Greyhawk (supplement)

Greyhawk Source
Dungeons & Dragons Supplement I: Greyhawk
Greyhawk Supplement 1975.jpg
The original Greyhawk booklet by Gygax and Kuntz.
Type Rules supplement
Code/ Abbreviation TSR 2003
Edition Original D&D
Author(s) Gary Gygax and Robert J. Kuntz
First Published 1975
Series
Classification Canon

Greyhawk is a supplementary rulebook by Gary Gygax and Robert J. Kuntz for the original edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. It was published by TSR, Inc. in 1975 as a supplement to the original Dungeons & Dragons boxed set and bears the designation "Supplement I", with Blackmoor following in the same year. Its product designation was TSR 2003.

This 68-page supplement focused on game rules that were used in Gygax's Greyhawk campaign. The supplement removed the game's dependency on the Chainmail rules. Previously, Chainmail was needed to conduct combat in the D&D game, and Greyhawk provided its own set of combat rules, making it much easier for new, non-wargaming players to grasp the concepts of play.

The Greyhawk supplement also introduced the thief and paladin classes, and new rules on weapon damage varying by weapon (as opposed to character class). The supplement added new treasure and magic items, and new spells, including 7th, 8th, and 9th level spells. The supplement also included a section on monsters, introducing the lizard men, beholders, displacer beasts, blink dogs, carrion crawlers, and many more.

Many of these new rules later became standard parts of the AD&D game.

Illustrations were provided by Greg Bell.

Bibliography

  • Pulsipher, Lewis. "An Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons." White Dwarf. London: Games Workshop, February/March 1981.

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