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D&D General Jeff Grubb's Lost Mystara Sourcebook To Be Released

Ex-TSR designer Jeff Grubb wrote a Known World of Mystara sourcebook for AD&D 2E that was sadly never published. But now WotC has given permission for it's release to Shawn Stanley of the Vaults of Pandius website, the Official Mystara Homepage!

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Grubb posted on Facebook:

"A long time ago I wrote a project for TSR converting the Known World of Mystara from D&D to AD&D 2nd Edition. Through a tale of woe and intrigue, (link below) that product was never completed, and instead became Karameikos, Kingdom of Adventure.

However, I kept a copy of the unfinished manuscript (well, print-out), and a short while ago, gave it to Shawn Stanley, who runs the Pandius Website. He in turn has cleaned it up a bit, and plans to release it, free, with WotC's blessing, to fans on the website's anniversary.

It is really nice to see this surface after so many years - it is a "Lost Tome" of D&D history, and I hope fans of the setting enjoy it."


He speaks more about the story, and why he left TSR, on his blog.

Mystara is a D&D campaign setting first published in the early 1980s, and was the 'default' setting for D&D for a long time.


Updates from @Dungeonosophy

Jeff Grubb gives an overview of the book on his blog

As for the release date: Shawn Stanley, Webmaster of the Vaults of Pandius, announced (here) that June 27th is the planned release date.

Some people were wondering if Jeff is involved in the release.

I reached out to Shawn Stanley on April 10th:
"Yes I was going to reach out to him with respect to providing some sort of foreword for the release. I had been intending to do so once I had finished the graphic design - but with the release of new news yesterday, I reached out to him yesterday. I also wanted to get his okay for the editing that I had done. But yes, I would think that anything that Jeff wants to write to accompany the document would be a great idea. I do kind of agree that something a little bit less-depressing than the blog posts might be preferable - something to celebrate the release than recall the negative things that had happened during that time."
"I do hope that he will agree."


Jeff also responded to me on April 10th:
"Shawn has been in touch with me, and I will be glad to write a brief foreword for the project."

Which will be a fulfillment of Jeff's offer back in 2019:
"If you succeed [with the petition], I will be glad to provide an intro with a less-depressing history of the project."

Note Vaults of Pandius is the Official Mystara Homepage! Given that designation by WotC, back in the 2000s, when Jim Butler was managing fan policy for "other worlds." There's an official agreement and everything. That's why the site is the natural host for this.
 
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The Glen

Hero
While I am glad the setting is getting a resurgence, it does need fresh blood. The setting needs new books and accessory to draw in younger players. It needs to be on the guild but we already knew that. For people that have never experienced it it's a brand-new setting. We need to present it that way rather than just harping on the nostalgia
 

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hopeless

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Been reading the Darokin and Five Shires gazeteers.

Would handling a character from Darokin in 5e work by making them variant human with the Skilled Feat thus gaining extra skills?

Still reading, but thats what struck me the most so far.

Been looking at the Irendi gazetteer too.

Spent quite a bit of time on the bus going to and from work these past two weeks, so very curious about this!
 


havard

Adventurer
While I am glad the setting is getting a resurgence, it does need fresh blood. The setting needs new books and accessory to draw in younger players. It needs to be on the guild but we already knew that. For people that have never experienced it it's a brand-new setting. We need to present it that way rather than just harping on the nostalgia
Could not agree more!
Which is why amazing fans have been creating new material for this amazing setting and kept it alive and fresh for 30+ years now. Much of that material is currently available at Pandius.com :)
 

havard

Adventurer
Been reading the Darokin and Five Shires gazeteers.

Would handling a character from Darokin in 5e work by making them variant human with the Skilled Feat thus gaining extra skills?

Still reading, but thats what struck me the most so far.

Been looking at the Irendi gazetteer too.

Spent quite a bit of time on the bus going to and from work these past two weeks, so very curious about this!

I am currently running a campaign set in Darokin using the 5E rules. We didn't really change the rules much so far. This is mostly exploration of wilderness and rural villages with various mysteries, sinister cults and the machinations of the Great Merchant Houses in the background. There may or may not also be a Blackmoor artifact buried deep benath the caverns that the PCs are currently exploring.... B- )

-Havard
 

havard

Adventurer
Mystara does have its last product released in 2013 with Chronicles of Mystara. While it's decidedly not canon, capcom's masterpiece is often the first thing people think of when they hear the name. The game hasn't completely languished like other settings
While the Capcom Games are great fun (and largely compatible with canon even if they tweak a few things), Mystara has been directly referenced many times since then. Most recently in Goodman Games' OAR series and WotC 5E books like Ghosts of Saltmarsh which specifically talk about Mystara. I'm keeping a record of all large and small Mystara "teasers" here:

That is no substitute for a full Mystara sourcebook of course, but still helps remind people that we are out there :)

-Havard
 

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