Known World source?

haakon1

Adventurer
I’m interested in a quick, basic source for Basic info on the Known World setting. Something like the Greyhawk Folio, or the original AD&D 1e boxed sets for Greyhawk or Forgotten Realms.

Just the main parts, not the other continents or the Known World. Karameikos, Darokin, Thyatis, all that.

And I’m not interested enough to read all the GAZ supplements - just looking for an overview.

From reading on DriveThruRPG, I think B10 Night’s Dark Terror would cover Karameikos. Maybe that’s enoug?
 

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Yora

Legend
Night's Dark Terror certainly can serve as a bit of an introduction to the setting. I believe a few villages are described with some detail. But it's only giving a couple of impressions, not a general overview.
And it's a really generic fantasy region, so not particularly much of note to find there.
 

Official source? No, but there is an unofficial source that was compiled by TheGlen a while back. For a pet project it's astoundingly good. The editing and layout are superb. It's also updated for 5e:

There are other unofficial sources, some even from former TSR employees who have first hand knowledge, but I haven't seen any as complete or accessible as this.
 





Jer

Legend
Supporter
I’m interested in a quick, basic source for Basic info on the Known World setting. Something like the Greyhawk Folio, or the original AD&D 1e boxed sets for Greyhawk or Forgotten Realms.

Just the main parts, not the other continents or the Known World. Karameikos, Darokin, Thyatis, all that.

And I’m not interested enough to read all the GAZ supplements - just looking for an overview.

From reading on DriveThruRPG, I think B10 Night’s Dark Terror would cover Karameikos. Maybe that’s enoug?
Unfortunately TSR never really did a great full campaign setting for the whole setting. The closest we really get as overviews are the brief one-paragraph descriptions in X1 and the Joshuan's Almanac write-up that @jdrakeh linked to. And there's a bit of a timeline issue with them as well - the Gazetteers and the X1 description are based in the year 1000 while Joshuan's Almanac is set after the Wrath of the Immortals boxed set and is set in 1013 after some fairly large changes to the setting that happened in that boxed set.

The Newbie's Guide that @guachi posted and the Mystara Player's Guide that @AtomicPope posted are what I'd direct an interested party at. The Newbie's Guide was put together by the Mystara Message Board/Mailing List folks years ago and remains a great resource. The Mystara Player's Guide that Glen Welch put together is one of the most impressive fan works I've seen - it's an excellent summary of the information from the Gazetteers and is absolutely the kind of book/boxed set I wish that TSR had produced back in the day for the setting. It does include more than just the Known World portions of the setting but it doesn't go much farther than the Known World - Alphatia is in there but the Savage Coast isn't. Also it's free, so you have something you can read without spending anything to see if you want to go any deeper.
 


guachi

Adventurer
Definite benefit of stuff at pandius like the overview I linked above is that's it's all free. The organization of the website leaves something to be desired but if you with for it you can find almost anything.

The overview may be fan-written but it's all summarized from official sources and it's only a page or two per country. When I run games set in Mystara I hand every player it as a printout.

The next best thing is to have someone collate the "What Everyone Knows About..." sections from the gazetteers.
 


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