I've played in and run quite a few campaign settings in my time. During high school and very early college -- and arguably even know -- I suffered from an acute case of Gamer ADD. My old flames includes the Forgotten Realms, Rokugan (the 3.x version), Eberron, Ravenloft, The Wilderlands, and Warhammer's Old World. With the exception of WFRP, I used 3.x to run all of these settings, since that was the system I was most comfortable with at the time. There are other settings I've read but never run or played. I've read a smattering of Dark Sun, EPT, Blackmoor, Harn, and a few others.
However, there is one setting I have neither run no read anything about: Greyhawk. Aside from vague references in 3e, such as the deities and spells like Mordenkainen's Shit Covered Hovel, I don't really have any grasp on what Greyhawk is and what makes it tick. If there is a single D&D topic I'm ignorant of it's Greyhawk.
There are multiple reasons for this. First of all, there wasn't a very clear "buy this product to learn about Greyhawk" for 3e. Sure there was the D&D Gazetteer, but at that time I was more interested in making my own milieus (read: filing the serial numbers off of Erathia). It also isn't terribly clear from the title that it details the World of Greyhawk.
The other major reason is that whenever I do go through my periods of Gygax idol worship, I'm more interested in emulating what he did than playing in his world. He made his own milieu, so the the most Gygaxian thing one can do is not play in Greyhawk but make your own damn Greyhawk. This is obviously an overzealous and flat out stupid opinion, but it's one I hold on to nevertheless.
Due to comments to my recent post, I can't help but feel that I may have missed something. While the game I run is more or less based on B/X D&D, there is a certain ineffable quality to 1e that attracts me. It is both highly fantastic and gritty and dirty all at the same time. Perhaps that's why the Dark Country campaign has incorporated an ever increasing amount of AD&D material in recent weeks. Something in me thinks that looking at Greyhawk would help me get closer to defining the je ne sais quoi of Gygaxian AD&D in a way just the core books do not.
Of course, I don't really know where to start. So I ask you gentle reader: is there some product or place where I might find out about Greyhawk in its most interesting form?