Greyhawk Grognard, ces 30 derniers jours

Blog de Joe Bloch - Amateur de longue date de Greyhawk et rédacteur du fan module "Castle of the Mad Archmage"



dimanche 19 mai 2019

  • Greyhawk’s World – The Periphery
    I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I posted one of these (mainly because I was diverted by doing the Baklunish series which just ended), but here we are, a year later, and I’ve got one last “Greyhawk’s Read More

samedi 27 avril 2019

  • Film Review: Avengers Endgame (Spoiler Free)
    Well it’s finally here. The culmination of 22 movies over 10 years. I saw Avengers Endgame in a packed Dolby theater this afternoon (I always get Dolby now if possible, because of the assigned seating). Gotta say I loved it, Read (...)

dimanche 21 avril 2019

  • Finishing Up the Baklunish
    And so we come to the end of my series of articles detailing the Baklunish. What began as a project to map out some gods turned into a much bigger project, with maps, and a Guide, and new monsters, and Read More

dimanche 31 mars 2019

  • Phases of Gaming
    I’ve come to notice that several games have dominated certain periods of my life. I thought it would be interesting to go through them. Naturally, these aren’t hard-and-fast demarcations, but they do show some of the peaks and valleys when Read (...)

dimanche 24 mars 2019

  • More Baklunish Gods, and Paynims
    Apologies for the delay in posting this next installment of the series, but between going to two conventions and being heads-down trying to get Adventures Great and Glorious done in time for the Kickstarter, things have been hectic! But now Read (...)

lundi 18 mars 2019

  • Film Review: Captain Marvel (Spoiler Free)
    I got to see the latest Marvel flick, Captain Marvel, this weekend. I missed opening weekend because of Garycon. I saw it in an almost-filled theater with Dolby, which is my go-to choice because of the reserved seating, but the Read (...)

vendredi 15 mars 2019

  • Why Dungeons?
    This is a question that comes up perennially, it seems, especially (but not exclusively) among newer players to the game. They can’t seem to fathom why dungeons exist, and in the sort of realistic-fantasy world they prefer, they simply cannot Read (...)

mardi 12 mars 2019

  • GaryCon Recap
    Last weekend was GaryCon, in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where it all began. If you’ve never been to this con, I cannot recommend it highly enough. There are thousands of gamers, artists, and vendors, all there to pay homage to Read (...)

dimanche 3 mars 2019

  • Greyhawk’s Culture Level
    As students of European history will know, pre-modern Europe is divided into several different periods, collectively known as the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The beginning of Medieval Europe is called the Early Middle Ages (aka the Dark Age), c. Read (...)

vendredi 1er mars 2019

  • Quasi-Deities, Hero-Deities, and Heroes
    One of the original “little brown books” (LBBs) that were published back in the days when all the D&D rulebooks could fit in a little white box, was Gods, Demigods, and Heroes. As the title suggested, it detailed divine beings Read (...)

  • Adventures Great and Glorious Kickstarter now live
    The new Kickstarter for Adventures Great and Glorious in now live! The book will contain old-school RPG rules for high-level play, including domain management, courtly intrigue, mass combat, and much more. You can reach the Kickstarter (...)

lundi 25 février 2019

  • Blitzkrieg in the West
    Today I received a new game in the mail, which I had supported on Kickstarter in March 2018. It was the first effort by Canvas Temple Publishing (they’ve since done three more Kickstarter campaigns), which is a new company founded Read (...)

jeudi 24 janvier 2019

lundi 31 décembre 2018

  • Diplomacy 2019
    I have a hankering to run a game of (email) Diplomacy next year. Anyone interested? Email greyhawkgrognard@gmail.com if so with the words “Diplomacy 2019” in the subject (no quotes). If I can get seven players, I’ll happily serve as moderator Read (...)

samedi 29 décembre 2018

  • Baklunish Lands Beyond the Flanaess
    Howdy folks! Just in time to close out the new year, I am pleased to present to you another lost article from the bygone pages of Dragonne Magazine, that publication in another universe where Gary Gygax stayed at TSR and Read (...)

vendredi 28 décembre 2018

  • Film Review: Bumblebee (Spoiler Free)
    I saw Bumblebee yesterday in a regular theater (no 3D, no IMAX, etc.) which was mostly full (not bad for 3:30 in the afternoon). Short version; I loved it, and it gave me everything I’ve wanted in a live-action Transformers Read (...)

lundi 24 décembre 2018

  • Gary Con Support
    Hey all! I attended my first GaryCon last year, and had a blast. I’ll be vending there again next March, as BRW Games. I thought it would be nifty to make these badges so folks could show their support for Read More

vendredi 21 décembre 2018

  • Film Review: Aquaman (Spoiler Free)
    The family and I saw Aquaman tonight. We saw it in IMAX in a mostly-filled theater (with, unfortunately, a chatterbox toddler right behind me). I normally don't do IMAX, but in this case I read that the movie was filmed Read (...)

dimanche 16 décembre 2018

  • AD&D's mini-games
    I've long maintained that one of the best things about AD&D 1st edition is its modularity (and it should be noted that most of what I'm about to say also, or even especially, applies to the original D&D booklets — Read (...)

samedi 8 décembre 2018

  • Where the hell have I been?
    Hey all! I realized I hadn't posted in a while, and just wanted to let folks know what's what. Almost all my free gaming time has been spent on two things – the next installment of my Baklunish articles, and Read More

samedi 24 novembre 2018

  • More Baklunish goodness
    Hey all! Continuing my series of faux magazine articles expanding the Baklunish pantheon and related matters, I happily bring you a pair of articles from the Fireseek 580 edition of Dragonne magazine, expanding both the roster of Baklunish deities, as Read (...)

samedi 17 novembre 2018

  • Some More Thoughts on Mundane Magic
    Over at Tenkar's Tavern, Erik has posted a few thoughts about the existence of what he calls “mundane magic”; the sort of magic that everyday people would use to replace technology: The spells that no right-thinking adventurer would keep in Read (...)

samedi 10 novembre 2018

  • It's Finally Happening
    Long-time readers of this blog will recall that I first broached the possibility of a new game book, Adventures Great and Glorious, way back 7 years ago. Over the intervening years, I've been puttering, tinkering, and full-blown restarting the project, Read (...)

dimanche 28 octobre 2018

  • Drow, Lolth, and religion
    I've been thinking about the relationship between Lolth and the drow. While it has become pretty much accepted across the board that the drow are invariably worshipers of the spider-demon Lolth, I think what's often forgotten is that it wasn't Read (...)

jeudi 25 octobre 2018

  • A book well-loved
    Many fans and collectors are proud of their pristine, early-printing books, but I humbly submit the following for your approval. An old (not sure of the printing, but the appendices stop at N), ratty, well-loved book from 1979 or so. Read (...)

mercredi 24 octobre 2018

  • We're All Fascists Now
    (Image from Ralph Bakshi's film “Wizards”) I've been trying to lay low on the politics as of late, but sometimes there comes along a criticism of D&D that is so mind-numbingly stupid that it requires a response, just in case Read (...)

jeudi 11 octobre 2018

  • More Baklunish Gods and Spells
    Another month, another couple of articles from the “alternate universe” of Dragonne magazine. As my Patreon followers already heard, what was supposed to be a simple project to do a Baklunish pantheon has morphed into something a bit more grandiose. Read (...)

mardi 9 octobre 2018

  • Alas, Google Plus – Let's Try MeWe!
    Google Plus hasn't exactly been the most popular social media platform, let's be honest. But it has caught on with a lot of tabletop gamers, especially those in the OSR. I was an early adopter, and moderate several different communities Read (...)

samedi 6 octobre 2018

  • Art & Arcana
    Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to send me (quite out of the blue, I might add) copies of the upcoming Art & Arcana: A Visual History book, both the regular and the deluxe versions. I figured the least Read More

  • What is Canon?
    This conversation keeps coming up, over and over, in various online fora, and it's about time to set the record straight on just how canon works, who gets to decide whether something is canon, and whether what you personally think Read (...)

samedi 29 septembre 2018

  • New for 5th Edition D&D: Classic Cosmology
    Here's my first go at a DM's Guild product. I present the classic layout of the planes of existence for Dungeons & Dragons, and convert a number of 1E elemental-type monsters into 5E. Do check it out if you're at Read More

samedi 15 septembre 2018

  • Thoughts on the D&D Survey
    For those who haven't heard, Wizards of the Coast launched a survey a couple of days ago to get fans' answers to questions about how they play D&D, what sort of swag they'd buy, and so forth. As an old-timer, Read More

lundi 3 septembre 2018

  • Greyhawk Design Principles
    Hey all! I thought I’d take a look at something different today. I’d like to examine the overall design of the World of Greyhawk Fantasy Setting, as designed by Gary Gygax, and what it tells us about campaign design in Read More

  • Greyhawk Design Principles
    Hey all! I thought I'd take a look at something different today. I'd like to examine the overall design of the World of Greyhawk Fantasy Setting, as designed by Gary Gygax, and what it tells us about campaign design in Read More

dimanche 2 septembre 2018

  • Presenting the Baklunish Pantheon
    Wonder of wonders! I have unearthed more articles from the bygone pages of Dragonne magazine, that alternate-history publication wherein my favorite game (and favorite setting) were never wrenched out of the hands of its creator. In all seriousness, I've taken Read (...)

vendredi 31 août 2018

  • Looking at Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, Part Two
    Continuing my ruminations on this classic module from last time, I want to address a couple of pretty obvious questions. (As an aside, there was also a much later (2007) online adventure that included “Iggwilv’s Horn” and “The Hollow of the Read (...)

samedi 25 août 2018

  • Looking at Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth, Part One
    Adventure module S4 The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth has never been one of my favorites. Much like its semi-sequel, WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun, I never ran it back in the day, and I never really understood the appeal, Read (...)

vendredi 24 août 2018

  • Now available – random terrain and encounter generator
    Now available! This is the long-awaited Random Terrain and Encounter Generator. This is something that BRW Games customers have been asking for, for years, and here it is. More than a hundred pages, based on the tables in the original Read (...)

mercredi 22 août 2018

  • Start of a Great Adventures Dark and Deep Review
    Blogger Christopher Bishop posted the first of a multi-part review of Adventures Dark and Deep on Multiverse today. Do check it out – I’ve never seen such an in-depth review. http://multiverse.world/blog/2018/08/21/what-if-gary-had-made-2nd-edition-lets-take-adventures-dark-and-deep-together-part-1/

vendredi 10 août 2018

  • New Preview for Patreon patrons
    Hi all! I’m still new at this whole Patreon thing, so apologies if I’m still feeling my way around. I’ve posted something for Patreon backers only; it’s a sneak preview of something I’m tinkering with. Patrons will get to see Read (...)

lundi 6 août 2018

  • Jeremy Hambly Attacked at GenCon
    So this weekend at GenCon, Jeremy Hambly, who does the YouTube channel The Quartering, was physically assaulted at a bar. I’m not going to get into the details, but Jeremy has done a good job of laying it out in Read More

lundi 30 juillet 2018

  • Con Report: Historicon 2018
    Hi all! Sorry I’m so late with this, but things have been popping here lately, so I’ve not had as much time as I’d like. Still, better late than never. A few weeks ago I went to my first-ever Historicon, Read More

vendredi 27 juillet 2018

  • Please Consider Supporting me through Patreon
    Hi all! I have been writing the Greyhawk Grognard blog for more than ten years (I know; it’s hard for me to believe, too). During that time, I’ve started my own publishing company, BRW Games, which sells some of the Read More

  • Happy Gygax Day!
    Gary Gygax, 7/27/1938 – 3/4/2008

samedi 5 mai 2018

  • Please Update Your Link!
    If you're seeing this, it means your link to the Greyhawk Grognard blog is out of date. Please update your link to www.greyhawkgrognard.com. You're missing out on all the new content posted since the site moved! If you're looking for an older post, just replace "greyhawkgrognard.blogspot.com" (...)

mercredi 25 avril 2018

  • Migration Underway
    Hey all! Just a quick note that the migration to the www.greyhawkgrognard.com site has begun. New content will be posted there, rather than the Blogger site, going forward. Expect to see changes in the design in the coming days as things get finalized, but I think it's much cleaner and easier (...)

  • Machete Order Follow-Up
    One thing I noticed is that my proposed "Machete Order" for the early Greyhawk modules is that it rather neatly solves a problem that had cropped up in some of my earlier ruminations. To wit, it allows the contents of Lolth's platinum egg to be brought to the Temple of Elemental Evil in order (...)

lundi 23 avril 2018

  • Greyhawk Module Machete Order
    A few weeks ago, I puzzled through the chronological sequence of some of the iconic adventure modules of early D&D and the Greyhawk setting; the Giants/Drow/Queen of Spiders series, the Temple of Elemental Evil, and the Slave Lords adventures. Now, looking at the suggested levels for those (...)

dimanche 22 avril 2018

  • If only...
    Back in the early 1980's I was a huge fan of the World of Greyhawk Fantasy Setting, and especially of the articles in Dragon magazine by Gary Gygax and Rob Kuntz, which "advanced the timeline" and laid out the goings-on in setting during the two years after the established date of CY 576 for (...)

dimanche 15 avril 2018

  • On Divination
    In doing my analyses of various early adventure modules, it strikes me that some of the things that players are expected to figure out are pretty damn impossible. How to know that wearing the robes of the clerics of Tharizdun will protect against the numbing cold of the Black Cyst? How to know (...)

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Oerth Journal 28

dimanche 12 mai

Février 2019 : Parution du numéro 28 du Oerth Journal
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Oerth Journal 27

vendredi 20 janvier 2017

Il a mis 5 ans à arriver, mais il est là...

Sur le Web : Canonfire

Greyhawk Reborn !

samedi 21 novembre 2015

Greyhawk Reborn is a new living-style campaign based in the legendary World of Greyhawk using the D&D 5E rules !

Sur le Web : Greyhawk Reborn

Best of Greyhawk # 15

lundi 26 août 2013

Voici le 15e fichier qui compile les meilleurs articles postés sur le forum Greyhawk d’AOL (Juillet - Aout 1996).

Best of Greyhawk #15

Canonfire Chronicles

vendredi 2 août 2013

Un petit frère (un fork amical) à Oerth Journal, vient tout juste d’être publié. Il contient plus de 150 pages, essentiellement d’aventures, rédigées par les amateurs et les spécialistes du monde de Greyhawk.

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