Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Amazing Carcosa Boxed Set

I don't know how much I can possibly rave about TRS Games' Carcosa boxed set! It is much more than Dungeons & Dragons Supplement V - it is a fully self-contained OD&D game from an alternate reality.

Much has been written about Geoffrey McKinney's Carcosa campaign world so I won't go into it here (see the Carcosa Page and Carcosa Discussion). Whether one likes the setting or not - I personally love it - Carcosa represents the ideal form of what the D&D hobby could be and should be. The inspiration and the vision and the pure pure DIY awesomeness are just lovely things to behold.

This boxed set version of Carcosa is a perfect object of gaming fancy - from the cthonic Erol Otus art to the beautiful digest-sized character sheets to the old school precision-edged dice. The hex crawl map and guide in particular are fabulous. Many thanks to B. Portly Esquire for the labor he put into producing these, and of course thanks to Geoffrey McKinney and the multiple other contributors for the mind-bending content.

Sadly, this boxed set was produced in very small numbers and I was pretty lucky to get a copy. If you want something like this I guess you might just have to do it yourself...



  1. That is sweet. :D

    Congratulations. :)

  2. @Timeshadows - Yeah, I can't wait to get my paws on the Urutsk set next! Chris is going to show me his advanced copy of Urutsk on Friday, I'm quite excited to see it!

  3. While it'd be awesome to have one, it'd just be nice to know where he got the digest-sized box!

  4. Thank you! :D

    Have fun with Carcosa. :D

  5. Not sure when I would get the chance to do Carcosa for my group (if ever), but this is one damn handsome set to own played or not.

  6. That is a box of badass! You are one lucky man to have snagged one. Enjoy it as long as you can, because we all know you have one and we are all trying to figure out where you live! :-)

  7. I'm guessing the folks who were getting one were already figured out when the project started considering the print run of ten. Lucky Bastards :P

  8. @Restless - Yes, the box itself is very nice. It's much better than Brave Halfing's flimsy S&W: Whitebox box.

    @Brunomac - Yeah, I'm not sure I'd ever run Carcosa either. Not because it's not great, but I'm just more interested in using my own material. Stuff like this serves its purpose beautifully as raw inspiration.

    @Shane - Watch out! I have a little dog that will lick you to death if you get close to my house.

    @Capheind - This might be true, but I lucked into this copy because one of the original orders never paid up for whatever reason.

  9. I got my copy (#6) the other day (I was poor at the time so it spent three months on a boat). It is absolutely fantastic, Lester did a brilliant job. It felt just like Christmas when I opened it up.

    @cyclopeatron - sorry to hear you ended up with a flimsy box copy of BHP's WB, we all know John had massive problems with the original box supplier. My WB box is just as strong as Lester's, so perhaps I was lucky and got one from the better batch.

    Anyway, I'm looking forward to future Lester releases.

  10. I keep seeing posts about these... where did you get them? (I realize it's too late, but I'd like to keep an eye out for these future releases, too!)

  11. @Restless - you'll find an email address for B. Portly Esq. on his blogger profile:

  12. Good afternoon; is there any way through the magic of Chaos that someone can get a copy of that character sheet?


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