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This article is about the 1991 boxed set. For the war for which it is named, see Greyhawk Wars at the Greyhawk wiki.

WG5 Wars, also called Greyhawk Wars, is a boxed set for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition released in December 1991. It consists of an original wargame set in the World of Greyhawk, and an accompanying book detailing the history of the Greyhawk Wars.

Official synopsis[]

From the mad Malachite throne in Rauxes to the bejeweled city of Chendl in Furyondy, the Flanaess is at war! In the east, Overking Ivid V thirsts for conquest. Vatun, Great God of the North, meanwhile unites the barbarians and Fists into a fearsome force. Not to be outdone, the dread Iuz masses humanoids and fiends in the northwest. And the Scarlet Brotherhood in the south hangs over all the Flanaess, pulling the strings of war like a mad puppeteer.

Take command of the armies yourself and change the dark course of history!

Between two and six players can battle, deciding the Flanaess's fate in diplomacy and war, and leading armies and heroes across two full-color maps. Muster your armies from over 300 counters, ranging from light infantry to dragons — with your favorite demihumans and monsters as well! With over 150 cards, you can search for treasure or mercenaries and receive the gods' blessing (or curse) through special events. When the battles come—the times that try the souls of all—you'll want your armies backed with the wisdom contained in the 32-page history of the actual war. The set also includes an easy-to-read 8-page book of rules, with optional advanced rules for hard-core wargamers.

The Flanaess awaits an heroic deliverer—or an oppressive overlord! Which will you be?

Content[]

The Wars boxed set contained:

  • Two map sheets, two sheets of cardboard chits, 17 sheets of cards
  • Two ten-sided dice
  • An 8-page Wars Rulebook for the Greyhawk Wars game
  • A 32-page Adventurer's Book detailing the events of the Greyhawk Wars

Development and release[]

Development[]

The book was written by David "Zeb" Cook. Art was provided by Dee Barnett, Ken Frank, Charles Frank and Dave LaForce.

Release[]

Greyhawk Wars was released by TSR in December 1991 for $20.00 US or £14.50 UK.

On June 14, 2016, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $4.99.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Greyhawk Wars reached the rank of Gold seller on DriveThruRPG.

D&D blog Grognardia criticized the product's use of the AD&D 2nd edition logo, when the game had no AD&D rules content.[1]

Influence on other works[]

Greyhawk Wars advances the World of Greyhawk timeline from 582 CY to 584 CY, and makes significant changes to the canonical world going forward. The Empire of Iuz is established, conquering the Bandit Lands, Shield Lands, the Horned Society, and the Barrens. North Province secedes from the Great Kingdom, leading to its formal dissolution. The Scarlet Brotherhood comes to prominence. Subsequent Greyhawk setting books would take a darker and grittier tone as a result.

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