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No, Pick a Half-Orc

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

I found this exchange in a Playboy 1983 article on computer camp.


Half-orc. The answer is always half-orc.

Stronmaus Academy

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Stronmaus Academy is a historically giant-serving private institution that was founded in 479 CY. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 369, its setting is mountainous, and the campus size is 131 acres. It utilizes a semester academic calendar. Stronmaus Academy’s ranking in the 606 CY edition of Best Colleges is 11th. Stronmaus Academy’s tuition and fees are 3,200 g.p. a year; the Academy also accepts minor magic items in place of tuition.

Stronmaus Academy, located in the center of the Iron Hills, offers one of the most luxurious student experiences in Greyhawk, with all students getting single rooms and personal scrying devices. The Stronmaus Academy Epicures are members of the Giant League, dominating forensics and other related co-curricular activities. Stronmaus Academy offers 5 programs, including philosophy and music. Stronmaus Academy’s motto,”Taste Not Haste,” is credited to an early alumna who used it to describe her educational experience.

At a Glance:

Number of Majors: 13

Student/faculty ratio:1/11

Standardized test required for entry: SAT

Average incoming first-year student GPA: 3.12

Male/Female ratio: 47/53

Student body self-identifies as 71% cloud giant, 13% human, 4% ki-rin, 4% lammasu, 4% halfling, 4% other.

Faculty holding terminal degrees: 83%

President: Dr. Harltu Monchumpe

Institute of Technical Minerology

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Institute of Technical Minerology is a select private institution that was founded in 454 CY. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 400, its setting is mountainous, and the campus size is 54 acres. It utilizes a quarterly academic calendar. The Institute of Technical Minerology’s ranking in the 606 CY edition of Best Colleges is 8th. The Institute of Technical Minerology’s tuition and fees are 1,450 g.p. a year.

The Institute of Technical Minerology (ITM), located in the northern end of the Lortmil Mountains, is one of Greyhawk’s most-respected schools in the science of practical technology. The ITM Stalactites are members of the Giant League and are known for their on-the-field antics, often at the cost of victory. The Institute offers 11 programs, emphasizing geologic engineering, chemistry, and physics. The Institute of Technical Minerology’s motto,”Up from the Underground,” was changed in 503 CY from “Up from the Underdark” to better reflect the Institute’s new leadership and values.

At a Glance:

Number of Majors: 28

Student/faculty ratio:1/8

Standardized test required for entry: GMAT, GRE

Average incoming first-year student GPA: 3.65

Male/Female ratio: 48.5/51.5

Student body self-identifies as 64% stone giant, 12% gnome, 5% pech, 5% dwarf, 4% hobgoblin, 3% human, 2% derro, 2% drow, 2% illithid, and 1% other.

Faculty holding terminal degrees: 91%

President: Dr. Ssyl’de’ceer Milne

Jerlea Bay Community College

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Jerlea Bay Community College is an open-admissions public institution that was founded in 545 CY. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,700, its setting is coastal, and the campus size is 113 acres. It utilizes a trimester–or in the parlance of Jerlea Bay, a try-mester–academic calendar. Jerlea Bay Community College’s ranking in the 606 CY edition of Best Colleges is 37th. Jerlea Bay’s tuition and fees are 200 g.p. a year.

Jerlea Bay Community College, located on the beach 1 hex from Port Toli, is one of the most diverse institutes in Greyhawk. Its coastal setting and its innovative scheduling mix with the historical tolerance of seafaring people to create a welcoming atmosphere for a variety of land and sea races. The JBCC Hell Hounds are members of the Giant League and are consistently competitive in polo, basketball, and most water sports. The College offers 8 programs, and all students attend a “try-mester,” where they can take any course for no cost and no grade. Jerlea Bay Community College’s motto,”We All Start Somewhere,” was voted as JBCC’s motto by its first graduating class.

At a Glance:

Number of Majors: 23

Student/faculty ratio:1/25

Standardized test required for entry: None

Average incoming first-year student GPA: 1.78

Male/Female ratio: 50.2/49.8

Student body self-identifies as 34% fire giant, 14% merfolk, 12% human, 6% sahuagin, 5% kobold, 4% lacedon, 4% elf, 3% bugbear, 3% salamander, 2% sea hag, 2% scrag, 2% merrow, 2% triton, 2% nixie, 2% locathah, and 3% other.

Faculty holding terminal degrees: 55%

President: Dr. Obline Fyllih

College of Purmill

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The College of Purmill is a historically giant-serving private institution that was founded in 499 CY. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 589, its setting is artic, and the campus size is 311 acres. It utilizes a semester academic calendar. The College of Purmill’s ranking in the 606 CY edition of Best Colleges is 25th. The College of Purmill’s tuition and fees are 600 g.p. a year; the College also accepts furs and gems in lieu of tuition.

The College of Purmill, located on the outskirts of the town of Purmill in Stonehold, is the northern-most institute of higher education in Greyhawk. The College of Purmill is best-known for its end of the semester festivals, which correspond to the sun’s seasonal rising and setting. The College of Purmill Winter Wolves are members of the Giant League and are renowned for winter sports, having won multiple championships in skiing, ice axing, and competitive tobogganing. The College offers 8 programs, including programs in animal husbandry and climatology. The College of Purmill’s official motto,”The First to See the Sun,” displays the pride the College has in its geographic setting.

At a Glance:

Number of Majors: 15

Student/faculty ratio:1/16

Standardized test required for entry: SAT, ACT

Average incoming first-year student GPA: 2.45

Male/Female ratio: 54/46

Student body self-identifies as 78% frost giant, 8% frost man, 6% flind, 5% gnoll, 3% other

Faculty holding terminal degrees: 65%

President: Dr. Krond Stonefist