Way back in 1978, Mike Carr wrote a module for Dungeons and Dragons, the first module ever printed for the game. This classic module was called In Search of the Unknown, and it included tips for GMs, sample characters, rules for hirelings and henchmen, and was designed to be as flexible as possible. Rooms were largely left for the GM to stock with treasure and monster, and a list of suggestions was given at the end for the GM to tailor to their wishes.
The module is fondly remembered as a great introduction to the game of Dungeons and Dragons and in many ways could be described as a precursor to Marshall Miller’s now classic Dungeon Starter format for Dungeon World. It along with Dyson Logos’ release of his copy-write free (Creative Commons License) “Requasqueton” map inspired this super-sized starter.
I wrote a draft in hospital waiting rooms hoping for a happy holidays for my family. I'm glad to say, for now at least, wishes do sometimes come true.
Now go kill some monsters.