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In the canyon of Thunder Rift, in the village of Kleine, goblins have always been a nuisance, but the natives have dealt with them and continued an otherwise peaceful existence. Now, a valuable magical item, called the scepter of truth, has disappeared! The ingenuity of the crime bears the mark of the goblins' leader, the Master Thief Raven. The scepter must be recovered, but there is no one in Kleine with the strength and courage to penetrate Raven's trap-laden hide-out, deep in goblin territory. A party of stout adventurers might survive the mission, but they will have to be quick, smart, and especially careful.

This module has been created especially for the inexperienced Dungeon Master and players who are interested in the exploration of dungeons and ruins.

  • Recommended for four to six character, levels 2-3
  • A large map sheet and stand-up figures are provided
  • Only the Dungeons & Dragons Game Box is needed to play this adventure
  • Can be used in conjunction with several other adventures and accessories based in Thunder Rift, or it can stand alone.
  • Features easy-to-follow rules for smother role-playing

Product History

"Assault on Raven's Ruin" (1992), by Tim Beach, is the second Thunder Rift adventure. It was published in April 1992.

Origins: Simple Adventures. The release of the The New Easy-to-Master Dungeons & Dragons Game (1991) called for a line of simple, low-level D&D adventures, the first of which was "Quest for the Silver Sword" (1992). "Assault on Raven's Ruin" continued the line with a new twist: it was the first adventure that was explicitly set in the realm of Thunder Rift.

Graphic Tropes. Like its predecessor, "Raven's Ruin" continues a more graphical presentation of the D&D line. The GM gets a nice black & white map of the dungeon with descriptions of every room, while the players gets a poster map of the area that doubles as a battle map.

Adventure Tropes. In keeping with the idea of simple adventures, "Assault on Raven's Ruin" is another dungeon crawl. Players explore ruins to kill goblins and recover a MacGuffin, the Scepter of Truth. The adventure is framed as a mission for a nearby town and ends with a negotiation with a high-level thief, giving players the opportunity to do a little more than just explore and fight.

Exploring Thunder Rift. "Assault on Raven's Ruin" is set near the town of Kleine in what's called "the area of Thunder Rift". The adventure contains very little detail on the Rift itself, though various descriptions in the book make it obvious that it's a hilly wilderness realm since it includes "the Burning Hills", steam vents, and geysers. However, you have to read the back cover to learn that Thunder Rift is a canyon!

A month later "Thunder Rift" (1992) would more fully detail the area and also reveal that the village of Torlynn from "Quest for the Silver Sword" lies in the Rift.

About the Creators. Beach did most of his D&D writing from 1991-1995. Although he got his start with Maztica supplements (1991+), he was now writing for a variety of settings, including both Dragonlance and the Forgotten Realms.

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Adrian S June 14, 2023 11:06 am UTC
i just got an original version of this with the figures intact, Is there anywhere I can send a scan of them to and make the adventure complete?
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David R May 23, 2020 10:32 pm UTC
Please include a scan of the figures
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George F April 26, 2016 2:12 pm UTC
Apparently, there is no file attached for this as I keep getting a 'file not found' error when I try to download.
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Zia M April 27, 2016 3:55 pm UTC
It's downloading now. 2 files, 2nd is a zip containing the map sheet. Stand up figures are not included, but scan appears to be complete otherwise.
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