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The Adventure Begins
System: Dungeons and Dragons 2e 
Author: Roger E. Moore 
Publisher: TSR 
Item Code: 9577 
Publication Date: 1998 
Format: Paperback 
Page Count: 128 
ISBN-10: 0-7869-1249-9 
Product Blurb

The year is 591 CY. The World of GREYHAWK has changed a lot, as nations topple and leaders plot. Whole realms are "lost"; others have crumbled; still others have advanced, becoming new powers in the Flanaess. So where are you going to find all the news?

And more to the point, where in the City of Greyhawk can you find some iinteresting gossip, cheap but good ale, and fellow adventurers to share it with?

A Dungeon Master's dream, this 128-page guide gives you what you need to start a Greyhawk campaign - or to update an exisiting one:

Extensive histories of the Flanaess and the Domain of Greyhawk A place-by-place description of the City of Greyhawk A 16-page map booklet with new and updated maps of towns and adventuring sites in the central Flanaess Updates on famous people - good and bad The seeds for thousands of new adventures

This book will give your adventuring parties experiences they'll never forget.

The World of Greyhawk is back - and it's better than ever!

For players of all levels.

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Greyhawk: The Adventure Begins is a 1998 sourcebook for the World of Greyhawk campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. The 128 page book was written by Roger E. Moore and published by Wizards of the Coast under its then recently acquired TSR imprint.


The Adventure Begins contains a general overview of the world of Oerth, including updates on the world's history, notable calendar events, and descriptions of the cultural and geographical divisions of the area.[1] The book provides much specific information on the City of Greyhawk, the largest and most populous city of Oerth, including details on everything form its ruling countil to its criminal codes, and descriptions of notable locations and characters within the city.[1]

Publication history[edit]

The Adventure Begins was intended as a "bridge" between previous Greyhawk products, and the relaunch of the new product line.[1] The book updates material from the earlier From the Ashes.[1]

The book was the first in a series of publications designed to re-launch the Greyhawk campaign setting, followed by other sourcebooks and adventure modules set in Greyhawk such as Return to the Temple of Elemental Evil and Return to the Tomb of Horrors.


James MacDuff reviewed The Adventure Begins in 1998, in Shadis #50. Comparing it to the first release for the relaunch, Return of the Eight, MacDuff found this book contained more solid material about the setting. He found that the book offered little new information about Greyhawk City, and much of the material reiterates information fromt the old City of Greyhawk boxed set: "Anyone who owns CoG will likely feel cheated by the rehashed material, and while the timeline updates are welcome, they don't justify the overall cost of the product."[1] MacDuff felt that older players would be likely to purchase the book just to keep up with the changes, but that new players would fare better as they would avoid the frustration of hunting down out of print material because the new book is both concise and complete. He noted that the thoroughness with which Roger E. Moore covers Oerth makes for a fast start to a Greyhawk campaign, making The Adventure Begins indispensable. MacDuff concluded the review by saying, "As an outline of the world and a way to quickly start things, it gets the information aspiring GMs need. If Return of the Eight caters solely to old players, this one more than makes up for the difference."[1]

Greyhawk: The Adventure Begins won the 1998 Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Supplement.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 MacDuff, James (August 1998). "Greyhawk Line Review". Shadis (Alderac Entertainment Group) (50): 90–91. 
  2. "Origins Award Winners (1998)". Academy of Adventure Gaming, Arts & Designs. Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 

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Facts about "The Adventure Begins"
Abbreviation  +
AuthorRoger E. Moore +
ISBN0-7869-1249-9 +
Item Code9577 +
Media TypePaperback +
Page Count128 +
Publication Date1998 +
PublisherTSR +
SystemDungeons and Dragons 2e +
TitleThe Adventure Begins +