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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

City of Greyhawk - Gygax or Maldin - Which version?


Gygax Post-TSR City of Hawks


LGJ #2 Version

As I delve deeper into a new Greyhawk campaign I find myself struggling between which version of the City of Greyhawk map to use. As  seen above Gygax produced a rough sketch version of the city for his novel City of Hawks (A much more detailed version can be found at the Mage of the Striped Tower blog).

While the differences are quite marked I'm not sure how much of an effect they have on the character of the city or the ability to incorporate Gygax's city descriptions into Maldin's version. Maldin's is much more detailed and he has added the Gygax street reference material to the LGJ#2 map as well as a host of other descriptive material. 

In general I'm a do it yourself kind of DM but I'm not great with city maps (or wilderness maps) and the amount of effort Maldin has put into his version is very appealing. My only negative reaction is my post-Gygax TSR bias. 

6 comments:

  1. The City of Greyhawk 2e Boxed Set. That's my Greyhawk City, maps and all. Because it was the 1st version I ever encountered. It's still my main setting and launching point (with customizations, natch) for all my parties.

    Like Doctor Who, I think your first version is typically your favorite.

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  2. I love Maldin/CoG map for its detail obviously. If it could only be turned 45 degrees it would have more river front, which is the superior aspect of Gygax's.

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  3. I like both but if I had to choose: GYGAX!

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  4. I like both, but have been using Denis' map for reference when in my Castle Greyhawk campaign with my sons' after school groups: the visual power of the map is very very nice!

    Allan.

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  5. There are two reasons why I could never use Gary's City of Hawks map, and why I instantly jumped on the CoG Boxed Set when it was finally released (and used it to create the map you see above). The main reason is that he released no game-useful information about the city, and that the almost child-like simplistic diagram was unusable as a campaign map. And the reason why I could never take that map seriously as the vibrant home to my campaign was this: http://melkot.com/CoG-Gygax-1.jpg

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  6. I would use Gary's. The city being between two water features is too big a difference to reconcile.

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