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The Waking of Willowby Hall

The print version of this adventure can be found on the Swordfish Islands webstore (you'll have to Google it as DriveThruRPG does not permit outside hyperlinks).

The Waking of Willowby Hall is a dense, highly interactive RPG adventure set in a ruined manor beset by a rampaging giant, roving bands of restless dead, and a very angry goose.

  • Suitable for PCs of approximately 3rd level.
  • Features a highly interactive environment that rewards clever play.
  • Perfect for one-shots or for dropping into an existing campaign.
  • Contains "One Page Dungeon" maps that allow the DM to run much of the adventure at a glance.
  • Uses bullet points and control-panel layout for maximum ease of use.
  • Statted for Knave, but easily usable with any old-school fantasy RPG.
  • Writing, layout, and cartography by two-time ENnie Award winner Ben Milton, author of Maze Rats, Knave, and Jim Henson's Labyrinth: The Adventure Game.
  • Lavishly illustrated by Sam Mameli.
"There is A LOT to do in this adventure. Buttons to push . . . things to interact with, flee from, and leverage to your own ends.  Great f****** adventure." - Bryce Lynch,
Death Knight with Skeletal Servants

Download includes:

  • Two versions of the adventure, one with two-page spreads and one without.
  • The full wraparound cover image
  • Blank, unkeyed maps for use with virtual tabletops

The manor of Willowby Hall is under siege by a giant, enraged at the theft of his magical goose. The band of thieves has taken shelter within the manor's crumbling walls, cowering with their ill-gotten poultry as the building shakes itself apart. But something else is stirring. The giant's rampage is slowly awakening a Death Knight from its black slumber, and once it rises it will call on the bones of the manor's old residents to drive out the intruders.

Will the party loot the manor of its ancient relics, or succumb to the blades of its skeletal guardians? Who will make off with the goose and its golden eggs? Will anyone survive the giant's onslaught? The only way to find to play.

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daryl P June 13, 2021 8:50 am UTC
Where can you get the printed version in the uk?
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David T April 11, 2021 4:20 pm UTC
I did a review of this zine and scenario. TLDW: It's 100% worth buying.
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Jonathan S March 23, 2021 3:41 am UTC
Will this receive a PoD?
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Ben M April 01, 2021 2:33 am UTC
The print version can be found on the Swordfish Islands webstore
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Julien C March 22, 2021 11:22 pm UTC
I just finished running this adventure (I had it through kickstarter so I can't leave a review on drivethrurpg, but it would be a glowing five star), it took two sessions and I ran it using Dungeon World for the first time (it's a system which I was eager to try and upon reading felt it would work well).

This was so much fun!

First of all, never before have I run a dungeon scenario so easy to read and navigate, the effort made for readability and to avoid page flipping is simply fantastic. Beyond the exploration of the manor, the adventure was dynamic and the players were always forced to think quickly.

The end was a but chaotic, because all characters except one died in the manor, it ended with the druid flying away with the goose while abandonning the other group of adventurers to fend off against the death knight and his minions... I do believe I will run this adventure again with another group, or maybe do as suggested and drop it into a future campaign.
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Christoph F March 11, 2021 1:17 pm UTC
Funny Adventure, Great Price and a extremely useful Layout! Cannot wait to play that gem.

Btw. thanks for including the Player Maps.
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Michael N March 09, 2021 7:54 pm UTC
Excellent work, looking forward to running this as soon as this weekend.
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Ben M March 09, 2021 10:44 pm UTC
Let me know how it goes! Reviews are highly appreciated.
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Raymond W March 13, 2021 7:54 pm UTC
You got a glowing review from Bryce. You should definitely post/quote that.
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Jonathan N March 09, 2021 7:26 pm UTC
Incredibly charming and well-constructed. The escalating encounter levels and ticking clock at the centre of the adventure give it a sense of pacing and tension a lot of other OSR adventures tend to lack, but it remains highly open-ended. This looks like an immense amount of fun.
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This title was added to our catalog on February 27, 2021.