Arduin Adventure No. 2, "The Howling Tower", is chapter two in that how-to guide.
"The Howling Tower" is an adventure for character levels 1-4.
The Howling Tower adventure consists of three dungeon levels and a tower, from which emanate blood-curdling howls from dusk 'til dawn.
Don't forget your earplugs.
If the illustration above seems passingly familiar, it's only because Dave Hargrave "drew inspiration" from many sources, including Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. This fellow looks to be a cross between a Stormtrooper and Cylon.
Arduin was the first multi-genre role-playing game, with Science Fiction and Fantasy co-existing in more or less equal measure.
Erol Otus and Greg Espinoza are the illustrators of The Howling Tower. Below is the front cover, showing the dungeon entrance to the adventure, with the Howling Tower itself behind and to the left.
The back cover, by Erol Otus, shows an idol and fiery brazier. Does this not seem faintly reminiscent of the cover of the ADnD Players Handbook?
Here is the map for the tower levels of The Howling Tower. With only six levels, it seems rather stout, compared to the illustration on the front cover.
And here we have more treasure cards. Again, if i'm not mistaken, all of these were illustrated by Greg Espinoza.
|Stormtrooper Gear, Dragons Orb, Elder Sword, Spartakkons Gear|
Heiro's Headband, Heaven Harp, Devouring Shield, Whirling Death
Take the Elder Sword. It is a +4 sword, that drains 1-3 life levels from an opponent as a result of a successful strike. Or the Devouring Shield: it provides the wielder with an additional shield attack, which, if successful, results in one's opponent being completely devoured within 1-3 rounds.
Hiero's Headband is worth 10,000 gp, and provides the wearier with permanent True Sight, and +6 on all saves versus psychic attack.
Gonzo to be sure, but also seriously overpowered, for a introductory adventure.
|Battlebones, Gameron, Skullmonculuous, Triclops|
Braineater, Hellhorse, Battlespider, Priestmage of Cthulhulos
Dave Hargrave always had the best monsters. These would be right at home in the Fiend Folio.