D&D Reviews

I've been putting up a lot of adventure reviews over time.  To help keep everything straight and do some calibration, I keep a list here, and how I rank them.

Plus, I want a place to circle back and re-score things over time - my opinions and rankings tend to change over time, or after a playtest.

SYSTEMS
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Adventurer Conqueror King
Feels like a modern update to classic D&D (especially the Mentzer editions) with a strong emphasis on economics, campaigning, and domains.  Highly recommended.
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ADVENTURE MODULES AND SOURCE BOOKS
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The Spire of Iron and Crystal  5 stars
Challenging trek through a weird wizard's tower with sci-fi themes.
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Tower of the Star Gazer:  5 stars
Playtested
Awesome introductory adventure, fresh take on the cliched wizard tower.
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Stonehell Dungeon:  Down Night-Haunted Halls 5 stars
Playtested
Proved that a printed megadungeon could be done, with style and utility, well ahead of the field.
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Death Love Doom 5 stars
Nightmare fuel abounds when characters try to loot this gruesome country estate.
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Realms of Crawling Chaos 5 stars
Bringing the tentacles and the Innsmouth Look to your neighborhood D&D game.
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The God That Crawls 4.5 stars
Trapped in a labyrinth and hunted by an implacable monster.
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Hammers of the God  4.5 stars
Playtested
The quintessential lost dwarven temple and tomb complex, with a dark secret.
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Lesserton and Mor  4.5 stars
Richly detailed adventurer's town and sprawling ruined city nearby

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Many Gates of the Gann 4 stars
Ape servitors guarding a super-weapon in a mad wizard's lab.

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The Grinding Gear:  4 stars
Playtested
Fresh take on the classic trap-filled dungeon built by a mad manipulator.
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Carcosa 4 stars
Bleak horror setting for D&D that blends sci-fi with Cthulhoid horrors

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The Monolith From Beyond Space and Time 4 stars
Your campaign will never be the same.

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Barrowmaze 3.5 stars
A sprawling labyrinth of crypts and ruins beneath a field of haunted barrow mounds, fun for any old school group to experience. Fantastic art.
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Red Tide Campaign Setting   3.5 stars
Clever system of using tags and social relationships for creating locations in a wide area sandbox - highly recommended.
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Blood Moon Rising: 3.5 stars
Playtested
Solid mix of time-based events, sandbox, random encounters, dungeons, and a tournament.
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The Nameless City:  3.5 stars
Evocative and inspirational approach to a classic pulp fantasy lost city.

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The Magnificent Joop Van Ooms 3 stars
The studio of an eccentric painter promises strangeness and adventure.

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The Inn of Lost Heroes:  3 stars
Horror - trapped in a haunted inn inspired by Silent Hill!
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The Hidden Serpent:  3 stars
Re-envisioning of the old B1 as an active fortress.
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The Obsidian Sands of Syncrates 3 stars
Playtestested
Control your own 300' tall gargantuan statue after clearing a small puzzle dungeon
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Rating Guide - The Beedometer:

5  Defining
This module turns a genre on its head, breaks creative new ground, and otherwise stands above the crowd.

4  Exemplary
Breaks creative new ground or demonstrates a level of effort far beyond what I'd do for the home game.

3  Good Effort
Worth buying!  Either a polished home brew or the start of something creative and new.

2  Home Brew
This adventure is something I'd expect a creative DM could home brew on their own; you're not missing anything.

1  I Want My Money Back
I try to be risk averse not to buy modules that could be in this category, but it happens from time to time.