Greyhawk setting material

MockingBird

Explorer
So I just picked up Ghost of Saltmarsh and I have only read the first chapter but have scanned it over many times. I'm really enjoying the write up on Saltmarsh. I've always played and ran games in FR and have setting material for that setting (old grey box). My question is, what is a good start for Greyhawk material. I wish to learn more about the setting. I DM 5e but if I'm not mistaken this setting never really got an update through the editions did it? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
 

Parmandur

Legend
So I just picked up Ghost of Saltmarsh and I have only read the first chapter but have scanned it over many times. I'm really enjoying the write up on Saltmarsh. I've always played and ran games in FR and have setting material for that setting (old grey box). My question is, what is a good start for Greyhawk material. I wish to learn more about the setting. I DM 5e but if I'm not mistaken this setting never really got an update through the editions did it? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
It's a long complicated story, but while it has gotten 2E and 3.x updates, just get the 1E box set from the DMs Guild: it is basically 100% 5E compatible, might need to change the random monster tables slightly.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Out of the box suggestion: check out the 3E Deities & Demigods, where the Greyhawk pantheon and cosmology gets detailed pretty heavily. 1E Deities & Demigods might be good for that, too, bit I like James Wyatt's take.
 

MockingBird

Explorer
Was hoping DM's Guild would have the box set in a POD format. May try to find a decent used hard copy. If all else fails I'll buy the PDF
 

Parmandur

Legend
I'd suggest the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer for this, really. It give details on more of the GH gods without all the game mechanics in D&DG.
But the Living Greyhawk book is out of sync with Ghosts of Saltmarsh (easy enough to fix, though).
 

LordEntrails

Adventurer
Was hoping DM's Guild would have the box set in a POD format. May try to find a decent used hard copy. If all else fails I'll buy the PDF
Not sure, but I thought the second link I posted was to the material from the boxed set. Did you check it out and discover that it is not?
 

Parmandur

Legend
Not sure, but I thought the second link I posted was to the material from the boxed set. Did you check it out and discover that it is not?
Checking you links, it seems you double posted the original Folio, which is POD. The definitive box set is here:


Honestly, I have the box set and not the Folio, but it may be worth getting the Folio for a hard copy ...?
 

Azzy

Cyclone Ranger
But the Living Greyhawk book is out of sync with Ghosts of Saltmarsh (easy enough to fix, though).
This is true, however the gods section is pretty much usable as-is (except Mayaheine wouldn't exist in a pre-From the Ashes timeline). The other sections can serve as inspiration to be stolen from or be completely ignored. And there IS a lot of bad artwork. Oh, never mind. :D

One source that I haven seen mentioned is Anna Meyer's GH maps. Not necessary if you have the map from the original boxed set, but highly recommended.
 

Parmandur

Legend
This is true, however the gods section is pretty much usable as-is (except Mayaheine wouldn't exist in a pre-From the Ashes timeline). The other sections can serve as inspiration to be stolen from or be completely ignored. And there IS a lot of bad artwork. Oh, never mind. :D

One source that I haven seen mentioned is Anna Meyer's GH maps. Not necessary if you have the map from the original boxed set, but highly recommended.
Yeah, I was always confused about the Living Greyhawk book: here was the official default setting, with little production value in softcover....but here is an alternative I beautiful color hardcover called the Forgotten Realms.


Whyyy...
 

Shiroiken

Adventurer
I'll second the 1E Boxed Set. There's also a single book, often referred to as the Greyhawk Folio that was a precursor. I would avoid the later setting material, because the timeline GoS is set in appears to be the original 1E one. They Greyhawk Wars at the start of 2E led to the Scarlet Brotherhood moving from the shadows and having a direct impact (they directly control the Sea Princes, for example), which takes away their impact in Saltmarsh.
 

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