Friday, May 5, 2023

So You Don't Have To

Loren Rosson, a regular reader of this blog and old school RPG fan, recently put together a ranking of twelve of the original fourteen Dragonlance modules published by TSR between 1984 and 1986 (leaving out only DL 5, Dragons of Mystery, which is a sourcebook, not an adventure, and DL 11, Dragons of Glory, which is a wargame). As I remarked to him when Loren first told me about this project, this is a difficult and thankless job. Despite my own decidedly negative feelings about the entire Dragonlance series, I nevertheless think there's great value in looking at these modules, since, for all my criticisms, a few of them contain genuinely imaginative elements. Likewise, they offer some insight into the changing face of TSR, D&D, and roleplaying games generally during the mid-1980s.

If this interests you at all, head on over to Loren's blog and take a look at what he has to say.


  1. I never managed to snag the modules, despite reading the books, but man, DL10 (Dragons of Dreams) sounds like it would be way more fun than it should be.

  2. My only disagreement with this fine ranking was Loren's statement that the railroading only revved up in DL2.

    The train had well and truly left the station in DL1.

  3. Interesting to see DL10 at number one, has some interesting ideas but looked completely impractical to run when I skimmed it a few years back.