My physical copy of Stonehell just arrived in the mail!
I’ve been enjoying the .pdf copy so far, but now I’ve got the physical to add to my collection. Stonehell Dungeon: Into the Heart of Hell now takes its rightful place among my megadungeons.
Stonehell Dungeon: Into the Heart of Hell is on sale now at Michael Curtis’ Lulu.com site and contains the final five levels for his wonderful megadungeon. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. The first volume, Stonehell Dungeon: Down Night-Haunted Halls, captured my imagination when I first saw it. The layout is a very user-friendly style that borrows from the OSR’s One Page Dungeon concept, striking a great balance of content without becoming unwieldy. This is my kind of dungeon, that mixes the fantastic with the logical, with the story of Stonehell unfolding through exploration, always just beneath the surface but not controlling the game. I cannot wait to crack open the new volume and see what waits below.
On Curtis’ Lulu page you can find both volumes of Stonehell in print and .pdf versions, as well as a free sample of the first level and a free expansion. There’s also an inexpensive .pdf with additional adventures in and around the dungeon. You can find it all here.
Today has been a good day for my love of megadungeons.
First there has been an update on the upcoming publication of the Castle of the Mad Archmage. The Castle is a megadungeon that lives up to the name, stretching over 12 levels in depth. The dungeon is the brainchild of Joseph Bloch who writes The Greyhawk Grognard blog and was originally designed for use with Labyrinth Lord making it easily adaptable to any old school Dungeons & Dragons rules set. Bloch built and released the castle for free through his blog and it became one of the banner projects of the Old School Renaissance. Bloch eventually took down the files so he could renovate the Castle for a professional release using the Adventures Dark & Deep rules. It’s been a long road since then, but now it looks like we’ll be seeing the final product early next year via BRW Games.
I have the original release and it’s a fun read filled with the kind of traps, monsters, and magic we’d hope for from an OSR dungeon. The Castle of the Mad Archmage is a book that should be on the shelf of any dungeon master and I’m looking forward to adding it to mine.
The second event today was the arrival of my copy of Stonehell Dungeon: Down Night-Haunted Halls. This is the first volume of another celebrated OSR megadungeon, covering six levels of a vast underground complex.
Stonehell was created by Michael Curtis, who writes The Society of Torch, Pole, and Rope blog and has released several products for Goodman Games, including The Dungeon Alphabet which has entertained my whole family. Stonehell is also designed using Labyrinth Lord and makes extensive use of the “one page dungeon” model, allowing for a lot of content to be put into the book. The dungeon features a modular design giving it an exceptional amount of flexibility, allowing the dungeon master to pull out pieces of the dungeon for individual use, replace them with his or her own creations, or expand on them easily. A second volume is in the works and there are two supplementary sections available in .pdf format, one for free. They can be found on Curtis’ Lulu site.
I’ve been looking forward to picking this book up for a while and the recent fall sale from Lulu.com was the perfect opportunity. I can’t wait to crack it open and see what secrets it holds.