One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
Here's a repost of Paul Stormberg's announcement over on Dragonsfoot (which includes nicer pictures and such than mine):
Paul J. Stormberg wrote:
An incredible opportunity has arisen for Dungeons & Dragons players, fans, and historians. Rob Kuntz is releasing an Archive of his collected roleplaying game maps and manuscripts through TLB Games (http://www.TLBgames.com). Here is the introduction to their store front which is now open:
TLB Games was founded in association with Three Line Studio (http://www.threelinestudio.com) to produce the El Raja Key Archive. The Archive contains a treasury of high resolution images of materials from the collection of game designer Rob Kuntz. Rob was there when Dungeons & Dragons was created and served for years as Gary Gygax's own Dungeon Master as well as his co-DM for the Original Greyhawk Campaign. Now you have the opportunity of a lifetime to peek behind the veil of history to play and discover what it was like in those early days of D&D through the artifacts of time.
Contained within the Archive are over 1,000 high resolution scans of adventures, maps and keys, campaign notes, character sheets, and manuscripts from the Original Greyhawk, Kalibruhn, and Blackmoor campaigns. That's right, from the very creation of Dungeons & Dragons!
Includes all maps & some keys for Rob's Castle El Raja Key, the dungeons where Gary Gygax cut his teeth as Mordenkainen; Rob's manuscript for his lost Dungeons & Dragons Supplement V: Kalibruhn; maps, keys, and notes for over 40 adventures from the Original Greyhawk and Kalibruhn Campaigns including, maps & some keys for 16 of Rob's Original Greyhawk Castle levels, the map for the first ever D&D demo, the Machine Level, at GenCon VII in 1974, and the map for the first ever D&D tournament, Sunken City, and notes, NPC cards, and adventure maps and keys for the Original City of Greyhawk!
The El Raja Key Archive is an interactive, searchable, fully indexed, virtual museum of roleplaying game artifacts from the dawn of the Dungeons & Dragons game! Along with the high resolution images of these treasures is extensive historical commentary that is fully linked to our searchable index. The El Raja Key Archive uses your internet browser interface to navigate just like surfing the 'net. It can be used on virtually any computer that has a internet browser and a DVD drive (or optionally, a USB port).
In addition to the El Raja Key Archive, TLB Games also publishes Three Little Books Adventures, a line of smaller than digest-sized, "little" adventure booklets that provide essential companion material for the complete, partial, and incomplete adventures found on the El Raja Key Archive. However, since the full-color and sometimes quite large maps are on the Archive, the modules themselves are more economical in size and cost.
Expanded Greyhawk Castle Menu
Core Level 02 - Invisible Maze Level
Core Level 02 (Special) - Bottle City Level
Core Level 03 - Gem Room & Crypts
Core Level 05 - Sealed Tomb Level
Core Level 06 - Black Pudding Doorkeeper Level
Core Level 07 - Tsojconth Level
Core Level 07.5 - Black Reservoir
Core Level 11 - Entrance to Oz
Core Level 12 - Boreal Level
Core Level 13 - Entrance to Asgard Melnibone & Dying Earth
Core Level 14 - Orb Scepter & Crown Level
Core Level 18 - Dragon Level
East Level 03 (Split) - Garden & Giant's Pool Hall Level
East Level 08 - Machine Level
West Level 05 - Gallery Level
West Level 07 - Barracks Level
Core Level (Special) - Living Room
Daoud's Other Lanthorn
Castle El Raja Key Menu
Castle El Raja Key - Upper Works
Castle El Raja Key - Level 01
Castle El Raja Key - Level 02
Castle El Raja Key - Level 03
Castle El Raja Key - Level 04
Castle El Raja Key - Level 05
Castle El Raja Key - Level 05.5
Castle El Raja Key - Level 06
Castle El Raja Key - Level 07
Castle El Raja Key - Level 07.5 (Special)
Castle El Raja Key - Level 08
Castle El Raja Key - Level 09
Castle El Raja Key - Level 10
Castle El Raja Key - Level 11
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