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From the Vaults - writing about Greyhawk rarities

Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:58 pm
by grodog
New blog post/series begins this evening, on Greyhawk rare/obscure books: https://grodog.blogspot.com/2019/11/fro ... ities.html

I'm interested in suggestions and feedback to guide the priority for what to write about =)

Allan.

Re: From the Vaults - writing about Greyhawk rarities

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:33 pm
by stebehil
I wasn't aware that Empire of the Ghouls had GH content. Need to check that one.
So, if you ask me, anything else than that book would be more interesting to me.

EDIT: browsing the pdf indicates references to Midgard, the campaign setting by Wolf Baur/Open Design.

Re: From the Vaults - writing about Greyhawk rarities

Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:40 pm
by Big Mac
Nice article! Thanks for writing about this stuff.

Quest for the Golden Orb looks like a RPGA module, before the RPGA existed.

Empire of the Ghouls looks like one of those awesome Open Design things that Wolfgang Baur makes, but won't put up for everyone to buy. (He brought back an Arabian Adventures product he wasn't selling as a backer-only reward in the Southlands Kickstarter, but said he couldn't put it on open sale, so I'm guessing that Empire of the Ghouls is not going to ever go on open sale.) I wonder how many copies of EotG are floating around.

How much of a tie-in do these old obscure Greyhawk-related products have, compared to things like the "Greyhawk lite" content in 3rd Edition core rulebooks or the TH Lain novels? Have you ever written about Jalie Squarefoot and the Doom Clock? They show up in Green Ronin material.

EDIT: How about the lands of Rallion from the Dungeons & Dragons: The Fantasy Adventure Board Game?

Re: From the Vaults - writing about Greyhawk rarities

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:09 am
by Tim Baker
Big Mac wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:40 pm
Empire of the Ghouls looks like one of those awesome Open Design things that Wolfgang Baur makes, but won't put up for everyone to buy. (He brought back an Arabian Adventures product he wasn't selling as a backer-only reward in the Southlands Kickstarter, but said he couldn't put it on open sale, so I'm guessing that Empire of the Ghouls is not going to ever go on open sale.) I wonder how many copies of EotG are floating around.
It's my understanding that Kobold Press can't release the exact version of products they released as patron-only Open Design projects. However, most of those products have seen their way into re-releases or anthologies in other rules systems. Empire of the Ghouls is being released for D&D 5e, thanks to a successful Kickstarter. How much of the material has been altered from its original D&D 3.5 version, I can't say. It's likely that it's more explicitly tied into Midgard in this version, now that the campaign setting has solidified with various products since the early Open Design days.