The Tomb of Horrors

Heh, heh, oh, man, Sphere of Annihilation in the statue’s mouth.
That never got old.

Gary Gygax — The Order of the Stick #536

A short post about syncronicity. Two months ago, a friend of mine posted on his facebook wall a nice map of one of the most known and hated Dungeons & Dragons modules, designed by Gary Gygax himself, The tomb of Horrors. He – my friend, not (the ghost of) Gygax – tagged me, assuming that I knew what it was that map (*).

Map of the Tomb of Horrors

In fact, I’m a Call of Cthulhu/Lovecraft frantic collector. I’ve also played D&D for many years (and I’ve spent some money on dozen of manuals, gazetteers and adventure modules) and I’ve often heard people talking about of this one, but I don’t own a copy. ToH was written by Gygax for the Origins 1 convention in 1975. It has been printed in 1978, adapting rules to AD&D, reprinted twenty years later in Return to the Tomb of Horrors and finally re-adapted byWotC in 2010.

And what about sincronicity?
Well, we’re almost there.
In the meantime I’ve started reading a novel, a gift from a colleague blogger, driver of the Minuetto Express. The book is Ready Player One by Ernest Clime.

And… I’m sorry, I can’t spoil the story. So if you plan to read the book or you have not yet reached chapter 0006, stop here.

Chapter 0006 is where the second part of the Anorak’s riddle is waiting for the “gunter”:

The copper keys awaits explorers
In a tomb filled with horrors

Possessed by the flame of desire (words like tomb and horrors always light it), I’ve unleashed my personal hellhound “adventure hunter”, a friend very skilled in web-digging, ebay-discovering, trained by years of forbidden research in forum where collectors dwell in darkness (he told me so…).

I’ve not yet found a copy of Tomb of Horrors that meets my needs, but I discover that a 3.5 version is freely downloadable Printed it, I’m studing the adventure, while still reading Cline’s book, which is a very good reading if you’re a game enthusiast. So, after accomplished the one with the Munchkin, it’s time to start a new quest line: assemble a RPG party to enter Tomb of Horrors (and survive it).

* about the map’s author (source: WotC) Jason Thompson is the creator of the graphic novel series King of RPGs with artist Victor Hao. He also writes about manga for Anime News Network and Otaku USA magazine, and draws comics based on H.P. Lovecraft stories. And we are again about syncronicity…

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