grodog wrote:I'll see if Rob can stop by and chime in here with some more-authoritative input...
Rob's pretty swamped (getting ready to move), but asked me to pass this along:Rob Kuntz via email to grodog wrote:
EGG and I surmised a location of ERK synonymous with the location of Maure Castle on the GH outdoor map. I switched the two when coming to
creating Maure Castle, however, for IP reasons--didn't need WotC owning yet the third castle/namesake from the 1972-1973 triumvirate. WG5 does indeed equate to the outer precincts of ERK that EGG's PCs discovered. There is no cross-over in the primary sense when you strip away all else for IP reasons. WG5 remained in place, but the Castles switched. I really miss doing Maure, btw, as it was a great story line. Perhaps I shall finish it as a novel, as my proclivities these days are running more and more towards writing fiction than doing loads of design work.--RJK
So, that's the word, straight from the source :D
Thanks for the information about the Maure/ERK connection, though I'm still unsure about the exact meaning of his answer... I'm pretty sure we all just want to know if the upcoming ERK can be unofficially but neatly used as the upper works of Maure?
I have to agree with the last 2 posters opinions, the idea of a Maure-themed novel leaves me cold. It the actual adventure were finished, I'm sure I'd feel differently. I just wish Rob would finish the Maure adventure, or at least release enough information to make it actually playable in the context of a campaign. Even if we never see the completed work published, all DMs need for a sound starting point to actually play the dungeon is:
1. an in-depth description of what the actual above-ground castle ruin.
2. a simple cross-section diagram of the dungeon.
3. a brief description/summary of each of the dungeon levels.
Such information would be a huge help toward his fans who want to actually play it. As it stands now, even with 3 Dungeon Magazines and Wizard's Walk, I'll probably never play these. There is just not enough there to feel comfortable trying to complete it, even for my own group. So come on, Rob, give us the keys to the castle so we can go in and play! :)
I wish Rob all the best - I've even purchased his recent other adventures so show my support of his endeavors. It is just frustrating to hear plans heading in odd directions, rather than wrapping up a his most popular and acclaimed series.