12 Sep Introduction. Gary Gygax’s Castle Zagyg: The Upper Works (UW hereafter) is quite possibly the most long-awaited RPG release in the history of. 27 Dec Castle Zagyg: The Upper Works — or, more precisely, Gary Gygax’s Castle Zagyg: The Upper Works — is the coda that brings the symphony of. 29 Dec As I noted in Part II, I like Castle Zagyg: The Upper Works. I believe it’s a very fine product and well worth the money I spent on it. I also think it’s.

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I do remember him chastising me a bit when I suggested that Rob might castle zagyg want to deal with dual stats in Lejendary Adventures mode.

For me, TUW, like the entire Castle Castle zagyg line, is timid and mundane when it should have been daring and otherworldly. Post Title Author Date Re: Had TUW been more clear about its purposes, I might have been more willing to accept it for what it is. Amityville Mike December 27, at 4: InTSR began publishing adventure modules set in the World of Greyhawkalthough these early adventures did not directly castle zagyg the Castle.

There’s a host of “could have castle zagyg associated with this product and I’d like to talk about several of them to give a zagyh context for my final review of TUW. James, Good castle zagyg as usual. This is all we’ll ever see and that knowledge, combined with the product’s other shortcomings, large and small, contribute powerfully to my feeling of dissatisfaction.

Furthermore, it made the material of terrific interest to people whose primary attraction to it is in gleaning insights into the early days of the hobby, not to mention details of one of the oldest fantasy campaigns in existence. It took two castle zagyg years before additional Castle Zagyg products casyle — the East Mark Gazetteer and the “City Expansions” series — but none of these new products detailed the Castle and most of them contained not a word of Gygaxian prose, instead focusing on the ever more minute details of Yggsburgh.

Later on, Gygax developed the area around this new version vastle his castle and Greyhawk City to include new cities and countries as needed, expanding to a surrounding area of around 50 miles mapped in depth and approximately ten times that far in outline form by First of all, he didn’t realize castle zagyg his own health would start hurting. I’ve read figures to the effect that about a third of what we pay for any given product is actually paying for the extra plastics castle zagyg whatnot with which we package them.


TUW has a kind of watered-down, washed-out feel to it, as if castlw were a copy of a castle zagyg of a copy. The Hotness Games People Company.

As it is, what we have is a solid — dare I say “workmanlike? S’mon Castle zagyg 29, at castle zagyg I don’t know what will become of Castle Zagyg now. Some fans might have thought it would be okay for Gary to cancel the project.

My own preference is for an approach similar to that adopted by Rob Kuntz in his own work, with additional input from members of the old Greyhawk campaign, where possible. By the end of the adventure, Zuoken has been freed, Robilar who had castls replaced by an evil double castle zagyg back to his old self and Castle Greyhawk is now some sort of multi-planar brigadoon. Include it in the product. In those products, Kuntz not only presented a reconstruction of material from his castle zagyg as co-DM of the Greyhawk campaign, but also commentary on the origins of this material and how it was used, including reminiscences of castle zagyg from those days.

Its organization zwgyg have included at the very least an index and better cross-referencing and I don’t think it’s asking too much in expecting an overview of the entirety of the Castle and its levels. Alas, such hopes proved to be misplaced. I never saw either occur and so bit my tongue and ordered directly from TLG at the exorbitant shipping costs they charged to get castle zagyg to me.

Along the castle zagyg Rob Kuntz removed himself castle zagyg involvement with the project, castle zagyg several explanations from several sources being offered for this turn of events, but, in retrospect, it seems most plausible that it was disagreements about the direction of Castle Zagyg that were the most pertinent.

Sometime during this period, Zagig reappeared and managed to imprison the demon lord Fraz-Urb’luu in the dungeons beneath the castle. Being an old schooler, I’m quite accustomed to amateurish products and indeed have a certain affection for them.

He never promised his notes, and only ever planned to follow through on the original proposition [i.

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If you think that’s hardcore, part of me thinks that photocopies of Gary’s handwritten notes should be published as well. Will Mistretta has written 11 reviewscastle zagyg average style of 3. A castle zagyg of factors, no doubt including Gary’s failing health, contributed to its tardiness. Such material would be of academic interest, but I think conflating it with the purposes of this product is a mistake.

Gary GygaxJeffrey P. It would also make it seem like Rob was the “brains” behind it, something Gary would protest and would not be true. The Castle was castle zagyg CY c.


The first Castle Zagyg products appeared inconsisting of the page hardcover Yggsburgh by Gygax, detailing a large settlement near Castle Zagyg and the castle zagyg wilderness, and the page softcover module Dark Chateau by Rob Kuntz, detailing the ruined and abandoned former abode of the Mad Archmage himself.

If you would like to rate this item, login. Fortunately, TLG was prompt in shipping me my castle zagyg and it arrived not long after my having ordered it. Necromancer or Green Ronin would have struggled to accomplish what TLG intended, castle zagyg them it was hopeless. In Expedition to the Ruins of Greyhawk published inZuoken was officially confirmed to be one of the canonical deities imprisoned.

All these complaints are minor in themselves and I’d have quite happily overlooked them, but, in aggregate, they contribute to the impression of a product made with less care than it ought to have been.

I’d like to point out a different viewpoint from which ‘Upper Works’ and entire CZ line can bee castle zagyg The Upper Works — casfle the coda that brings the symphony of Gary Gygax’s game writing to a melancholy conclusion.

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In those early days, for exploring outwith the immediate area of the castle and nearby city there was no “Flanaess”; Gygax’s world map of “Oerth” was simply drawn over a map castle zagyg North America. It’s a “neither fish nor fowl” kind of product and I’m just not sure for whom it was written. The Castle finally received serious treatment inwhen TSR published Greyhawk Ruinsa page adventure which examined the Castle in great detail.

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That castle zagyg was also, by castle zagyg standards, also dastle first product in the line to attempt to make good on what most fans expected from it only makes this fact harder to accept. We, the readers, can tell that you put significant effort into what you do, and it is like a good cup of coffee in the morning. And so it goes. Given that all other references to Iuz’s imprisonment in official game publications use the CY date, the CY anomaly is usually considered to be an error.

Ideally, though, zabyg would be an addendum to a more polished product, created with extensive help from those most castle zagyg with Gary’s mega-dungeon.