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Thunder Rift is a 32-page sourcebook for Basic Dungeons & Dragons released in May 1992.

Official synopsis[]

CALLING ALL BEGINNER DUNGEON MASTERS AND PLAYERS: IT'S TIME TO LEARN WHAT LIES BEYOND THE DUNGEON! THE GREAT CANYON OF THUNDER RIFT IS FILLED WITH ADVENTURE

Now that you've had a taste of treasure hunting, are you ready to discover the road to and from adventure? Enter Thunder Rift and you'll find the excitement that lies outside the dungeon. From the Plunging Cataract Falls to the Keep of the Black Knight, the Rift offers a miniature world filled with friends and foes alike.

Thunder Rift offers the novice Dungeon Master a rich environment in which to begin a campaign. He or she can run the companion modules designed for use with this accessory or create entirely original scenarios that only require a place to be played out. There are lots of adventure ideas built right into the text, and lots of space for inventive DMs to "do their own thing." Player characters will find the Rift to be an excellent home turf, and they can get to know the valley while they are getting to know their characters and the game.

Recommended for beginner DMs and players - no level restrictions

For use with both the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Game Box and the D&D Rules Cyclopedia

Comes with a large, colorful map sheet Acts as a setting for numerous TSR adventure modules, but remains completely self-contained, a perfect setting for any adventure Thunder Rift can be placed into any world in which the DM sets the campaign.

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Development and release[]

Development[]

The book was written by Colin McComb. Art was provided by Roger Loveless and Karl Waller.

Release[]

Thunder Rift was released by TSR in May 1992 for $[missing data] US or $[missing data] Canadian.

On August 16, 2016, 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, Thunder Rift reached the rank of Gold seller on DriveThruRPG.

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Basic Dungeons & Dragons
Core rules
Holmes: Basic Set
Moldvay/Cook B/X: Basic SetExpert Set
BECMI: Basic RulesExpert RulesCompanion RulesMaster RulesImmortals Rules
Rules CyclopediaThe New Easy to Master Dungeons & Dragons Game
The Classic Dungeons & Dragons Game
Supplements
Creature CrucibleGazetteer
Bestiary of Dragons and GiantsThe Book of Marvelous MagicThe Book of Wondrous InventionsChampions of Mystara: Heroes of the Princess ArkCreature CatalogueCreature CatalogPoor Wizard's Almanac & Book of FactsPoor Wizard's Almanac II & Book of FactsPoor Wizard's Almanac III & Book of FactsThe Shady Dragon InnThunder RiftWrath of the Immortals
Adventures
In Search of Adventure (In Search of the Unknown) • The Keep on the BorderlandsPalace of the Silver PrincessThe Lost CityHorror on the HillThe Veiled SocietyRahasiaJourney to The RockCastle Caldwell and Beyond) • Adventures in BlackmoorTemple of the FrogCity of the GodsThe Duchy of TenArena of ThyatisLegions of ThyatisEye of TraldarThe Dymrak DreadKing's FestivalQueen's HarvestAssault on Raven's RuinThe Best of IntentionsBlade of VengeanceBlizzard PassCastle AmberCrown of Ancient GloryCurse of XanathonDeath's RideThe Dragon's DenDrums on Fire MountainEarthshaker!The Endless StairEye of the WyvernFive Coins For A KingdomThe Gem and the StaffGhost of Lion CastleThe Goblin's LairThe Immortal StormIn the Phantom's WakeInto the MaelstromThe Isle of DreadMaze of the Riddling MinotaurThe Knight of NewtsLathan's GoldLegacy of BloodMaster of the Desert NomadsMystery of the Snow PearlsNight's Dark TerrorQuagmire!Quest for the HeartstoneQuest for the Silver SwordRage of the RakastaRed Arrow, Black ShieldSabre RiverSaga of the Shadow LordThe Savage CoastSkarda's MirrorSword and ShieldTalons of NightTemple of DeathTest of the WarlordsThunderdelve MountainThe Tree of LifeTwilight CallingVengeance of AlphaksThe War Rafts of KronWhere Chaos ReignsThe Wrath of OlympusWrath of the Minotaur
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