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The Jade Hare is an 8-page adventure module for Basic Dungeons & Dragons released in September 1992. It is 8 pages, with lots of illustrations, much shorter than most modules of the same era. It was only available as a "give-away" module (included with purchases for free) from the TSR Mail Order Hobby Shop in 1992.

Official synopsis[]

Long ago the wisdom of the Prophet, Al-Kalim, came to the village of Dar el-Tamyya, and taught the folk to disregard their idols of old. But they kept one, to remember their ancient past and the wisdom of their ancestors. They also kept it because they believed it to be magical, blessed to protect the village form harm.

Now the idol has been taken. Yesterday a small band of goblins raided Dar el-Tamyya, but strangely enough they killed no people and only took the Jade Hare. This has led Qadi Ibn Ali, the judge who is the recognized leader of Dar el-Tamyya, to conclude that the goblins were working for someone. But who?

The Jade Hare is a Dungeons & Dragons game adventure, designed for a party of 4-6 first level characters. As usual, a variety of character classes will be most useful. Because the adventure's short, you and your players should be able to finish in just one session, even if you must generate player characters in the same evening.

In order to play, all you need is a copy of the boxed Dungeons & Dragons game rules, dice, and some paper and pencils.


Development and release[]


The book was written by John Nephew. Art was provided by Larry Elmore and John Knecht.


The Jade Hare was released by TSR in September 1992.

It was produced in only one printing, and was produced in small quantities. The vast majority of these modules came without a cover; a cardstock cover for the module was produced, but very few copies have it. It features Larry Elmore artwork against a white background, and identifies the TSR stock # (9259). This artwork was originally used as the cover for the "Dungeon of Dread" Endless Quest gamebook, also released by TSR.

In addition to the D&D logo and the title, it bears the subtitle "A DRAGON MASTER (TM) Game Adventure." The subtitle was TSR's attempt to secure the "Dragon Master" trademark that the company had recently applied for (part of their plan to head off copycat titles with "Dragon" in the title, ergo "DragonStrike," "DragonQuest", etc). The back cover is mostly blank, with only the TSR address, legal info, and price ($3.95) at the bottom. The cover is loose (not stapled with the module), and the interior is blank.

On January 10, 2017, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $1.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, The Jade Hare reached the rank of Electrum seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

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