Here at Geek Native, we’re used to Kickstarters claiming their game has been X years in the making. Rarely is X as high as 40. That’s what David Flor can claim for The Mosidian Temple.
This early D&D adventure began in 1983 during the middle of the Satanic Panic, and Flor was at an ultra-conservative Jesuit school. Needless to say, the youngster’s game was ‘retired’. Then, in 2023, a Print Shop copy resurfaced. You read more about the story or check progress on the pitch page.
Yes, there are some doubts as to whether Print Shop was even out in 1983, and David admits to having no memory of designing the adventure. But, hey, the original cover is clearly dated, so perhaps it’s a D&D 1e adventure from a different dimension?
The Kickstarter does not bring to life an adventure written by a young fan at the dawn(ish) of the hobby, although it does, in part, do that. The campaign also launches an OSRIC-compatible reimagining of the original, and that’s the adventure which Darklight Interactive is putting forward as the one you run.
The original adventure has some issues…
For example, I put a T’ien Lung – yes, a 50-foot-long celestial dragon from my favorite book, the Fiend Folio – crammed into a 20’x20′ room in the center of the dungeon. Why? Because celestial dragons looked amazingly cool and why the hell not?
Backers get into the add-ons for finding just $1 for the project, and, at the time of writing, it has met funding goals.
If you’re curious about what the original looked like and aren’t tempted by the re-make, then back at $4. People have done that! Go, 12-year-old Darklight David.
Early bird tiers reduce some tier levels; otherwise, the 40-year-old original and revision PDFs are rewarded at $15.
PDFs of 5e Darklight Interactive titles, such as Party Crashers, Witness Protection, The Sands of Despair and at-cost print-on-demand coupons, are added at $22. This is a more popular tier.
A softcover version of The Mosidian Temple is also added at $60, but shipping is to the USA only.
Darklight estimate a December delivery for the softback, a November one for the complete set of PDFs, October for the Mosidian Temple bundle and as early as June for the scan of that 40-year original.
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