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Challenge of the Frog Idol

Challenge of the Frog Idol

Ever think that perhaps you need professional help? I do. I’m a few months behind on Dyson’s Dodecahedron, and instead of working on it, I put together a “small” entry for the Fat Frog Challenge posted by JB on B/X Blackrazor. Titled “Challenge of the Frog Idol”, it is a 21-page digest-format PDF which is bit of a hex crawl with some railroad options built in (it comes equipped with a quest, but feel free to ignore it).

Challenge of the Frog Idol is an adventure aimed towards clever Labyrinth Lord characters of levels 3-6. The encounters may be a bit rough (didn’t get much playtest time in on this, being that it was a throw-together for a challenge), and the treasures are fairly skimpy. And there’s a lot of room to add more to the setting and the encounters (the hexmap of the environs contains a few noted but undescribed locations, and there’s room for more). The whole thing can also lead to a megadungeon exploration game if that is your taste.

Download the Challenge of the Frog Idol here!

I had to throw together a few new maps for this, of course. So here they are in their… quick and dirtyness. Unlike the vast majority of my maps, some of these (the hexmap and the labyrinth) were started with pencil sketches before being inked. And since I was in a hurry to get them together, I didn’t manage to get rid of all the pencil markings prior to scanning them.

Frog Idol Hexmap

Frog Idol Hexmap

This hexmap was a lot of fun to draw. I didn’t end up sticking to the hexes for much except the causeways through the Black Mire. I pre-sketched the river, causeways and a couple of the forests before switching to ink.

Frog Idol Undead Dungeon

Frog Idol Undead Dungeon

This little dungeon belongs to a necromancer in the adventure. I had fun with all the bones. This was drawn entirely freehand in ink on plain white paper.

Frog Idol Labyrinth

Frog Idol Labyrinth

This one was fun, but in the end it embarrasses me. The scale is obviously off (there should either only be 5 boxes, or it should read 60 feet) and the pencil marks show quite clearly when you view it at a larger size. At the same time, I had a lot of fun with the cross-hatching in this one, as I made it curved and rounded since this is supposed to be a labyrinth of thorns.

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