Greyhawk

The New Greyhawk of the 1990s

In the last few weeks I’ve really started getting into the idea of creating a campaign bible for the world of Greyhawk as it existed during the early 1990s when Carl Sargent and Roger Moore really took control of the narrative of the setting and helped redefine it for a new generation. For those of you not as enthusiastic about the setting this era of Greyhawk tends to be a bit controversial with a lot of Greyhawk enthusiasts eschewing it for either the earlier Gygaxian Greyhawk era or the later Living Greyhawk era. In fact, this era tends to be hand waved a lot and as a result it’s hard for someone new to the setting to find out much about it.

Ideally I would like to create two resources: a campaign bible, that would help the DM run a campaign set in this era of play; and a player’s guide, that would help people build characters. At this point, though, that’s a lot of “like to” and not a lot of “will.”

Why?

Because I’m struggling when it comes to figuring out all of the articles, adventures, and so forth that came out during the “New Greyhawk” period from 1990 – 1998, when Wizards of the Coast stepped in and bought TSR.

So far I have the following items:

—–.Moore, Roger E. “The Dancing Hut.” Dragon #83. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1984.
—–. “Elmshire: A Halfling Haven.” Dragon #262. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1999.
—–. “Gates in the World of Greyhawk.” Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995. Originally appeared in TSR’s America Online folder, later moved to its website.
—–. “Green Nightmare: The Amedio Jungle, Part I.” Oerth Journal #4. Council of Greyhawk, 1996.
—–. Greyhawk: The Adventure Begins. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1998.
—–. “Greyhawk Mysterious Places.” Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1999.
—–. “The House on Summoner Court.” Shadis #50 (1998) and Oerth Journal #7. Council of Greyhawk, 1998.
—–. “Legacies of the Suel Imperium.” Dragon #241. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1997.
—–. “Oerth from the Ground Up.” Oerth Journal #3. Council of Greyhawk, 1996.
—–. “The Orbs of Dragonkind.” Dragon #230. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1996.
—–. Return of the Eight. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 1998.
—–. “A World of Your Own: Dark and Alien Places, Part 1.” Polyhedron #113. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995.
—–. “A World of Your Own: Dark and alien places, part 2.” Polyhedron #114. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995.
—–. “A World of Your Own: Just How Weird Can a World Get?” Polyhedron #112. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995.
—–. Niles, Douglas, and Carl Sargent. The City of Greyhawk. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1989
—–.Sargent, Carl. “Campaign Journal: The Adri Forest.” Dragon #208. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1994.
—–. “Campaign Journal: The Sea Barons.” Dragon #206. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1994.
—–. The City of Skulls. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1993.
—–. “Fiend Knights and Dark Artifacts.” Dragon #206. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1994.
—–. Five Shall be One. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1991.
—–. From the Ashes. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1992.
—–. “Greyhawk Campaign Journal: Risen from the Ashes.” Dragon #191. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1993.
—–. Iuz the Evil. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1993.
—–. Ivid the Undying. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995 (unpublished).
—–. The Marklands. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1993.

The list I’ve begun building is woefully under filled and leans heavily upon Sargent and Moore’s work without looking deeply at the contributions of other authors. If anyone out there can give a hand by pointing me either to an easily searchable index so that I can fill in the gaps or if you have the knowledge off hand I would love it if you would leave a comment.

6 thoughts on “The New Greyhawk of the 1990s”

  1. If you are interested in fan content, the Oerth Journal also began in this period. In the mid 90s, the AOL Greyhawk message board was a good place for discussion of the largely neglected 2e setting. I wonder if anyone kept an archive.

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    1. I love the Oerth Journal! I had forgotten that it had started around that period so I’ll definitely be checking out those issues because there’s a lot of great stuff there!

      Thank you for reminding me of it!

      Also, I didn’t know about the AOL Greyhawk message boards. I’ll have to look and see if there are any of those collected out there.

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  2. When I ran Night Below online back in the days of TSR Online, I did it in a fairly idiosyncratic way that didn’t immediately (I hope) give away what we were playing through.

    That said, was Night Below ever integrated into the Flanaess?

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