Tomb of the Lizard King

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Tomb of the Lizard King
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Code I2
Rules required Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition
Character levels 5 - 7
Campaign setting Generic D&D
Authors Mark Acres
First published 1982
Linked modules
I1, I2, I3, I4, I5, I6, I7, I8, I9, I10, I11, I12, I13, I14

Tomb of the Lizard King is a D&D adventure module published in 1982 by TSR.[1] In Tomb of the Lizard King, the player characters are employed by the Count of Eor to investigate a monstrous force that has been terrorizing caravans and peasants near the village of Waycombe. The adventure is appropriate for large groups of characters of level 5-7, or smaller groups with higher levels.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

Tomb of the Lizard King is a three-part adventure involving a wilderness trek, a battle against brigands, and a foray into the tomb of the Lizard King.[1] Brigands have disrupted the southern trade routes, and the merchants are demanding that the Count of Eor put an end to the attacks. The Count put out the call for brave adventurers to put a stop to the raids and discover the power behind the attacks. Tomb of the Lizard King opens with a journey through the wilderness before the characters are led to the tomb of the Lizard King.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Tomb of the Lizard King was written by Mark Acres and illustrated by Jim Holloway and Jeff Easley.[1] It was published by TSR in 1982 as a 32-page booklet with an outer folder.[1] The module is part of the "Intermediate" series (I2) for the AD&D game, and was used as the tournament module at Origins 1980.[3] The adventure was edited by Michael Williams and illustrated by Harry J. Quinn. While Tomb of the Lizard King could originally be played in any setting, it has since been retroactively placed into the World of Greyhawk campaign setting. In an article by Gary Holian in Living Greyhawk Journal, No. 1, it was revealed that the County of Eor had been absorbed into the Kingdom of Keoland.[4]

Reception[edit]

Doug Cowie reviewed I2 favorably for Imagine magazine,[5] calling it a "one off exercise with various encounters occurring in widely differing settings" and praising the well-drawn maps.[5] Although he found the outline and "source of villainy" very similar to module N1, Cowie thought I2 was a better-presented adventure than N1 as it provides an "interesting setting, good NPCs, and some very dangerous underground encounters".[5]

Jim Bambra reviewed Tomb of the Lizard King for White Dwarf. He gave it a nine out of ten overall, calling it "a difficult adventure that was designed to test a party's mettle and playing skill".[2] While pre-rolled player characters are provided with the module, Bambra felt that it was worth using a player's own character because "there are some nice goodies to be had".[2] Bambra did note that the module was a victim of sloppy printing in places, but felt that the mistakes should be obvious enough to pose no problems to a competent Dungeon Master. He concluded by describing the module as "[a] good module for those who enjoy challenging gaming sessions with plenty of opportunity to be cautious, thoughtful and aggressive."[2]

In his 1991 book Heroic Worlds, Lawrence Schick calls the Lizard King "extremely nasty".[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books. p. 101. ISBN 0-87975-653-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bambra, Jim (Sep 1983). "Open Box". White Dwarf (Games Workshop) (45): 10–11. 
  3. ^ "Intermediate Series - The Acaeum". Retrieved July 15, 2014. "I2 Tomb of the Lizard King by Mark Acres" 
  4. ^ Holian, Gary (2000). "The Kingdom of Keoland". Living Greyhawk Journal (Paizo Publishing) 1. 
  5. ^ a b c Cowie, Doug (July 1983). "Game Reviews". Imagine (review) (TSR Hobbies (UK), Ltd.) (4): 38–39.