A 1st-level dungeon crawl heavy on exploration, factions, and sorcerous wonder for Shadowdark RPG!
Go below the dripping ruins of Bittermold Keep to hunt for legendary treasures and face off against three competing factions that want to claim the Hideous Halls: the degenerate Bittermold family, the wild halfling Howlers, and the disgruntled mutant catfish. The characters might even encounter the abominable god-ooze, Mugdulblub!
Winner of "The Best" rating from tenfootpole.org!
View the adventure walkthrough video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVJ-t7qMjPo
This adventure is part of Cursed Scroll Zine 1: Diablerie! Inside the zine, you'll find cursed knights channeling demonic power, mist-addled forests where witches and warlocks stalk the trees, and crumbling castles housing ancient, eldritch creatures.
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aet996 has played this adventure and would recommend it.
I ran this as an intro to Shadowdark for my group. It went well enough that we decided to make the switch to the system! The tension between the factions in the dungeon, mix of rewarding and dangerous secrets, branching paths, and presence of both an unmarked and a notated map were all aspects I hope to bring to my adventure design moving forward! I love that it came in a zine with a larger area hex map full of plot hooks and some thematic character creation content too! I think it would be a useful drop in low level adventure for other OSR type games!