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Iron Crypt of the Heretics
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System: Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e 
Abbreviation: DCC# 12.5 
Author: Harley Stroh 
Publisher: Goodman Games 
Item Code: GMG50125 
Publication Date: 2005 
Format: Paperback 
Page Count: 24 
ISBN-10: 0976808595 
Price: $10.99
 
Product Blurb
Remember the good old days, when adventures were underground, NPCs were there to be killed, and the finale of every dungeon was the dragon on the 20th level? Those days are back. Dungeon Crawl Classics don't waste your time with long-winded speeches, weird campaign settings, or NPCs who aren't meant to be killed. Each adventure is 100% good, solid dungeon crawl, with the monsters you know, the traps you fear, and the secret doors you know are there somewhere.

Many centuries ago, a band of paladins fell from grace. These blackguards were defeated after a great battle and their grim fortress, the Iron Tower, was razed. A small abbey was established near the ruins, where generations of monks mixed ancient eldritch wards, mighty clockwork traps, and multiple failsafes to build the Iron Crypt of the Heretics. Three mighty vaults ensured that its evils would be sealed for all eternity. But unbeknownst to the brotherhood, their impregnable crypt had a single weakness: the very monks that had built it, for they knew its secrets. When a devourer stole into their abbey, the profane beast forced the monks to help it inside the Iron Crypt. It successfully broke into the first of three vaults, releasing an army of wights. The story of the devourer and his wight army is told in Dungeon Crawl Classics #12: The Blackguard's Revenge. Now, in the Iron Crypt of the Heretics, the heroes must venture into a crypt designed by the world's greatest thieves, magicians, and seers, solve its puzzles and deadly traps, and seal it once more from the outside world.

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Iron Crypt of the Heretics is a d20 Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure written for Dungeons & Dragons by Harley Stroh. For character levels 11-13, DCC #12.5 send the PCs into a forbidden crypt rife with deadly traps and challenging puzzles. In 2006, Iron Crypt of the Heretics was released in a 1e version at GenCon Indy. The 1e release included new encounters by Harley Stroh, and the 1e coversions by Jon Hershberger. After all copies sold out the first day of the convention, the 1e version was printed a second time.

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Collecting[edit]

The first printing of the 1e version of the adventure is highly sought after, and sellers sometimes misrepresent the original 3.5 version, and the second 1e printing as the true GenCon first printing.[1]

Identifying characteristics of the 1e version (either 1st or 2nd printing) is the starbust on the cover that mark the adventure as a ENnie nominee. Identifying characteristics of the true 1e first printing are the mis-numbered area key on the map on the inside cover. Buyers should be careful and wary if they believe they are purchasing the true 1e first printing.

Awards[edit]

DCC #12.5 received a nomination for Best Adventure, ENnies 2006.[2]

AbbreviationDCC# 12.5 +
AuthorHarley Stroh +
Help Wanted ReasonImaged Needed +
ISBN0976808595 +
Item CodeGMG50125 +
Media TypePaperback +
Page Count24 +
Publication Date2005 +
PublisherGoodman Games +
SystemDungeons and Dragons 3.5e +
TitleIron Crypt of the Heretics +