Cool! I'm really looking forward to this!
I would love to see trading rules in there, similar to the trading rules in Traveller. Rules that would allow you to play a caravan guard/merchant prince game, with charts and modifiers telling you what you might be able to buy and giving you a chance, based on your skills and the risks you're willing to take, to improve your profits...
Also, I'd like to reiterate the call for mass-combat rules. Something similar to Frank Mentzer's "Warmachine" for BECMI-D&D/Rules Cyclopedia. Those are the best mass-combat rules I've ever seen.
Erik Mona wrote:
Thanks for chiming in, Erik!I, for one, would appreciate it if there was some way of linking the Flanaess to Golarion.
I checked a couple of the other deities and couldn't find any other obvious parallels. (Except for Abadar=Zilchus, but somehow I'm getting a different vibe from Abadar)
I found some more tentative links:
It is worth pointing out, that in the Flanaess itself there's no country remotely like Egypt or Japan.
(And, yes, I noticed that you said that there were no links between Western Oerik and Golarion, but after comparing all the detites for more than an hour I just can't stop thinking about this now :)
We all know that Erik Mona is a huge Greyhawk afficionado (and one of the best writers the setting ever had, imho). I think it's a tragedy that he can no longer write official Greyhawk material.
Now, if I think that's a shame, I'm pretty sure that Erik must feel similar - after all it's reasonable to assume that he feels a closer connection to his work than I do.
In light of that, let's look at some tidbits we know about Golarion:
It's got more than one moon - so does Greyhawk.
Now, obviously, these ties won't be official - but Western Oerik isn't exactly canon, anyways. It is my impression, however, that Golarion is designed to fit into that spot without much hassle.
Just wanted to point that out... maybe you guys find some other ties to Greyhawk, as well?
If Expedition to Castle Greyhawk will influence the sales of CZ at all I think it will help Gary to sell more copies of Castle Zagyg. WotC's marketing will raise the awaraness that something called Greyhawk still exists.
I, for one, am extremely happy to get a version of this Classic Dungeon penned by Mr. Mona. The way EGG tends to write his products today is simply not my cup of tea. Yggsburgh bored me to death. It is detailed, but uninspired.
Furthermore, Erik Mona is sure to include all the fascinating pieces of Greyhawk canon/lore that I would really like to see. Don't forget: EGG's original dungeon was placed on a map of Northern America, next to the Great lakes, if memory serves.
Another thing: I was extremely disappointed when I found out that CZ would be published in multiple volumes over the course of several years. That, combined with the fact that EGG's hyping of the vaporware Castle Greyhawk during the 1980s reached Siembieda-like dimensions somewhat lessens my sympathy for this perceived "ripping off". And, as I said before, I think that CZ sales will profit from the situation, anyway.
So, I have these two new shiny toys: the Wilderlands Campaign Setting and the first few installments of the Age of Worms Adventure Path.
I could really need some help with the following locations, as well: where would you locate the Rift-Canyon, and which town would you substitute for Redhand??
Skeeter Green, you mentioned in another thread that you're about to convert it to the Wilderlands, as well - so how did you go about it?
Did anyone from the Dungeon staff think about this possibiltiy? It would surprise me if Erik Mona did not own a copy of the Wilderlands of High Fantasy :)