Dungeons and Dragons Online plans on bringing a 1979 module to life

This year promises to be a busy one for the developers and playerbase of Dungeons and Dragons Online, at least if this week’s producer’s letter is any indication. There’s a whole lot packed into a handful of paragraphs, but perhaps the most intriguing is a plan to bring a classic D&D module from the ’70s into the game in 2018.

“It’s White Plume Mountain, a classic 1979 dungeon that was also recently brought to 5th Edition in the Tales from the Yawning Portal book,” the studio said. “We’ll be giving this intense test of skill the DDO treatment later this summer in an adventure pack that will also feature several other stand-alone dungeons themed around wizards and their arcane environments.”

Other plans on tap for this year include a return to Eberron with this spring’s Update 38, the 12th anniversary event, third Artificer and Favored Soul trees, an overhaul of the Druid, an update to the Treasure of the Crystal Cove event, and more support for sentient weapons. The studio also hinted at a “big announcement” that it was saving for later this year. Any guesses as to what this may be?

Source: Official forums. Cheers, DDOCentral!
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Mr Poolaty

You’re gonna need to kill live things like they did back in the day that our parents worried about. In a plot twist you’ll need to use augmented reality via smart phones!

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Bango on Laurelin

SSG. Kindly also bring to DDO:
1. The Village of Homlet.
2. The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh, and
3. Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth
Thank you.

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NeoWolf

I’m all for putting some of the old modules into the game as their were some awesome ones but if they are going to do it they shouldn’t pick from the middle of a story arc set until they have done the start of the set.

White Plume Mountain was S2 the second in the series following the first in the series which was Tomb of Horrors S1, which was an AWESOME deathtrap dungeon module they would have been better off starting there. if not only because it would fit DDO fantastically as it has most of the features necessary for it already made.

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Celestia

Such great memories playing this module!

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camren_rooke

Isn’t this the one with aliens?

I ain’t giving no spoiler tag on a forty year old game! *shakes fist

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Crowe

Isn’t this the one with Blackrazor, the Wave, and the Whelm? I remember reading the Elric series later and thinking Stormbringer was a ripoff… (it was probably a decade later I realized it was the other way around)

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NeoWolf

I think your thinking of the Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module which is actually the third in that series (S3) and comes after White Plume Mountain. It used a lot of stuff from the post apocalypse Gamma World game TSR also did (also great).

Aliens would also make an appearance in 2nd edition fantasy AD&D via the Tales of the Comet box set.

And then you have Spelljammer, which was another take on aliens of a fashion

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Paragon Lost

Yeah, was set in the World of Greyhawk originally. Though as with any TSR module you could easily adapt it to any game world. It was really one of the big modules of the time when it came out that gave me more ideas of melding science fiction and fantasy as a GM/DM.

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zoward

White Plume Mountain was easily one of the best of the store-bought dungeons we played back in the day, and the overall favorite of our group back when I used to DM. It was a great module! “Intense Test of Skill” might be a stretch though – I’d reserve that title for Tomb of Horrors.

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Hope

Tome of Horrors isn’t a test of skill. It’s a test of your tolerance for mixing memorization with metagaming and of your ability to roll a save.

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flyingltj

Standing Stone can call me when they get permission to re-release Asheron’s Call. Till then I’ll keep hitting the snooze button.

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gamingforfun

There is more content coming in 2018; the Producer’s Letter only mentions the Spring and Summer quarterly updates. The “Big Announcement” is probably about the Fall or Winter 2018 update.