Jan 242012


With the announcement of 5e, I thought I would visit one of the best RPG adventures of all time.  The Temple of Elemental Evil.

The Temple of Elemental Evil is an adventure module for the fantasy role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, set in the game’s World of Greyhawk campaign setting. The module was published by TSR, Inc in 1985 for  1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules. It was written by Gary Gygax and Frank Mentzer. The Temple of Elemental Evil is also the title of a related 2001 Thomas M. Reid novel and an Atari computer game.

If you have played tabletop rpg’s like Dungeons and Dragons, then at some point you have had the chance to play through the adventure “Temple of Elemental Evil”.  I was first introduced to it over at my friend Art Z’s house when I first started playing D&D 2nd Edition.  I was a newbie (new player) to the D&D universe, and my only exposure to tabletop gaming had been to see a TV movie called Mazes and Monsters with a young Tom Hanks.  I told the guys I wanted to play something simple until I was more comfortable with the rules.  Well from that first foray into D&D and various other rpg games, I was hooked.  The adventure pitted you and 4 others against the untold horrors of a Temple created to venerate the mad God Iuz and his demon consort Zuggotmoy.  The adventure begins in the eponymous village of Hommlet, situated near the site of a past battle against evil forces operating from the Temple.

Thinking about the adventure helped me to remember every aspect of it that I played through, the number of times we stopped to rest and memorize spells after each fight, the loot we got from the guys we defeated or the chests we opened (the ones that the rogue disarmed the traps for…lol). Some of us got magical weapons, some got magic scrolls, and If I remember correctly, the wizard in the  party found a couple of spell books that could be useful.  The amount of loot was almost equal to the amount of danger that you and your friends faced.  A good GM (Game Master) could either make or break your character depending on what you decided to do during the adventure.

You could never finish the adventure in one sitting.  It took several sessions just to get past the first two levels.

About Raymond Terry

I am a geek and I revel in my geekiness...I like video game and tabletop roleplaying games. I like reading scifi, mystery and action/adventure/suspense novels. I like movies that stick to those genres as well with a smattering of comedy thrown in. I LOVE Japanese Anime and I am getting into some of the Japanese Drama shows as well. I live in Durham, NC with my family and after a brief hiatus, have gotten back into the tabletop gaming scene.

  3 Responses to “Temple of Elemental Evil”

  1. Great module! Still have a copy on my shelf!

  2. Actually my group is playing this one right now. We had our first 3 session and the charakters where on the way to the moat house when… some things got bad. They were rescued by some NPCs from the Welcome Wench – not nice guys so there will some heavy payback for this deed.

    Love ToEE!

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