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The Ruined Tower of Zenopus

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NOW WITH A DUNGEON MAP FILE SUITABLE FOR USE IN ROLL20........!!!



THE RUINED TOWER OF ZENOPUS is a fifth edition (5E) conversion of the ground-breaking introductory adventure for Dungeons & Dragons that served as a DM aid in the first D&D Basic Set, released by TSR in 1977. This set included a 48-page rulebook covering the first three levels of play, and was skillfully edited by Dr. J. Eric Holmes from the original 1974 D&D rules written by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

Holmes advanced the "Sample Dungeon" concept by writing a new thematic dungeon with a strong backstory, creating an adventure that has remained a fan favorite over the decades. Officially, its only title is "Sample Dungeon" but colloquially it goes by various names based on Zenopus, the doomed wizard who built the dungeon under his tower.

An adventure for 1st to 2nd level characters; four pregenerated characters are included. Also includes ideas for using it as an adventure site in Ghosts of Saltmarsh.


NOTE: Using this conversion requires a copy of the original dungeon found in the (1977) Basic D&D rulebook. However, Wizards of the Coast has provided a free pdf of this dungeon since 2008 on their website, see the first page of the pdf for the link.


CONTENTS:

Introduction, page 2
The Setting, page 3 (Includes a sample map of Portown & Environs)
About the Dungeon, page 4 (Includes a Table of Wandering Monsters)
Areas of the Dungeon, pages 5-11 (Includes two expanded areas)
Appendix A: Further Reading, page 11
Appendix B: Dungeon Factions, page 12
Appendix C: Portown Rumors, pages 13-15
Appendix D: Use with Ghosts of Saltmarsh, page 16-17
Appendix E: Pre-generated 1st level characters, page 18 (four 1st level characters)

Includes the following new monsters, NPCs, and Magic Items for 5E: Cleaning Cube, Veteran Smuggler, Thaumaturgist, Monstrous Sand Crab, Lemunda, Monstrous Rat, Brazen Head of Zenopus, Verminslayer Longsword, Lesser Wand of Petrification, Scroll of Stone to Flesh


JUNE 2020 UPDATE:

The Ruined Tower of Zenopus was featured as part of the "D&D Classics" column in Issue #32 of Dragon+ magazine! Go to dragonmag.com or find the link on the Wikipeda page for Dragon magazine.


MAY 2020 UPDATE:

This now includes two separate map files (png images) drawn with Gridmapper. One is a DM's Map with the room letters shown. The other is a Player's Map with the room letters removed. Each is very large (8400 pixels by 8190) in order to optimize them for use in a VTT (particularly Roll20). They are also printable but may use a lot of ink or toner for the black background. I hope to add a print-friendly verison in the future

Dungeon Master's Map for the Ruined Tower of Zenopus


CREDITS:

Original Dungeon: J. Eric Holmes
Conversion & Additional Content: Zach Howard
Content Review/Editing: Scott McKinley
Format: Derived from the "Adventure Template for Open Office/LibreOffice” by Dale Robbins on DMs Guild
Cover Art: "Italian Coast Scene with Ruined Tower" by Thomas Cole, 1838. Open Access Image from the National Gallery of Art at images.nga.gov
Portown & Environs Map: Zach Howard
Version 1.0, January 2020


Additional Dungeon Map files: Zach Howard, May 2020, using Gridmapper

 
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Joe C June 24, 2020 4:59 pm UTC
Ok I'm confused. It says it requires the original version but the map is included now. So what's missing? Does this adventure not include "room descriptions"?
Is it just 5e stats for monsters and magic items?
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Zach H June 25, 2020 8:03 pm UTC
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Hi. Thanks for your interest and sorry for the confusion. With the recent addition of the map, the need for the original is lessened, but you'll still need it if you want to read the full introduction/backstory for the dungeon, and the full room descriptions. The conversion does include "room descriptions" in the form of boxed text listing out what is seen when the room is entered, something the original lumped together with DM information.
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Joel C June 19, 2020 10:17 pm UTC
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I'm excited to run this on Roll20 - however, I can't get the grid lines to match up. does anyone know what pixel size each grid is?
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Zach H June 20, 2020 4:52 pm UTC
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Great to hear that!

I tried to optimize the map for use in Roll20 by making the image a multiple of 70 pixels, which is the default in Roll20. So the map image is exactly 8400 pixels in width, and it is 60 squares wide, so each square is 140 pixels wide. I have some detailed instructions on my blog that I will put in the next comment.
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Zach H June 20, 2020 4:55 pm UTC
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Here are the steps I used when I was doing my final test in Roll20. (This will create four 5' squares within each 10' square on the map)

-Create a New Game. The Zoom should be set to 100% by default, but set it to that if not.

-Click on the Page Toolbar icon. There should be a Page called "Start". Hover your mouse over it and a gear will appear to the left titled "Page Settings". Click and a "Page Settings" menu will open. Change the Settings as follows:

-Under "Page Size", set the Width to 60 and the Height to 58.5. Under "Cell Width", change the size from 1 to 0.5.

-Leave the Page Toolbar by clicking on the page called "Start". Now go to the toolbar on the left, and click on the "pin" icon (second from top). A menu will open. Change from Objects and Tokens to "Maps and Background". If you don't do this, your map will import as a token and the grid will not overlay the map....See more
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Joel C June 23, 2020 7:46 pm UTC
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That looks great, thank you!
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4552250139547702 A April 16, 2020 9:13 pm UTC
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Where is the dungeon map?
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Zach H April 18, 2020 3:52 am UTC
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Hi, the dungeon map can be found in the original product (the Sample Dungeon from the 1977 Basic Rulebook) for which this is a conversion of. Wizards has a free pdf of the Sample Dungoen on their website, the link can be found on the first page of the conversion. Here it is for quick reference: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/Basic_1977.pdf
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Zach H May 25, 2020 8:03 pm UTC
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As indicated above, the files for this product now include two separate map files (png images) drawn with Gridmapper. One is a DM's Map with the room letters shown. The other is a Player's Map with the room letters removed. Each is very large (8400 pixels by 8190) in order to optimize them for use in a VTT (particularly Roll20). They are also printable but may use a lot of ink or toner for the black background. I hope to add a print-friendly verison in the future.
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Ed S February 11, 2020 4:18 am UTC
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I was reserved in purchasing this since many conversions lacked many of the aspects that made the original so great..... I am pleasantly surprised that this product is well worth the money spent, especially with all the bonuses gained with the appendixes. I was going to do a conversion of this myself for personal use, but there is no need to now... Thank You!
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Zach H February 23, 2020 3:29 pm UTC
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You are welcome, and thank you for the positive comments!
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Evan D January 26, 2020 9:15 pm UTC
The link to the Holmes Basic PDF appears to be dead.
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Zach H January 26, 2020 9:29 pm UTC
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I don't think the link is live in the PDF.
Try copying it from here into your browser:
http://www.wizards.com/dnd/files/Basic_1977.pdf

Note it is just the Sample Dungeon, not the whole Holmes Basic rulebook.

Thanks for the interest!
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Demos S January 25, 2020 7:27 pm UTC
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There's a lot of value for the money, packed into this 5E take on the classic dungeon. Perfect as an introductory adventure, the material lends itself well to any coastal setting. The tie-in to the recently published "Ghosts of Saltmarsh" is a nice touch.

I really like the appendices, particularly the expanded rumor table, which really gets the imagination rolling. The product actually doubles as a mini-urban setting, as I can easily envision some exciting town adventures, in between excursions to the dungeon. The four pregens are handy as NPCs, also.
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Zach H January 25, 2020 7:40 pm UTC
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Thanks for the purchase & review, Demos!
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