Mystoerth is my campaign world for my *D&D games.
Back in the day I had learned to play D&D (Basic and Expert) with one group. When I got to high school, around sophomore year, I joined another group that was playing AD&D 1st ed. They were very entrenched in Oerth and Greyhawk. I was similarly entrenched in what was known as the "Known World" back then.
We decided our two worlds were connected by gateways and that worked out fine for a while.
We then attempted to make things simpler, and combine the worlds. We decided that they had always been like this, there was magic that had prevented people from traveling directly. Lame, but it worked. And then we drew a map. It was cool, but it had some issues. And then on my way to college I lost the map. We had not called it "Mystoerth" either then, only Oerth.
Fast forward many years and I find this map created by Chatdemon online.
It was perfect. So rarely does something you find on the internet fit so perfectly with an idea you have. This map is perfect. It really describes the world I wanted to play in. The best of Oerth/Greyhawk and the best of Mystara/The Known World. I added a bit of Blackmoor and I have the only world I ever needed.
Sure it is not 100% original. I write original material all the time. Sometimes it is nice to let someone else do the heavy lifting. Though I have done quite a lot of original work myself now.
This is the world I am currently using in my games with the my kids. The year is 1665 AC (Mystara) or 919 CY (Greyhawk), so plenty of time after the official material. This lets me break down some civilizations to run a "Points of Light" style game (4th ed) and have plenty of old ruins to explore.
Here are my posts on the subject. I'll add more as time goes by.
Desert Elves and Orcs
Ærypt and Zakhara
- Monks come from Blackmoor Part 1 and Part 2
- Greyhawk Wiki
- Beyond the Flanaess: Zindia and the Golden Jungle
- Historical Themes of the Flanaess
- The Flanaess as European Analogue
- Gamma Hawk (Greyhawk / Gamma World)
Greyhawk Adventures 576 CY
Harvard's Blackmoor Blog's Greyhawk posts
- Greyhawk goes to Blackmoor
Gargaming - Greyhawk Wiki
Brides of Iuz
Harvard's Blackmoor Blog
- How Blackmoor ended up in Mystara
- The Last Days of Blackmoor
- Blackmoor 2000
Mystara on Facebook
Dreams of the Lich House: Mystara
Paleomap, for maps of Mystara/Ancient Earth
Stocking the Dungeon, chatdemon's original blog for BECMI/Known World. under new ownership.
- Adding GR's Freeport to Mystara
The Come Back Inn, forum for Blackmoor
The Vaults of Pandius
- The Newbie's Guide to Mystara
Random Wizard: The Known World vs. Mystara
Interview with Bruce Heard
Armchair Gamer's Mystara/Greyhawk mashup
Glantri - The lands I spent most of my time. It gets its own link.
Untimately - The Seven Crafts of Magic
Games I'll Never Play - The Great School of Magic
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Issue 1 (pdf)
The Piazza, forums for Old D&D Worlds
The Wasted Lands (for Hyborea stuff)
World of Tesar, similar idea
Different takes on the classic races that I have enjoyed. May or may not be Mystara or Greyhawk related.
- Elves in Ganth
- Elf specific spells
- Elven Rangers (spells and S&W)
Saurians, Saurials and other reptile men
- Saurials from Battleaxes & Beasties