The Hotness
Games|People|Company
Prepared!: A Dozen Adventures for Fifth Edition
Tales From the Loop
Heroes Unlimited Revised
Fiasco
Player's Handbook (D&D 5e)
Omega Basic Rules
My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria, The Storytelling Game
Fantasy Wargaming
A Penny for My Thoughts
Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game
Mutant: Year Zero Core Book
Paranoia Interactive Screen
Star Trek: Alpha Quadrant
Mead and Blood
Call of Cthulhu (6th Edition)
B2: The Keep on the Borderlands
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
Sweet Agatha
Dungeon Master Survival Kit
Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set
We Be Goblins!
Microscope
Rifts Character Generator
Dungeon World GM Reference
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
Monster Manual (D&D 5e)
Dungeon Master's Guide (D&D 5e)
Princes of the Apocalypse
Wash Your Sins
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Beginner Game
Rifts: The Tomorrow Legion Player's Guide
Adventures in Middle-earth Player's Guide
Apes Victorious
BDK5-01: The Body
Tales from the Yawning Portal
Heroes of the Darklands
The GameMaster's Apprentice Instructions
Print the Legend
SOLO: Solo RPG Campaigns for the Cepheus Engine
Reef of Madness
Lands of Enchantment: Deainslund
Frontier Explorer (Issue 20 - Spring 2017)
Deconstruction
Players Handbook (AD&D 1e)
Monster Manual (AD&D 1e)
Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game
Shadowrun
Stormbringer (1st Edition)
Beast Hunters
Call of Cthulhu (5th Edition)
Versions
Pg. 1
Nick: 
1999 Reprint
Publisher: Judges Guild
Year: 1999
Saddle Stapled (modules/pamphlets)
84 pages
Size: Letter
English
View
Corrections
Link Image
Nick: 
Revised Printing
Publisher: Judges Guild
Year: 1978
Saddle Stapled (modules/pamphlets)
Product Code: 62
84 pages
Size: Letter
0.80 pounds
English
View
Corrections
Link Image
Nick: 
First Printing
Publisher: Judges Guild
Year: 1977
Saddle Stapled (modules/pamphlets)
Product Code: 12
84 pages
Size: Digest
English
View
Corrections
Link Image
Description Edit | History

User Summary

The City-State of the Invincible Overlord was the first fantasy RPG setting ever published (1976). It features a huge walled city that is ruled by the eponymous (lawful evil) Overlord and the surrounding environs that are full of adventure possibilities. What was so striking at the time that it was first released was the incredible level of detail that the product contains. Hundreds of streets are mapped, named, and populated with shops, temples, inns, taverns, brothels, houses, barracks, and the like. Hundreds of NPCs are listed along with their stats and rumors they knew (for starting adventures). The history and political system of the City State is described along with relevant laws the PC's must abide by while inside the city. It includes dungeon levels beneath the City State and detailed information for nearby adventure / dungeon sites: the dwarven fortress "Thunderhold" and the "Sunstone Caverns".

The City State was designed for Dungeons & Dragons (Original Edition) but was not officially licensed for D&D until 1978. The license ended in 1983. It was printed many times over the life of Judges Guild and changed in size and configuration in subsequent editions.

FIRST EDITION
The first edition was spread out across several different publications / releases throughout 1976:

  • City State Map: A 34" x 44" map of the City State
  • Guidelines Booklet I: A 16-page booklet with charts, rules and background data for the City State such as NPCs, crimes and trials, etc.
  • City State Player's Map: A 17" x 22" map of the City State (originally printed on four 8.5" x 11" sheets) that was blank inside for players to fill in details as they explored the city
  • Dungeon Level Maps I 1-5: Five dungeon levels beneath the City State
  • Guide to the City State: A 56-page booklet detailing hundreds of shopkeepers and other NPC's, background information, special buildings, and additional rules for running campaigns in the City State
  • Thunderhold & Sunstone Caverns Maps: 11" x 17" map with the dwarven fortress on one side and the caverns on the other
  • Guidelines Booklet J: A 12-page booklet with additional charts, rules and background data for Thunderhold and Sunstone Caverns
  • Dungeon Level Maps J: Four dungeon levels beneath Thunderhold

In 1977 the above items were bundled together into one package with a cover sheet entitled City State of the Invincible Overlord.

REVISED EDITION
In 1978, Judges Guild compiled and edited all of the information from the various booklets into one 80-page book and released it as a "Revised Edition". Included in this release were two 22.5" x 28.5" maps of the City State (judge, player), an 11" x 17" judge's map of Thunderhold/Sunstone Caverns, and an 8.5" x 11" player's map of Thunderhold/Sunstone Caverns. This configuration was reprinted, potentially with minor edits, in 1979 and 1980.

  • In 1981 the Thunderhold/Sunstone Cavern maps were incorporated into main book, which grew to 96 pages to incorporate a new layout and illustrations.
  • In 1983 the cover was changed to remove the "Approved for use with Dungeons & Dragons" claim.
  • In 1999 the product was reprinted, identical to the 1981/1983 printings, but with a blue cover and updated "Booty List" (product listing) in the back.

The setting was revised in 1987 by Mayfair Games as part of their Role Aids line (City-State of the Invincible Overlord (Mayfair)). It was further revised and updated to d20 rules by Necromancer Games in 2004.

More Information Edit | History
This page does not exist. You can edit this page to create it.
Updating...
Thumbs Up
Marketplace
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No items found
{{product.numforsale}} for sale {{product.price}}
{{product.prettycondition}}
{{product.listdate|truncate:"10"}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No items found
{{item.title}} {{item.timeleft}}
{{item.currentprice}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
Images
Gallery:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No images found
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{title}}
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No videos found
{{video.numrecommend}} {{video.title}} {{video.language}} {{video.username|truncate:"10"}} {{video.numcomments}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Updating...
Thumbs Up
{{title}}
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No posts found
{{post.numpositive}} {{post.title}}
by
{{post.numcomments}}
Files
Title | Hot | Recent
[Browse »]  [Upload File »] Language:
Pg. 1 of 1
No Files Found.
Linked Items
Sort: Pg
Relationship:
Pg. 1
Pg. 20
Lair of the Demon Queen

A difficult but rewarding section of the Greenlands Dungeon for D&D, by Don Turnbull. For around ten

Edit
Pg. 13
Review: City-State of the Invincible Overlord
Edit
Updating...
Thumbs Up
GeekLists
[Browse »] [Summary »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No lists found
{{list.numpositive}} {{list.title}} {{list.username|truncate:"10"}} {{list.numitems}}
{{list.lastreplydate|truncate:"10"}} {{list.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
Statistics
RPG Item Rank: 497
Num Ratings: 33
Average Rating: 7.78
Standard Deviation: 1.56
Num Views: 5073
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
Similarly Rated: View
Avg. Game Weight: 3.0
Fans: 7
Personal Comments: 11
Users Owning: 94
Users Wanting: 3
Users Trading: 6 [find trade matches]
Price History: View
Total Plays: 0
Plays This Month: 0
Tags
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
Updating...
Thumbs Up
Web Links
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No Web Links Found
Link {{cat}} {{lang}}
{{weblink.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
User Information
Use this tool to rate games, save comments, and manage your collection.
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.