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Return to the roots of fantasy rolepalying with the Player's Guide for the Greyhawk campaign setting - the original AD&D game world! For newcomers as well as old-time fans, this book is the doorway to high adventure.

Enter the Flanaess, a crowded cluster of kingdoms and states, great and petty, struggling for survival and supremacy against one another and countless foes both internal and external. Learn about the nations and cities of the world Greyhawk; the leaders and rebels that affect this war-torn land; that races that inhabit it and the creatures that threaten it. Use this book in conjunction with other Greyhawk game accessories, or to begin your own campaign in the land that helped shape the AD&D game, the world that even now defines excitement and intrigue.

Product History

Greyhawk Player's Guide (1998), also referred to as the Player's Guide to Greyhawk, by Anne Brown, was the second book in Wizards of the Coast's 1998 return to Greyhawk. It was published in June 1998.

Introducing the Fourth Era. Wizards' previous Greyhawk release, Return of the Eight (1998), ended the "From the Ashes" era of Greyhawk publication. The Player's Guide jumped the clock forward six years (as was popular to do in the metaplot-heavy 90s). This allowed Wizards to present a brighter version of the setting, as there had been time for wounds to heal (and for the Circle of Eight to reassert their power).

Expanding Greyhawk. Player-focused crunch had been largely absent in previous Greyhawk releases. The Player's Guide directly addressed that situation by presenting player kits in the style of the long-running PHBR series (1989-1995) for AD&D second edition. Though it contains new material, the Player's Guide also directly adapts material from several previous Greyhawk books, including The World of Greyhawk (1983), Greyhawk Adventures (1988), The City of Greyhawk (1989), and From the Ashes (1992).

The Adventure Continues. A GM's guide to Greyhawk was released a month later as The Adventure Begins (1998).

The Player's Guide also contains a list of "adventuring attractions" in Greyhawk, touching upon three adventuring sites that would receive their own modules before year's end: "Crypt of Lyzandred the Mad" (1998), "The Doomgrinder" (1998), and "The Star Cairns" (1998).

About the Creators. Anne Brown had been an advocate of Greyhawk back in the TSR days. While there, she also co-authored the "Falcon" Series of Greyhawk Adventures, WGA1-WGA3 (1990). The Player's Guide was her last book for AD&D, though a few years later she returned to the field with some d20 work for Fast Forward Entertainment (2002-2003).

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Juan M April 20, 2021 10:53 pm UTC
The scan is pretty bad. Any chance to clean it up?
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Cody B February 18, 2021 10:16 pm UTC
POD please! Players _and_ DM's will buy it!
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Matthew T January 12, 2021 2:10 pm UTC
Also waiting to hear if this product has been updated with a better scan...
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Stephane L May 17, 2020 3:25 pm UTC
Hi !
Added into my wishlist, waiting it will be IN PRINT !
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John W November 04, 2019 6:14 pm UTC
I'd be happy if someone can confirm when the scan is improved. Also, how difficult would it to integrate with a CY 576 1E campaign? I'm guessing that a lot of the crunch is fairly independent of meta-story hooks, but would like some confirmation.
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