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Rappan Athuk (Swords & Wizardry)

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The Granddaddy of All Dungeons Returns!

Rappan Athuk, the legendary mega-dungeon by Frog God Games and Necromancer Games is nothing more and nothing less than a good, old–fashioned, First Edition dungeon crawl updated for the Swords & Wizardry system. Very difficult, Rappan Athuk will truly strike fear into the hearts of the most stalwart adventurers. It offers legions of inventive traps, tricks, strange features, and monsters—many of them never before seen. It affords numerous opportunities for roleplaying, but anyone willing to brave these subterranean halls better arrive ready to rumble, or their lives will be short indeed. Many, many players have lost favored PCs delving into the depths of this dungeon, all the while giggling like children and having the time of their lives. Hundreds, if not thousands of players have combed the halls of Rappan Athuk over the years, seeking treasure and fame, making it one of the best-known dungeon locations the game has ever produced. Even players who have never entered its halls know the term: “Don’t go down the Well!”

An adventure for 4 – 6 PCs
Character Levels 1 – 20
Authors: Bill Webb, Matt Finch, Clark Peterson, WDB Kenower, Greg Raglund, Greg Vaughan, and Skeeter Green

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This is the real deal, original big daddy dungeon. I am so proud to have been a part of its original incarnation with Necromancer Games. Heck, wanting to publish Rappan Athuk was one of the reasons I founded Necromancer in the first place and found my old gaming buddy, Bill Webb, so that we could do it. And here it is over 10 years after Necro was founded and Rappan Athuk is still the best, most old school killer dungeon you can find.

One of our greatest GenCon tshirts for Necro had the slogan "Who's Your Daddy?" on it. Originally, the answer was--obviously--Orcus. But now I think I have to give it up to Bill Webb, the Frog God. You guys are really kicking a$$ over there at FGG, buddy! Keep up the great work everyone!

Layout and Design, Frog God Games

Thanks for the props, Clark! :)


Clark Peterson wrote:


One of our greatest GenCon tshirts for Necro had the slogan "Who's Your Daddy?" on it.

I still have mine!

Thanks for the kind words, Clark. One more of the products that would never have been available if not for the foresight of you and Bill. From all of us gamers, thanks much.

Skeeter


Just curious -- did one person do the 0E conversion, or did each author convert their own piece?

Shadow Lodge

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hogarth - The majority of the dungeon was originally written in 1E, which is very VERY similar to Swords & Wizardry: Complete Rules. And Matt Finch stated on his blog that:

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I'm doing two main tasks that are linked to each other. The first of these is simply writing several new levels (9-10). As a matter of keeping the feel of Rappan Athuk, it makes sense to retain the dungeon's original method of writing for the original rules, and then for the newer edition version, adapting the original-rules feel into the parameters of the newer system. All of the underlying design of Rappan Athuk has been done using 1e rules and design principles, and having parts of it that are designed using newer rule sets could conceivably create some areas that simply don't feel like Rappan Athuk. That isn't to say that for the Pathfinder version the dungeon won't be designed to work with the Pathfinder rules and design principles, but it means that, like the old 3e versions of Rappan Athuk, there will be the underlying dynamics of a true old-school dungeon.

Now I'm not sure that everyone that worked on it did their levels the same way...one of the frogs would have to answer that for you. But the majority of the dungeon was converted from 1E/S&W to Pathfinder, not the other way around.


Kthulhu wrote:
Now I'm not sure that everyone that worked on it did their levels the same way...one of the frogs would have to answer that for you. But the majority of the dungeon was converted from 1E/S&W to Pathfinder, not the other way around.

Maybe I'm misreading this product description. Is this for 0E D&D or for Swords & Wizardry? And is there really little or no conversion being done for the 0E version?


hogarth wrote:
Kthulhu wrote:
Now I'm not sure that everyone that worked on it did their levels the same way...one of the frogs would have to answer that for you. But the majority of the dungeon was converted from 1E/S&W to Pathfinder, not the other way around.
Maybe I'm misreading this product description. Is this for 0E D&D or for Swords & Wizardry? And is there really little or no conversion being done for the 0E version?

Some confusion here.

Bill designed the dungeon with the original rules decades ago. Then, it was converted to the 3rd edition rules. then 3.5. Now to Pathfinder. Additional levels were added at several stages, all with a 1st edition feel to them, but with whatever current ruleset was being used.

All of us at FGG come from a 1E background, more or less, so our writing styles mesh very well. When we have outside writers add additional material to one of our products, it generally gets tweeked a little to "fit", but always trying to maintain the author's intent.

As far as 0E, 1E, or whatever, there is a lot of interpretation of what rules are what rules. i am no authority on retro-clone rulesets.

what I can say for sure is that the bulk of Rappan Athuk this time was written and designed simultaneously using Swords and Wizardry rules and pathfinder rules. then, they were converted to the other ruleset (Greg Vaughn and I wrote in Pathfinder, Matt and Bill wrote in Swords and Wizardry). I converted most of Matt and Bill's stuff to Pathfinder, and Chuck, Aaron and John converted the Pathfinder stuff to S&W.

To say it was a large undertaking is an extreme understatement. Some business decisions would not be done the same way a second time, so it was a learning curve for us. But, I think the product will stand the test of time. I feel this is an EXCELLENT product for both systems, and one that I am proud to have worked on.

SG

PS I dont even know if that answered your question, but I got off on a tangent....


Skeeter Green wrote:
PS I dont even know if that answered your question, but I got off on a tangent....

I think it answered my questions except for this:

When it says "Rappan Athuk (0E)" in the product description, does that really mean "Rappan Athuk (Swords & Wizardry)"?


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Skeeter Green wrote:
PS I dont even know if that answered your question, but I got off on a tangent....

It answered some good questions, though - thanks. :)


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hogarth wrote:
Skeeter Green wrote:
PS I dont even know if that answered your question, but I got off on a tangent....

I think it answered my questions except for this:

When it says "Rappan Athuk (0E)" in the product description, does that really mean "Rappan Athuk (Swords & Wizardry)"?

I think it depends somewhat on what you think "0E" refers to. Personally, I take it as referring to a whole bunch of different "rulesets".

It's definitely written for Swords and Wizardry.

Cheliax

S&W is essentially 0E, I've logically equated them in my mind at least.

Osirion

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Yes, it is S&W.

Shadow Lodge

It's written specifically for Swords & Wizardry. However, you can use it with a LOT of different, very similar, rulesets with exceedingly minimal conversion.

You could easily run it with any of the following:

Original Dungeons & Dragons
Basic Dungeons & Dragons
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Lamentations of the Flame Princess
Labyrinth Lord
OSRIC

Hell, even AD&D 2E wouldn't be too much of a stretch.

And I appologize to the probably dozens of retro-clones that slipped my mind.

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