Oct 24

grodog talking Dragons and Greyhawk on this Sunday night @ 7:30pm EDT

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Jay Scott has dragged me back into his Twitch feed, to discuss AD&D dragons in the World of Greyhawk on Sunday night @ 7:30pm EDT.

 

More details soon!

 

Allan.

Oct 24

Great! I should be able to make that one.

Oct 24

Also on a Greyhawk-related note, what is your opinion of Greyhawk Adventures by Jim Ward?

It's a more-mixed bag than UA, and has a similar but somewhat wider footprint: it does include new Greyhawk lore about gods, NPCs, and some interesting locations and mini-adventures, and some new monsters in addition to the new spells and magic items. Much of the content was very hit or miss, but there were some good writers working on the book, including Nigel D. Findley (probably the best one along with Thomas Kane). Many of the spells were pretty cookie cutter, but some were interesting (I liked some of the light-oriented ones under Nystul, and reassigned them to Evard who is a drow in my Greyhawk). None of the adventures stood out as worthwhile, but some of the monsters and magic items had good character, along with some of the locations.

 

Allan.

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