Free OSR Adventures

Someone in the comments at was lamenting that there is no central resource for good free OSR material, and it occurred to me that this would be a good way to introduce 4e players to a different approach to gaming.  So here is a starter list, more or less by order of level, pulled mostly from “The Best” category at

The Prison of the Hated Pretender – level 1, 4e lower heroic – The link also includes a number of other decent adventures by Gus L, including links to the reviews, so check those out as well – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch

The Melford Murder – level 1, 4e lower heroic – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch

Gone Fishin’ – level 3ish, 4e level mid-heroic – I’m hoping this is still free, it was when I got it, but the original link has disappeared, and I’m not sure if this link is official – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch

The Hyqueous Vaults – level 3, 4e level mid-heroic – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch, Melan

The Hidden Tomb of Slaggoth the Necromancer  – low (heroic) level – Review:  Bryce Lynch

Red Tam’s Bones – level 3-5, 4e mid to upper heroic – link is to Dragonfoot – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch, Roger G-S

Wheel of Evil – level 3-5, 4e mid to upper heroic – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch, James Maliszewski 

The Submerged Spire of Sarpedon the Shaper – maybe 4e level 7 or 8? – in the From the Vats zine – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch

The (Snow) Globe – level 4, 4e level 7 or 8 – Reviews:  Bryce Lynch

Challenge of the Frog Idol – level 3-6, 4e mid to upper heroic – while you are at it, check out Dyson Logos’ maps, which you will find on the left-hand banner – Reviews:  Bryce LynchPeter V. Dell’Orto

Secret Party House of the Hill Giant Playboy – level 4-8, probably suitable for upper heroic or lower paragon – link is found at The Dungeon Dozen, which is also good for a read – Reviews:  I couldn’t find any, but I like it

To Rob a Witch, The Possession, The Six-Thousand Steps, The Tower of Madness, The Missing of Cloud Bluff, Hive of the Giant Bees, Dreams in the Cloud Castle – various levels, the winners of Bryce Lynch’s Adventure Design Contest (which he reviews himself).

I threw this list together quite quickly, so let me know if there are any dead/incorrect links.

Edit:  I ran across a decent 4e adventure which is publicly available from WotC which I wanted to add to the list.  I consider this to be among the best of 4e:  The Last Breaths of Ashenport.





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