Heroes of High Fantasy: Creaking in the Dark

Rated 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


When an injured child collapses in the street, will you venture into the cellar he fled from to discover what hides, creaking in the dark? This variable difficulty adventure module is designed for 4-5 players and comes with pregenerated characters and a full sized digital battle map.

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This variable difficulty module is designed to act as a single session encounter or as a side quest to your existing campaign. The unique way it’s written and the various appendix sections present three difficulty levels to best suit your needs as a DM. We’ve provided the game resources below if you’d like to use the pre-generated characters and/or maps designed for the adventure.

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8 reviews for Heroes of High Fantasy: Creaking in the Dark

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    A very well organized quick adventure. Good for a side quest or as part of a larger chain. Everything you need except the game system.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This module is a great example for this kind of product. It works great as a one-and-done, but it also adds a couple of possible seeds for future adventures if the PC’s show interest. The layout is great, everything you need is right at hand – except for the monster stats, which are given in 3 appendices for low, medium and high level parties. Plenty of nice additional details that add a bit of flair (consumables, lair effects) without getting too complex and therefore defeating the goal of having an adventure that’s simple to prep for and run. The pregen PC’s and digital map downloads are a nice touch too. Great job, I’m looking forward to more of these!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    The previous reviews pretty much summed up my feeling concerning the adventures. I would like to stress one thing, the variable level challenges achieved by breaking the difficulty of the challenges down to beginner, intermediate and advanced is a great concept that I hope you Nord games will continue to develop. I feel that it definitely gives your product and edge over over similar materials now so readily available because of the open game license. I’m glad I bought these and hope to see ore stuff like this in future.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5


    This adventure is 24 pages long (I don’t think I saw that information provided anywhere on the product page). It has an easy-to-read, 2-column layout that isn’t a strain to read on a tablet. It features several evocative illustrations.

    As others have mentioned, I appreciate that he difficulty was broken down into beginner, intermediate, and advanced options. You could run this as a one-shot or within an existing campaign across a whole range of levels.

    I would’ve liked to see a bit more variety to the monsters in the adventure. For example, there are three encounters with giant rats, and that kind of repetition can wear thin. I suspect the reason for this is that each creature needs to be given three sets of stats. It must be more tedious to add a monster to adventures of this nature than standard adventures that are intended to be played at only one level range. Still, I found myself searching for a substitute monster before long.

    Don’t overlook the maps and pre-gens available on the product page. They definitely add value to the adventure. Overall, this is a solid adventure at a reasonable price.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5


    looks like it could be a good side quest

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    I picked this because the hook got me interested, and the variable difficulty makes it easy to drop in to any established game no matter the level. I do recommend changing one of the encounters on your own, as the first 3 encounters are more or less the the same. There is no way I’m not running this at least twice.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    I found this to be a good side adventure in my 5E campaign when only a subset of my regular players could play and three new players joined the group. I rarely run modules straight as written and Creaking in the Dark was no exception. Nonetheless, I kept the basic plot and moved the adventure into a large city. The module is written so that you can scale it to three tiers of difficulty. I think this could work for the first two but would seem a bit hokey at the highest level. But at higher levels, you could substitute different encounters if needed and keep a similar plot. But I think the module works best as a low-level adventure. Here is a more detailed write-up of how I used the module in my 5E campaign: https://thulaen.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/session-12-what-lurks-beneath-the-golden-tankard/

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeff Thorpe

    Great product! It’s very well organized, can be placed anywhere a campaign or as a one-shot adventure, and it’s scales in difficulty by PC level. Personally, I’m using this as an intro adventure to go along with Out of the Abyss.

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