Ruins of Zhentil Keep

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Ruins of Zhentil Keep
Ruins of Zhentil Keep (boxed set).jpg
Genre Role-playing game
Publisher TSR
Publication date
Media type Boxed set

Ruins of Zhentil Keep is a supplement to the 2nd edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.


Ruins of Zhentil Keep is a boxed set for the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. The "Campaign Book" covers Zhentil Keep's people, locales, and creatures in detail. The "Adventure Book" offers a trio of adventures, each staged in a different era.[1]

Publication history[edit]

Ruins of Zhentil Keep was written by Kevin Melka and John Terra, with David "Zeb" Cook and Ed Greenwood, and published by TSR, Inc., as a boxed set.[1]


Rick Swan reviewed Ruins of Zhentil Keep for Dragon magazine #222 (October 1995).[1] He proclaims that "Dungeon Masters stuck with stalled campaigns can do no better than this, a lavish boxed set so stuffed with ideas that the lid practically bulges."[1] He comments that the "Good stuff" includes "a cast of sinister NPCs" like Manshoon of the Zhentarim, and vicious monsters like the render, "a food-aholic that can digest anything".[1] Swan also identifies the "Not-so-good stuff": "the random event tables, which are underdeveloped to the point of irrelevancy [...] and the l-o-n-g historical summaries. But considering the sheer volume of material - over 200 pages worth, plus all manner of data tucked away on card sheets and poster maps - the misfires are easy to overlook."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Swan, Rick (October 1995). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR (#222): 30.