Saturday, April 10, 2021

Jeff Grubb's Lost Mystara Sourcebook To Be Released to the Fans at Pandius

Edit: It has since been made clear that this announcement was a bit premature. The Vaults of Pandius are still awaiting the green light from WotC. Fingers crossed!

It was just announced that Wizards of the Coast have given their approval for a long lost manuscript written by legendary D&D Game Designer Jeff Grubb to be released for free to the fans at The Vaults of Pandius. 

The Mystara Sourcebook was comissioned by TSR in 1990s and was to be part of the companies relaunch of the Classic D&D setting under the AD&D 2nd Edition rules. Mystara first appeared in published form in 1980 with the release of the adventure X1 Isle of Dread and was from that point on the default setting of the B/X and BECMI D&D line which also incorporated Blackmoor. 

Sadly, the nearly completed book that Jeff Grubb had written was never published as curious reversals of decisions within TSR's management and sales department at the time suddenly decided that instead of a book presenting all of Mystara to AD&D 2nd Ed fans, they instead wanted a product focusing only on the Grand Duchy of Karameikos. These behind the scenes workings which would eventually lead to a gradual death of Mystara even resulted in Jeff Grubb leaving TSR. He describes the story better himself at his blog.

As rumours that this manuscript existed in a nearly complete form, fans became hopeful that it would one day become available for them to read and enjoy. One fan, Travis Henry, even started a petition with more than 800 signatures. Jeff Grubb said that he would love for this work to become available as he was always a fan of the setting since the days of the Known World.

This week, Shawn Stanley who has been managing the Vaults of Pandius website for almost 25 years announced at The Piazza that the book will now finally be released later this year for the website's anniversary. The website was made into the official fan website by Wizards of the Coast in the early 2000s and remains the best resource website for the Mystara fan community. It is very fitting that this book will now find a home there.



  1. Huh. I don't remember ever reading those posts by Mr. Grubb (I do follow his blog) and didn't know this bit of history. Heck, I only discovered his Kingdom of Karameikos supplement a couple years back (around 2019)...I was never all that into 2nd edition.

    My days spent wandering through the Vaults of Pandius are long behind me, but I'd definitely be interested in reading an old Grubb manuscript; I have a lot of respect for his game design and ability to think outside the box.

    Thanks for keeping us posted on this!

  2. That's exciting. I wonder how obvious the unfinished sections will be?
    Jon S

  3. I just picked up a drive thru print copy of the World of Greyhawk having picked up several of the Known Worlds pdfs.
    I feel I need to buy a print copy of one of the Known World series I know the Karameikos box set was a good option, but there's more than that available!

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