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Saga of Old City (Greyhawk Adventures Novels, Book 1) Paperback – Feb 1986

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Feb. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394742753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394742755
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book brings you the start of the story of Gord The Rogue. Gygax writes from a male dominated position and brings you the early years of this likeable character. This book gives you a insight to the social structure of Gygax's World of Greyhawk and is a enjoyable read. A familiarity with the Dungeons and Dragons game is a great help but you can read this without.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The First Greyhawk Novel by Gary Gygax 17 Aug. 2001
By JH - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Saga of Old City" tells an epic story of one young orphaned adventurer that grew up in the Slum Quarter of the Gem of the Flanaess, Greyhawk City. The adventurer's name is Gord and the story begins with the loss of his only caretaker, a mean old crone named Lenna. Gord overcomes many obstacles to just survive the dangerous parts of the Greyhawk City. On the way, Gord experiences a mixed bag of outrageous fortunes and ill luck. I liked this novel and consider it like a diamond in the rough. The overall style of the novel leaves a little to be desired. The novel seems a little rushed with too many adventures thrown together. The last couple of parts are jumpy and leave out the interesting details that make the early part of the book so intriguing. I do recommend this novel especially for those who are familiar with the Greyhawk setting. The novel does offer richness to Greyhawk and gives life to the races of Oerth like the mysterious Rhennee. Another thing to note is that the events that occur in this book happen well before the current time in recent publications and the Flanaess have changed a lot since then.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Greyhawk 16 Oct. 2005
By RG69 - Published on
Format: Paperback
The first novel in Gygax's Greyhawk setting is a good one. It is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a fast and fun read. The story continues in Artifact of Evil, at which point Gary and TSR parted ways. He then took his Gord the Rogue series to another publisher and come out with Sea of Death, Come Endless Darkness and Dance of Demons. There is also a collection of short stories. TSR has published other Greyhawk novels, but none have been as good or fun as the Gord the Rogue series.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
My favorite book EVER! 1 Oct. 2004
By Gregory Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
I had a friend give me this book to read when I was 13 and read it atleast 5 times before I gave it back to him. I asked him years later when he was home on a visit from the navy and he said sorry man my mom thru all my old books away. Can you believe that?? Anyway, I finally have found it again at age 32 and let me tell its even better then I thought! I was concerned maybe I outgrew it or something but no way as Gary Gygax is an absolute genius and it shows most I think in his books. I also want to point out there are several more books to this series all of which are great.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gygax can spin a great yarn! 10 April 2004
By DAD - Published on
Format: Paperback
I am a slow reader, It takes me 2 months plus to finish novels but I read this book in 3 days!! I could not put it down. The characters are so endearing, the novel is filled with sweet poetic justice. I was a big fan of the Greyhawk Campaign but the Gygax novel really brought it to life! If you enjoyed Greyhawk in the least bit you'll be cheating yourself if you don't read this series. Gygax is such a creative mind!!! I don't think he gets all the credit he deserves.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Gygax at his best 4 Dec. 2002
By C. Fretwell - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Many movies have been made on lesser books than this one.Its simply a fun and entertaining book to read.I love how Gygax mixes the actions/events taken place with gords inner thoughts and feelings.Not to mention the brilliant interplay of characters that gord meets through his travels.Gygax mixes just the right amount of character depth with the characters roll in the story - theres nothing worse than reading page after page about a characters own past then he/her character disappear from the pages.
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