History TabletopGame / TombOfHorrors

11th Apr '16 8:12:05 AM Dravencour
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The adventure's reputation is due primarily to its use in an early ''Dungeons & Dragons'' (now referred to as 'Original D&D') tournament, in which players were competing against other teams... not to ''beat'' the dungeon, but to see who could solve the most traps and puzzles before the (virtually certain) TPK. A few years later, it was published as one of ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'' (what is now called 'first edition AD&D') premade adventure 'modules' (albeit an adventure with a 'very high risk' disclaimer), ''S1: The Tomb of Horrors''. It has recently been made available again as a PDF.

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The adventure's reputation is due primarily to its use in an early ''Dungeons & Dragons'' (now referred to as 'Original D&D') tournament, in which players were competing against other teams... not to ''beat'' the dungeon, but to see who could solve the most traps and puzzles before the (virtually certain) TPK. A few years later, it was published as one of ''Advanced Dungeons & Dragons'' (what is now called 'first edition AD&D') premade adventure 'modules' (albeit an adventure with a 'very high risk' disclaimer), ''S1: The Tomb of Horrors''. It Out of print for many years, it has recently been made available again as a PDF.
11th Apr '16 8:01:22 AM Dravencour
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* GoldenEnding: In ''Return to the Tomb of Horrors'' it ''is'' possible to save the souls and destroy Acererak ; but this requires killing ''every'' single undead in the Fortress of Conclusion - including one he specifically set up near an escape pod - and then dissolving his phylactery. Since he has nowhere to go, he ceases to exist. (This is implied to be the {{canon}} ending.)

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* GoldenEnding: In ''Return to the Tomb of Horrors'' it ''is'' possible to save the souls and destroy Acererak ; Acererak; but this requires killing ''every'' single undead in the Fortress of Conclusion - including one he specifically set up near an escape pod - and then dissolving his phylactery. Since he has nowhere to go, he ceases to exist. (This is implied to be the {{canon}} ending.))
* HandInTheHole: One of the more infamous {{Death Trap}}s used. [[spoiler:The hole in question contains a ''Sphere of Annihilation''.]]
* {{Homage}}: One ''{{Nodwick}}'' strip had the heroes go through the Tomb of Horrors. Naturally, Nodwick was killed a lot (being used as a shield and bait by his teammates even in ordinary dungeons), and claimed he died more times here in one day than any other, but amazingly, the other three heroes avoided death. (Although Yeagar ''did'' fall victim to the first part - but not second part - of the GenderBender trap mentioned above.)
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Do not go astral or ethereal while in the Tomb. Ever. [[spoiler:Doing this is a very good way to get set upon and most likely flayed alive by Type I-IV demons]].



* HandInTheHole: One of the more infamous {{Death Trap}}s used.
* {{Homage}}: One ''{{Nodwick}}'' strip had the heroes go through the Tomb of Horrors. Naturally, Nodwick was killed a lot (being used as a shield and bait by his teammates even in ordinary dungeons), and claimed he died more times here in one day than any other, but amazingly, the other three heroes avoided death. (Although Yeagar ''did'' fall victim to the first part - but not second part - of the GenderBender trap mentioned above.)
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Do not go astral or ethereal while in the Tomb. Ever. [[spoiler:Doing this is a very good way to get set upon and most likely flayed alive by Type I-IV demons]].
4th Apr '16 8:51:55 AM SinNanna
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: 33 Years before Dark Souls, and MORE deadly]]-]

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12th Jan '16 4:52:36 PM Kthulhu
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: AD&D: Prepare to Die -
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12th Jan '16 4:52:12 PM Kthulhu
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[-[[caption-width-right:350: AD&D: Prepare to Die - 33 Years before Dark Souls, and MORE deadly]]-]

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12th Jan '16 4:51:33 PM Kthulhu
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12th Jan '16 4:49:44 PM Kthulhu
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22nd Oct '15 1:59:25 PM FF32
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* SoulJar: Acererak's, of course; one fueled by thousands of souls.



* SoulJar: Acererak's, of course; one fueled by thousands of souls.

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* SoulJar: Acererak's, of course; one fueled by thousands of souls.
11th Oct '15 7:27:20 PM LordOfTheSword
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''Tomb of Horrors is one of the all-time classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules. It is, in the true sense of the word,'' infamous ''for being one of the most devious and impossibly difficult adventures ever written. Not only is it chock full of incredibly deadly monsters and unforgivingly lethal deathtraps, but in many cases the encounters and traps are triggered for no readily apparent reason, and cannot reasonably be avoided even by players exercising extreme caution. Anyone who has ever played this adventure has had characters die horribly in the Tomb.''

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''Tomb ->''Tomb of Horrors is one of the all-time classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules. It is, in the true sense of the word,'' infamous ''for being one of the most devious and impossibly difficult adventures ever written. Not only is it chock full of incredibly deadly monsters and unforgivingly lethal deathtraps, but in many cases the encounters and traps are triggered for no readily apparent reason, and cannot reasonably be avoided even by players exercising extreme caution. Anyone who has ever played this adventure has had characters die horribly in the Tomb.''
11th Oct '15 7:26:45 PM LordOfTheSword
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->'''Gabe:''' I ran the Tomb of Horrors last night.\\
'''Tycho:''' And?\\
'''Gabe:''' Somebody lost their arm ''in the first room''. After that, it was four hours of poking things with sticks and throwing shit through portals! They left the table haunted and demoralized.\\
'''Tycho:''' Mission accomplished, then, for the '''Tomb of Horrors'''.\\
'''Gabe:''' I thought they'd at least have ''fun!''\\
'''Tycho:''' You're thinking of the Tomb Of Handjobs and Jetskis. That's not even the same '''''tomb.'''''
-->--''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/11/10/ That Tomb Tomb Pow]]

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->'''Gabe:''' I ran the Tomb ''Tomb of Horrors last night.\\
'''Tycho:''' And?\\
'''Gabe:''' Somebody lost their arm ''in the first room''. After that, it was four hours of poking things with sticks and throwing shit through portals! They left the table haunted and demoralized.\\
'''Tycho:''' Mission accomplished, then, for the '''Tomb of Horrors'''.\\
'''Gabe:''' I thought they'd at least have ''fun!''\\
'''Tycho:''' You're thinking
is one of the Tomb Of Handjobs all-time classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules. It is, in the true sense of the word,'' infamous ''for being one of the most devious and Jetskis. That's not impossibly difficult adventures ever written. Not only is it chock full of incredibly deadly monsters and unforgivingly lethal deathtraps, but in many cases the encounters and traps are triggered for no readily apparent reason, and cannot reasonably be avoided even by players exercising extreme caution. Anyone who has ever played this adventure has had characters die horribly in the same '''''tomb.'''''
-->--''Webcomic/PennyArcade'',
Tomb.''
-->--''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'',
[[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/11/10/ That Tomb Tomb Pow]]
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