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  • Instruction Sheet
  • Trouble Below (16-page(?) adventure module)
  • Palace of Dread (16-page(?) adventure module)
  • Cardstock miniatures
  • Cardstock tiles
  • Maps
  • 2 Dice (d6 and d10)

This boardgame-like boxed set is meant to be used with the "Dungeons & Dragons Game". Players are pitted against the Goblin King and his three armies during his bid to conquer Thunder Rift in a series of three short adventure modules.

Product History

The Goblin's Lair (1992), by Graeme Davis, is the second adventure pack for The New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game (1991). It was published in June 1992.

About the Cover. Like the other adventure packs, this one features reused cover art, this time from OP1: Tales of the Outer Planes. It's a particularly inappropriate piece of art because it depicts githyanki … who the editors must have thought looked sort of like goblins!

Origins: Another Black Box. The Goblin's Lair (1992), like its predecessor, The Dragon's Den (1992), is meant to match the black-boxed New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game (1991). Once more you get a box in the same size (this time with gray sides), and you get board-game-like components such as battle mats and stand-up cardstock figures.

Adventure Tropes. Like most of the "beginner" products produced for the black box D&D game, this one features very simple dungeon crawl adventures, dumping the characters straight into the dungeon and staying there. The only distinguishing feature about these dungeons is that one of them is quite large.

Board Game Tropes. The Goblin's Lair also has rules for a simple board game that can be played with its components. This one is more complex than the board game rules in The Dragon's Den, including stats for both attacks and defenses, as well as spells.

Exploring Thunder Rift. The Goblin's Lair is the first of the adventure packs set in the Thunder Rift, which is better known for its line of short 16-page adventures. However, the three adventures are somewhat superficially placed in the Rift: two of them near Kleine (one in the Burning Hills) and the third near Hearth-Home.

Monsters of Note. As the title of this adventure suggests, it's all about the goblins. So how do you make goblins interesting, particularly as characters level up? You include a random assortment of other monsters, you introduce more powerful goblins like wolf riders or shamans, and you supplement with higher level humanoids like hobgoblins and bugbears.

About the Creators. Davis is a British designer, who did much of his early work for Games Workshop, including the Enemy Within (1986-1988) and Doomstones (1990) campaigns. By the early '90s, he was also writing for White Wolf and produced two TSR releases: The Goblin's Lair and HR3: Celts Campaign Sourcebook (1992).

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Cliff W December 28, 2020 11:39 pm UTC
I would like to purchase, but I don't see any response to the problems that were previously raised:
1) INCOMPLETE: Missing the adventure "Red Hand Trail"
2) INCOMPLETE: Not all maps are complete (due to misalignment?)
3) POOR QUALTY: PDFs need to be cleaned up and properly aligned

Please respond or post if the above have been fixed
Thank you
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William E October 29, 2020 1:49 pm UTC
Still no Red Hand Trail?
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Andrew M October 31, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
These scans are atrocious.
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Adam K July 14, 2019 3:14 pm UTC
Are we ever going to get updated scans and the missing adventure???
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Ian E November 23, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Grabbed this as part of Black Friday deals, the issue with the misaligned scans and the missing adventure have NOT been fixed.
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Michael S July 26, 2018 12:45 am UTC
WOC we're still waiting for the 3rd adventure you forgot to scan
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Michael S June 09, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Sorry My last post was made for the dragon's den not goblins lair. The only thing wrong with Goblins Lair is that it is missing one adventure (Red Hand Trail) out of the 3 adventures it should come with.
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Michael S June 06, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
As of the May 2018 update they have no stand ups no tiles dressings and the maps all print out super small and un-usable for the stand ups. I emailed them about it but as of yet I havent heard anything about it being fixed after the bad update.
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Garth E February 18, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Has this been 'fixed'? (PDF cleaned up, aligned, complete maps, Red Hand Trail adventure)
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Jeffery F August 11, 2017 7:45 am UTC
This still has not been updated with the missing adventure or the scan cleaned up.
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Christopher N August 16, 2017 1:38 am UTC
Did you submitted a complaint for a replacement or account credit?

(I have a similar problem with the other expansion box set, "The Haunted Tower.")
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david W February 01, 2017 1:16 am UTC
The map is a total MESS. Its chopped up at odd angles, making reassembling near impossible without significant work.
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Mauno J February 05, 2017 8:16 am UTC
At least with the Red Hand Trail map it is actually impossible - there are clear gaps between the scanned map sections, so one really can't assemble a usable map from them.
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Brendan P January 28, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
The PDF is incomplete and it is a bad scan.
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Mauno J January 24, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
Even though that booklet is not specifically mentioned in the product description, it would be nice to note that the pdf doesn't include the Red Hand Trail adventure. (The map for it is there, though.)
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Anne T January 26, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
So does it in fact have the cardstock minis and tiles it mentions? Not helpful that they listed the original physical contents, rather than the digital ones...
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Mauno J January 26, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
The cardstock figures and the tiles are there.
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Jeff E January 31, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Not all there. Several are clipped off. It's a bad job over all.
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William E February 02, 2017 12:01 am UTC
Yeah I just noticed that today.
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