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Greyhawk (supplement)

Dungeons & Dragons Supplement I: Greyhawk
Author Gary Gygax and Robert J. Kuntz
Genre Role-playing game
Publisher TSR, Inc.
Publication date 1975
Pages 68

Greyhawk is a supplementary rulebook written by Gary Gygax and Robert J. Kuntz for the original edition of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. Its product designation is TSR 2003.


The Greyhawk supplement introduced new combat rules, character classes (thief, paladin), spells, monsters, and treasures.[1]

The sixty eight-page supplement focuses on game rules that were used in Gygax's Greyhawk campaign. The supplement removes the game's dependency on the Chainmail rules by providing its own set of combat rules.[2] This made it much easier for new, non-wargaming players to grasp the concepts of play.

The Greyhawk supplement was not intended as a reference for the eponymous setting; however, it introduced the thief and paladin classes,[3] and new rules on weapon damage varying by weapon. The supplement added new treasure and magic items, and new spells, including 7th, 8th, and 9th level spells. The supplement also included a section on monsters, introducing the lizard men, beholders, displacer beasts, blink dogs, carrion crawlers, and many others.

Publication history

The Greyhawk digest (designated Supplement I) was published by TSR, Inc. in 1975,[4] as an expansion to the original Dungeons & Dragons boxed set rules, with the Blackmoor supplement following later the same year. Many of the new rules presented in the supplement eventually became standard parts of the AD&D game.

Illustrations for the supplement were provided by Greg Bell.[5]

The Greyhawk supplement will be reproduced as a premium reprint on November 19, 2013, as part of a deluxe, premium reprint of the original "White Box" which features new packaging in an oaken box. Each booklet will feature new cover art but will otherwise be a faithful reproduction of the original, including original interior art.[6]


Lawrence Schick, in his 1991 book Heroic Worlds, calls this book "The first and most important supplement to Original D&D".[1]


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