When a Star Falls
The cover of the module
|Rules required||Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition|
|Character levels||3 - 5|
When a Star Falls is an adventure module for the first edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game published by TSR, Inc. in 1984. It was written by Graeme Morris and is intended for 6–10 player characters between levels 3–5.
The story begins with the characters searching for a fallen star. Challenges are presented along the way. This requires player characters (PCs) to deal with greedy derro, deceptive Sverfneblin and treacherous clerics.
The adventurers must return the fallen star to its rightful owner. The journey takes many twists and turns as the star's secrets are gradually revealed. The PCs have an encounter with a monster called a memory web on the moors south-east of the Tegefed mountains, and learn of a falling star that reached the earth. They are encouraged to find it and bring it to Shalfey, an Elder Sage of the Tower of the Heavens.
UK4: When a Star Falls was written by Graeme Morris, and published by TSR in 1984 as a 32-page booklet with two outer folders. This module, like all those of the U and UK series, was developed by the TSR UK division.
Rick Swan reviewed the adventure in The Space Gamer #73. Swan felt the entire UK series of modules had been high quality, and that this one was no exception. He suggested that the little "UK" symbol in the corner of certain TSR modules must be their secret code for quality. Swan felt the story of When a Star Falls is "rich enough to stand on its own," adding that designer Graeme Morris "goes out of his way to avoid the usual clichés ... the complex plot is easy to follow thanks to his crisp writing." Swan concluded that the adventure would hold the attention of even the most restless group of players, and that the adventure was "definitely worth checking out."
Chris Hunter reviewed the scenario for Imagine magazine. He started by pointing out his possible conflict of interest, given that the module was developed by his colleagues at TSR UK (which also published Imagine magazine). Hunter felt that the module was very good, providing a sound and interesting storyline and a suspenseful plot. Moreover, according to him, the module provides the dungeon master with all the information needed and it is presented in a clear and concise way, with errors minor or nonexistent. Looking hard for something to criticize, Hunter noted an "excessive use" of non-standard monsters (i.e. those from the Fiend Folio and Monster Manual II). He concluded the review by saying that "It may no longer be true for many products but as far as the UK series of AD&D modules goes, British is best!"
- Review: Footprints No. 3 (2004)
- Hunter, Chris (March 1985). "Game Reviews". Imagine (review) (TSR Hobbies (UK), Ltd.) (24): 41.
- Schick, Lawrence (1991). Heroic Worlds: A History and Guide to Role-Playing Games. Prometheus Books. p. 116. ISBN 0-87975-653-5.
- Swan, Rick (March–April 1985). "Capsule Reviews". The Space Gamer (Steve Jackson Games) (73): 36.
- Morris, Graeme; Mike Brunton (October 1983). "Dispel Confusion". Imagine (article) (TSR Hobbies (UK), Ltd.) (7): 32.
- United Kingdom Series (UK1 - UK7) at the Acaeum.com