Wednesday, April 27, 2016
A to Z of Adventure! W is for World of Greyhawk
The WG or World of Greyhawk adventures take place, naturally, in the World of Greyhawk. This was the default setting of most of the 1st Edition AD&D adventures, and explicitly so for T, A, G, D and Q.
The first named adventure was WG4 The Forgotten Temple of Tharizdun, which I covered briefly on "S" day. But wait, if it is the first why is it numbered "WG4"? Well according to the ole' Wikipedia "WG1 was earmarked for The Village of Hommlet (T1), and WG2 was earmarked for The Temple of Elemental Evil (T1-4). WG3 was to be Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth (S4), a loosely tied prequel to WG4." So they do make a series of sorts.
WG5 Mordenkainen's Fantastic Adventure is an interesting one and might just be one of the last adventures Gary wrote for AD&D1 and TSR. It is a high-level dungeon crawl featuring a unique demon and lots and lots of hack n' slash action. It does feel like one of the older modules (though it was out in 1984 so it is "old" as well). I could fit in with the TAGDQ series somewhere I am sure. It could even be another one of the alternate worlds in Q1.
I don't know much about WG6 Isle of the Ape, save that is was one of the first adventures for characters above 18th level.
I do know about WG7 Castle Greyhawk. WG7 was supposed to be another Gygax penned adventure, but it didn't happen like that. Instead, we got a "joke" module. The idea was sound, the levels get harder and harder with all sorts of strange monsters. But is was played a huge joke. At the time (when I was 15) I thought it was funny, but even running it I knew it was bad. In the history of D&D Castle Greyhawk was a significant part of Gary's original game. For years we were teased with Castle Greyhawk but never got one. Even today we don't have the real thing. This makes WG7 all that much more worse really. It's too bad really. The authors of WG7 do read like a who's-who of mid 80s game designers.
Of the others only WG12 Vale of the Mage intrests me these days. I think it is becuase I was looking for more information of Greyhawk and the Vale of the Mage (home of the Valley Elves. No, I am serious) was one of those places I wanted more detail on.