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The Hole in the Oak


A hole in an old oak tree leads characters down to a maze of twisting, root-riddled passageways, the chambers of an ancient wizard-complex, and the banks of an underground river where once a reptile cult built their temples.

A classic expedition into the Mythic Underworld.

  • Suitable for characters of 1st to 2nd level.
  • 60 keyed areas, rumour table, dungeon background info, suggestions for expanding the dungeon.
  • Keyed in a quick-reference, bullet point format.
  • Statted for Old-School Essentials (B/X), usable with any vintage adventure game.
  • Illustrated by the hyperdimensional James V. West.
  • Cartography by the mycotic Karl Stjernberg.
The Hole in the Oak was awarded the coveted "The Best" rating by Bryce Lynch of!

Print version: A print edition of this adventure is being produced and will be available from the Necrotic Gnome publisher website (link in the sidebar) in the autumn.

See Questing Beast's full video review of the print edition below!

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Bruce G June 05, 2020 9:57 am UTC
Dare You go into the Hole in the Oak?

"The Hole in the Oak" by Gavin Norman
Published and Distributed by Necrotic Gnome
ISBN-13: 978-3-96657-0021-3 -- 32 Pages -- Digest Sized
Introduction to the Mythic Underground

The Hole in the Oak is a starter module for Necrotic Gnome's Retro Fantasy Adventure Game.

GMs! There is a very nice two-page spread of the Dungeon that can be reached from the Hole in the Oak, as well as other entrances and exits. The color coding is a nice touch, and informs the GM what to prepare for their players in each area!

The book is indexed from the Table of Contents, which is a numerical list of the 60 places in the dungeon characters may visit. This book is for characters from beginning to 2nd level. GMs should also have the 'Core Rulebook' and the 'Classic Fantasy: Cleric and Magic-User Spells' books. The 'Monsters' and the 'Treasures' are given in the module.

There are no less than 60 different...See more
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Philip R September 06, 2019 10:35 pm UTC
Great module. Do you have a player facing version of the map, without the notes and highlights? Its great to use as the basis for an online tabletop.
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Gavin N September 08, 2019 5:59 am UTC
I could add an unlabelled version of the map to the PDF product, though it would of course still show secret doors, furnishings, etc. Would that be useful?

Glad you're enjoying the adventure!
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Gavin N September 24, 2019 6:34 am UTC
I just added two PNG files to the product: a version of the map with labels and one without. Hope that helps!
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Philip R September 25, 2019 10:41 pm UTC
Super, thanks!!
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Thomas Z August 20, 2019 8:24 am UTC
Please can we have a 5e version as well please?
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Gavin N August 21, 2019 5:42 am UTC
It's not on the cards right now, but it may happen at some point.
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