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D&D: The Temple Of Elemental Evil Returns In 5th Edition Glory

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Apr 28 2020

One of the most famous dungeons returns, converted and updated for your 5th Edition enjoyment. Come take a look at the Temple of Elemental Evil.

The Temple of Elemental Evil is one of the top five greatest D&D modules of all time. And it’s not just one of ours–it routinely tops the adventuring charts across publications. And it’s not hard to see why, the Temple of Elemental Evil is one of the more iconic D&D adventures. It takes place following adventures in the Village of Hommlet, and has a history that makes it a uniquely D&D kind of dungeon.

Years ago, it was the site of a devastating battle wherein a literal horde of elemental evil poured forth from the temple and heroes from around the world banded together to fight it. As the story goes the temple became something of a tourist trap with beginning adventurers flocking from miles around to try their hand at braving the temple in search of treasure. Presumably a thriving tourist economy sprung up in the nearby village, but in the meantime, evil has begun to stir in the ancient temple, and foul forces are once again brewing within.

This classic adventure is being reimagined by the folks at Goodman Games, who have been behind many of the recent 5th Edition conversions, including the Keep on the Borderlands and The Lost City. According to a recent announcement, the Temple of Elemental Evil is back, baybee.

via Goodman Games

Announcing Original Adventures Reincarnated #6: The Temple of Elemental Evil!

This exciting release reprints the original material from the published module T1-4: The Temple of Elemental Evil, as well as the original version of T1: The Village of Hommlet. Created by Gary Gygax and Frank Mentzer, The Temple of Elemental Evil has long been regarded as one of the greatest adventures in TSR’s publishing history. And we are proud to bring this module to a new audience.


Like all of the Original Adventures Reincarnated line, this release will contain both the original material scanned in and cleaned up to present it as it originally appeared, along with a full, new 5E translation in the second half of the book. The new material is being designed by a creative team led by Chris Doyle with contributions from Rick Maffei and others, all of whom are seasoned veterans of Dungeons and Dragons across its many incarnations.

Unlike the previous five volumes in the OAR line, the sheer size and scope of this module requires something new: OAR #6: The Temple of Elemental Evil will be released as a two-volume hardcover slipcase edition. The two volumes will also contain expert commentary about the original modules and their history.

It’s not every day you see something released with what amounts to the director’s commentary included along with it. Maybe next we’ll start seeing deleted scenes and digital extras. At any rate, look for this later this year or early next.

Happy Adventuring!

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