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The Tomb of Black Sand


Deep in the forest plants and animals twist and crack and seem to fill with stars before they vanish, screaming into nothing. A tomb has appeared, and lumberjacks argue about its origin over drinks at the Red Squirrel Inn. Some say it's new, like a freshly grown cancerous lump; others say the twisting earth revealed an ancient trove of bone and unimaginable treasure. No one can agree, but townsfolk have begun to go missing, riders in black have been seen on the roads, and some say the candles are singing.


The Tomb of Black Sand is an adventure created for use with contemporary (2019) table top role playing games. Yet, deeply rooted in “old school” RPG design sensibilities. It can be used as a one-shot or as a hook filled location on the map that players can explore or ignore over the course of their adventures.

Creatures within the tomb are not here to be killed by or provide a challenge for PCs. They have their own concerns, are (mostly) minding their own business and PCs are intruding upon their mythic underworld. Dealing with them does have its benefits though, as the tomb is full of treasure and innocents in need of rescue.

The tomb is a Lich’s lair (CR 21), who is always present. There is no need, or expectation, PCs kill him. If a level 4 party goes up against him—expecting balanced, “combat-as-sport”—it almost certainly ends in their oblivion. It is possible, but his death is in no way the “intent” of this adventure.

The answers are not on your character sheet but uncovered with exploration and applied creativity.


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John S October 31, 2019 2:17 pm UTC
Can't leave a review here because I bought the hard copy directly and got the PDF for them as well. But all I can say is if you're on the fence fall over on the side that forces you to buy a copy of this beautiful book. Just a great looking piece of art. It brings joy to see it on the shelf and flip through the pages.
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Dani J October 31, 2019 11:23 am UTC
I know I can tweak the content for osr. But, do you have any plan for releasing the material as system neutral osr setting?
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Markus J October 07, 2019 8:57 am UTC
Does "to be used with contemporary role playing games" indicate that the adventure contains stats for 5e? Or is this a system neutral adventure?
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Jacob H October 07, 2019 7:48 pm UTC
It may be a poor interpretation on my end but my understanding of the OGL is that you can't say it's compatible, but, it uses the 5e OGL.
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Michael P October 07, 2019 10:23 pm UTC
There are 5e stat blocks. Sort of an abbreviated form, but they are there and usable. Not sure why it did not use the normal and market accepted way of saying 5e of the world's most popular RPG ....
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Joani M October 13, 2019 8:50 pm UTC
Since everybody does it, I think it's safe to say that you can say it is 5E compatible.
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