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WG10 Child's Play (2e)

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This action-packed adventure module is especially designed to give beginning Dungeon Masters and players help in learning the AD&D game system.

But don't be fooled by the title! The adventure is far from easy - in fact, it has challenges that can bring the careless character's adventuring career to an abrupt halt!

Filled with surprises and excitement, the adventure is still easy to referee - and during the game, players and the DM alike will pick up tips and information that will prove useful for many games to come.

Product History

WG10: "Child's Play" (1989), by Jean Rabe and Skip Williams, is the tenth-ish World of Greyhawk adventure. It was published in August 1989.

Origins (I): Onwards with Greyhawk. Greyhawk publication continued heavily throughout 1989. Though WG10: "Child's Play" (1989) appeared five months after WG9: "Gargoyle" (1989), it was published just one month after The City of Greyhawk.

So where do you find a supply of Greyhawk adventures after years of neglect? The answer was the RPGA.

Origins (II): Back to the RPGA. The previous Greyhawk adventure, "Gargoyle", started life with the RPGA way back in 1986, but WG10: "Child's Play" was of much more recent pedigree, appearing as "Scrap of Paper" — first at the AD&D Grand Masters tournament for Gen Con 21 (1988), then as a network event at other conventions in 1989.

Adventure Tropes. Like the other Greyhawk adventures at the time, "Child's Play" was advertised as an introductory adventure. It's a somewhat odd choice, because "Child's Play" is quite high powered, running levels 13-15. Some of the pregenerated characters are multiclass and others are high-level spellcasters, making them quite intimidating for newcomers to play. On the other hand, the light-hearted adventuring might be more appealing to new players, and particularly young players. Much of it centers on hunting (or saving) animals and dealing with treasonous grandchildren.

Genre Tropes: Silliness. "Child's Play" continues another trend begun in "Gargoyle": it's quite silly. It's hard to call any of it parody or satire: it's just over the top silliness. There's Yeenoghu hunting rabbits, lamia selling rabbits, and giant monsters ("Warning! Very deadly absurdly big monster!") eating each other. There's even a valley-girl gold dragon and a vampire named Luigi.

This silliness was probably a result of the adventure's origins in the RPGA, who was producing lighter adventures than TSR was at the time.

Exploring Greyhawk. "Child's Play" is set in "the monarchy of Rhesdain" which is "on the edge of the Yetil Mountains". Presumably this means the Yatil Mountains, but you won't find Rhesdain referenced in any other Greyhawk source. Fans suggest that Rhesdain could be either a canton of Perrenland or else another kingdom adjacent to Perrenland.

But don't expect much actual Greyhawk lore.

NPCs of Note. The demon lord Yeenoghu makes a rare appearance here, following up on an equally unimportant appearance in H4: "Throne of Bloodstone" (1988). According to this adventure, he tracks down rangers who have dared to kill too more gnolls.

About the Creators. At the time of "Child's Play", Jean Rabe was the Network Coordinator of the RPGA and Skip Williams was a regular contributor. Their names were also appearing in the RPGA's own "LC" adventurs (1989-1991).

About the Product Historian

The history of this product was researched and written by Shannon Appelcline, the editor-in-chief of RPGnet and the author of Designers & Dragons - a history of the roleplaying industry told one company at a time. Please feel free to mail corrections, comments, and additions to shannon.appelcline@gmail.com.

 
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