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Title: Megadungeons
Post by: Dizzy on December 17, 2016, 02:40:40 PM
What are your favorite? Which ones have you played, or have you made your own? What would you suggest running? Have you actually cleared a megadungeon or most of one, or did you falter out over time?

I have very limited experience playing in Stonehell with Dramaman DMing, but I don't remember anything about it. I own it and Dwimmermount, but have only read a bit of Stonehell. I've also got Dark Tower and Tegel Manor. I'm interested in what else is out there and your opinions. Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on December 18, 2016, 02:36:28 AM
I have Dwimmermount & Barrowmaze: Complete, but have not run them as yet.

I have played through, T1-4: Temple of Elemental evil, and of course recommend that one !
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Beezulbubba on December 19, 2016, 08:09:26 AM
Barrowmaze:Complete but the party fled its depths after ruining relations with the local nobility and have settled into StoneHell. Had never ran anyone through ToEE but really prefer the megadungeon over a series of rather unfortunate events that sometimes happens to a sandbox. Playing up the "craziness" and camp of StoneHell with more lovecraftian twists so my victims... I mean players are enjoying it so far
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Dizzy on December 19, 2016, 09:43:29 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm also interested in Barrowmaze after hearing some play reports, but haven't picked it up yet. I managed to grab Rappan Athuk (the S&W version) from the currently Frog God Games holiday bundle. I've only skimmed it, but it seems a bit of a mess so isn't high on my list.

I didn't even think of T1-4. I'll have to give that a look over as well.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on December 20, 2016, 12:35:51 AM
I was to thinking that Rappan Athuk, was a gazetter for a campaign world, more than an adventure ?
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: DMMike on December 20, 2016, 09:38:26 AM
RA is a true megadungeon, at least the 3E version was. Like Dizzy, I got the S&W pdf version but haven't looked it over to compare yet. There was a bit of background, in order to explain Rappan's existence, but very little overall.

Back to the original question, I ran some homemade ones back in the 1980s but I'm afraid I haven't found a group interested in megadungeons; either for me to run or to play in. :( I'd really like to run a full cleanout of either Tegel Manor or B4. Oh well! :)

DM (Good at missing the megadungeons) Mike
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on December 20, 2016, 06:09:22 PM
I guess we could toss these in, to broaden the topic a bit.

Not necessarily one huge dungeon but compiled as on big adventure:

The Complete Roslof Keep Campaign

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A0-A4: Against the Slave Lords, Scourge of the Slave Lords (TSR Inc), Levels 4-7: module that has some expanded content for the A0-A4 Slavers series.

Lowdown in HighPort (Dungeon Magazine #221): Played after module A0
http://greyhawkery.blogspot.com/2014/01/dungeon-221-two-new-greyhawk-adventures.html

The Last Slave Lord (Dungeon Magazine #215) (Last one played in the Slave Lord Series, after A4)
http://greyhawkery.blogspot.com/2013/06/dungeon-215-last-slave-lord.html

Slavers (sequel to Scourge of the Slave Lords)

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WG5 Mordenkainens Fantastic Adventure
Dungeon Magazine #112, #124 & #139
The Oerth Journal #23, March 2008

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I3-5 Desert of Desolation

X4, X5 & X10

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Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on December 20, 2016, 06:11:34 PM
There is Castle Triskleion from "& Magazine" !

http://www.and-mag.com/category/download/castle-triskelion-download/ (http://www.and-mag.com/category/download/castle-triskelion-download/)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on December 20, 2016, 06:15:46 PM
Here is Castle of the Mad ArchMage:

http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/140761/Castle-of-the-Mad-Archmage-OSR-edition-BUNDLE (http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/140761/Castle-of-the-Mad-Archmage-OSR-edition-BUNDLE)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Dizzy on December 20, 2016, 10:13:16 PM
There is Castle Triskleion from "& Magazine" !

http://www.and-mag.com/category/download/castle-triskelion-download/ (http://www.and-mag.com/category/download/castle-triskelion-download/)

Thanks! I totally forgot I have this downloaded too. Will be giving it a look as well.

I've heard good things about Castle of the Mad ArchMage too, but don't own it yet.

DMMike is right, Rappan Athuk is quite the megadungeon (and supposedly extremely deadly too).

Thanks for all the ideas so far guys!
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on March 20, 2017, 07:26:06 PM
Here is a Mega-Dungeon series, I found, which has a good write-up!

Stonehell Dungeon Supplement 1: The Brigand Caves
Stonehell Dungeon: Down Night Haunted Halls
Stonehell Dungeon Supplement 2: Buried Secrets
Stonehell Dungeon: Into the Heart of Hell

http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=597182 (http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorId=597182)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: mutazoid on April 04, 2017, 05:10:43 AM
Ive never played this but looks worth looking into
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkyZfrHfTR0
Maze of the Blue Medusa
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Dizzy on April 04, 2017, 12:49:53 PM
I've been meaning to pick up Maze of the Blue Medusa, maybe once my next paycheck comes in.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on April 04, 2017, 04:28:32 PM
I'll get "Maze of the Blue Medusa", as well, but it looks like I will be hunting for decent artwork in the caliber of Alex Ross, Larry Elmore, Boris Vallejo, Luis Royo, Clyde Caldwell, etc, to replace the abstract art in the book.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Vile on April 05, 2017, 08:27:59 AM
Castle Gargantua is an interesting megadungeon that I've run using my BLUEHACK™, and it doesn't have a map! It's pretty cool, although the players soon realise they're not treasure hunting, they're trying to get out ...  :o

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn305/VileTraveller/Stuff/2015%20-%202s_zpsifqic7o1.jpg)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on April 06, 2017, 01:42:42 AM
I see that I had gotten the "Castle Gargantua" pdf. Looks like there will be a lot of prep work if played on Virtual-Table top.

I would roll up all the areas before-hand and make the maps and add the monsters, beforehand, even for real-table top play.

At least the abstract art in this book is an improvement over the "Maze of the Blue Medusa" module.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Vile on April 06, 2017, 10:05:18 AM
I rolled a whole sheet of the various die rolls (you roll a d4, d6, d8, etc.) and just used that, but for the rest I went by the book as we went. The idea with the map drawing is to let the players do it from the description - if they get it wrong, just go with it. If it refuses to join up, the characters must have mapped it wrong. This book really works if you do old-school mapping.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Dizzy on April 06, 2017, 12:27:27 PM
I forgot about Castle Gargantua. I have that, I need to look it over.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on May 22, 2017, 01:06:04 PM
This Mega-Dungeon just came to my attention as it was put on Sale today!

Gloamhold Campaign by Raging Swan Press:
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/204658/Gloamhold-Campaign-Guide

60% off! Currently just $1.66 for PDF or $12.44 with Softcover.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on May 22, 2017, 11:04:14 PM
Just got the "Gloamhold" Campaign pdf.

On a first quick glance. It's basically a summary for what could be a much larger and truer, full featured mega-dungeon game module.

There is a side map of what the adventurers are supposed to explore, but no maps of the actual dungeons itself.

No wonder it's so cheap!

Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on July 11, 2017, 10:24:04 AM
Here is a MegaDungeon from PaceSetter Games, called "Cataclysm at the Acaeum".

Looks like the KickStarter for it ended December 2012 and originally scheduled to come out May 2013, but still has not yet been released!

http://www.pacesettergames.com/caatac.html (http://www.pacesettergames.com/caatac.html)

Anyone have an update on this one???
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: angelicdoctor on July 11, 2017, 01:41:30 PM
I'm afraid that this is the first I've read of this one.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Dizzy on July 11, 2017, 08:35:20 PM
Interesting, I have not heard of this either. Surprised I haven't seen people taking up pitchforks and torches for a kickstarter that late. I've been watching a 5e one that is only like 2 months late and the toxicity is already out the roof. I remember M&M still hasn't been delivered to everyone yet, and I know I still have resentment to that. Are the comment section public in its KS page?
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on July 12, 2017, 12:20:16 PM
Yep, I just had a look and, "Cataclysm at Acaeum", appears to be now shipping out in bits and pieces, along with various PDF's being made available now:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1160026628/cataclysm-at-the-acaeum/comments (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1160026628/cataclysm-at-the-acaeum/comments)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on August 13, 2017, 11:15:32 PM
Just came across this MegaDungeon from Purple Duck Games:

Purple Mountain: Temple of the Locust Lord:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212305/Purple-Mountain-Temple-of-the-Locust-Lord-DCC (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/212305/Purple-Mountain-Temple-of-the-Locust-Lord-DCC)

Purple Mountain 2: Desolate Dwarven Delve:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/217342/Purple-Mountain-II-Desolate-Dwarven-Delve-DCC (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/217342/Purple-Mountain-II-Desolate-Dwarven-Delve-DCC)

Purple Mountain 3: The Feasting:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/108233/Purple-Mountain-III-The-Feasting (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/108233/Purple-Mountain-III-The-Feasting)

Purple Mountain 4: The Magma Dome:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/115294/Purple-Mountain-IV-The-Magmadome (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/115294/Purple-Mountain-IV-The-Magmadome)

Purple Mountain 5: The Descent:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/116955/Purple-Mountain-V-The-Descent (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/116955/Purple-Mountain-V-The-Descent)

Purple Mountain 6: The Well of Stars:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/124823/Purple-Mountain-VI-The-Well-of-Stars (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/124823/Purple-Mountain-VI-The-Well-of-Stars)

Purple Mountain 7: Domain of the Hidden God:
http://www.rpgnow.com/product/132892/Purple-Mountain-VII-Domain-of-the-Hidden-God (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/132892/Purple-Mountain-VII-Domain-of-the-Hidden-God)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on October 23, 2017, 07:05:45 PM
Here is "The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia". It is the sequel to "Barrowmaze: Complete", both by Greg Gillespie.

I had gotten the book from the Kickstarter and it is a good one!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/218157/The-Forbidden-Caverns-of-Archaia (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/218157/The-Forbidden-Caverns-of-Archaia)

(http://www.rpgnow.com/images/4249/218157.jpg)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Vile on October 23, 2017, 08:46:59 PM
Wait, it's a sequel? How does anyone live long enough to need a sequel to Barrowmaze?  ;D
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on October 24, 2017, 01:52:36 PM
Wait, it's a sequel? How does anyone live long enough to need a sequel to Barrowmaze?  ;D

Yea, though, it does start at level 1 again, so you could start over.

However, I intend to let any surviving characters from Barrowmaze continue into Archaia.

They would be around level 15 and I guess they could get up to level 25 in Archaia.

Then I'll run them through a series of Immortal level modules.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on November 01, 2017, 12:25:42 PM
Latest Megadungeon that came to my attention! It is originally written for D&D 3.5th edition:

"World's Largest Dungeon" from Alderac Entertainment group, which clocks in at 840 pages:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/23425/Worlds-Largest-Dungeon-The?it=1 (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/23425/Worlds-Largest-Dungeon-The?it=1)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/618XQVMTCCL.jpg)


They also have, "The Wold's Largest City":

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/55632/Worlds-Largest-City (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/55632/Worlds-Largest-City)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51EH6V13D9L.jpg)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on December 29, 2017, 10:49:49 PM
Here is a new magazine that came to my attention called, "Megadungeon" #1:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/227977/Megadungeon-1 (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/227977/Megadungeon-1)

(http://www.rpgnow.com/images/5597/227977.jpg)

The first issue of Megadungeon is upon us!

Dungeon adventures, NPC's, and resources suitable for any campaign! Dual-statted for B/X and 5e. Come explore Numenhalla, the god halls. Learn about the altars and the logos, see the ettercop lair.

Articles on the pillars of megadungeon play, and using 5e and the megadungeon!

Heavily illustrated by the talented OSR artists, Sam Mameli, Todd McGowan, and Kent Miller!
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on January 01, 2018, 03:46:14 PM
Here is a KickStarter for a new expansion to the "Castle of the Mad Archmage", MegaDungeon, called, "Musicland"!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brwgames/castle-of-the-mad-archmage-musicland (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brwgames/castle-of-the-mad-archmage-musicland)

(https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/019/683/861/f28fdb670a2c211fe2be841a5945dc66_original.png?crop=faces&w=1024&h=576&fit=crop&v=1514090696&auto=format&q=92&s=4907070156f86d207021ae49bbd1c8db)
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on March 05, 2018, 10:26:29 AM
Here is a megadungeon from Red Box Vancouver, called, "Dungeon Full of Monsters" it is currently on sale as well:

https://www.rpgnow.com/product/221032/Dungeon-Full-of-Monsters (https://www.rpgnow.com/product/221032/Dungeon-Full-of-Monsters)

(https://www.rpgnow.com/images/4483/221032.jpg)

The Dungeon is Modular
The megadungeon is composed of 50 individual sections, separated into 5 different levels. You can assemble these in any configuration you like, either randomly or not, either before the campaign or on-the-fly in play. You can also use these sectiosn on their own, without reference to the larger dungeon itself.

And Full of Monsters
The second half of the book contains dozens of monsters, illustrated in full colour, often with multiple variations and types. Combined with the unique monsters located in specific dungeon sections, this book contains over 150 different monster stat blocks. There are criminal organizations, insane cultists, meddling deities, evil wizards, undead kings, infernal demons and other invaders from beyond the stars, numerous unspeakable horrors and arcane beasts, and even a few rival adventurers. Use these monsters with this dungeon or any other.
Title: Re: Megadungeons
Post by: Maegnarval on April 16, 2018, 09:55:36 PM
2nd of Issue of Megadungeon on RPGnow:

The Second issue of Megadungeon is upon us!

Dungeon adventures, NPC's, and resources suitable for any campaign! Dual-statted for B/X and 5e. Come explore the hunting halls of Tethys. See the dark iron horror. Feel the chains of sorrow.

Articles on actual megadungeon play in the osr, as well as disscussing innovative wandering monster tables.

Heavily illustrated by the talented OSR artists, Sam Mameli, Todd McGowan, and Kent Miller!

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/231158/Megadungeon-2 (http://www.rpgnow.com/product/231158/Megadungeon-2)

(http://www.rpgnow.com/images/5597/231158.jpg)