I started running Holmes's sample adventure for a quickie game last night. Great feel, fun and interesting and dangerous. We didn't get very far because it was really late and we just wanted an hour or two's diversion, but I'm really excited to play the rest.
I really enjoy first level adventuring, and although I always use OAD&D, for an on-the-fly game like this I use a lot of the Holmes book as a guidelines to simplification. Character creation took about 15 minutes for 3 characters, including equipment bought. I like. Regards.
“A man may do both. For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day!” —J.R.R. Tolkien
I've always been fascinated by those 'sample dungeons' too, because you always wonder "what would the rest of this look like, if the author had finished it...?" As a bit of trivia, it looks like the layout of the Holmes sample dungeon was used for the game included in the AD&D Coloring Album, although stocked with different monsters (definitely, a higher level dungeon in the latter case).