This month I’ve been finding myself thinking more and more about the Greyhawk Wars, to the point where it has practically taken over the second series of Greyhawk Posters, and I’ve decided that any time I get this fixated on an idea that the only way to deal with it is to actually do it. With that in mind I’m going to begin the exploration of the Greyhawk Wars by looking at the foundational document that preceded the Wars: The City of Greyhawk Boxed Set.
This boxed set represents a watershed moment for the setting as it attempted to take the fractured narrative of the World of Greyhawk away from its organic growth cycle, where each new adventure and article added a new tidbit to the overall narrative without any overarching story, and instead tried to bind it to a framed narrative. Now the modules that came out after The City of Greyhawk would tell their individual stories within the larger narrative of the overall world.
As we’ll see, though, the City of Greyhawk represents more than just a restructuring of the world’s narrative. It also represents a fundamental new understanding of how the world works, the depth of what’s there, and of how we’re going to be interacting with the world going forward.
All posts in this series will be tagged with the following tags: Let’s Read, The City of Greyhawk Boxed Set, and Greyhawk Wars Research. You can find the entire series listed under The Series Page.
I will publish posts as I get to new parts that I find interesting.