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Dave Arneson had previously discussed the idea of publishing a series of 12 modules for Mayfair Games.

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The fourth module was published without Dave Arneson being consulted and the fifth planned module was never publihed as the line was cancelled.

It has been speculated that this was due to a shift in management at TSR with Gary Gygax having black,oor the company in towards the end of The demise of the Blackmoor Modules could have been due to a restructuring following those changes. Product Manager Bruce Heard later revealed that he had plans for bringing Blackmoor back in the late s, but this never happened as TSR was bought by Wizards of the Coast. This in turn lead to Dave Arneson obtaining the rights to publish further Blackmoor material with his own company Zeitgeist Games for the d20 System.

Adventures in Blackmoor Type: Arneson and David J. To south and east, the Great Empire of Thonia plots to end Blackmoor’s independence and reclaim its lost province. To the west, the implacable Afridhi are on the move. To the north, the evil Egg of Coot prepares to cross the thundering sea and once again bring fire and sword into the heart of the small kingdom. Beyond the realm of the Egg, the hated Skandaharian Raiders are building longships and preparing to fall upon Blackmoor’s unprotected coast while its tiny army turns to meet these other threats.

Into this time of black despair, there steps a band of adventurers who cluth strange swords and wear most curious armor – and who claim that Blackmoor sank beneath the ice 3, years ago! Like the other modules in the series, it ra1 many of the locales and characters present in Dave Arneson’s original “Blackmoor” campaign as seen in the First Fantasy Campaign.

Temple of the Frog Type: That’s what old hands call the Great Dismal Swamp. For centuries, this tangled maze of sluggish watercourses, stagnant ponds, and festering marshes has defended Blackmoor’s southwestern frontier. Large armies and smaller parties have disappeared altogether inside its vast, dripping, claustophobic blackmor. Among those who have dropped from sight in the arboreal hell is young Risa Aleford, one of Blackmoor’s most important leaders.


Carried off to the sinister City of the Frog, she is now being held by the eccentric Blackjoor of the Swamp. By making the baroness captive, the deranged monks have seriously weakened Blackmoor at a time when enemies already threaten it from all sides.

Yet, even as the froggies gloat, the king of Blackmoor dispatches a daa1 band of bold adventurers to the rescue. Deep into the Great Dismal Swamp they must go – far from sunlight and sanity – blackmood to seek and save the captive baroness from the foul Monks of the Swamp. There to find – the Temple of the Frog. The Temple of the Frog was based on locations used in Dave Arneson’s campaign in the early s during the time when the group were banished from Blackmoor Town itself after loosing the Castle to invading forces.

Blackmoor as a scenario. City of the Gods Type: That’s what the flying egg has. New magic unlike any ever encountered in Blackmoor. New magic of a type that could give the fledgling kingdom an important edge in the wars that are brewing on its borders. There are only a few minor problems. Like the fact that the magician who piloted the metal egg to one of Blackmoor’s southern outposts was killed before he could utter a word.

And the fact that Blackmoor’s sworn enemies, the monks of the evil and eccentric Order of the Frog, are also interested in the magic represented by the egg. And, most important, the fact that the egg came from the distant and dangerous City of the Gods.

Set amidst the blistered salt flats of the Valley of the Ancients, the City of the Gods is a strange and deadly metal metropolis whose powerful guardians do not welcome intruders. Yet it is to this place of deadly menace that Blackmoor’s leaders now send a daring expedition – to bargain for aid in the coming wars – or to steal the magic of the gods.

The City of the Gods was first introduced in Dave Arneson’s campaign and this adventure location proved particularly deadly to his PCs. We would have to wait untill to see the module available in print. The Duchy of Ten Type: That’s what Zugzul bade the Afridhi call the evil artifact that he had taught them to make. They must call it the Well of Souls, and they must carry it before them into every battle – and they would be mighty. Thus said the god of Afridhi, Zugzul the One. So the Afridhi did as they were bade.


Seeking the volcano called the Hill of the Hammer in the far Barrens of Karsh, they built in its heart a great forge.

There, as Zugzul had promised, efreet came to help them make the mighty artifact. There, amid vile, unholy rites, they bound the souls of men into its very substance, and, as it took shape, they sharpened their swords for the red-handed work that must surely dw1 hard upon its completion. Many were the men who guarded the Hill of the Hammer during the days of making – for their foes in hated Blackmoor would try to unmake that which they had wrought.

Yet, it was not men that would keep the Well of Souls from destruction, but a prophecy – black,oor the artifact would be unmade only by the hand of one as yet unborn!

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Unlike the first three modules in the series, Dave Arneson was not credited for this module. As noted earlier, this could be due to the changes in management at TSR in the mid s. Dave Areson later expressed dissatisfaction about this module and stated that unlike the other modules he was not consulted for this module and his “official” Blackmoor notes were not used.

He also suggested that he might have liked to take the Duchy in a fairly different direction. On va1 other hand, DA4 Duchy of Ten still uses locales and characters from the original Blackmoor campaign and is set in the same locale as the first three modules.

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Gary Gygax later added a Duchy of Tehn to his own Greyhawk though with little resemblance to Dave’s realm. These ads included a pre production cover of the module. There were rumours that the module had been completed before it was cancelled.

ZGG staffers later claimed that they had in their posession the manuscript for the module, though this has never blackkmoor confirmed.

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