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HHQ1 Fighter's Challenge is a 32-page adventure module for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition released in February 1992. It is for a single warrior-class PC of level 2 to 4.

Official synopsis[]

Decades ago, Sturnheim was a thriving trade town on a major caravan route. But then, disaster struck when a gold-laden caravan disappeared without a trace. Financially ruined, the town slipped into decline, and now lies almost forgotten on a route that is seldom traveled anymore.

Fighter's Challenge is a new type of ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® adventure. It is designed especially for a Dungeon Master and one player—perfect for very small playing groups, for those times when the whole group can't get together, or for the player who wants his character to earn some extra experience. This adventure will provide hours of excitement for the DM and for any warrior or multi-class fighter character or levels 2 to 4.

You can unravel a 40-year-old mystery and restore the honor of Sturnheim—if you have the guts!


The module is

  • I. Welcome to Sturnheim introduces the village of Sturnheim, a formerly wealthy trade route village. Decades ago, a stone sword was discovered in the hills. A group of brigands attack the local town of Poot.
  • II. From Village To Tower takes the party out of Sturnheim toward the Ruined Tower, beneath which a red dragon once buried its treasure.
  • III. The Tower explores the Ruined Tower. It is omitted from the index.
  • IV: The Underground Complex explores beneath the Tower.
  • V: Getting Away has the players chased by the red dragon.
  • VI: Subplots introduces various possible local subplots involving the brigands of the hills, the manticore Fangflight, a quest by the herbalist Miranda, a woman kidnapped by a werewolf, the forest to the north, the graveyard, and the swamp featuring the black dragon Caustalak.

Development and release[]


The book was written by John Terra. Art was provided by John Lakey, Laura Lakey, Karl Waller, Mark Nelson and Jim Holloway.


Fighter's Challenge was released by TSR in February 1992 for $6.95 US, $8.50 Canadian, or £4.50 UK.

On March 19, 2013, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $4.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Fighter's Challenge reached the rank of Gold seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

The book received a follow-up, Fighter's Challenge II (1994). Several single-character adventure books in the HHQ series were published.

External links[]


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