Joey - Technically speaking, Greyhawk is the
default/generic setting. It has absolutely everything you could ever want in a generic setting, from having the Free City of Greyhawk in the middle of the known world (or at least the middle of what is considered relevant), to several deserts, a lake or two, volcanos and just about everything else. It's massive - you could run several Epic campaigns with different characters and if you took care you'd never see the same place twice. A few things here and there are unique to it, but you wouldn't know it upon first reading about it.
I mean, just take a look at some 3.5 sourcebooks - sometimes when describing a place or a monster they'll also tell you how to adapt it to Eberron or Forgotten Realms, but never to Greyhawk because the basic assumption is that games take place in it.
You dont even need to mention any particular places or show a map - if you were running an adventure and suddenly decided you wanted to show off more of the world or whatever you can just say that you were in Greyhawk all along.
Of course, if you want to know more about the damn setting you'll need either the Living Greyhawk Gazetteer sourcebook or The Other Wiki
Also, one of the things that first turned me off Greyhawk is that it was difficult to find a good map unless you know where to look. Dungeon magazine had an epic map poster of it split up in 4 sections, you can see it here◊
, but it's not very easy to see even zooming in, so I searched some more and found this incredible hex map◊
, which looks great even if you zoom all the way in. However, I found it hard to distinguish countries, so I found another one
that has well-defined political states, although it's horrible on its own. I suggest using the last two at the same time if you're ever going to use Greyhawk.
edited 30th Sep '12 11:01:40 PM by Crinias