Greyhawk (5e)

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Greyhawk, also known as the World of Greyhawk, is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game (D&D).[1][2] The World of Greyhawk includes the Free City of Greyhawk, from which the setting's name was taken.[3] As one of the earliest D&D campaign settings, many of the rules for the game itself were developed in conjunction with game play by Gary Gygax and others in and around Castle Greyhawk and its dungeons.[4][5]

While constructing the milieu, Gygax also incorporated the campaign worlds of his fellow role-players, such as Blackmoor (Dave Arneson's campaign)[6] and the Lendore Isles (a region created by long-time stalwart Len Lakofka).[7] Gygax has described the setting "a sort of conglomorate of history and fantasy."[8]

Historically, direct links between the core D&D rules and any particular campaign setting have been limited. Through all editions of the game however, Greyhawk has had a strong influence over the core rules, such as serving as the source for names of many well-known spells and magic items. The "Core Setting" of 3rd Edition D&D was largely based on Greyhawk, and its default pantheon of deities was largely taken from Greyhawk. The 3.5 edition of the Dungeon Master's Guide pays visual tribute to Greyhawk's influence on the game, featuring on its cover a small map of the continent of Oerik etched onto a globe.


See Greyhawk Pantheon

Sources and Notes[edit]

  1. Gygax, Gary (1980). The World of Greyhawk. (TSR, Inc.)
  2. Gary Holian, Erik Mona, Sean K Reynolds, Frederick Weining (November 2000). Living Greyhawk Gazetteer. (3e) Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1743-1.
  3. Niles, Douglas, Carl Sargent (1989). The City of Greyhawk. (TSR, Inc.)
  4. Gygax, Gary (1974). "Swords and Sorcery — In Wargaming". Wargames Digest. 
  5. Livingstone, Ian (Aug/Sept 1979). "White Dwarf Interviews Gary Gygax". White Dwarf (Games Workshop) (Issue 14): 23–24. 
  6. Arneson, Dave (1975). Dungeons & Dragons Supplement II: Blackmoor. (TSR Rules)
  7. Lafkofka, Lenard (1981). Dungeon Module L1: The Secret of Bone Hill. (TSR Hobbies)
  8. Gygax, Gary. [http:/ / "Gary Gygax (Interview)"]. http:/ / Retrieved 2008-10-07. 

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