AD&D 2e, Carl Sargent, Curious Evolution, Greyhawk

The Curious History of Philidor the Blue Wizard

A wizard casting spells from his magic circle by the light of his cauldron surrounded by creatures. by J. Wood 1763 Carl Sargent introduced a treasure trove of curiosities to the World of Greyhawk during the early 1990s as he helped reshape the setting, but perhaps none was more tantalizing than Philidor the Blue Wizard,… Continue reading The Curious History of Philidor the Blue Wizard

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Baklunish Empire, Dungeons & Dragons, Gods of Greyhawk, Greyhawk

Let’s Talk about Al’Akbar of the World of Greyhawk

Unless you're really into the world of Greyhawk it's unlikely that you've encountered the demi-god Al'Akbar and the True Faith that surrounds his worship. So let's talk a little bit about that. The Palace Guard by Ludwig Deutsch The first mention of Al'Akbar came in the Strategic Review Volume 2, No. 2 from April 1976… Continue reading Let’s Talk about Al’Akbar of the World of Greyhawk

Greyhawk, Posters

Greyhawk: Where We’re All Against the Giants

One of the things that I find so fascinating about the world of Greyhawk is how so many people choose to live on the shores of they Nyr Dyv even though it's got terrible storms, sea monsters, disappearing islands (that just as suddenly reappear), pirates, and all manner of unnamed dangers. Yet people keep on… Continue reading Greyhawk: Where We’re All Against the Giants

Dungeons & Dragons, Greyhawk, Greyhawk Wars, Greyhawk Wars Research

LRGCB: The Elements of a Story

I mentioned last week that everyone should read Chapter 2: DM's Guide to the City Campaign because it provides a ton of advice for game masters of all stripes and today I wanted to focus on the six elements of a story that Douglas Niles identified. These elements are: VillainForeshadowingMysteryChallengeTimingReward Let's talk a little bit… Continue reading LRGCB: The Elements of a Story

Dungeons & Dragons, Dyvers

What Drove the Dramatic Increase in Dyvers’ Population?

In the World of Greyhawk boxed set the City of Dyvers has a population of 53,000 when you take in not only the city itself but its surrounding territory. By the time the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer is published the city has grown in population to 128,000 - more than doubling the original number! What drove… Continue reading What Drove the Dramatic Increase in Dyvers’ Population?

Greyhawk Wars, Greyhawk Wars Research

Everyone Should Read Chapter 2 of Gem of the Flanaess

Shut up. I realized that I just posted yesterday that the City of Greyhawk stuff will all be on Mondays, but I just finished Chapter 2 of the first booklet: Gem of the Flanaess and everyone should read this chapter. DM's Guide to the City Campaign is a love letter to game masters everywhere as… Continue reading Everyone Should Read Chapter 2 of Gem of the Flanaess