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Item - The Hounds of Halthrag Keep

Combined Summary

Series: Dungeon Crawl Classics
Author: Stevens, Noah Matthew
Illustrators: Stevens, Noah Matthew
Nicholson, Russ
Schultz, Sam
Date: October 16, 2014 (pdf)
Publishers: paperback: Hapless Henchman
pdf: Hapless Henchman
Product Code: HHSOLO1 (pdf)
Length: 133 sections (204 pages) (paperback)
133 sections (90 pages) (pdf)
Kveto's Thoughts:

This series is an attempt to write old school D&D modules in the vein of the early versions (treasure hunts) as opposed to what D&D evolved into after Dragonlance (epic quest).

I've never played Dungeon Crawl Classics but have read a few modules, so I was surprised to find a solo version available. Made as an instructive guide, it reads much like the old solo modules like Blizzard Pass and Maze of the Riddling Minotaur, but with an annoying irreverent humor (one of the magic items they give you are "space rocks").

Intended for 0 level characters, the long module is almost only relentless combat with very few choices. I have no idea how to survive (in fact the author admits it is too hard in the afterward) and gave up rather quickly as lots of dice rolling isn't my favourite part of gamebooks.

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