In those early days, there was no "Flanaess"; the world map of "Oerth" was developed by Gygax as circumstances dictated, the new cities and lands simply drawn over a map of North America. Later that year, Troll Lord Games also published Castle Zagyg: Dark Chateau, an adventure module written for the Yggsburgh setting by Rob Kuntz. :6, In Domesday #9, c. June 1971, following up on a promise he made in Domesday Book #5, Gygax presented the "Great Kingdom" map, to be used as a game setting for the Society. By combining heroic tradition with elements of dark fantasy, he's come up with a Greyhawk campaign that is both familiar and refreshingly unexpected. War! ", Gygax: "Mordenkainen came into being about the first month of 1973. * About 650 years ago … A trading outpost is founded on the Selintan River. Needless to say, they weren't pleased with the treasure. ", Gygax: "Rob has finished his add on module, but i have not been up to doing the work needed to create the upper works of the castle proper, let alone the dungeon levels below them. In October 2010, Black Blade Publishing announced that they would be publishing several of Kuntz's original Greyhawk levels, including the Machine Level, the Boreal Level, the Giants' Pool Hall, and the Garden of the Plantmaster.  In the November 1981 issue, Gygax gave further details of racial characteristics and modes of dress. Although it detailed new spells and character classes that had been developed in the dungeons of Greyhawk, it did not contain any details of their Greyhawk campaign world. Humankind is fragmented into isolationist realms, indifferent nations, evil lands, and states striving for good. He also wrote a short story, "At Moonset Blackcat Comes", that appeared in the special 100th issue of Dragon in August 1985. The Aerdi overkings marked the beginning of what they believed would be perpetual peace with Year 1 of a new calendar, the Common Year (CY) Reckoning. By entering the lowest level in Greyhawk Castle, he was propelled by a magical slide to what would be modern day 'China.' , It was at this point, in the year 576 CY, that Gygax set the world of Greyhawk. Arneson brought some of his campaign material with him...", Gygax: "I was as much taken with the prototype of the D&D game as anyone...", Gygax: "Credit Dave Arneson and Dave Megary (designer of the Dungeon! Greyhawk, also known as the World of Greyhawk, is a fictional world designed as a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game. Gygax decided he would recreate something like his original thirteen level dungeon, amalgamating the best of what could be gleaned from binders and boxes of old notes. ", Gygax: "It was in the late fall of 1972 when I completed a map of some castle ruins, noted ways down to the dungeon level (singular), and invited my 11-year-old son Ernie and nine-year-old daughter Elise to create characters and adventure. So there are sections on history, costume, monetary system and economy of the area, and complete descriptions of the town, its main locations, and the outstanding geographical areas all with encounters or suggestions for same. When I was running a game the weather was what I said it was.  During the same session, Ernie and Elise also found the first treasure, a chest of 3,000 copper coins which was too heavy to carry, much to the children's chagrin. ", Gygax: "I would use my point buys to take a superhero in magic armor, with a magic sword, backed up by a wizard with fireball spells. ", Kuntz: "The city, at the instigation of those Good forces, especially Tenser, had [the Green Dragon] confiscated. The world itself started as a simple dungeon under a castle designed by Gary Gygax for the amusement of his children and friends, but it rapidly expanded to include not only a complex multi-layered dungeon environment, but also the nearby city of Greyhawk, and eventually an entire world. The Greyhawk Wars were the in-game catalyst used to allow TSR game developers, principally Carl Sargent, to take the setting in a new direction. The most are obviously found in the Adventurer’s Book, which details the history of the wars and the events leading up to them. ", Gygax: "When I was asked to create a campaign setting for TSR to market, I did a new and compact "world"—that only in part, of course, as that was all I could fit onto the two maps allowed. A Brief History of the Knights of the Hart tells the tale of Iggwilv’s conquest of Perrenland, her fall from power, and the rise of Iuz. ", Gygax: "What our challenge is going to be is to cull the extraneous, take the best, and re-create the details we made up on the spot. However, by 576 CY (the year Gygax chose for his setting), the Oeridian empire had grown decadent and evil, and many subservient regions were rising up in rebellion. In the late 1980s, TSR, the publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, had been disappointed by declining sales of the Greyhawk product line. In the editions of Dungeons & Dragons published by TSR, the setting of the game had not been specifically defined—Dungeon Masters were expected to either create a new world, or purchase a commercial campaign setting such as Greyhawk or Forgotten Realms. Eventually one managed to sting, but the poison saving throw was made. Before the folio edition was released, Gygax planned to publish supplementary information, using his column "From the Sorcerer's Scroll" that appeared on a semi-regular basis in TSR's Dragon Magazine. Some of these characters became known when Gygax mentioned them in his various columns, interviews, and publications. Shortly after the release of the boxed set, Gygax discovered that while he had been in Hollywood, TSR had run into serious financial difficulties. The flood gates of evil have opened and unleashed a deluge of suffering across the Flanaess. After Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and TSR merged, the determination was made that TSR had created too many settings for the Dungeons & Dragons game, and several of them were eliminated. A single line of notes for an encounter was sufficient for either of us to detail a lengthy description, action, dialog, tricks or traps, and all the rest. The protagonist was Gord the Rogue, and this first novel told of his rise from the Slum Quarters of the city of Greyhawk to become a world traveler and thief extraordinaire. I-IV) Founding of Keoland, Gastronomy Exotica, Great Lakes of the Flanaess, Greater Deities of the Flanaess, Greater Deities of Oerth, Greyhawk Wars, Greyhawk: Gem of the Flaneass, Innspa and the Adri, Kingdom of Furyondy, Kingdom of Keoland, The Azure Sea, The Bandit Kingdoms, The Bone March, The bright desert, The County of Urnst, The Desolation of Tenh, The Drachnsgrab Mountains, … The only two references to Greyhawk were an illustration of a large stone head in a dungeon corridor titled The Great Stone Face, Enigma of Greyhawk and mention of a fountain on the second level of the dungeons that continuously issued an endless number of snakes. TSR published the history of the Wars themselves in the Greyhawk Wars Adventurer's Book, included as a component of David Cook's 1991 board game Greyhawk Wars.  This corner of Oerik became known as "the Flanaess", so named in Gygax's mind because of the peaceful people known as the Flannae who had once lived there. ", Q: "Of the characters you have played, which is your favorite?" Although he returned to his keyboard after a seven-month convalescence, his output was reduced from fourteen-hour work days to only one or two hours per day. Gygax added an addendum concerning the physical appearances of the main Greyhawk races. In 1992, after Gygax had been forced out of TSR, the storyline of the Flanaess was moved forward a decade by the From the Ashes boxed set, which dealt with the aftermath of wide-ranging conflict known as The Greyhawk Wars.  Gygax gave only the most basic descriptions of each state; he expected that DMs would customize the setting in order to make it an integral part of their own individual campaigns. In his demonic form, he is seven feet tall, with reddish skin, pointed ears, and long, steely fingers. ", Gygax: "The reception of fantasy elements in the medieval tabletop wargame was incredibly enthusiastic by about 90% of the old group. From that Rob will draft the level plans for the newest version of the work. In … The contents were designed to give Dungeon Masters ideas and play opportunities unique to the Greyhawk world, including new monsters, magical spells and items, a variety of geographical features, profiles of prominent citizens, and the avatars of deities. the official history of the greyhawk wars, A Brief History of the Knights of the Hart, The Hateful Wars: Saga of Kristryd Olinsdotter. Unlike the darker feel of From the Ashes, where the Flanaess was overrun by evil, Moore returned to Gygax's world of adventure. Gygax also developed a thousand-year history for the Flanaess that involved a series of cultural and military invasions: the peaceful Flannae had been pushed out by the warlike Suloise; the Suloise in turn had been pushed out by the noble Oeridians, who set up a Great Kingdom of peace and prosperity. In addition to his original Greyhawk deities, St. Cuthbert and Pholtus, Gygax added seventeen more deities. , Gygax set out to create a fractious place where chaos and evil were in the ascendant and courageous champions would be needed. , As Gygax and Arneson worked to develop and publish the rules for Dungeons & Dragons through TSR, Gygax continued to design and present the dungeons and environs of Castle Greyhawk to his circle of friends and family, using them as playtesters for new rules and concepts. Robilar had a great time dismembering creatures, crunching things and watching Gary's look of consternation grow with every toppled column. Members thereafter began claiming territories, including member Dave Arneson who was an officer of the organization and frequent contributor to the newsletter. For the same reason that he had created a variety of geographical, political and racial settings, he also strove to create a world with some good, some evil, and some undecided areas. , The 2004 publication 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons suggested that details of Gygax's Greyhawk campaign were published in this booklet, but Gygax had no plans in 1975 to publish details of the Greyhawk world, since he believed that new players of Dungeons & Dragons would rather create their own worlds than use someone else's. Gygax: "More my way of saying that since T$R had killed the setting with trash releases, it was time to wipe out the shame by obliterating the setting. In the adventure, set in 586 CY, the same year as the From the Ashes boxed set, the players meet the surviving members of the Circle of Eight, which is called the Circle of Five because it is missing Tenser, Otiluke and Rary. How else to explain a setting that encompasses everything from the somber A1-4 Scourge of the Slave Lords adventure to the King Kong-inspired WG6 Isle of the Ape to the cornball humor of WG7 Castle Greyhawk? , About a month after his first session, Gygax created the nearby city of Greyhawk, where the players' characters could sell their treasure and find a place to rest. With the groundwork for a new storyline prepared, TSR/WotC released the new campaign setting as a 128-page source book, The Adventure Begins, by Roger E. Moore. In 1986, in the months following Gygax's ousting, TSR turned away from development of Greyhawk and focused its energies on a new campaign setting called Forgotten Realms. It began for Nyrond in the summer of 582 Common Year when The Hold of Stonefist hurled its armies south through the Thunder Pass in the western reaches of the Griff Mountains. ", Gygax: "I must accept the blame, of course, as I okayed the material. for inclusion on the various levels. However, by this time, Gygax was in Hollywood on a semi-permanent basis, approving scripts for the Saturday morning Dungeons & Dragons cartoon series and trying to land a deal for a D&D movie. , Around the same time, in Minneapolis–St. The Adventurer’s Book from this board game details the official history of the Greyhawk Wars (582-584 CY), giving much useful information not found in later works. ", Gygax: "When a character got down to this level there was no going back. This file presents, in its entirety, the actual campaign history of the fighting, taken from the Adventurer’s Book in the Greyhawk ADVENTURES WARS boxed … The Blades of Corusk and the Greyhawk Wars Modules WGS1-2 Location Corusk Mountains Date Completed CY 582 Consequences Iuz masqueraded as Vatun (the lost god of the North) in order to unify the Barbarian tribes of the North, they were used to his benefit in the Greyhawk Wars. A big disappointment.  Arneson drew from numerous sources but quickly incorporated the fantasy supplement of Chainmail into his games. Ivid sought to control every pen. Under these circumstances, work on the Castle Zagyg project continued even more slowly, although Jeffrey Talanian stepped in to help Gygax. Greyhawk Wars As Backdrops This in depth topic came to mind today. Likewise, Gygax's version of the city of Greyhawk had never been published, although Frank Mentzer believed the reason for that was because "the City of Greyhawk was a later development, originally being but a location (albeit a capital). ", Kuntz: "Before [Gygax] codified the gods there [were] Norse Gods... Robilar really only mentioned Odin once or twice; Mornard's Gronan as well as Ratners's Ayelerach both swore by Crom. He felt that some players would be happiest playing in a mainly good country and fighting the evil that arose to threaten it; others might want to be a part of an evil country; and still others might take a neutral stance and simply try to collect gold and treasure from both sides. In 2009, WotC released The Village of Hommlet, by Andy Collins, which updated Gary Gygax's original 1st edition Village of Hommlet to the 4th edition rules. Game designer Rick Swan noted the apparent lack of a central vision for Greyhawk material, describing the Greyhawk setting up to this point as "a crazy quilt, where odd-shaped scraps of material are randomly sewn together and everybody hopes for the best. ", Gygax: "I had plans to create material detailing the various states and major terrain features of the world setting, as well as completing the world with a second boxed set. And History, too.  After his children had gone to bed, Gygax immediately began working on a second level for the dungeon. ", Q: "After you left TSR, you finished the Gord the Rogue books. In a matter of months, entire nations fell to that order’s assassins. The massive multiplayer Living Greyhawk campaign, which started in 2001, used The Adventure Begins as a starting point, and advanced the timeline of the campaign ahead one year for each of real-world time. WGR4 The Marklands provided information about the good realms of Furyondy, Highfolk, and Nyrond that opposed Iuz, while WGR5 Iuz the Evil detailed information about the lands of Iuz, and emphasized the prominent new role that Iuz now played in the world order. This brought the number of Greyhawk deities to an even fifty. The rumors were, by and large, ignored. A booklet included with the game, Greyhawk Wars Adventurer's Book, described the event of the war. The above was taken from David "Zeb" Cook and Roger E Moore's Official History of the Greyhawk Wars. The third module was reworked into Greyhawk Wars, a strategy war game that led players through the events, strategies, and alliances of the actual war. For players who planned to use large scale army tactics, he gave details of the private armies that were commanded by some prominent Greyhawk characters from his original home game: Bigby, Mordenkainen, Robilar, Tenser and Erac's Cousin. In a literary declaration that his old world of Oerth was dead, and wanting to make a clean break with all things Greyhawk, Gygax destroyed his version of Oerth in the final Gord the Rogue novel, Dance of Demons. The novel was designed to promote sales of the boxed set by providing colorful details about the social customs and peoples of various cities and countries around the Flanaess. This epic boxed set is the ideal means to embroil your veteran heroes in the darkest intrigues of the World of Greyhawk. The success of the Dragonlance series of modules and books pushed aside the World of Greyhawk setting, as TSR concentrated on expanding and defining the world of Krynn. Shortly after the release of the folio edition, TSR released the adventure module C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, designed to familiarize players with the Olman race of the Amedio Jungle. I make videos now! This had the net effect of reducing the total number of regions from sixty to fifty eight. ", Gygax: "Rob would DM for me one-on-one where I mostly roleplayed...", Gygax: "When, after a couple of years of time, Rob became my co-DM, there was a massive alteration in the upper works of the castle, a whole, massive new 1st level was created, and then the level plan for the expanded lower levels of the dungeon was created anew, with the original levels of my making incorporated with those of Rob's dungeons, plus a number of new ones we created to fill the whole scheme. What we will do is to take the best of the lot and put that into a detailed format usable by anyone. Origins: The End of a Trilogy In 1991, TSR published the first two adventures in what they called an adventure trilogy, WGS1: "Five Shall Be One" (1991) and WGS2: "Howl from the North" (1991). Often times there were two long sessions a day in 1974 and 1975.  However, neither Gygax nor Kuntz had kept careful or comprehensive plans. This, plus plans for the city of Yggsburgh and encounter areas outside the castle and city, were found to be too much to fit into the proposed six volumes. This file presents, in its entirety, the actual campaign history of the fighting, taken from the Adventurer's Book in the Greyhawk … Castle Greyhawk was the most famous dungeon in Oerth, the home campaign world of Gary Gygax. ", Gygax: "An average of seven gaming sessions a week was typical even when I was busy working. All this happened a few weeks before the first adventurers caught sight of it. Needing original names for all of the geographical and political places on his map, Gygax sometimes resorted to wordplay based on the names of friends and acquaintances. Origins: The End of a Trilogy. This conflict saw the unification and expansion of the Orcish Empire of the Pomarj as well as a desperate attempt by the Great Kingdom to reclaim its former glories.  The city and castle of Greyhawk were placed near the real-world position of Chicago, his birthplace; various other places were clustered around it. It was the first new Greyhawk adventure in three years, but it had nothing to do with Gygax's original Castle Greyhawk. When the overking Ivid V came to the throne, the oppressed peoples rebelled.  A sixth book, Dragon in Amber, appeared in 1990 book catalogs, but was never written, and the series was discontinued.. Publication of the World of Greyhawk was the first step in Gygax's vision for Oerth. GREYHAWK’S HISTORY (Approximate dates used; see published campaign guides for specific dates.) Soon the summer was fast disappearing, along with most of our expectations, but on a fateful day in early August, the cherished cry was finally raised. For other uses, see, Significant player characters of the home campaign, The first Greyhawk adventures published by TSR, More information about every political region, TSR Greyhawk adventures published after the folio edition, After publication of the boxed set (1984–1985), Greyhawk novels continue without Gord the Rogue, Gygax: "As the members began to get tired of medieval games, and I wasn't, I decided to add fantasy elements to the mix, such as a dragon that had a fire-breath weapon, a 'hero' that was worth four normal warriors, a wizard who could cast fireballs (the range and hit diameter of a large catapult) and lightning bolts (the range and hit area of a cannon), and so forth.  Over the next few years, he planned to unveil other areas of the continent of Oerik, giving each new area the same in-depth treatment of history, geography, and politics as had been accorded the Flanaess. Another would likely have been the location of African-type cultures, including the Egyptian. At the time Bigby was a 3rd-level [Evil] dungeon dweller. The castle itself was represented on the table by an actual plastic kit model of a medieval castle. Teric and Tenser followed, as they missed his return to the first level of the Castle, which, as a team, this trio held sway over. Dungeons & Dragons fictional campaign setting, This article is about the role-playing game setting. , After about a year and half of play, Arneson (Blackmoor) and fellow gamer David Megarry (Dungeon! In the novel version the Circle was expanded to encompass other PCs in my campaign such as Tenser. According to Gygax, TSR's stewardship turned Greyhawk into something very different from what he had envisioned.. :25 Players in the earliest days of this campaign mostly stayed within Castle Greyhawk's dungeons, but Gygax envisioned the rest of his world as a sort of parallel Earth, and the original Oerth (pronounced "Oith", as with a Brooklyn accent) looked much like the real-world Earth but filled with imaginary cities and countries. When I played my PCs, I was always meddling in politics and had a large army, so some warfare was played out with Rob as the DM. Much of the information was drawn from my own personal world, but altered to fit the new one depicted on the maps. Take command of the armies yourself and change the dark course of history !  Oerth has an axial tilt of 30 degrees, which causes greater seasonal temperature variation than on Earth, which is controlled by wizardly and divine magic that shifts weather patterns to be more favorable to the populace. 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