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Castle Xyntillan

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“The immense, rambling complex of Castle Xyntillan has stood in its mountain valley for many years. Built over several generations, it has now been deserted by its former owners, and left to time and the elements. However, that is not the end of the story, for Xyntillan’s fabulous treasures and Machiavellian deathtraps continue to fascinate the fortune-seekers of a dozen lands – and never mind the ghost stories!”

A 136-page adventure module for 1st to 6th level characters, Castle Xyntillan is a a funhouse megadungeon for the Swords&Wizardry game (and broadly compatible with other old-school systems). The module describes the three massive levels of the eponymous haunted castle inhabited by the remnants of a reclusive and eccentric family, from the soaring tower of the Donjon to the inky depths of the Oubliette (and beyond). Hidden rooms, secret passageways and long-forgotten sub-sections complete a collection of the dangerous and macabre from the gothic imagination – providing ample opportunities for exploration, confrontation, and subterfuge.

Castle Xyntillan has been designed to be versatile, open-ended, complex, and accessible. It is above all, a fantastic place – built on surrealism and dream logic, yet a place which makes a certain amount of sense if you look at it sideways. It should be entertaining, fascinating, and always a bit mysterious. Whether you would like a dungeon for one-off expeditions and convention play, or repeated forays and full campaigns, Castle Xyntillan should suit the demands and particulars of your campaign!

This electronic edition includes the following:

  • The PDF version of the module, with cartography by Rob Conley, and illustrations by Peter Mullen, Denis McCarthy, and Stefan Poag.
  • GM and player maps of the module, as well as a set of virtual tabletop maps, with helpful setup instructions by cartographer Rob Conley for Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds.
  • A GM’s Worksheet, used to track time and characters as the company explores the depths of Xyntillan. Adapted from Dungeons and Companies, a Hungarian retro-clone, and designed by Istvan Boldog-Bernad and Andras Szabo, this is a highly useful play aid for dungeon scenarios.

RELEASE NOTE: At this moment, the main document is still a plain PDF, the release expedited to let people under lockdown enjoy the module. An update with improved cross-refefences and functionality shall be released at a hopefully close date.

This electronic edition is provided free of charge to people who have purchased the print issue.

Other publishers and products with content by First Edition Society authors on DriveThruRPG include:

First Edition Society, publishers of OSRIC and Monsters of Myth.

Axe Mental Presents, publishing Hoard of Delusion and further fine first edition modules.

Storm Fetish Productions, publishing the excellent OSRIC expansion book, The Heroic Legendarium.

Saving Throw Fanzine, a zine for the benefit of the late James D. Kramer.

G. Hawkins, publisher of Gunderholfen and other superb first edition modules.

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John D August 28, 2022 12:12 am UTC
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Ordered the hardback and pdf combo, says pdf comes via this website yet nothing seems to be forthcoming. So what's up?
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Gabor L August 30, 2022 6:15 pm UTC
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Hello -- this part of the ordering system is not automated. Apologies for the delay some of you might experience; I try to mail out PDF links every few days, but sometimes, there are delays due to my day job or other factors. If there is any issue, please just mail me at beyond [dot] fomalhaut [at] gmail [dot] com, and I try to stort it out.
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Matt W May 19, 2022 9:51 pm UTC
Any plans to bring back the print edition? Or POD?
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Gary B April 07, 2022 7:51 am UTC
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I bought the print edition. How do I get the free PDF?
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michael M February 15, 2022 12:31 am UTC
how about a POD so North American people can save on shipping? :)
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Primault V November 28, 2021 6:19 pm UTC
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Map page 85 has a problem (two horizontal black thick lines hidding parts of the map.)
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sean R November 04, 2021 5:43 pm UTC
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is it me or does the VTT image for upper east align the "page" correctly, but not the actual grid on the map?
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Jacques N September 10, 2021 3:16 pm UTC
Love the adventure- it fully deserves all the attention. I got it on Bigcartel. One question: I notice in your Fomalhaut zine you use a rule where 1 GP blown = 5 EXP. Is Xyntillan intended to be played that way too? The lowish treasure values seem appropriate for that. Thanks!
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Jacques N September 11, 2021 3:11 pm UTC
Answer received on Discord- the treasure is as written. Thanks
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Christopher C May 21, 2021 2:51 am UTC
How long until the hardcover is available again? Thanks!
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Gabor L June 02, 2021 7:27 pm UTC
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Very shortly - 8 June at the latest.
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Andrew M February 02, 2021 1:22 am UTC
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How long does it usually take to turn around free PDFs with hardcopy purchase? Tried to email at the EDMT site but the Send button didn't do nothin'
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Fredrick R July 13, 2020 11:34 pm UTC
Need to offer a hardcopy. $20.00 seems a lot for a pdf. $14 would be reasonable.
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Andrew W August 01, 2020 4:29 pm UTC
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Hardcopies are on sale here https://emdt.bigcartel.com/
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Fredrick R August 01, 2020 9:50 pm UTC
Thanks!
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Pauli K June 20, 2020 8:59 am UTC
ooh -so keen to get a hardcopy of this!
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Thiago S June 12, 2020 5:43 am UTC
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Any ETA for the hyperlinked pdf?
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Gabor L June 12, 2020 9:44 pm UTC
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I wish I could get to it, but the workload at my day job has been dreadful in the last two months, and a lot of it has been editing work (I am deputy editor of a scholarly journal, plus I finished work on a larger book), which has burned me out on messing around with the manuscript. I hope to do it when things are a bit less crazy. Apologies for the delay.
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Thiago S June 14, 2020 6:05 am UTC
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I understand. i’m still reading through it (very good layout, by the way), so it will be needed only when I run it. So, I can wait a little longer :) Best of luck on your new book. Thanks for the reply.
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Patrick B May 18, 2021 6:44 am UTC
It's been a year now and still no hyperlinked file. If you're not going to do it, then perhaps you should remove the promise of it from the product description so people don't purchase expecting an update that never comes.
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Thiago S May 30, 2020 6:40 pm UTC
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Talon G May 12, 2020 7:57 pm UTC
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This comes with a step by step guide to set up the maps for Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds. Very helpful! 5 star service!
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Carlos S May 01, 2020 3:06 pm UTC
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The module itself is VERY VERY GOOD. I cannot stress enough how it is creative and exciting to play, however it comes with a BIG problem. The PDF is not bookmarked at all, the references to treasure and npcs should have a clickable link to it along with a nice index we could navigate easily on the pdf, however it has none of that making it really umpractical to DM. I've spent some hours bookmarking and referencing everything and now that things start to have some organization it feels good to DM and it feels good to run. If I knew that for sure I'd wait until the author fix the issue, however since I already got it I had to put in this extra effort so I could DM it properly.
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Gabor L May 01, 2020 4:27 pm UTC
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Hello Carlos,
A bookmarked and cross-referenced version is forthcoming. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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Zachary S May 01, 2020 1:23 am UTC
I know that the hardcover will probably not be available soon, but is there any way to get a discount or coupon if I buy the .pdf now?
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Gabor L May 01, 2020 4:26 pm UTC
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Hi Zachary,
The print edition will be available again fairly soon - hopefully within the next two weeks - but if you would like one now, please mail me at beyond DOT fomalhaut AT gmail DOT com, and I can arrange a solution.
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Zachary S May 05, 2020 1:40 am UTC
Hi Gabor. That's great news about the print edition coming back. I'll shoot you an e-mail!
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Philippe M May 13, 2020 12:32 pm UTC
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Hi Gabor,

Are you shipping from the US or do you have a within-EU shipping capability ? Since I'm in the EU, this could have quite an impact for me (on shipping cost and possible taxes).
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