“Dragons of Despair” is the first adventure in the “Dragonlance” adventure path, and the first part of the “Tales of Autumn Twilight” story arc. The adventure is. DL1 – Dragons of Despair. Submitted by: Submitted by Migrate Wizard on Last modified: Author: Tim. Version: With Dragons of Despair, TSR launched the Dragonlance property, and we moved into a new era of D&D. It’s really hard to understate how.

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There are a number of clues pointing the characters towards Xak Tsaroth, from which the Blue Crystal Staff came, but my experience running it is that the players are quite lost at the beginning. Wizards of the Coast. The artwork aside from the cover is good and usable in the adventure. Create new account Request new password. Dwspair, and dragons have also returned to the world, and a great army is now conquering their land! Part of what makes Dragons of Despair and the entire Dragonlance series so memorable is the sheer amount of invention here.

The basic plot of the adventure is that the player characters have returned to their hometown being apart for five years.

DL1 – Dragons of Despair

Kirchoff, Maryed. Keep on the Borderlands NWN2 edition. Archer, Peter; et al. This is done through a magnificent eight-stanza poem, the Canticle of the Dragon, most likely written by Michael Williams who was working as an editor at TSR at the time, and, indeed, edited this adventure. The cover of Dragons of Despairwith art by Clyde Caldwell. Dragonlance got a lot of things wrong, as is to be expected of any ground-breaking product, but it dl a lot of things right as well.

However, the release of those books cast a long shadow over the adventure modules. These days, I can see what Tracy Hickman was aiming for — my comprehension aided a lot by reading how the initial stages proceed in the novel — but the first section of the adventure definitely has its problems. The module has a lot of new features; It has multiple henchmen support up to six henchmenenhanced AI, response to spoken commands, a new random treasure system, henchmen inventory control and henchmen level up system with xp.


Rise of desapir Runelords [ITA]. Skip to main content. Hickman designed a large section of the local countryside for the initial section of the adventure.

The real problems with the Dragonlance adventures would appear in later adventures, with the next adventure, Dragons of Flame showing exactly what the drzgons were with the novels and adventure story going hand-in-hand… Dragons of Despair is available in pdf-format from dndclassics.

Conan Chronicles 2 – The Zamorian Chronicles. There’s a reason this module is in the hall of fame. They meet up with the bearer of the staff and eventually make their way with her to Dragohs Tsaroth, where they learn that the gods are indeed real and they are returning to the world, with one of the characters becoming the dragonx true cleric since the Cataclysm. In January and February there were small teaser advertisements—each less than a quarter page—in Dragon magazine, simply showing the Dragonlance logo and the text “coming soon”.

They worked especially well for the teenage me, back almost thirty years ago. The module also includes — of all things — a song!

Review of DL1: Dragons of Despair

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The Genie’s Curse Birthright: My teenage self was still able to work out where they should have been, and rather enjoyed playing it and the other music that would come in later modules. The Keep of Shadowfell and Thunderspire Labrynth.

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Dragkns – Dragons of Hope. Retrieved from ” https: A series of wilderness encounters are used to direct the PCs to find the Blue Crystal Staff and take it to the ancient ruined city of Xak Tsaroth. Welcome to the world of Krynn, a popular Dragonlance setting. Further, spell casting has a high chance of failure, and healing is rare.


The real problems with the Dragonlance adventures would appear in later adventures, with the next adventure, Dragons of Flame showing exactly what the perils were with the novels and adventure story going hand-in-hand…. The adaptation requires both the Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark expansion packs as well as the original game.

This page was last edited on 17 Marchat Tracy Hickman is the designer of this adventure and the entire Dragonlance series was his idea although aided by many other TSR staff along the way. The Gorgon’s Alliance Planescape: A Dance with Rogues Part Two. DL1 – Dragons of Despair v4.

A review by Graham Staplehurst in White Dwarf magazine, issue 60, gave the module an 8 out of 10 overall, and noted that the lack of things such as gold and clerics in the adventure world “don’t destroy the feel of the scenario, whilst creating a very novel atmosphere”. One of the things it got absolutely right was the trilogy of accompanying novels. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

There was a very clear desire to distance the adventure from the influences of Tolkien. How about my thoughts on the actual module, though? It is a horizontally scrolling fighting game that represents the events of the module.

Now with a detailed map of northern Abasinia. You can start with a group of first level characters. I think what makes this setting very unique is that it is much like Faerun, except that there are no gods left.