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Classic Modules Today: I3-5 Desert of Desolation (5e)

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In 1987, TSR published the supermodule named “Desert of Desolation” with the module code “I3-5”. It was a compilation and expansion of the original three modules; Pharaoh, Oasis of the White Palm, and Lost Tomb of Martek. The original material was written by Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, and Philip Meyers, and expanded by Peter Rice and William John Wheeler. It was illustrated by Jim Holloway, Keith Parkinson, and Harry Quinn.  It consisted of a 128 page book, poster size wilderness map, and small map booklet.

In 2004, for the 30th anniversary of the Dungeons & Dragons game, Dungeon magazine ranked this module the 6th greatest adventure of all time.

This conversion guide allows DMs to run the original module with 5th Edition rules and provides a reference sheet for encounters.

To use this conversion guide you will need a copy of "I3-5 Desert of Desolation", originally available in hard-copy and now for sale in Digital format at DMsGuild.com.

"Classic Modules Today: B4 The Lost City" contains the OpenOffice/LibreOffice source files used to create this PDF. Visit Classicmodulestoday.com for instructions on creating your own classic module conversions and selling them on the DMs Guild.

Updated to include page references for magic items.

 
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Aaron A March 04, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
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I may be wrong, but it seems as though some traps haven't been converted to 5e? Like crushing walls and falling block?
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Aaron A March 04, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
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Nevermind I see it now
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Jason O February 15, 2018 8:02 pm UTC
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Having purchased this, I have to admit, I'm a bit confused by the layout. Planned Encounters per chapter make sense, they are the direct conversion from the module. But almost every chapter has a listing of "Monsters" and I have no idea what this is meant to be? Sometimes it matches the room descriptions, other times it doesn't. What is this?
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Mark S February 26, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
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Hi Jason. The "Monsters" listing is simply a concise list of the monsters potentially encountered in that chapter, and is put there to help the you run the chapter by letting you know which monster stat blocks to have handy during play. You could go through the random and planned encounters and glean the list yourself, but I like to make the DM's job easier when I can.
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Daniel P January 11, 2018 5:37 am UTC
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if you want the maps, go here:

http://www.dmsguild.com/product/231017/I35-Desert-of-Desolation-Map-Resource-Kit

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