Monday, August 18, 2008

Castle Zagyg: Upper Works

I understand this product was released as a boxed set for GenCon. Has anyone seen it or, better yet, know anything about it? I ask because I'm in principle quite interested, but there's also a part of me that's rather worried that, for various reasons, it won't meet with my approval. I rather liked Yggsburgh, warts and all, so I'm hoping this product will be in a similar vein. And let's face it: I'm a sucker for a boxed set. At the same time, I have fears and trepidations.

Anyone have any deep insights to share?


  1. I'm hoping to pick up my copy from my DM (who attended the show alone this year, alas) when he returns from GenCon, so I hope to know much more about it in a day or two.


  2. I pre-ordered the day they started taking them, so hopefully I'll know soon.

    I'm hearing nothing but good things from Gen-Con attendees on the TLG board, though. And I was really impressed with Mouthes of Madness (the preview advanture from the box that they released early).

  3. James, to make a long story short, I took interest in your blog the other day and I've made a point of reading through ALL of your articles. I'm also very interested in the roots of D&D and blogs like yours has inspired me to start my own.

    Anyway, I've been waiting to see some of the original Castle Greyhawk materials for decades. That legendary dungeon has always fired my imagination. What was in it? How big is it? Why was it never properly published?

    Last year, when I became seriously interested in D&D again, I once again regarded the legendary Castle Greyhawk. I bought the farcical version years ago. So I got on eBay and bought the more serious treatment that was released in the 1990s. I also purchased the woefully inadequate adventure path that WotC published last year. And I also found out that Gary was finally publishing the real deal after all these years.

    Then Gary died. I was horrified at the prospect that his magnum opus would never be published. Luckily, TLG published the game and is planning to publish the dungeons very soon.

    Anyway, I pre-ordered CZ:UW last month and I am currently waiting to receive it in the mail. I plan to post an extensive review of it on my blog. I hope you will check it out.

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  5. Just got my copy of this yesterday and it definitely delivers.

    The entire castle is presented in glorious detail (towers, grounds, etc...) as well as the first dungeon level and the nearby caves (the mouths of madness) which also have connections to the first dungeon level.