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For many, the Temple of the Frog is synonymous with Blackmoor. Over the years the Temple of the Frog has been presented in many published versions. DA2: “Temple of the Frog” (), by Dave Arneson and David J. Ritchie, is the second of the four Blackmoor adventure. It was published in. Temple of the Frog (Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor) [Harley Stroh] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For thirty years, no name has been more.

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The Zoo Adventure is however a bad frlg of the Dungeon adventure, in the same way Machiavelli in his Discourses on Livy saw the the Tyranny as a bad form of the Monarchy.

The players still remember the day when Dave Arneson placed a large ceramic frog from his mother’s garden on the gaming table.

I resolved to overcome my bias against monstrous frogs. Infiltrate and assassinate frpg leaders of the Frog Brothers – This seems to be the idea that Arneson thr, given that his rewrite of the adventure features a lot of speculation on what happens if the party tries various infiltration methods and an NPC backup team – presumably replacement PCs who might rescue the party when they fail? Or act as super heroes vs common troops using Chainmail? I should also add that for it’s poor descriptions, “Temple of the Frog” does use non-standard monsters well sometimeseven if giant frogs and frog men aren’t novel these days, they were in Ritchie[1] [2] with cover art by Denis Beauvais [1] and interior art by Mark Nelson.

A third category is the ‘Maze Adventure’ or perhaps just the trap dungeon trap house? Gus L April 27, at ToH was drafted and written in part as a response to the request of a player of Arneson’s named Stephen Rocheford Stephen the Rock to play a social engineering alien character similar to a Star Trek character who was an earth professor who used his knowledge of history to take over a planet.


I simply could not believe Temple of th Frog. Archived from the original on The new Monster Manual delivered a treasury of creatures—with pictures!

As a product “Temple of the Frog” is not good. The Temple of the Frog merely describes a place. The first published dungeon, Palace of the Vampire Queenincludes enough background to weave a save-the-princess story. Newer Post Older Post Home. This is very interesting from a historical prospective, even if I don’t really find much use in game history, and in thinking about writing this review I was somewhat excited to see what is in “Temple of the Frog” that one might style recognize as the ancestor for standards, mechanics and ways for playing and producing location based adventures today.

Robin Irwin May tejple, at These frogs were bred and genetically improved over time until some special breeds grew to enormous size.

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Is it possible that the TOF as published was intended to be sparsely detailed? Gus that was a really interesting read! From your post I assume you are not a grognard.

Retrieved from blacmoor https: It is tejple to the Referee to create a reason for players going there, and that is exactly what Arneson did when he ran it.

This is described in the First Fantasy Campaign. I don’t know, but it’s got a keyed dungeon with maps and room descriptions.

Especially in the s! Over the years the Temple of the Frog has been presented in many published versions. DHBoggs April 28, at 8: Played by Stephen Rocheford, Rocheford and Arneson worked together to create this character as a humanoid alien with ties to extra terrestrial forces and technnology.

I’ve been planning on posting some of the things I had ‘done’ to Blackmoor in my campaigns on my own blog, but I’ll share a bit here. Retrieved on November 26, Gus L April 29, at The history of the Temple of the Frog goes back to its first appearance in Dave Arneson’s original campaign in the early s. These include the following: If so, then isn’t the adventure a success? Pages using deprecated image syntax All stub articles.


No wonder this adventure vexed a generation of players. That I am thinking this shows the inherent war-game roots of “Temple of the Frog” peeking through and making me think about the logistics of this cult garrison state.

Now, it’s up to the PCs to infiltrate the Temple, discover its secrets, and in general do what adventurers do. He enjoys instant communication with ring-bearing henchmen. Both give a pretty good idea of how folks played circa This would present difficulties given the magical power of the temple to disappear sliding sideways in time with an illusion making it appear as if the building turned into a frog and leaped off into the swampmeaning that infiltration and subterfuge are the ideal means of invading the temple.

This is unlikely to work, but if you want a pitched battle with lots of moving parts followed by a war-game in some tight corridors have at it.

A History of the Temple of the Frog

Unfortunately, it is not true to say that Arneson was a frequent visitor to the area at that time. This second module takes place 30 years after the defeat of St. Whether that was the true inspiration or not, Arneson did take that ceremic frog and put it on the gaming table when running the adventure.

I don’t follow — what’s the significance of whether ToH was written prior to TotF’s publication?