The Top 50 D&D Modules of All Time

The following list, The Top 50 D&D Modules of All Time, was compiled using multiple sources that ranked the best D&D modules of all time. Some of the lists were top 10, top 20, top 25, top 30, etc. Some of the lists focused mostly on dungeon crawls. Others had a mix of dungeon crawls and alternative adventures. It should therefore then come as no surprise that the top two modules are TOEE and Ravenloft, a classic dungeon crawl, and a mixture of dungeon crawl/alternative adventure.

Some of the modules are old classics. Some of them are newer. They are all ranked here.

To rank the modules I awarded points to the order adventure models were listed in. Then I repeated this process for each list, and tallied up the points. In other words, the more modules an adventure was listed in, and the higher their ranking in those lists, determined how high they ranked here. I also had to adjust for how some lists only listed the top 10 or top 20, and thus had to make an effort to find lists that were longer and more inclusive.

Star rankings were then given to modules based on their overall rank, and ordered by their points within the individual sections below.

Five Star Modules
  1. Temple of Elemental Evil
  2. Ravenloft

4.75 Star Modules
  1. Tomb of Horrors
  2. Keep on the Borderlands
  3. Queen of the Spiders
  4. White Plume Mountain
  5. Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth
Note - There will doubtlessly be people who complain and claim that one or more of the above 5 modules belong in the top two or three spots. You are entitled to your opinion. In which case I encourage you to post your alternative top list in the comments section at the bottom.

 4.5 Star Modules
  1. The Haunted Halls of Eveningstar
  2. Red Hand of Doom
  3. Desert of Desolation
  4. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks
  5. Castle Amber
  6. Dragons of Despair (DL1)
  7. Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh

4.25 Star Modules
  1. Against the Giants
  2. Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
  3. Isle of Dread
  4. Lost City
  5. In Search of the Unknown

Four Star Modules
  1. Treasure Hunt
  2. Dragonlance (DL1 to DL12)
  3. Irilian (Parts 1 to 6)
  4. Feast of Goblyns
  5. Bloodstone Pass
  6. Dead Gods
  7. Mad Monkey vs the Dragon Claw
  8. Lich-Queen's Beloved
  9. Die Vecna Die!
  10. Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil
  11. The Last Days of Constantinople
  12. Return to the Tomb of Horrors
  13. In Search of New Gods
  14. Whispering Cairn
  15. Gates of Firestorm Peak
  16. When A Star Falls
  17. Queen of the Demonweb Pits
  18. Forge of Fury
  19. Curse of the Azure Bonds
  20. Dwellers of the Forbidden City
  21. When Black Roses Bloom
  22. Dead Gods
  23. Revenge of the Giants
  24. The Lair of Maldred the Mighty
  25. Night Below
  26. The Dancing Hut of Baba Yaga
  27. Ruins of Undermountain
  28. Red Arrow, Black Shield
  29. The Veiled Society
  30. King of the Trollhaunt Warrens
  31. Against the Cult of the Reptile God

Honourable Mentions
  1. Scourge of the Slave Lords
  2. Marauders of the Dune Sea
  3. Dark Tower
  4. Forgotten Temple of Tharzidun
  5. City of the Spider Queen
  6. City of Skulls
  7. The Assassin's Knot
  8. Ghost Tower of Inverness
  9. Palace of the Silver Princess
  10. Palace of the Vampire Queen
So yeah. Technically I went overboard and ranked 60 instead of 50. Hence the honourable mentions. Sue me.

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