This is the blog. Click here to go to the Zenopus Archives website.

Note: Many older posts on this blog are missing images, but can be viewed at the corresponding page in the Internet Archive


The Forgotten Smugglers' Cave: Index of Posts

An index of posts describing the Forgotten Smugglers' Cave, an adventure for Holmes Basic characters levels 2-4.                    ...

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Ruined Tower of Zenopus: Updated!

Attention all: The Ruined Tower of Zenopus has been updated!

Today, I uploaded a revised version (designated Version 2.0) to DMs Guild. As with the last update, the updated pdf should be available to anyone who previously purchased the adventure. In fact, DMs Guild should have sent you a notification that the product has been updated.

Two pages have been added, bringing the total to 20 pages. The new pages are:

(1) A full-page illustration by J. Eric Holmes' son, Chris Holmes...!

I commissioned this fantastic new work from Chris (who has his own website here) and it depicts the octopus from Room M battling a party in one of the pirate rowboats. Here is a thumbnail sneak-peak; see the adventure for the full-sized illustration:

(2) A Printer-Friendly Dungeon Map. Back in May, I added two separate dungeon map files to the product, drawn using the application Gridmapper by Alex Schroeder. I have now revised the PDF itself to include a version of this DM's Map. I removed the black background and redid the lettering to improve legibility. Again, just a sneak peek here:

Find the updated adventure here:

The Ruined Tower of Zenopus on DMs Guild

Click here to read reviews of the RTOZ by various bloggers


  1. That's a beautiful illustration by Chris!

  2. This is awesome! I found your update to this module a while back after it was mentioned in the RPG retro review YouTube channel.

    I just completed recreation of the module for use in dynamic dungeons platform. I use this to run my sister and nephew through an ongoing remote game.

    Your work on the module was invaluable to me.

    So just stopping by to say thank you for keeping such a fantastic module alive.

    1. Thank you, Todd. Glad to hear that it was useful for you!

      Is the "dynamic dungeons platform" at VTT like Roll20?

  3. Dynamic dungeons is a vtt, but not quite like roll 20. It is all high quality rendered and animated scenes along with modular props and stuff like that.

    You can check out some videos here.