Giants Series (G1 - G3)                                    Home Up 

The first trilogy in the epic GDQ series (comprised of the Giants, Drow, and Queen sub series), by Gary Gygax for AD&D.  Originally used as tournament modules at Origins '78.

G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief by Gary Gygax
G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl
by Gary Gygax
G3 Hall of the Fire Giant King
by Gary Gygax
G1-2-3 Against the Giants
by Gary Gygax

The original three monochrome modules were later combined into the color-cover G1-2-3, and all the material was eventually updated and incorporated into supermodule GDQ1-7 Queen of the Spiders.

Module G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief was the first D&D module produced by TSR (the first D&D scenario was "Temple of the Frog", included in the Blackmoor D&D supplement; the first D&D module was Palace of the Vampire Queen, produced by Wee Warriors).

G1-2-3 Against the Giants comes with a double cover (module booklet nested inside two covers of maps).  Thanks to Eric Pass for this info.


Printing Information Logos
G1 Steading of the Hill Giant Chief Foreign
  • First (1978):  Monochrome.  Lizard logo.  No ISBN.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font.  (Thanks to Scott Cordiner for the scan).
     
  • Second:  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  "Official D&D Tournament Module" starburst on bottom right, offset from wizard logo.   No ISBN.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font (thanks to Eric Pass for this info).
     
  • Third:  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  "Official D&D Tournament Module" starburst on bottom right, offset from wizard logo.  ISBN on both front and back cover bottom left.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font.
     
  • Fourth (1980?):  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  No starburst; wizard logo is centered.  ISBN on back cover bottom left.  Front-cover descriptive text font changed to an easier-to-read Arial.
     
  • Fifth (1999):  Has the TSR Silver logo in the bottom left corner.  Unlike any of the other Silver Anniversary reprints, this print featured two changes from the original: the color of the hill giant's stole on the inside cover was changed from white to black, and the artwork on page 2 was swapped out (click here for scans of the changes).  Otherwise, identical in all other respects to the Third print.  This print was available only within the limited-edition Silver Anniversary Collector's Edition released by TSR in 1999.  It did not come shrinkwrapped.  (Thanks to Bruce Robertson for this info, the scan of the cover, and the scan of the changes).
G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl Foreign
  • First (1978):  Monochrome.  Lizard logo.  No ISBN.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font.
     
  • Second:  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  "Official D&D Tournament Module" starburst on bottom right, offset from wizard logo.  No ISBN.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font (thanks to Eric Pass for this info).
     
  • Third:  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  "Official D&D Tournament Module" starburst on bottom right, offset from wizard logo.  ISBN on both front and back cover bottom left.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font.
     
  • Fourth (1980?):  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  No starburst; wizard logo is centered.  ISBN on back cover bottom left.  Front-cover descriptive text font changed to an easier-to-read Arial.  (Thanks to Scott Cordiner for the scan).
     
  • Fifth (1999):  Has the TSR Silver logo in the bottom left corner.  Identical in all other respects to the Fourth print.  This print was available only within the limited-edition Silver Anniversary Collector's Edition released by TSR in 1999.  It did not come shrinkwrapped.  (Thanks to Adrian Newman for the scan).
G3 Hall of the Fire Giant King Foreign
  • First (1978):  Monochrome.  Lizard logo.  No ISBN.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font.
     
  • Second:  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  "Official D&D Tournament Module" starburst on bottom right, offset from wizard logo.  No ISBN.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font (thanks to Eric Pass for this info).
     
  • Third:  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  "Official D&D Tournament Module" starburst on bottom right, offset from wizard logo.  ISBN on both front and back cover bottom left.  Front-cover description text is in a hard-to-read font.
     
  • Fourth (1980?):  Monochrome.  Wizard logo.  No starburst; wizard logo is centered.  ISBN on back cover bottom left.  Front-cover descriptive text font changed to an easier-to-read Arial.  (Thanks to Michael Dann for the scan).
     
  • Fifth (1999):  Has the TSR Silver logo in the bottom left corner.  Identical in all other respects to the Third print.  This print was available only within the limited-edition Silver Anniversary Collector's Edition released by TSR in 1999.  It did not come shrinkwrapped.  (Thanks to Adrian Newman for the scan).

G1-2-3 Against the Giants

  • First (1981):  Dark green color cover.  TSR Face logo.  ISBN on back cover bottom left.
     
  • Second:  Described as having minor scratch marks on interior illustrations cleaned up; this print is unconfirmed.
     
  • Third:  Dark green color cover.  TSR Face logo.  Both ISBN and Product Number on back cover bottom left.
     
  • Fourth:  Black color cover.  TSR Face logo.  Both ISBN and Product Number on back cover bottom left. (Thanks to Michael Deaton for the scan).
Steading of the Hill
Giant Chief (1st print)
Steading of the Hill
Giant Chief (2nd print)
Steading of the Hill
Giant Chief (4th print)
Steading of the Hill
Giant Chief (5th print)
       
Glacial Rift of the Frost
Giant Jarl (1st print)
Glacial Rift of the Frost
Giant Jarl (2nd print)
Glacial Rift of the Frost
Giant Jarl (4th print)
Glacial Rift of the Frost
Giant Jarl (5th print)
       
Hall of the Fire
Giant King (1st print)
Hall of the Fire
Giant King (3rd print)
Hall of the Fire
Giant King (4th print)
Hall of the Fire
Giant King (5th print)
       
   
Against the Giants
(1st - 3rd print)
 
Against the Giants
(4th print)
 
   

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The G-series modules have remained one of the most popular series TSR produced.  Values somewhat reflect the demand, rather than the abundant supply.


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