WWGD: What Would Gygax Do?

He’d probably kill you with a monsters that was created specifically to kill people who did the exact thing you just did. But this post isn’t about that sort of thing.

Recently, I came across a post over at Dyvers that linked to a forum post wherein someone asked this question of Gary Gygax: “Hey Gary, I was wondering if you could give me your thoughts on running an “All Gygax, all the time” campaign.”

He was basically asking Gary Gygax what order he would run his own modules in if he were running a campaign using nothing but his own modules.

Here is Gary’s list:

Keep on the Borderland
Village of Hommlet
Temple of Elemental Evil
Land beyond the Magic Mirror
Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth
Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun
Steading of the Hill Giant Chief
Glacial rift of the Frost Giant Jarl
Hall of the Fire Giant King
Mordenkainen’s Fantastic Adventure
Tomb of Horrors
Descent to the Depths of the Earth
Shrine of the Kuo-toa
Vault of the Drow
Isle of the Ape
(Necropolis, final portion)

Maybe Gygax was a more kind and forgiving dungeon master than I had previously imagined, because to me it seems silly to list several modules that you plan to play after Tomb of Horrors.

I inadvertently started down this path with my current campaign, since I plan to run the Temple of Elemental Evil after Keep on the Borderlands. I hadn’t really given any thought to what would happen after that. Probably because the glacial pace that my game is progressing at ensures that I will die of old age before my group gets anywhere close to finishing the Temple of Elemental Evil.

But still, this list is pretty cool.




4 thoughts on “WWGD: What Would Gygax Do?

  1. It would be interesting to see just how Gary would run the Temple of Elemental Evil and Tomb of Horrors. I wish there was more recorded footage of him running games in general, in fact.

    1. I’m familiar with most of these modules, but Isle of the Ape is one that I know nothing about. I’m very interested in reading a module that is more lethal than the Tomb of Horrors though. I will have to see if I can track down a copy of that one.

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