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To a wizard, knowledge is power, and the wizard Lirdrium Arkayz wants to know the mysterious secret of The Rock. Many have tried to discover it?but The Rock keeps its secret well. The wizard offers a rich reward to anyone bold enough to solve this dark mystery.

But the road to The Rock leads to danger and hidden peril?dangers that have claimed the lives of many brave adventurers. Rashness and folly will lead to quick death, but riches await the clever and the brave. Have you the wits, courage, and skill to survive the Journey to The Rock?

For characters levels 1-3.

Product History

"Journey to the Rock" (1984), by Michael Malone, was the penultimate adventure in the original series of Basic D&D scenarios. It was published around December 1984.

A True Wilderness Scenario. Whereas the Expert Set (1981) adventures for Basic D&D were almost entirely focused on the wilderness, the same wasn't true for Basic Set (1981) adventures. The only exceptions prior to B8 were the very light use of wilderness in B2: "Keep on the Borderlands" (1979) and B5: "Horror on the Hill" (1983), both of which include some scant outdoor encounters before descending into the dungeons. B8 even reprints some of the wilderness rules from the Expert Set.

A Tournament Scenario? It's widely accepted that this adventure was a tournament scenario, though there seems to be no documentation of that fact. However, the adventure certainly reads a lot like a tournament, since it presents a linear path of problems to be overcome (or, rather, three linear paths, as you can choose one of three ways through the scenario). Some of the encounters also require thought and introspection rather than just combat.

About the Creators. Author Michael Malone's one other roleplaying publication was "The Wandering Trees," an adventure in Dragon #57 (January 1982), which won second place in IDDC II (1980), TSR's second International Dungeon Design Contest.

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Benjamin S November 30, 2023 10:50 pm UTC
Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?
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PAUL C March 27, 2022 3:09 pm UTC
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Daniel R February 11, 2022 7:33 pm UTC
POD Please!
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Garrett K November 02, 2021 6:13 pm UTC
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Christopher R February 04, 2021 1:55 am UTC
Print on Demand version, please!?
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Kevin J August 17, 2020 9:44 am UTC
Another vote for POD, please (and for all the other Basic level modules - or at least an unabridged POD compilation of them).
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Noah T July 09, 2019 8:17 am UTC
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Ian M October 15, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
This, along with B5 and B9, falls into the category of "boring dungeon". They all can be fun locations to throw into a larger framework, but in themselves they are uninspired. There are better adventures within the B series to kick off a campaign with low-level characters. Once you're a couple of adventures in, and do some heavy DM editing to bring it into the general style of play and feel the campaign appears to be developing along, then they are ok. Just ok.
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David D June 01, 2022 1:22 pm UTC
What D&D Basic adventures do you recommend as the must ones?
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Ian M June 06, 2022 2:54 pm UTC
Personally, my recommendations are:

B2 Keep on the Borderlands
B3 Palace of the Silver Princess
B4 The Lost City
B6 Veiled Society
B7 Rahasia
B10 Night's Dark Terror
DDA2 Eye of Traldar
DDA4 Dymrak Dread no particular order. Although B7 and B10 are perhaps my all-time Basic faves, and B3 is one I often use when introducing D&D to people, regardless of edition.
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James B October 22, 2014 3:04 am UTC
As of July 16, there was a minor error - a missing square in the map.
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