A few weeks ago, I posted about the imminent release of Rob Kuntz's El Raja Key DVD Archive. It's an exciting product, featuring 1,000+ files full of Rob's maps, notes, and other materials from the games he ran in the 1970s. I'd intended that post to drum up some support for Rob's work, but in the process I made some unfounded comments about 'Rob's lack of timeliness'. Those comments, intended in the spirit of good humour though they were, were out of line. Rob's extensive body of work speaks for itself, and I - who don't know him personally or professionally (and can barely even run a timely blog, let's face it) - have no place taking cracks at the man. I hope he can accept my apology, and we can move on from this.
In this instance I'm quite happy to admit that I was wrong, because the Archive is out! Right now! If you want to check it out, head over to http://www.threelinestudio.com/ and take a look. I honestly haven't been this interested in a new RPG-related product in years (perhaps since Castle Zagyg). I'll admit it, I'm a mark for any material from D&D's earliest days, so I was always on the hook for this one. I have to admit - and I only have screenshots to go on - it looks even better than I was expecting. (That's not a slight: my expectations were pretty high at the outset.) The interface has a cool retro look, and the sample images that can be found on the blog (http://lakegenevaoriginalrpg.blogspot.com) look great. This is what I wanted from Castle Zagyg - the notes and maps as they were, untouched, and apparently with loads of historical commentary.
Unfortunately for me, it's that hellish nightmare time of the year, the time for creeping dread and unknown horrors. No, not Halloween, I mean Christmas. As usual money is tight this time of year, so I must endure the agonising wait to order the Archive until January. I'll most probably do a follow-up post after that, giving my thoughts on the Archive, at least as an overview (something tells me it'll take more than a couple of weeks to really dig in to it). I'm looking forward to it.