Old School Dungeon Crawl - The Purple Worm Graveyard

Let's delve like it's 1981!

We'll be running through either the remainder of The Dungeon of Akban (which we started at the November meetup) or The Purple Worm Graveyard for this session (player choice).If we go with the latter, I'll have a 3rd backup dungeon on hand - PWG can be very short depending on the choices made.

If you didn't attend the first meetup, no worries -I'll have plenty of pre-gens on hand.

We'll use D&D Basic Rulebook (B/X edited by Tom Moldvay) with some modifications from Labyrinth Lord to take a short excursion underground for no other reason than to explore and get some loot.

I'll follow LL's lead and let Clerics have a spell at 1st level and we'll use the Thieve's skills target numbers from LL (they correct what is a flaw in the Basic book, where thieves have a worse chance of detecting traps than any other character class). 

I'll have pre-gens on hand so we can get into the delving right away, but if you have b/x and want to roll a PC (or 3) beforehand, please feel free. Personally, I like to add a single sentence description to give the PC something to make them interesting. I recommend Chaotic Shiny's Simple Character Generator.

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  • john

    Thanks all for another great time! Going from a near-TPK to making it out with the main loot and only 1 character death was pretty cool to watch.

    December 7, 2013

    • Paul M.

      You missed out on surviving by one point on your roll! Unbelievable that we all nearly survived after the start we had.

      1 · December 8, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I think it is safe to say that we are starting to get good at this dungeon crawling thing. ;)

      1 · December 8, 2013

  • Brandon N.

    I had a great time. Thanks again to everyone that attended for making it a great session.

    1 · December 8, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Hail the worm!!!

    2 · December 7, 2013

    • David L.

      I liked the grand gesture of it. Not to mention the commitment to wormness!

      1 · December 7, 2013

    • Paul M.

      I really need to be a chaotic mage.

      December 8, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Another amazing game! It was good to see y'all!

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • victor

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry, but I wont be able to make it tomorrow. Looking forward to next time

    December 6, 2013

    • john

      Hi Victor, sorry you can't make it! The next old school game I run will likely start in February - but David Lester is starting up a campaign next weekend: http://www.meetup.com...­

      December 7, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Having been bitten by a giant rat, I seem to have succumbed to one of its diseases. I guess I failed my saving throw. If I have recovered enough by Saturday, I may try to make it. Well, at least it wasn't a rot grub.

    December 5, 2013

    • Paul M.

      We'll slay the wiggly-woo in your honor, Ted.

      December 6, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I Hope you get better soon Ted!

      December 6, 2013

  • Paul M.

    I'm gonna try an Elf this time....see how long that lasts ;-)

    2 · December 5, 2013

    • David L.

      I will stick with the cleric. Something tells me it won't hurt our chances to have more magic in the group.

      1 · December 5, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Hmmm...Purple Worm graveyard? I'm guessing that the worm carcases have petrified over time and we have to go crawling through their now rock-like guts.

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Tony R.

      Sounds like a good guess to me. :)

      December 2, 2013

  • Aaron

    Hello all, i've never played old D&D (started playing in college with 3 ed). What would the curve be like?

    December 2, 2013

    • john

      In short, (i should have started here!) come on out and give it a whirl. Since it's a one-shot, I'll have pre-gens so you don't have to even worry about rolling up a character (it's quick to do, if you want to do it, however).

      1 · December 2, 2013

    • Tony R.

      You are going to be amazed at how much of Basic/Expert D&D made it to 3rd edition. All the attributes are there ( 3-18 range), AC, damage, hit points, hit dice. It's all there.

      December 2, 2013

  • Brian H.

    Man I would like to really get in on this old school gaming session but I don't know if I can make it that early in the day. Only one vehicle and the wife works, otherwise I have to be up at 5am take her then go, leave an pick her up and go back to the game. arrgh.

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • Brian H.

      I had fun making up traveller characters with Richard and Tom though..

      November 18, 2013

    • Paul M.

      Traveller? Another classic!

      November 18, 2013

  • Tony R.

    It seems to me like some of us would like to integrate miniatures into the game. Would you consider allowing them, John?

    November 15, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I have a set of unpainted "human adventurers". I'll bring them for next time.

      November 16, 2013

    • Brian H.

      I have a ton of mini's and just ordered a set of goblins and undead from pathfinder battles. Plus i have several flip maps, hard card maps you can adjust to different shapes for caverns and dungeons and I have a ton of old school pdf dungeon tiles but those would need printed.

      November 18, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Help me remember: did we kill Rubella or did we turn her over to the townsfolk?

    November 14, 2013

    • David L.

      Killed, former prisoner ended her, and we later used her as juice box to open a door. :)

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • David L.

    I am up for which ever the group decides.

    November 14, 2013

  • Paul M.

    I'm excited about the Purple Worm to be honest....it's such a superb title.

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • Tony R.

      I have to admit I like the title a lot too. ;)

      November 14, 2013

  • john

    Hey all, I just updated the description. Ted raised the question about finishing the exploration of the Dungeon of Akban. Something I'm all for if that's what you, the players, want. Think about it, make your opinion known if you want to, but we don't have to decide anything until game day, so no rush.

    November 14, 2013

    • Tony R.

      Either way works for me.

      November 14, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Does this mean we don't get to complete that last adventure?

    November 13, 2013

    • john

      Hey Ted, when I posted this I wasn't sure if I'd get the same or different people. I'm more than happy to let you all return to Akban to explore the rest of the complex. There's a good bit more left.

      November 14, 2013

    • john

      I'll come prepared to run Akban and The Purple Worm Graveyard and we can decide then or people can just post their preference here.

      November 14, 2013

  • Ted S.

    John, since you live in Decatur I realize that Giga-Bites is quite a drive for you. You may want to consider doing the next session at Titan Games & Comics. That would be closer to you than GB. They are in Smyrna; the store is very close to the junction of I-285 and I-75. They have their own page at meetup.com. It, too, has a calendar.

    November 10, 2013

    • john

      Hey Ted, Thanks for the info! I'm going to go try to check out the location this weekend. -John

      November 11, 2013

    • Ted S.

      If you decide to give it a try, you might want to do it on a Sunday rather than a Saturday. Titan has Heroclix every Sat. until about 3pm but Sundays they usually have tables available.

      November 11, 2013

  • john

    It looks like I'm going to schedule a session for November as well now. If you want to play in both, please, by all means!

    October 9, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Will you provide pre-gens or will we make our own?

    October 9, 2013

    • john

      I'm thinking we'd spend the first 20 or 30 mins generating characters (that's all it takes in b/x, and that's on the long side. I can do it in under 5, but I pretty much have the equipment lists memorized). But, I'll also have pregens if people would prefer that or are late arriving. To save time, I'll probably make character sheets with some info completed for given classes (saving throw #s and class specific abilities) as well as a To Hit table (which is the same for all level 1 PCs).

      October 9, 2013

  • Todd A. G.

    Is the Meetup date actually December 7, 2013? I thought it was going to be this weekend 12 October. Seems like a December date is a LONG ways away unless you are just trying to test the gaming waters. However, with a December date I guess you are still looking to find the lake first to then test the waters. LOL Anyway, will you be providing pre-gens like Ted had asked earlier or will characters be made at the gaming session?

    October 9, 2013

    • john

      Sorry, I had to put it on the calendar to make sure that I could arrange to have the day to game.

      October 9, 2013

    • john

      One of these days I WILL Learn that pressing enter sends the message. At this point (it is a long way away), I'm thinking we'd spend the first 20 or 30 mins generating characters (that's all it takes in b/x, and that's on the long side. I can do it in under 5, but I pretty much have the equipment lists memorized). But, I'll also have pregens if people would prefer that or are late arriving.

      October 9, 2013

  • Edward M.

    I'm partial to D&D 4.0.

    October 8, 2013

    • john

      Pretty much. Here's a link to the particular version I mean: http://rpg.drivethrus...­

      October 8, 2013

    • David L.

      Awesome, lol I actually own the originals :)

      October 9, 2013

  • Brian H.

    hmmmm, me think me likes as well...My 2nd edition campaign ended quite some time ago and this is well before my ashen stars game but 11am is a bit early for me.

    October 8, 2013

    • john

      i was sort of pie in the sky about the time. what's a better time for most people? I'm open to moving it later.

      October 8, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Awesome! It's too early for me to know if I'll be free on this day,(#GradSchool), but I'm definitively RSVPing if my schedule is clear.

    1 · October 8, 2013

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