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"

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.

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 You're missing out on all the new content posted since the site moved! If you're looking for an older post, just replace "" (...)

mercredi 25 avril 2018

  • Migration Underway
    Hey all! Just a quick note that the migration to the 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 (...)

samedi 14 avril 2018

  • Greyhawk's World: Events of the West-Central Flanaess
    Since my first effort at continuing the Greyhawk's World articles was so well-received (and I had so much fun doing it), I thought it only proper to keep going. For those who don't know, Greyhawk's World was a series of articles in Dragon Magazine from the early 80's describing the ongoing (...)

vendredi 13 avril 2018

  • Thoughts on The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun
    I'm going to take a break from my ongoing delvings into the inner workings of the Giants, Drow, and Temple of Elemental Evil adventures to venture into new territory. I'm going to start picking apart the Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun, and see if there's anything that we might glean from a close (...)

mercredi 11 avril 2018

  • More Black Moon Chronicles Maps
    Those of you who've been following my blog for a few years might remember the Black Moon Chronicles, a series of graphic novels by French author François Marcela-Froideval. That name might also sound familiar because he was one of Gary Gygax's cohorts, who did a first draft of Oriental (...)

samedi 7 avril 2018

  • Dating Modules - Slavers, Elemental Evil, Giants
    A fun, and sometimes necessary when delving into the deep lore of the published adventures, pastime is to try to figure out when, exactly, a given adventure module takes place. Originally, of course, the early modules such as Steading of the Hill Giant Chief, had no definitive date beyond their (...)

jeudi 5 avril 2018

  • Initial Thoughts on Mythic India
    So no sooner do I make a post about the projects that I've got going on at the moment, but I start knocking out the "in progress" stuff almost immediately. Obviously that leaves a hole, and my nature abhors a creative vacuum. I've not committed to it yet, but I'm toying with doing a "mythic (...)

vendredi 30 mars 2018

  • Irons in the Fire
    I just wanted to give a quick update on the various thingamabobs that I'm working on. Musicland: The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success (and thanks to everyone who supported it!). The manuscript is off to the editor, the cover is done, the interior artist has given me sketches that have (...)

vendredi 23 mars 2018

  • Thalos
    Tucked away in one of the corners of the Sundered Empire on the far northwest of Oerik is an island called Thalos. When I did my Beyond the Flanaess series of posts a few years ago, I naturally included it, but recently there's been a request to show the full-size version because someone is (...)

vendredi 16 mars 2018

  • The fall of Molag
    The conquest of the Horned Society by Iuz is one of the seminal events of the Greyhawk campaign. It is a It is described in both Gary Gygax's novel Artifact of Evil, as well as the history of the Greyhawk Wars written after Gygax's departure from TSR, after which the setting took a somewhat (...)

mardi 13 mars 2018

  • GaryCon 2018
    The original plastic castle that was the model for Gary's Castle GreyhawkI had the pleasure of spending this past weekend in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for my first ever GaryCon. I drove out (twelve and a half hours, for those who are counting) from New Jersey, as I had a car load of (...)

vendredi 2 mars 2018

  • See You At GaryCon!
    Just a reminder - next weekend I'll be at GaryCon for the first time (woo-hoo!). I'll be manning the BRW Games table in the dealer's room, and running sessions of Castle of the Mad Archmage on Friday and Saturday nights (both are sold out, sorry!). Do stop by and say hi, if you're in the (...)

mercredi 21 février 2018

  • Make Aerdy Great Again
    Hey Greyhawk fans! I'm coming to you tonight to urge and ask that you sign the following online petition, to let Wizards of the Coast know that there are a lot of Greyhawk fans out there, and that we want to see some official support for the setting for 5th Edition. The petition can be found (...)

mardi 20 février 2018

  • Review: Black Panther (Spoiler Free)
    I just flew back from Wakanda, and boy are my arms tired! Seriously, I saw the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Black Panther, today. The theater was a Dolby theater, with improved sound (think Sensurround, for those old enough to remember it) and a higher contrast film. No 3-D, but there (...)

lundi 19 février 2018

  • All Marvel Cinematic Universe Titles, Ranked
    Now that we're moving with headlong speed towards the end of Phase Three, and into the unknown maw that is Phase Four, I thought it might be interesting to rank all the various titles that make up the MCU. In this, I am not only including the films, but also the ABC and Netflix television shows (...)

dimanche 18 février 2018

  • Thoughts on Black Panther (Spoilers!)
    Fair warning - there are going to be spoilers in this post. So if you haven't seen Black Panther yet, and want to remain spoiler-free, don't read on. If you'd like to read my spoiler-free review, please click here. (Spoiler-filled discussion after the jump) So, Black Panther. Assorted (...)

vendredi 16 février 2018

  • My Dream FLGS
    Now that I've pre-ordered Gary Ray's fascinating-looking book Friendly Local Game Store: A Five-Year Path to Middle-Class Income, it's naturally got me thinking about what sort of a game store I'd make if I won the lottery. Naturally, this is just a thought experiment (but we can hope!). One of (...)

mardi 13 février 2018

  • Greyhawk Monsters in 5E
    Similar to my previous update about which gods were going to be represented in my Players Guide to Greyhawk 576, now that I'm in the home stretch of the DM's Guide, I thought it would be interesting to list out the various critters and creatures that are currently scheduled for inclusion. As (...)

samedi 10 février 2018

  • Let's Read: Greyhawk Adventures (Part 12)
    Well here we are at last, the final entry in my Let's Read series for the Greyhawk Adventures hardcover book. It's certainly taken a while to get here, but I hope the trip's been worth it. We close the series with what is perhaps the weakest section of the entire book, and the one I believe got (...)

  • Project Oasis is 50% off Tomorrow!
    Hey everyone - I just got notified that Project Oasis, my setting for GW / Mutant Future / Apes Victorious / etc. will be the Deal of the Day over at tomorrow. This is your chance to get it at 50% off the normal price!

mercredi 7 février 2018

  • Interview: Secrets of Blackmoor
    What a treat today! I had the privilege of interviewing the maker of an upcoming documentary film on the early history of our hobby, focusing on Dave Arneson's Blackmoor, but naturally ranging far beyond that. There have been a few efforts along these lines (I backed a few on Kickstarter...), (...)

mardi 6 février 2018

  • Return to Greyhawk
    I'll be on with Shane today at 5 Eastern time! It's not up there yet, but hopefully it'll be posted to their YouTube channel soon!

dimanche 4 février 2018

jeudi 1er février 2018

  • Game Room Giveaway
    Hey all! Wayfair is having a Game Room Giveaway sweepstakes from now through February 14th. It's free to enter (you do have to give them your email address), but there's some really great stuff to be had that would let you really kit out a gaming room. A huge dining room set, a special DM's (...)

jeudi 25 janvier 2018

  • The Warpéd Mirror
    I'm doing some research for my next 5E Greyhawk project, which is a treatment of Zindia, the India-analogue land south of the Sea of Dust, and I've come across something I think bears exploration. That is, many authors, when describing non-European cultures, tend to err on the side of (...)

samedi 20 janvier 2018

  • War in Europe
    At last! The crown jewel in my game collection has arrived. When I was a kid, SPI's monster game War in Europe was one of my favorite games. We actually played the full campaign game all the way through - my best friend Tom dismantled his model train set in his basement so we'd have a table (...)


Oerth Journal 28

dimanche 12 mai 2019

Février 2019 : Parution du numéro 28 du Oerth Journal

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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