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Get The Temple of Elemental Evil for Free at DriveThruRPG

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

The Temple of Elemental EvilThis week, through Saturday 9/28, the classic The Temple of Elemental Evil supermodule is free at DriveThruRPG.

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 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.

DnDClassics also has a huge assortment of early TSR adventures and rulebooks — including Castle Greyhawk, Deities & Demigods, Descent into the Depths of the Earth, and numerous Planescape, Ravenloft, and Forgotten Realms titles — in PDF, at excellent prices. Check out their store for more details.


  1. THIS made my day.

    I’ve had two copies of ToEE over the years, and worn out both of them. Now I get the digital version for free. I can say Legen-DARY? Yes, I think I can.

    And I have the computer game. It’s glitchy once you reach higher levels of play, but it’s still an awesome game, and one of the most true video game versions of D&D that I’ve seen. I still break it out once or twice a year for play.

    Comment by Ty Johnston - September 25, 2013 9:20 pm

  2. Ty,

    Ah! I envy you. I’d love to play the computer version. It requires clearing the decks for several hours a week however, and somehow I lack the disciple to do that.

    And I know what you mean about wearing out your copy of TOEE! I’m always on the hunt to replace the copy I wore out in grad school.

    Comment by John ONeill - September 25, 2013 10:15 pm

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