D&D (2024) How Does Greyhawk Fit In To The New Edition?

Dungeon Master’s Guide contains a sample setting—and that setting is, indeed, Greyhawk.


According to Game Informer — “the surprising importance and inclusions of what is arguably the oldest D&D campaign setting of them all – Greyhawk.”

So how does Greyhawk fit in? According to GI, the new 2024 Dungeon Master’s Guide contains a sample setting—and that setting is, indeed, Greyhawk. Not only that, but the book will come with a double-sided poster map with the City of Greyhawk on one side and the Flannaes on the other—the eastern part of one of Oerth’s four continents.

Even as the multiverse of D&D worlds sees increased attention, the Dungeon Master's Guide also offers a more discrete setting to get gaming groups started. After very few official releases in the last couple of decades, the world of Greyhawk takes center stage. The book fleshes out Greyhawk to illustrate how to create campaign settings of your own. Greyhawk was the original D&D game world crafted by D&D co-creator Gary Gygax, and a worthy setting to revisit on the occassion of D&D's golden anniversary. It's a world bristling with classic sword and sorcery concepts, from an intrigue-laden central city to wide tracts of uncharted wilderness. Compared to many D&D campaign settings, it's smaller and less fleshed out, and that's sort of the point; it begs for DMs to make it their own. The book offers ample info to bring Greyhawk to life but leaves much undetailed. For those eager to take the plunge, an included poster map of the Greyhawk setting sets the tone, and its reverse reveals a map of the city of the same name. "A big draw to Greyhawk is it's the origin place for such heroes as Mordenkainen, Tasha, and others," Perkins says. "There's this idea that the players in your campaign can be the next great world-hopping, spell-crafting heroes of D&D. It is the campaign where heroes are born."
- Game Informer​


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Huh? In AD&D, "Faerie" just means "Grey Elf" - see eg the Monster Manual.
Well, ... yes. Grey elves are certainly known as "faerie" or "faerie elves".
They're also called "meadow elves" very, very early on in 0e.

But, there's also fae, fey, fairy, the Plane of Faerie, etc. Which have slightly different connotations.
The Plane of Faerie, for example, in GH is the feywild. And Gygax called it "Phæree" in some of his other alternate-Earths (Ærth/Aerth, specifically).

Wait ... just for clarity, to which "city" are you referring?
The city of Greyhawk. (And other Free Cities now rechecking my book)

The large free cities are also known to allow various sorts of humanoids free access to their precincts.
Humanoids exclusively means Orcs, Kobolds, Goblins and the like in the book (Elves and Dwarves are Demi Humans)
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The AD&D DMG Appendix C City/Town Encounter Matrix also includes a note, for the Ruffians entry, that 25% of ruffians may be Orcs, Goblins, etc.

Presumably this Encounter Matrix can be used for the larger cities in GH, and thus it delivers the same result as is spelled out in the passages quoted by @MonsterEnvy and @Voadam.

"Various sorts of humanoids" can pretty easily be parsed as an in-universe bigoted catch-all thar includes Orcs, Goliath, Dragonborn, Tieflings and so on.
That is explicitly the case

Demi-humans: This category covers only those anthropomorphic creatures such as elves, dwarves, halflings, and gnomes, who are normally not hostile to humans.
Humanoids: This category covers anthropomorphic creatures like orcs, goblins, hobgoblins, kobolds, and others at odds with humanity
Later editions just collapsed everyone into Humanoids.

Give me Cerilia or give me death!
I think you mean "Give me your Bloodline".
Which is one of several reasons we'll never see WOTC do Birthright again. The bloodline mechanics are another set of "Magical Physics" to balance and present. You could maybe make it work for starting characters with something like Eberron house membership and monsters that give feat equivalent boons to someone performing a ritual on their fresh corpse, but it would be hard to integrate into any other setting and dangerous to bring things in from other settings.
OK, now I am thinking about how to do this, but I'm one person up far too late drinking too much Diet Coke, not a major corporation. I can afford to be weird.

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