Greyhawk: Return to the Classic
Greyhawk, also known as the World of Greyhawk, is a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy roleplaying game (D&D). The World of Greyhawk includes the Free City of Greyhawk, from which the setting’s name was taken. As one of the earliest D&D campaign settings, many of the rules for the game itself were developed in conjunction with game play by Gary Gygax and others in and around Castle Greyhawk and its dungeons.
While constructing the milieu, Gygax also incorporated the campaign worlds of his fellow role-players, such as Blackmoor (Dave Arneson’s campaign) and the Lendore Isles (a region created by long-time stalwart Len Lakofka). Gygax has described the setting “a sort of conglomorate of history and fantasy.”
Historically, direct links between the core D&D rules and any particular campaign setting have been limited. Through all editions of the game however, Greyhawk has had a strong influence over the core rules, such as serving as the source for names of many well-known spells and magic items. The “Core Setting” of 3rd Edition D&D was largely based on Greyhawk, and its default pantheon of deities was largely taken from Greyhawk. The 3.5 edition of the Dungeon Master’s Guide pays visual tribute to Greyhawk’s influence on the game, featuring on its cover a small map of the continent of Oerik etched onto a globe.