Zack: The plot of this adventure is boiled down into one big paragraph and a list of possible Tomb of Horrors locations. There is a demi-lich named Acererak. He filled a dungeon with traps and he has a treasure. That's it. The whole plot.
Steve: Most of the opening paragraph is a warning about difficulty. "You'll never find the demi-lich's secret chamber" and the tomb is fraught with "terrible traps, poison gases, and magical protections." It's telling you not to play the adventure.
Zack: Not just in that part. In the DM's notes section at the start, Gygax explicitly warns Dungeon Masters that if your players enjoy killing monsters they will be unhappy with the adventure.
Steve: "This module is only for parties that enjoy dying immediately and repeatedly." Oh, man, we're not going to play though this thing are we?
Zack: Not this time. We'll go through the map and cover some of the more sadistic sections.
Steve: Okay, I wanted to be sure, because I played through this once and it can end friendships. At the end of the first session my buddy Alex threw the book out the window and he never played D&D with us again. That's why my map has footprints on it.
Zack: I thought you said Keith bought it.
Steve: No, Keith found it. In the woods.
Zack: Blair Lich Project.
Steve: Very funny. When we're done with this I'm probably going to put it back in the woods. It's like one of those crosses made out of sticks, only scarier.
TOTAL WRECK - crazy-eyed hound is covered in cobwebs, has a vespiary on back, graffiti on side and savage thirst for boat fuel. Frankly, I'm in over my head. He's in room 115 at Motel 6, yours free. 555-2851
Yes, it's the perfect form for surviving a car crash. But it's also the perfect form for so much more, like surviving the trauma of reading any news headline in 2016.
Zack Parsons, Steve "Malak" Sumner, and friends tackle bizarre role playing game products that make them wonder, "What the fuck!?" From the early days of Gygax to contemporary role playing games, none will be spared.