Friday, February 27, 2009

Greyhawk Lore Project Update

Hi all!

Off to the right in the "Free Resources" section, you'll find the latest update of my Greyhawk Lore Project. For those unfamiliar with the premise, basically I have taken it upon myself to go through the thousands of message-board posts around the Internet to find quotes by Gary Gygax, Rob Kuntz, Jim Ward, and others associated with the original Greyhawk campaign, copy and paste only those bits relevant to the original campaign (including links back to the original, in case the reader desires full context), and slap 'em into a single file so they can be searched.

So, for example, if you wanted to see allof the old-timers' thoughts and anecdotes on, say, Iuz, you can open up the file, search for "Iuz", and read away. There were some formatting problems with the .rtf file I posted originally, so this time I'm going with straight text. It's about 500 k long, but if you printed it out, it'd be nearly 175 pages.

This file only includes material relevant to the original campaign, plus some bits about the earliest inspirations for monsters, thinking behind some design decisions, and the direction that the game might have taken had Gygax not been ousted from TSR in 1985. If you want to see all of the puns, the discussions of food and drink, sports, Lejendary Adventures, AD&D rules interpretations, etc. you should go to the original threads. You will get to see just how warm, generous with his time, and just all-around great guy Gary Gygax was. (Of course, it's not all Gary, but I am feeling a little melancholy, as going through these threads was always a little like counting down to an event I knew was coming, and yet I dreaded, as March 4, 2008 kept coming closer and closer in the timestamps of the messages.)