Building a Campaign, Building a Dungeon, Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax, Gygax 75 Challenge, OD&D, World Building

The Gygax ‘75 Challenge: How to Build the Gygax 75 Dungeon

How do you build a dungeon? For Gary Gygax this represented a fundamental question of Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) in 1975. In the course of play the players might spend their time exploring the world map, or visiting the town where they’ve established a base, but it was in the dungeon where the real adventure… Continue reading The Gygax ‘75 Challenge: How to Build the Gygax 75 Dungeon

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Building a Campaign, Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax, Gygax 75 Challenge, OD&D

The Gygax ’75 Challenge: Introduction

Last night I was doing some research for a project I’m working on when I rediscovered an article Gary Gygax wrote for the fanzine EUROPA: HOW TO SET UP YOUR DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CAMPAIGN – AND BE STUCK REFEREEING IT SEVEN DAYS PER WEEK UNTIL THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING! The article illustrates a… Continue reading The Gygax ’75 Challenge: Introduction

Art Deco, Baklunish-Suloise Wars, Brutalism, Dungeons & Dragons, Greyhawk, Invoked Devastation, Rain of Colorless Fire, Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play

The Baklunish and Suloise Empires, Reconsidered.

Greyhawk was forever changed over a millennium ago when the Suloise and Baklunish empires blew each other up. The two empires had been at war for dominance of the continent of Oerik (where nearly all published adventures in the world are set) and their struggles had sent refugees North into the center of the continent… Continue reading The Baklunish and Suloise Empires, Reconsidered.

Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax, Greyhawk, Ray Winninger

Make Greyhawk in Your Own Image. Gary Said So.

In the fall of 1979 Gary Gygax gave an interview with White Dwarf magazine before the publication of Greyhawk Boxed set that came out in 1983 in which he described the way the world would be presented: [White Dwarf] . . . We understand that your own game-world of Greyhawk is to be published on… Continue reading Make Greyhawk in Your Own Image. Gary Said So.

Crowd Control Rules, Crowd Size Rules, Dungeons & Dragons, House Rules

Breaking Up Crowds in RPGs

Me, Meg, and Courtney had just sat down,”  Susan said as she wiped some ash off her cheek. "And then this guy stands up and starts screaming. He grabbed his throat and tentacles shoot out of his mouth!""What did you do," Jon asked, his coffee untouched. "We ran like hell!" Susan said."Where did all the… Continue reading Breaking Up Crowds in RPGs