Sunday, November 18, 2012

Classic Rock Song Titles I'd Like to See as D&D Modules

This is an idea that came to me back in late summer of this year. I was listening to "Man on the Silver Mountain" by Rainbow/Dio, and I starting thinking about how both Metal and Prog Rock are inclined to title (and write) songs with very "epic" subject matter... and how it all reminds me of module titles. So, in the same parodic vein as my Separated at Birth posts, I'd do a post for classic rock song titles that I'd like to see as D&D modules. All of the images on the cover mockups below are by a very cool Russian painter named Nicholas Roerich (October 9, 1874 – December 13, 1947). Very cool stuff!


  1. Awesome. It's kind of like looking into an alternate reality and finding artifacts.

  2. mmm ... In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson
    Twilight Alehouse by Genesis (a song about being in a fantasy tavern!)
    The Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin
    (most Zep and Genesis before 1978 or so is suitable for gaming)

  3. I thought this would be something everyone would enjoy. And I agree Charles, especially about the Genesis stuff. I've actually been working on a list of magic items inspired by Genesis song titles.

  4. These are friggin awesome!

    Hmm...Let's add some more:

    Behind the Wall of Sleep by Black Sabbath
    Master of Puppets by Metallica
    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC
    Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues (which I always thought was "Knights" until I was about 13)
    In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg (although I prefer the Savatage version)

    Oh, I could go on. . .

  5. I'm surprised no one has commented on the module number for the first one (Man on the Silver Mountain). It's D-zero (D-oh; get it? That was my favorite bit of the whole bunch!)

  6. There is absolutely nothing about this post that isn't awesome.

    A few more I'd like to see:

    Sign of the Gypsy Queen (April Wine)
    Workshop of the Telescopes (Blue Oyster Cult)
    Sparks of the Tempest (Kansas)
    Seven Cities of Gold (Rush)
    Demon's Eye (Deep Purple)

  7. Replies
    1. I would much rather play the Fat Bottomed Girls adventure by Queen -- lot of rolling on the random harlot table, I would think!

  8. This is so awesome. I love these covers and this concept.

  9. The 'sword & planet' adventure... "Strangers in a Strange Land" would be a good one!

  10. I love the D0 reference! Man on the Silver Mountain and Children of the Sun were two of my all time fav game music pieces!

    Thanks gor this!

  11. I love the artwork!
    I may have to steal your idea and write one of these up.

  12. The pics are broken on my browser, so apologies if I list any repeats:

    *Queen- March of the Black Queen
    *Dio- Rainbow in the Dark (I was going to suggest Master of the Moon, but I don't think it's old enough to be considered classic)
    *Black Sabbath- Hole in the Sky


  14. So, anyone going to actually produce these as modules?

    1. I'm actually running an adventure at this year's NTRPGCon called "The Fractured Cavern" that's inspired by the image from the "Deep in the Motherlode" cover above. I may just keep the name "Deep in the Motherlode" so that I can say I did write one of these.

  15. B.O.C.'s "Harvester of Eyes" would make, not a module title, but the main antagonist.
    B.O.C.'s "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" is begging to be made into a Psionics-centric adventure!

  16. There's a "Wight Album" joke in here somewhere, I know it....