From Weird WotC to the creator of Giant Space Hamsters

This entry is part 23 of 42 in San Check

The Ruined Tower was offered as a free book. Wrath of the Minotaur and Eye of the Wyvern has The Ruined Tower in the front of each module and then leads into the titled adventure.

Both were produced in 1999 and are a WotC product (but used the TSR Silver Anniversary logo). I find this tidbit amusing, because who else, but WotC, would release an introductory product to a game they were about to discontinue?

WotC purchased TSR in 1997. They did not suddenly develop 3E between the time of these Fast-Plays and the release of 3E. 3E was already completed or almost there.

Source: Wikipedia (It must be true)
  • Following three years of development, Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition was released in 2000.

WotC did this on a larger scale with D&D Essentials. It’s like the WotC call sign for a new edition incoming.

WotC’s marketing is weird (and sometimes insulting), but there are a lot weird things in the gaming industry.

Doppelgänger Dilemma

Mirror Image Twilight Zone

The writer of these modules, Jeff Grubb, helped create and develop my favorite D&D setting Al-Qadim. I bought the two Fast-Play modules, because they had his name on them.

With a small amount of tweaking, our actual play of Wrath of the Minotaur was a lot of fun. So here is a dilemma. Eye of the Wyvern, also written by Jeff Grubb, is a pile of shit.

Cut that part out, change this, remove that, were among the phrases in my head as I gutted the thing mentally. By the time I finished, I might as well have just written my own.

A well written module minimizes my prep work or eliminates it entirely. Eye of the Wyvern should be burned.

Jeff wrote both of these? Maybe he is the Steve Jackson to Steve Jackson and I’m confusing his work with someone else’s?

His wiki page places no credit to his Al-Qadim contributions or his work on Wrath of the Minotaur, yet give him credit for Eye of the Wyvern.

Maybe there is a second Jeff Grubb out there. Who’s work do I like? And more importantly, which one is responsible for Giant Space Hamsters?

Boo and Minsc Stacie Ponder

Delve - San Check - TOC
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  1. You know, for kids!
  2. Digger, Please!
  3. Semantic Railroads
  4. Mapping Progress
  5. Honeymoon Adventure
  6. No One Games in a Vacuum
  7. House Rules, You’re Doing It Wrong!
  8. WotC’s Poisoned Apple
  9. Oh Shit Run – An Outside Perspective
  10. Greyhawk Campaigns
  11. Nostalgia Vomit
  12. Dicing with Dinosaurs
  13. The Eye of the Dragon
  14. What Did You Do Over the Summer?
  15. It’s Like Cops and Robbers, but with Dice!
  16. Emergent Death or Why Losing Is Fun!
  17. How to Train Your Delvers (More WotC Snark)
  18. WotC’s Babel Fish
  19. More Nostalgia Vomit
  20. Fantasy Fighting
  21. Fighting Fantasy
  22. The Delvers 1985
  23. From Weird WotC to the creator of Giant Space Hamsters
  24. The Daedalus Complex
  25. There Is No Cow Level
  26. Double-decker Bologna Sandwich!
  27. It is Not a Secret Door if You Tell Me
  28. All Apologies
  29. Be the First to Solve the Mystery and Claim the Dungeon Treasure!
  30. Dungeon Treasure & Hidden Treasure
  31. You Unlock this Door with the Key of Imagination
  32. The Answer to the Mystery at The Delvers
  33. The First Keeper
  34. Sandbox Apophenia
  35. Nearly Enough Dice – Interview
  36. The State of The Delvers
  37. Vicariously Join Two Girls and Their Mom Around the Gaming Table
  38. Cassette Cover Art
  39. Bastion of the Boglings
  40. WotC Piss and the Last Boy Scout
  41. Campaign Timeline
  42. B4: The Lost City


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