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D&D General UPDATE: this isn't greenlit : 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! 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...

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.

UPDATE:
WotC's approval of this sourcebook's release have been premature, i.e. it isn't greenlit.
 

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The Glen

Legend
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
 
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eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
The last few years have brought a lot of great new ideas to the hobby, both D&D specifically and RPGs more generally. Anyone deciding turning up their nose at those new ideas is doing themselves a disservice -- and you'll likely be playing those good ideas in a D&D edition anyway.
Well, I don't know about great new ideas, but we've certainly gotten quite a bit of MtG books. :unsure:
 

Dire Bare

Legend
Well, I don't know about great new ideas, but we've certainly gotten quite a bit of MtG books. :unsure:
Yet more nerd gatekeeping.

If you don't care for the various settings of Magic: The Gathering for your D&D game . . . that's fine of course. But these settings stand up very well, even if you've never slung cardboard spells across a table. They come with innovative settings and innovative mechanics to add to the D&D game.

I'm glad WotC doesn't pay much attention to the gatekeepers in our hobby, it would stunt innovation and growth.
 

eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
Yet more nerd gatekeeping.

If you don't care for the various settings of Magic: The Gathering for your D&D game . . . that's fine of course. But these settings stand up very well, even if you've never slung cardboard spells across a table. They come with innovative settings and innovative mechanics to add to the D&D game.

I'm glad WotC doesn't pay much attention to the gatekeepers in our hobby, it would stunt innovation and growth.
Yeah, not caring for something is gatekeeping, of course.

I'm sure the reason they published them is purely for the innovation and growth of the game, not because they have this other game over here that they also own by chance.
 

Whizbang Dustyboots

Gnometown Hero
Well, I don't know about great new ideas, but we've certainly gotten quite a bit of MtG books. :unsure:
Streaming, podcasts, the RPG blogosphere, PDF publishing and Kickstarters have created an explosion of new ideas and new takes on classic RPG and D&D tropes. If you choose not to encounter them, that's on you, but even WotC puts them front and center on Dragon Talk, which has featured the Dragon Stew Kickstarter project recently and seemingly every D&D streamer or podcaster on Earth.

I've been playing since 1979 and this is absolutely the new Golden Age of D&D.
 
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Sithlord

Adventurer
I preferred known world to mystara. I just didn’t like the name mystara and it sounded too much like mystra. But what I really liked about the setting was the immortals and how the interacted as well as the spheres of power. I also liked how there was not low level demons. They were all badass powerful if there at all.
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I preferred known world to mystara. I just didn’t like the name mystara and it sounded too much like mystra. But what I really liked about the setting was the immortals and how the interacted as well as the spheres of power. I also liked how there was not low level demons. They were all badass powerful if there at all.
Fun fact, Jeff Grubb is responsible for the name change...for this product specifically, per his blog.
 

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