|This place? Again?|
There are no disclaimers about these other factual errors:
- The DM proclaims that the module came out in 1980 even though a quick glance at the title page will reveal a 1979 pub. date, with a later edition in 1981. Perhaps because Jeff Dee signed his famous jacked-halfling cover illustration "D. '80"?
- The DM also points out that the module, despite being labeled "for ADVANCED D&D Game" came out before AD&D was even a thing. It seems likely he reached this conclusion from his belief that the Moldvanian rules, published in 1981--apparently he did look at the title page of this one--were the first of Basic D&D rules to be published. It would presumably follow that a game called Advanced D&D would not precede the basic version onto the market--except of course that it was the 1977 Holmes basic rules that set the table for the advanced game.
Impressively, the gents are aware of Dave Trampier and his legacy--including his abrupt, unexplained break from TSR--though they are unable to discern whether the art in the book is his or Dave Sutherland's.
Anyway, the G'Gnoré dudes run through V of H using 5er rules (I think, coulda' been 4th or even 3½th for all I know) and very nearly got their butts kicked on a few occasions, just like everyone else who's ever ventured into the ol' Heap-in-the-fen. I'm not actually sure how they didn't bite it in the crayfish hut; I think hit points must be handed out pretty liberally in 5ed.
What I like most is how the DM played up the Cuthbertian vs. Druidic conflict quite a bit, even going so far as to create a flow chart for determining potential actions the agitated Hommletians might get up to. Also positive: the PCs putting on drunken scheming "montages" when developing plans for achieving their mischievous goals.
What I liked least: the frequent use of the term "Yolo."
I won't spoil the action for you so if nerdy podcasts are something you're into by all means go have a listen. Also notable: the fellas keep the language clean--other than the yolo thing--if the kiddies are listening along with you.
And if you're wondering about the title of this post, kindly refer to this incident.
New Terms Learned:
Decrement: I think it means something like "incrementally decrease", as, at the end of every turn, the DM calls out "Decrement torches!" It's a pretty handy piece of vocab, even if I can't imagine that I'll ever bring myself to say it out loud.
Mudbug: The first hundred times they said this it sounded like "Mudblood" to my non-southern ear. Without any Harry Potter characters at hand, this was somewhat puzzling until I eventually figured out they were talking about the crayfish.
* I confess that, being a geezer, I had to google this term and now I can't unlearn it. Henceforth, I'm pronouncing it Gignoré.
**The "T" stands for "Tamarack" obviously.