Greyhawk Seminar at GaryCon 2019
A crew of six of us will host a Greyhawk seminar at GaryCon XI in March 2019, focused on the state of the state of Greyhawk fandom. The seminar is titled "Celebraing Greyhawk: A Fandom Renaissance" and the event description is:
Greyhawk fans have been creating and sharing content online for 25+ years, across many platforms. Join Bryan Blumklotz, Mike Bridges, Allan Grohe, Carlos Lising, Anna Meyer, and Kristoph Nolen as we celebrate and showcase Greyhawk resources created by the fans who champion one of D&D's oldest settings. Reference handouts will be provided, and perhaps prizes if we get our act together!
- Bryan “Saracenus” Blumklotz – Bryan is the lead administrator for the CanonFire! A Greyhawk Resource! Facebook group and is creator of the World of Greyhawk Heraldry site.
- Mike "mortellan" Bridges – Mike publishes the Greyhawk blog Greyhawkery and co-hosts the weekly Legends & Lore show on the Greyhawk channel.
- Allan "grodog" Grohe – Allan publishes his grodog's Greyhawk fan site and is co-founder of Black Blade Publishing (OSRIC, Rob Kuntz’s The Original Bottle City, etc.) and The Twisting Stair mega-dungeon design zine.
- Carlos "caslEntertainment" Lising – Carlos writes and publishes OSRIC adventures set in Oerth and in Avremier via casl Entertainment and Patreon.
- Anna "GH Maps" Meyer – Anna publishes her Flanaess maps and founded the Flanaess Geographical Society Facebook group. She also co-hosts the Legends & Lore Greyhawk show with Mike Bridges.
- Kristoph "Icarus" Nolen – Krisoph is leading the redesign of Greyhawk Online and showcases his artwork at http://wkristophnolen.daportfolio.com/.
Charting the Flanaess Update
One of the seminar handouts I'm planing is a working prototype for the mileage chart, limited in scope to the Central Flanaess in and around the City of Greyhawk, so I’ve been working on that recently by measuring out the distances from city to city on the Darlene map, in millimeters:
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measuring the Flanaess in millimeters
Once the measurements are complete, I enter the raw data into Excel in the first/upper set of cities listings. The green, red, and yellow highlighted rows are my fact-checking: I want to insure that the figures true-up across each row and column, and then in total as well:
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fitting the Flanaess into spreadsheet cells
The second/lower set of cities listings is where I convert the measured distances in mm into scale miles (I’ll eventually do kilometers as well), based on this data and formula logic:
- One Folio Darlene hex = 55 mm across = 10 scale leagues/30 scale miles
- Convert the raw distance between each city into a ratio relative to the hex sizes on the Darlene Folio maps: (X mm/55mm).
- Multiple the ratio by 30 miles to derive the final distance figure
I think I’ve also found a good methodology for how to manually count out of the Darlene map mileage distances: I’ll simply print a copy of the “Index to the Cities & Features of the Flanaess” page from the Glassography and measure out the distances for each listed city, one city to a sheet.
Interesting aside #1: of the 130 settlements that appear in the Glassography index, about 50 appear in the general region of the Central Flanaess. That’s 38% of the cities squeezed into an area only that occupies only 25% of the Darlene mapspace.
Interesting aside #2: looking at each page of the original maps to calculate the settlement density will also be an interesting exercise to go through, I think.
One of the major issues I’ll want to call out in the data is a possible discrepancy in measurement when the distances span both of the Darlene maps: maps can shift around, the hexes could be misaligned, etc., so measuring across both maps will be more challenging and more prone to error than when measuring within either map alone.
In my prototype data set, only Luekish, Radigast City, and Riftcraft appear on the right-hand map, so I calculated all of the left-hand map’s distances first, then measured the right-hand ones back to the left, and wrapped up with the right-hand-only mileage.
Once I have a better understanding of the scope included in the map handouts that we’ll distribute at the seminar (and we will post all of the handouts to Greyhawk Online, and at minimum an audio recording of the seminar as well), I will update the list of cities to feature any other major ones that aren’t already included in the chart, which will finalize the initial prototype data set.
Sometime after GaryCon, the rest of the long-haul work will begin, likely to occur in three phases:
- Count out all of the distances in the left-hand map.
- Count out all of the distances in the right-hand map.
- Count out all of the distances that span both maps.
I’ll continue to post updates here as I make further progress!