If you compare their adventure to the module, I am sure you can see the obvious changes that were made to The Ruined Tower. Having never run it, the session turned out to be a decent introduction to AD&D 2ed for them.
The play time was about three and a half hours, although that had a lot to do with Eastbrook, NPCs and the forest, which is not covered in the module.
I used the real thief rules from the Player’s Handbook and I did use some of the boxed text as a go to for the tower itself, but I did not read it word for word in actual play. I omitted it entirely when it was cheesy, particularly when the Patriarch says, “Our very safety may depend on your bravery and heroism.”
Give me a fucking break.
I actually played the Patriarch as a could not be bothered with them, somewhat helpful type. Helpful meaning, he at least gave them a lead in regards to Moonlight. When the PCs returned with the books, he just dropped the bag of coins in their hands, more interested in what they had brought him.
He still did not seem to care that Moonlight had not returned, although the girls did not bring it up with him again, discussing it more with Galem.
I went with that behavior for the Patriarch to remain consistent with my earlier thoughts.
Under Age Drinking
When their mom walked in the door, after coming home from work, they immediately began telling her tales about how Kay ate giant rat meat and got covered in mud after falling in a pit and how Sue also fell, landing on the dwarf when she dropped from the tree. Sue mentioned how she tried to prevent Kay from stealing from the nice older man, how they smashed apart skeletons and hacked up zombies. Kay went on about how they had drinks in the tavern with the dwarf.
Tess: Was it pale ale?
Kay: How did you know?
Tess: Because I’ve had it before and that’s what it tastes like.
I patted myself on the back for my descriptive nature. “The cool, foam topped drink tastes sweet, but bitter near the end,” is all I really said, when they downed their first imaginary alcoholic beverage.
I’ve never had a Pale Ale in my life.
Alcohol, yes. Beer, no. I have no idea what it tastes like, just what others have said.
Blasphemy for a Dwarf Fortress player.