Friday, January 31, 2020

Welcome to the Grimdark Alternate Greyhawk Setting


In true Old-School fashion we are going to put together a fun game world by borrowing ideas from all over and layering them on top of the existing World of Greyhawk campaign setting.

Think Saberhagen, Howard, Lovecraft.

A little of Robert Jordan and George RR Martin.

I'm inspired by lots of artwork, too. Frazetta and Vallejo.

Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World. Blanchitsu!

Check out the CAMPAIGN BACKGROUND links in the sidebar for starting campaign details.

Get out your old AD&D rulebooks




In addition, we will be digging into some other OSR systems, like Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea, Eldritch Tales and more.

The campaign will begin in the Kingdom of Keoland in CY 571. You have just attended the Tocsin of Kelanen, the biggest annual fair in the County of Cryllor, and met some of the most interesting people...


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Folk Wisdom and Character Knowledge

There are lots of things that characters know about their world that they don't even think about. Folksy sayings and stories from childhood that impart a truth or life lesson. Things that everyone knows and takes for granted, like "Spider webs help stop bleeding when wrapped over a cut or wound."

"Putting butter on a burn stops the swelling and blistering."
"Don't go to sleep with your head in direct moonlight, your dreams might make you crazy."

This post and a related Campaign Background page will be an attempt to collect these sayings and bits of wisdom as they come up.

Here is a webpage for Folk Remedies at Brownielocks.

If you have any to share, please do so in the Comments.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Standing Stones and Megalithic Structures

Standing Stones and Megaliths in Grimdark Greyhawk are usually artifacts of the pre-cataclysm world. They have been ascribed many magical powers and links to the Faerie Realm.