Sur le Web, ces 30 derniers jours

jeudi 14 décembre 2017

  • Playtest Closed
    Just a quick admin note - I've got more playtesters for my 5th Edition Greyhawk 576 project than I need. Way more. Response has been terrific, and I thank everyone. But for now, I'm closing the door on new playtest groups. I'll still keep making updates on overall progress here. Stay (...)

dimanche 10 décembre 2017

  • Poll Result: Most Dangerous Swamp
    Well met Greyhawkers! Today I am going to muse over the latest front page poll, Which Swamp is the Most Dangerous? Obviously all fantasy swamps are lethal places to venture, but in the World of Greyhawk there is an abundance of these wetlands and each has their own unique troubles and (...)

vendredi 8 décembre 2017

  • MCU Implications of a Disney-Fox Deal
    With the news that Disney and Fox are very close to a deal, I thought it might be fun to speculate on the implications such a thing might have on the various Marvel movie and TV properties. For those who haven't been keeping up, Fox is looking to shed everything except their sports and news (...)

mercredi 6 décembre 2017

  • Blog Update
    Hey Greyhawkers. Light news day. Still working on blog content for a redesign, not sure how soon I'll have any of that updated, but in the meantime here is some dedicated pages I'm planning on adding to Greyhawkery with essential player information. If you feel I should add some new categories (...)

mardi 5 décembre 2017

  • Thoughts on the Frost and Fire Giants (and Stone Giants, too!)
    Following up on my musings about the connection between the Elder Elemental God and the Hill Giants in G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief, I would like to move on to the other two modules in the series. The next one, G2 The Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl is going to be the shortest in (...)

dimanche 3 décembre 2017

  • The Elder Elemental God and the Hill Giants
    One of the little things tucked away in the original Against the Giants modules (G1, G2, and G3) is the connection to the Elder Elemental God that runs throughout the first and last in the series. I'd like to tease out some of those connections and see where they lead, especially in the context (...)

mercredi 29 novembre 2017

  • 5E Greyhawk Update - Players Guide Done
    Hey-o! I posted about this on my FB and G+ pages, but for everyone else, I wanted to point out a milestone in my 5E Greyhawk project. The Greyhawk 576 Players Guide is now complete. That means all the thumbnail descriptions of countries, races, languages, classes, magic items, backgrounds, (...)

mardi 28 novembre 2017

  • Xanathar's Guide to Everything
    Heya Greyhawk fans, today I'm perusing my copy of the popular new 5E rulebook, Xanathar's Guide to Everything. Well it's certainly not everything (I want a 5E Aurora's catalogue), but it does have plenty of good stuff for players and DMs alike. I recommend the book, go and get it if you play (...)

samedi 25 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design XIII - Wrapping Up
    I started with this...So this will likely be my final post in the National Campaign Creation Month (NaCaCrMo) series. I've gone from a quick map and a couple of notes on a piece of paper to a campaign setting I could run tomorrow. There are maps both of the setting itself on a large scale, and (...)

  • Greyhawk Gods in 5E
    As I've been posting my progress on my Greyhawk 576 material for 5th Edition, someone asked if they could see a list of all the deities I'm planning on including. So here it is, subject to change, of course. Names marked with an asterisk are already done, with full write-ups including a unique (...)

jeudi 23 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design XII - Artanian Blood Magic
    As noted previously, one thing I want to use to differentiate Artanian magic from the more standard type used by the colonists from Hanar-across-the-sea is its basis in blood sacrifice. This is thematically similar to Defiler magic in the Dark Sun setting, which consumes plant life in order to (...)

  • The Miracle of the Bones
    I've been doing a lot of reading on Medieval witchcraft trials for a non-gaming project I'm working on, and over and over I see references to "the miracle of the bones" wherein an animal is killed and eaten, and then resurrected when its bones are placed in its skin, and the whole blessed. The (...)

mardi 21 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design XI - Merchants and Mercenaries
    Now that the local area where the PCs are starting has been filled in a little more, I'd like to pull back out and take a look at some of the more macro bits of detail. Specifically, I'd like to look at the merchant houses and mercenary companies that were either brought here or established (...)

  • Return to Greyhawk on Twitch
    Welcome again fans of Greyhawk! This week I am promoting a new venue of Greyhawk entertainment on Twitch called Return to Greyhawk. This is a live D&D 5E campaign and I'm jazzed about this particular channel given the rise in popularity of streaming D&D tabletop groups, mainly because (...)

dimanche 19 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design X - Local Color
    In the previous post in the series, I sketched out the small area the PCs will be operating in at the start of the campaign. Now I'd like to add a little more detail by laying out some encounters, both fixed and wandering. The stats below are for 1st edition AD&D, but they're very minimal (...)

samedi 18 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design IX - Campaign Map
    In the previous installment of this series, I laid out the starting scenario for the PCs. They will be starting in the area indicated by the box on the map below: For me, the maps are where things really come alive. I took the area on the large-scale map, and blew it up to a scale of 2 miles (...)

mercredi 15 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design VIII - Fresh Off the Boat
    Part of the conceits of the Lost Artanis campaign setting is the idea that it so easily fits the "classic" campaign set-up, as a consciously inherent aspect of its design. That is, the PCs can literally enter the setting fresh off a ship from Hanar-Across-the-Sea, into a land they only have the (...)

  • Birthplaces for Tieflings and Dragonborn
    Welcome back friends of Greyhawk! In an effort to balance my last post, which had little to show off, I threw together this nice randomized chart based on the character birthplace charts in the 1983 boxed set Glossography. This one is for you 5E fans who like to use the playable races of (...)

lundi 13 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design VII - Lost Artanis
    I wanted to take some time to discuss the realm of Lost Artanis, which, although it no longer exists in the time-frame of the campaign, will still cast a very long shadow upon it. Artanis is a kingdom that covered the whole of the colonized area and beyond, which fell some 500 years ago due to (...)

dimanche 12 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design VI - Aedgaria
    Following on the previous installment where I talk about the second of the three colonies in some detail, I'm rounding out Aedgaria in this post. Aedgaria is the last of the three colonies to be founded, by the kingdom of Wynnland. Because of this, they got the leftovers when it came to (...)

samedi 11 novembre 2017

  • Blog Redesign Idea
    Hey Greyhawkers! This weekend I've been contemplating upping my blog game instead the usual melancholy thoughts of hanging it up! Before I did anything I decided I need to air my ideas and perhaps get some feedback. I'm lazy and might not do anything after all, but at least this could get the (...)

vendredi 10 novembre 2017

  • Poll Result: Which Knighthood to Join
    Welcome back Greyhawkers. This week I'm musing over the results of my last poll, Which Knighthood Would You Join? Easy enough, let's look at the knightly orders of the Flanaess: Coming in at a surprising first place (28%) is the Knight Protectors of Aerdy. This ancient order hails from back in (...)

  • Cavalier for 5th Edition
    Today is the hobby store release day for Xanathar's Guide to Everything, and apparently one of the things it includes is a cavalier martial archetype for the fighter class. It just so happens I also wrote up a cavalier martial archetype for my own Players Guide to Greyhawk 576, so I thought I'd (...)

jeudi 9 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design V - Lippegen
    So last time I covered some details about New Valais, and now I'd like to put a little meat on the Lippegen bone. The map hasn't changed: Lippegen is my pseudo-Germany colony, linked back to the Dual Kingdom of Grott-Heimburg, with its Summer King and Winter King who swap roles at the (...)

  • Universal's Dark Universe
    Well, that didn't take long. News has come out that Universal's Dark Universe, which was supposed to be a shared universe with their various monster properties like Dracula and Frankenstein, has folded after just one (well, two, if you count Dracula Untold, which was in, and then out, of the (...)

mardi 7 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design IV - New Valais
    As mentioned in the previous installment, I've filled in a lot more detail in the eastern portion of the map, and added one large and one small lake, to give the terrain some interesting features. Here's what it looks like now (click to embiggen): The scale is 10 miles per hex, and bear in mind (...)

  • November Campaign Design II - Better Map, Firmer Concepts
    So after the previous effort, I sat down with Hexographer and took a stab at a first-draft map. Here's what I came up with: Click to embiggen A few things are different from the sketch map, of course. There are more towns. There are islands, Things have names. This isn't a final map by any (...)

dimanche 5 novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design III - The Religion Question
    As mentioned in the previous post in this series, here's the trimmed-down map that only focuses on the northern, settled, parts of the continent (which I've christened "Lost Artanis"): The map has a scale of 10 miles per hex. The eastern areas definitely need some more detailing, and I might (...)

samedi 4 novembre 2017

  • Review: Thor Ragnarok (Spoiler Free)
    I saw Thor Ragnarok tonight in a mostly-filled theater with the new (to me, anyway) Dolby system installed. Supposed to have better sound and visuals. The sound was definitely more rumbly; the seats would shake when there were explosions or ships flying past, but I didn't notice anything (...)

vendredi 3 novembre 2017

  • Worthy Cause: Extra Life
    Starting tomorrow, Thramack and Darth Cupcake will be participating in Extra Life's game stream marathon tomorrow into Sunday. You can pledge any amount, which will go to help ill and injured kids in need. Do check it out, here: (...)

  • November Campaign Design I - Rough Map, Broad Concepts
    In my first installment in my NaCaCrMo series, I have a quick sketch of a map done, a big concept for the campaign, and a few details that occurred to me as I was contemplating the whole thing. Here is the map I came up with, along with marginalia which I'll transcribe below (click to (...)

mercredi 1er novembre 2017

  • November Campaign Design
    I'm declaring November to be NaCaCrMo. Sodium-Calcium-Chromium-Molybdenum for the win! Oh, wait. No. With all the national month of this or that or the other thing in November, I thought I might turn my own attentions to creating a campaign setting in a month, both to see if I can do it, and to (...)

mardi 31 octobre 2017

  • 1st Edition Paladin Spells (Part 2)
    Following up on the previous post, here are the remaining paladin-specific spells, converted from 5E to 1E format. The 5E paladin spell list goes up to 5th level, but in 1E paladins can only cast up to 4th level spells, thus this list is a little smaller than the total list of paladin spells (...)

  • Why Darlene's Greyhawk Map is Special
    Welcome again fans of Greyhawk. A very good question was posed to me in the comments of my post last week:"I've never understood people's reverence for the Darlene map. I'm not knocking it or anything, I just don't get all the fuss. Then again, I only joined the hobby in 2001... So maybe I'm (...)

  • 1st Edition Paladin Spells (Part 1)
    One of the things I like about 5th Edition is the notion of special spell lists for paladins and rangers. (I have no idea if this was also a thing in 3rd or 4th edition, since I never got into either.) I think this is precisely the sort of thing that could translate into 1st edition very well. (...)

mercredi 25 octobre 2017

  • Longest Campaign Ever?
    This guy has been running the same campaign for 35 years!

  • A Quick Greyhawk Primer
    Well met, fans of Greyhawk. It recently occurred to me on a Twitter thread, that I've never attempted to do a Greyhawk "primer" or "intro" for newer readers (that I recall). I've always catered to the long time fan with my nonsense and minutiae, so today I'm gonna try my best to capture what (...)

dimanche 22 octobre 2017

  • Interview at Multiverse
    Timothy Connolly of TSR, Inc. interviewed me for their Multiverse blog, and the interview went live today: http://multiverse.world/blog/2017/10/19/qa-joseph-bloch-greyhawk-grognard/ This was a lot of fun to do, and I hope folks check it (...)

vendredi 20 octobre 2017

  • Darker Paths Halloween Sale
    Hello, kiddies! It's that wonderful time of year again, boys and ghouls... The annual Halloween sale, when the Darker Paths series of supplements are on sale for a ridiculously low price. And of course they're all usable with almost all old-school, 0E/1E/2E type games. This is honestly some of (...)

mardi 17 octobre 2017

  • Greyhawk Comic Rewind: Boccob
    Howdy Greyhawk gang! Today I'm looking back on a random Greyhawk comic strip from June 22nd, 2006. This one is very dated in fact because the idea stemmed from a defunct forum that discussed material from a defunct magazine. Sheesh! p.s. in case you aren't aware, the deity without a shirt is (...)

mercredi 11 octobre 2017

  • Greyhawk A-Z: Deities Part 2
    Hello again Greyhawk readers. I'm making another attempt to alphabetically survey various topics about Greyhawk. Last time I did People, this time I'm bringing back Deities. Ready? Let's begin: Allitur. Wow, so here's a deity I know nearly zero about that is quite cool in reality. Lawful Good (...)

mercredi 4 octobre 2017

  • Ogre coming to Steam
    I normally hate video games, but this looks amazing. I've been a huge fan of the game since the 70's, including the miniatures version, and this looks like a very worthy addition to the family. Now I'll have to figure out how to get a Steam account, just for (...)

  • Unusual Greyhawk Facts
    Hey Greyhawk fans! I don't have much going on this week, except maybe that I started running the classic Forge of Fury from the 5E Tales From the Yawning Portal adventure compilation. FoF isn't a Greyhawk module, but I've had an easy time retrofitting it to the Flanaess. Since I just got (...)

samedi 30 septembre 2017

  • Review: Marvel's Inhumans (spoiler-free)
    I watched the first two episodes of Marvel's Inhumans last night (I did not see the Imax screening a few weeks ago). This is a property that has had a sort of rocky history at Marvel studios; it was originally supposed to be a movie, and then it got downgraded to a TV series at ABC. (...)

mercredi 27 septembre 2017

  • 1981 TSR Hobbies Catalogue
    Welcome Greyhawk mavens and fans of D&D. As I showed off last week, I recently purchased an old Expert Boxed set and within this box (no dice unfortunately) was a mint copy of the 1981 TSR Hobbies game catalog. Oh my is there a lot of stuff in here. Strap in for a nostalgia ride! I love the (...)

vendredi 22 septembre 2017

  • Project Oasis now on sale!
    Hey all! Just a reminder that my post-apocalyptic RPG setting, Project Oasis, is on sale as part of OBS's Setting Sale. One third off is a pretty sweet deal! For those who haven't heard of it, Project Oasis is my gonzo post-apocalyptic setting, written for Mutant Future and Apes Victorious, but (...)

mardi 19 septembre 2017

  • 45th Birthday Week
    Ahoy Greyhawk scum! Last week was my 45th birthday (groan) and while I didn't get anything useful done, I did have a good old time. My friends and I went to the local Renaissance Fair for the second straight year. It was a blistering, sunny 90+ degrees out but I drank beer, conspired with (...)

mercredi 13 septembre 2017

  • Greyhawk Poll: Best Place to Retire
    Welcome again Greyhawkers, this week I review my latest fan poll on the "Best Place to Retire a Character" in Greyhawk. I know just getting a PC to the point of retirement is hard, but where would they be most comfortable to settle down and spend their hard earned treasure in peace? Let's find (...)

mercredi 6 septembre 2017

  • Frank Mentzer's Empyrea
    Hey Greyhawkers. Most you by now have seen the news about an upcoming Kickstarter for Empyrea, Frank Mentzer's home campaign that was nominally supposed to be set to the west across the Solnor Ocean in the World of Greyhawk. Even better this will be a boxed set and the announcement promises (...)

lundi 4 septembre 2017

  • Quick Greyhawk 5th Edition Update
    Real quick update on the 5E Greyhawk material. The Greyhawk 576 Players Manual is very far along. Races, classes, backgrounds, feats, spells, and quick descriptions of the Lands of the Flanaess are done. 23 gods out of 70 are completed, 13 are mostly done, and the rest still need to be started. (...)

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vendredi 20 janvier

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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vendredi 2 août 2013

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