Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Grub

(note - I love this picture.  It has thrown more that one player into a state of catatonic fear upon a mere viewing.)

I was not aware of this, but at some point, Wizards of the Coast was giving away old Dungeons & Dragons modules from the 1980's for free.  Well, at least pdf copies.  This giveaway appears to have happened around 2000 to 2002.  I stumbled upon them today and was pleasantly surprised.

Of course this may be common knowledge and I'm the last on the boat.  For those who haven't seen them, they lie deep in the bowels of the WotC site.  There are four articles and (if I'm counting right) five modules:

B3. Palace of the Silver Princess

L2. The Assassin’s Knot

Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill

EX1-2. Dungeonland and The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror

So quick, sneak through the castle in the clouds and grab the goodies before the gruff giant wakes up, realizes what he's done, and locks them away.

Oh, and if you know of any more of these gems, please share the location.

- Ark


  1. I used to see all kinds of stuff online at Scribd.com and various other places, but not so much lately. They were blatant copyright violations. Time was, you could do a google search with "filetype:pdf" and whatever you were after and most of the time someone had posted a pirated copy somewhere on the web. I never use PtP programs but I imagine that would be a way to get stuff, at your own risk in temrs of viruses and legal issues! There is a French site that had a lot of iffy files (I assume IP laws may be different in France?) including tons of old magazines, but I don't remember the specifics. The same site had an OD&D discussion board.

    The only legal and ethical way to get old modules now is actual copies from places like Wayne's Books, eBay, Amazon, etc. or used book stores.

    On the other hand there are some interesting freebies at Dragonsfoot, including a sequel to the L series of modules that Assassin's knot belongs to, posted for free by Lekofka himself!

  2. Geek Gazette found a mess of more stuff at the Wizards site:


    Not all modules and more 2e than 1e but wow.

  3. Doh; that shoulda been:

  4. @mike - Awesome link. That will keep me busy for years. I never did the 2e thing, so I'm unfamiliar with a lot of this. I was highly offended that TSR would change my game like that. Not only that, but make pay for it without so much as a kiss or some Vaseline. Funny how things don't change - only the names of the companies that do them. :)


    - Ark