Last year, I blogged about four overlooked classic TSR modules I thought you should run as soon as you can. While reorganising Raging Swan Press’s Global HQ, I made a serendipitous discovery that immediately forced me to write this—a somewhat related—blog post!
There are loads of well known high-level adventures: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, Tomb of Horrors and so on. Such modules are part of the fabric of the hobby; everyone’s played them. However, in the good old days TSR released scores of other high-level adventures; many are nowhere near as famous as the aforementioned modules. That does’t mean they aren’t good!
For me, though, one old classic high-level adventure stands head and shoulders above the others.
CM 1: Test of the Warlords
Test of the Warlords by Douglas Niles, is my all-time favourite overlooked high-level classic from the good old days.
I ran this adventure twice: once for myself during a long summer holiday (my characters did—unsurprisingly—very well) and once for my school chums. In fact, I love this adventure so much I picked up another copy when my first fell apart.
Designed for the Companion Rule set, the adventure opens when the 15th-level PCs travel to Norwold in answer to King Ericall’s summons. The king wants the PCs to help settle the wild borderland of his new kingdom and he gifts each a small barony.
Without wanting to spoil the adventure—because you really should run it—high jinks inevitably ensue over the following two game years. The PCs are not the only adventurers summoned to the frontier and some of their peers are far from pure-hearted. Of course, monsters already claim much of the borderlands—and they must be subjugated—and even worse than that, the PCs’ domains get caught up in the intrigues and machinations between two great empires.
It’s a great adventure. Think of it as a high-level Kingmaker adventure path. I highly recommend you grab a copy today. Amazingly, as well as being available on Ebay it’s also available at Amazon (which given it was published in 1984 surprises and delights me somewhat).
And the even better news? If you really like Test of the Warlords you’ll be delighted to know it’s the first in a series of linked adventures!
- 4 Overlooked Classic TSR Modules You Should Run
- 2 More Overlooked Classic TSR Modules You Should Run
Already Played It?
Have you already played Test of the Warlords? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Alternatively, is there a better, forgotten high-level adventure out there? Let me know in the comments below!