Friday, January 31, 2014

Castle of the Mad Archmage Now Available!

At long last, the print version of Castle of the Mad Archmage is now available!

The free serialized version from several years ago has been added to, scrubbed, edited, and generally improved upon. The adventure now is self-contained, from the surface ruins to the dreaded lowest levels, with a separate map book and illustration book (with pictures to show the players what they see at given places in the dungeons). You can get all three of the books that make up this adventure at RPGNow.com:


All three books are available in pdf format as well, and as always you get a free pdf copy when you order the hard copy books. The adventure book was written with the Adventures Dark and Deep rules in mind, which means it can easily be used with most OSR-type rules.

You can get get the whole set for $20 pdf, $35 with a softcover adventure book, and $45 with a hardcover adventure book (the map and illustration books are only available in softcover).

It's been a long time getting here, but I hope you have as much fun with it as I have over the years.

30 comments:

Tim Knight said...

PODs ordered!

Greg Naughton said...

Been waiting for this for a long, long time. Thanks.

Anthony Bird said...

Sweet! I ran some people through the Castle (as originally posted) on D&D's 40th. Many a death. :D

I'm a little unclear on how this works: If I order the hardcover, all three of the books come with it?

Celestian said...

Why are the books individually sold when it says all 3 are required to run the adventure (35 bucks total).

Joseph Bloch said...

It's a technical limitation of the site, Celestian. It does not allow me to bundle print books into a single option. If I could, I would.

Joseph Bloch said...

Anthony- You need to add all three books to your cart separately, unfortunately.

Kano said...

It's possible to get it in Lulu in the future?

Shipping charges are excessive, and custom bleed us in Spain.

Joseph Bloch said...

Unfortunately no Lulu option will likely be forthcoming. We sell through OBS exclusively.

Joseph Bloch said...

(I know they have a printer in England now, so shipping to Europe is supposedly not nearly as bad as it was.)

Roger the GS said...

Excellent! I have a group just starting on Level 2 so it will be fun to see what's new.

Rob Roys said...

Congrats Mr. Bloch!

Looking forward to using this with my weekly group.

Zach G said...

Deluxe package ordered. I cannot wait for this one. Looking forward to it. Only thing that confused me was it gave me 2 separate shipping estimates.... It will welcome whenever it arrives...z

Geffyl said...

Thank'ee sir!
Pdf's bought now. Plan to get the hardbacks later.

Zudrak said...

Congratulations upon this release!

I bought the hardback combo of books (2 softcovers & hardcover adventure book) along with the PDF's. I look forward to reading these ASAP this weekend and receiving them in due time via the mail.

All the best!

LeftoftheDial Burnaby said...

I picked up the deluxe package as well, can't wait to get it. Any expansions planned down the road?

Joseph Bloch said...

Yes. Yes, there are, Burnaby.

fractalbat said...

Excellent!

I have the full collection of your original files printed out in a folder and I really enjoyed them.

I've just ordered the three books in hard copy and have the pdfs downloading. I'm looking forward to delving into it!

Hamlet said...

Fantastic. Been looking forward to this for a while now.

Infyra said...

And ordered!

BTW, I found the previously free PDF version on RPGGeek, the poster probably does not realise that the free version of the PDF has been removed. For me seeing that material convinced me that the dungeon is worth my 35 dollars for a print version!

Joseph Bloch said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Infyra. I've sent out the appropriate DMCA takedown requests.

Greg Johnston said...

If say I had the Castle Zagyg: Upper Works, does your Castle of the Mad Archmage in any way mesh/line up with the layout of the levels below the Storerooms Level?

Joseph Bloch said...

When it was originally made available as a free pdf, that was the intention, Greg. With the new version, the layout of the stairs from level 1 to level 2 did not change. It certainly wasn't the intent with the new version, but I suppose that lining up of the staircases would have carried forward. None of the text refers to anything in Castle Zagyg, of course, but it didn't in the original, either.

Dithering Fool said...

Ordered!!!

charleyp1 said...

Sorry if this comes through twice (feel free to delete any duplicate).

I ordered the hardcopy of the book and the soft copy of the maps and illustration books from RPGNow and the only pdf download options available were for the map and illustration books - NOT for the adventure book. Is this intended or is RPGNow experiencing problems?

Joseph Bloch said...

Charley - could you have ordered the book only? There are two options, the book and the book+pdf. You might have had the wrong one selected when you added it to your cart.

I'd get in touch with the RPGNow customer service folks, and see if they can fix it. The price is exactly the same, so there's no reason *not* to get the book+pdf.

charleyp1 said...

Hmm, the option was not there when I ordered but it is now. I'll contact RPGNow and see if they will allow me the download. Thanks!

Joseph Bloch said...

If they can't help you, email me at joseph@brwgames.com with the order number and I'll see what I can do on my end.

charleyp1 said...

The folks at RPGNow took care of me. Thanks for the input. I look forward to reading and running this. I have a party in Castle Zagyg now... :-)

Eric Smith said...

Can this be run with pathfinder rules?

Joseph Bloch said...

Eric Smith: Yes! There is a special Pathfinder Roleplaying Game edition, as a matter of fact:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/127894/Castle-of-the-Mad-Archmage-Adventure-Book-Pathfinder-Roleplaying-Game-Edition