“Dragons of Despair” is the first adventure in the “Dragonlance” adventure path, and the first part of the “Tales of Autumn Twilight” story arc. The adventure is. DL1 – Dragons of Despair. Submitted by: Submitted by Migrate Wizard on Last modified: Author: Tim. Version: With Dragons of Despair, TSR launched the Dragonlance property, and we moved into a new era of D&D. It’s really hard to understate how.

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Part of what makes Dragons of Despair and the entire Dragonlance series so memorable is the sheer amount of invention here. DL3 – Dragons of Hope. Demonheart – Chapter I.

Dragons of Despair has also been converted into the Neverwinter Nights computer game format. See more in readme file. It is a horizontally scrolling fighting game that represents the events of the module. In the jungle-covered subterranean ruins of Xak Tsaroth the player characters search for knowledge of the ancient gods of good, and first encounter the invading draconians.

Review of DL1: Dragons of Despair – Merric’s Musings

DL1 — Dragons of Despair”. Archived from the original on Dll1 a reason this module is in the hall of fame. Dark Sun Dark Sun: Archer, Peter; et al. The real problems with the Dragonlance adventures would appear in later adventures, with the next adventure, Dragons of Flame showing exactly what the perils were with the novels and adventure story going hand-in-hand… Dragons of Despair is available in pdf-format from dndclassics.


Once the adventure gets to Dragone Tsaroth, however, things get much better.

The artwork depicts a group of adventurers confronting a dragon. My only complaints that someone might have are these: This series provides a game version of the original Dragonlance storyline later told in the Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy of novels.

The scenario is the first of an epic series set on the world of Krynn.

This is done through a magnificent eight-stanza poem, the Canticle of the Dragon, most likely written by Michael Williams who was working as an editor drabons TSR at the time, and, indeed, edited this adventure.

The adventure ends with the PCs recovering the Disks of Mishakalallowing for the return of true clerics to Krynn for the first time in over years. The adaptation requires both the Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark expansion packs as well as the original game.

The basic plot of the adventure is that the player characters have returned to their hometown being apart for five years.

The story was told through both adventures and novels, and for the first time TSR were concentrating on telling a really big story through their products. This printing was available as two slip case sets, with Dragons of Despair included in Dragonlance Volume 1: Rise of the Runelords [ITA]. Valentine, Clark; Sean Macdonald Are you telling the same story in both? Steve Hampshire reviewed the scenario for Imagine magazine.


Search form Search this site. One thing Dragonlance did was really display what a talented team of artists dk1 do.

Review of DL1: Dragons of Despair

They worked especially well for the teenage me, back almost thirty years ago. They meet up with the bearer of the staff and eventually make their way with her to Xak Tsaroth, where they learn that the gods are indeed real and they are returning to the world, with one of the characters becoming the first true cleric since the Cataclysm. This module corresponds to the events told in the first half of the novel Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Now with a detailed map of northern Abasinia. There was a very clear desire to distance the adventure from the influences of Tolkien. DL1 – Dragons of Despair.