Help me, OSR Kenobi, you’re my only hope again, or, Once more unto the well…

The good news is that nieces and nephews and my child (ranging from 4th grade to high school) are totally into playing D&D tomorrow after Thanksgiving dinner at Nana’s house, and everyone is staying the night so we could potentially play more than an hour or two if we want. But as usual I’ve dropped the ball on planning anything. I’d like their first game of real D&D to be fun, and a good taste of what the game is about, not least because at least the oldest could probably start a campaign on her own for her friends and I want to set a good example.

I’m kind of thinking there should be:

  • an introductory fight to learn the ropes
  • some exploring
  • at least one trick or trap to overcome
  • at least one more fight they can avoid
  • at least one NPC to talk to
  • a final fight with a boss type

Is there a free starter adventure like that you know of? Maybe a One Page Dungeon, or something like that, not too tied to any system (I am thinking B/X aka “1981 Basic D&D” is the way to go with this). Even a suggestion regarding a trick/trap or NPC would be helpful, since the other stuff is pretty easy to improvise. Thanks in advance!

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  1. It depends on what level you want everyone to start at, but I’d recommend taking a look at the BFRPG anthology. Heck, run them through the Tower of Zenopus.

  2. Or, if you wanted to cobble together something yourself, Blueholme’s Maze of Nuromen has a lot of really fun stuff in it to steal.

  3. A few that might work – Shane’s Delve, Lizardmen of illzathatch (may need to be down-graded, but comes with pregens), Three Sad Wizards, Tomb of Sigyfel. All free on rpg.drivethrustuff.com

    • Hmm, yeah, I’ve heard of Three sad wizards. I’ll take a look!

  4. Tower of the Stargazer.

    • That was my first instinct, actually, but someone wondered if it might be too weird. Or too hard. I love the set up with the wizard in the circle though.

  5. This is the one got me hooked:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_the_Unknown

    • I think I actually have that somewhere.

  6. For kids, Beyond the Wall and Other Adventures is awesome! It has walk-through storybook character creation. Check out some of their playbooks here: http://www.flatlandgames.com/btw/downloads/


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