For most it was their first time playing D&D. Their characters explore the dungeon beneath the ruined tower of the mad archmage, Xenopus. Yes, this is inspired by Zenopus, from the Holmes edition of D&D (1977), also called the Blue Book.
I aimed to keep things as simple as possible by using the oldest D&D books I have; the Holmes edition, the Moldvay Basic & Expert (B/X 1981) and the Mentzer Red Box (1983). This was a good old fashioned dungeon crawl. The main rule: have fun.
|Sneaky Orcs try and ambush the party.|
|The party splits up... ...only three hours so far and a lifetime of memories!|
|Daniel: "I burn down the door!"|
|Shine the Cleric (Dwarf), with his everfull tankard, ponders the stairs down.|
|Preparation for Day Two.|
|Dungeon Level 1, setup again for Day Two.|
|Ready to go!|
|After recruiting some dwarves, the main treasure room is found. The baby dragon is scared off with hoots of "Gold, gold!"|
|Half the group on the lower level. Ralph (my Irish step-dad) holding the camera.|
|New players explore the first level, discovering the wreckage from day one.|
|Here be Dragons!|
|Rashasgast casts Fireball!|
|Minion Recruitment Center.|
|A brave knight!|