Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Palace of the Silver Princess + B1, B2, and B4

While I know there are many with mixes feelings concerning B3: Palace of the Silver Princess, it's one of my favorite old school modules, along with B4: The Lost City and X1: The Isle of Dread.

One of the key characteristics is that B3 does not try and create a world of typical medieval fantasy. Instead it just kinda does its own thing and has a very unique personality and feel because of it. There are werebear worshipping barbarians, insane adventurers, a cunning anti-cleric, and a whole host of atypical monsters, such as Digger, a unique creature that disguises itself as a marble pool, and Jupiter Blood Suckers, a host of vampiric plants.

Thus I have selected the Palace of the Silver Princess to be the basis of my upcoming campaign (assuming I get the whole thing off the ground at all). I'll be using the map on page 5 as the basis of the setting, adding in the Caves of Chaos (now in the mountains just north east of Thoruld), the Mad Hermit (woods south of the Palace of the Silver Princess), Mound of the Lizard Men (Misty Swamp), and the Raider's Camp (woods north west of Thoruld) from B2, Cynidicea from B4 will be relocated to the Misty Swamp, and the Caverns of Quasqueton from B1 will be placed in the mountains near the village of Mere.

The one thing I would like to add is a lawful wizard's tower somewhere between Thoruld and Gulluvia that the characters can go to for advice and/or expand their knowledge of magic. I'm thinking he will be a crazy, old astrologer obsessed with the fortune and prophecies that never seem to come to pass (...but one day...). More on him later.


  1. Are you saying B3 is an example of weird fantasy?

  2. Sounds like it will be a great campaign.

  3. Great idea. I think many of the early B modules before they were added in the Known World or Mystara would be excellent starting off points to build a campaign around. You also picked the one that most people will know the least about.

  4. Thanks for the support everyone.

    Wymarc, I'll be changing a couple of things up in the modules, but I don't think people my age (college students) are going to know too much about these modules anyway...more on that later today.

  5. Thanks for mentioning B4! This is one of my favorite modules of all time, and I don't understand why it gets zero love. The Cynidecians are fabulous.