The Temple of Elemental Evil may be Gary Gygax’s crowning achievement as a dungeon designer. It was the last major adventure he designed for TSR and — at 128 pages — was by far the largest and most ambitious. It was written by Gygax and Frank Metzner, and originally published in 1985. It has been out of print for over a quarter century, and is one of the most collectible of all TSR adventure modules.
Interest in The Temple of Elemental Evil remains very high, even after all these years. Matthew David Surridge wrote a fascinating analysis for us in his article The Art of Storytelling and The Temple of Elemental Evil. The module has been converted to a popular computer game and the opening chapter, The Village of Hommlet, was recently revised for 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons.
In fact, the major impediment to playing the Temple today is that it’s very difficult to find. Used copies start at $40 – $50 at Amazon and eBay.
DriveThruRPG, through their DnDClassics.com site, has eliminated that problem. They’re selling a high-quality PDF of the original module for $9.99 — complete with all the original art and maps. And if you download it before the end of the day Saturday, it’s completely free. Get it here.
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