Against the Cult of the Reptile God

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Against the Cult of

the Reptile God

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Type Adventure module
Code/ Abbreviation N1
Edition 1st edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Author(s) Douglas Niles
First Published 1982
Classification Canon

Against the Cult of the Reptile God is an adventure module for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game, set in the game's World of Greyhawk campaign setting. The module was published by TSR, Inc. in 1982. It bears the code N1 and is the first in the N (Novice) series of unrelated adventures for beginning characters.

The module was written by Douglas Niles with cover art by Timothy Truman. It was the first design by Doug Niles after he came to work at TSR. Working from an old brief, Niles completed the module in four weeks. There is a printing error in one of the module maps; the maze near the troglodytes has no exit.


The adventure takes place on the border between the Gran March and the Kingdom of Keoland in the western Flanaess. It is one of the most challenging of the early AD&D modules, featuring a mystery that leads to adventures in town, the wilderness and a dungeon.

Notable Nonplayer Characters

N1 was the first mention of the goddess Merikka, who didn't appear again until the publication of the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer in 2000.


Against the Cult of the Reptile God was ranked the 19th greatest Dungeons & Dragons adventure of all time by Dungeon magazine in 2004, on the 30th anniversary of the Dungeons & Dragons game.


  • Campbell, Craig A. "Revisiting the Naga's Throne Room." Dungeon #183. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2010.
  • Erik Mona, James Jacobs, and the Dungeon Design Panel. "The 30 Greatest D&D Adventures of All Time." Dungeon #116. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, November 2004.
  • Niles, Douglas. Against the Cult of the Reptile God. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1992.

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