I mentioned previously that I know very little about the Greyhawk setting. After getting some excellent recommendations, I decided to pick up the original folio in order to see what all the fuss was about. I went with the folio since it was a bit skimpier on details than later versions.
Anyway, my copy came in the mail yesterday and I'm very impressed with it. The folder itself is rather scuffed up, but the booklet and maps are immaculate. The maps live up to their reputation, and pictures on the internet truly do not do them justice. The Folio is exactly what the doctor ordered.
So I've decided to start a new project for my blog. It'll be roughly in the style of sirlarkins's Grey Box Project or Scott's Wilderlands of Darkling Sorcery. Essentially I'll try to develop a version of Greyhawk that appeals to my tastes using only this folio and some version of D&D I like (likely LL + AEC).
I would say I'm approaching Greyhawk with fresh eyes, but I think that would imply that I'm somewhat familiar with the setting. This is literally my first contact with the World of Greyhawk so I have no preconceptions. I don't know if I'll come up with anything new or extremely radical, but I hope to have something I'm happy with.
Proper work on this project will have to be stalled until after next week, since I still have a mountain of work to do before the semester is over. I'll still have Dark Country and Uz posts fairly regularly. In fact, I have a number of ideas for those two settings swirling around in my head right now, but it'd take too long to write them up and I can't justify doing that with this work load. Still, you can look forward to more material on those settings in the near future.