March 16, 2012

Introducing The Megadungeon Arena



Our Champions
Rappan Athuk Reloaded: Almost probably the only Megadungeon published in the 3e era that doesn't suck (but this is my humble point of view).
Stonehell: In which Michael Curtis brings the One Page Dungeon concept to a completely new dimension.
The Castle Of The Mad Archmage: One of the best fun-made Megadungeons available for free.
The Caverns Of Thracia: Representing the early days of the hobby.
The Mines Of Khunmar: Even if an early draft, I consider Stefan Poag Khunmar The Megadungeon by definition. Probably the only published one in which I'd feel comfortable running a campaign in.
Under Xylarthen's Tower: I consider this awesome little (free) module from JRients to totally fit in the category. It's fairly big, with lot or room for expansion, and basically a small sandbox on its very own.

There are many other Megadungeons around I left out from this competition: Dwimmermount, ASE, Barrowmaze, Palace Of The Vampire Queen, The Black City, White Rock Castle, Ruins Of Undermountain, Greyhawk Ruins, etc. I decided not to let them in either because they still have to be published, or I don't really know them, or they're too difficult to pick and refer for comparison. Or I find they're total shit and they don't qualify for this competition.

Rules Of The Game
In each post I discuss one particular aspect of these dungeons: Presentation, Background, Keys, Maps, Level Connections, Usability and Creativity. Then I set up a poll and you vote your favorite the one that best represent said aspect. At the end of the competition, I compile a PDF with all the entries and poll results and declare the Absolute Winner Of The Megadungeon Arena.

7 comments:

  1. OK, get to it. I'm trying to decide which megadungeon to use to kick off a new campaign :)

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  2. Wow! Undermountain doesn't rank in the top 5?!?

    I will admit the maps are a bit unwieldy, but for sheer size and customizable, it's the grand-daddy of megadungeons IMHO. I have both box sets in my collection. #2 wasn't so good, but #1 is cool.

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  3. No love for Barrowmaze? I haven't read/run it but I've heard great things

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  4. Here's hoping this idea didn't wither and die.

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  5. Nother than a great name, Undermountain doesn't have much going for it.

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