thanks to the trade we worked out, I am now in possession of an amazingly good copy of L2 The Assassin's Knot by Len Lakofka.

The Assassin's Knot is the second in the Lendore Isle series which began with the better known L1 The Secret of Bone Hill. I got my copy of Bone Hill at GenCon a few years ago but have never ran it (there's many I haven't). Now with both L1 and L2 I have a pretty complete story line at my disposal that is set in a remote area of Greyhawk which I'm pretty sure I've never used in my own campaigns.

Interestingly I discovered there is more to the Lendore series. L3 Deep Dwarven Delve was published as part of the D&D silver anniversary collection. I assume it's a continuation of whatever Bone Hill started but this is another adventure I do not possess (great). Len Lakofka also put out another sequel called Devilspawn through Dragonsfoot which I can't count  for my collection since it's not in print technically.

The Assassin's Knot will do for now though. I believe collecting is a gradual process so no rush to get them all. I'm very pleased with the RPG trade process. Thanks again to Mr. Brannan and I'm sure we'll stay in touch.

14 comments:

Rich Trickey said...

Len has a few different apocryphal Lendore 'products' over at Dragonsfoot.

L4 Devilspawn Adventure
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/php4/archive.php?sectioninit=FE&fileid=278&watchfile=0

L4 Lendore Isles Campaign Companion
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/php4/archive.php?sectioninit=FE&fileid=279&watchfile=0

L5 Kroten Adventures
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/php4/archive.php?sectioninit=FE&fileid=380&watchfile=

L5 Kroten Campaign Guide
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/php4/archive.php?sectioninit=FE&fileid=381&watchfile=

L5 Kroten Campaign Companion
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/php4/archive.php?sectioninit=FE&fileid=379&watchfile=

L5 Kroten Campaign Map Pack
http://www.dragonsfoot.org/php4/archive.php?sectioninit=FE&fileid=378&watchfile=

Honestly, IMO they are not up to the standards of L1 or L2, but the lendore campaign enthusiast or Lakofka fan will surely find them interesting.

Armitage said...

Deep Dwarven Delve has issues.

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=40635

WotC lost the final draft that Len Lakofka submitted and they had someone else rewrite about 20% of the adventure without telling him.

Timothy Brannan said...

My pleasure to help!

Mike Bridges said...

Rich: I forgot about the Kroten campaign, thanks for the DF links!

Armitage: That's disconcerting. Were they glaring story inconsistencies or just crunchy bits?

Rich Trickey said...

No problem, I still have a habit of collecting and bookmarking somewhat trivial gh related stuff online.

I did want to clarify that my comment about the L4 and L5 stuff not being up to par with the earlier stuff is not really about the quality of the material, but more about the production values. Due in part to the material being free, the layout, art and maps are obviously "fan made". Which isn't really a bad thing, but L1 is one of my all time favorite AD&D modules, and I admittedly held the expansion material to a high standard. L2 and L3 are pretty good, even given the factors Armitage mentioned. L4 and L5 explore a wealth of lore about the Lendore Isles too, they just don't have that professional polish TSR put on the 'official' modules.

Rich Trickey said...

Oh, and to be a little snarky, ANY alternative to the craptastic Evermeet/Grey Havens rip off "canon" material on the Spindrifts is a good thing. The fate of the Spindrifts is one of my personal most hated bits of latter day GH lore.

Mike Bridges said...

Thanks for the clarification Rich. And yeah I'm not a big fan of the canon Spindrifts either. I'm still currently running a baseline 576-577 Sea Princes campaign and I want all my south seas islands in vintage condition (pre-wars).

Rich Trickey said...

If your players venture to Restenford and want to explore the rest of the island, the L4 and L5 stuff is a good source of ideas for fleshing out the realm.

Armitage said...

Mike Bridges: he didn't specify in the interview. he just said that WotC lost his rewrite and the published adventure is about 80% the original manuscript that he wrote in 1979.

My only problem with the Kroten campaign is that it seems like about 90% of the town is retired adventurers. As I recall, there's a pig farmer who's a 3rd or 4th level Fighter and the town potter is a 5th or 6th level Magic-User, for example.
0-level humans are outnumbered by characters with class levels. It really should be the other way around.

Timothy Brannan said...

FYI I got copy of Demonweb today! In great shape!

Timothy Brannan said...

FYI I got copy of Demonweb today! In great shape!

Scott said...

Uh-oh, now that Timothy has you hooked on his product, he wants to become your regular supplier!

Mike Bridges said...

Haha, that's great to hear. Good to have connections in the gaming community for all sorts of reasons. ;)

John Biles said...

At least for a while, you could get Deep Dwarven Delve on the WOTC website; it may not still be up.