Big Mac wrote:Do you have a page reference and maybe the exact quote. (I'm mainly wondering if it just says it is on the same planet as the Flanaess or if it gives some sort of positional information.)
I just gave OA the once over (looking only in detail in the two introductions by Gary and Cook, and the Kara-Tur section), and there isn't any mention of Greyhawk or Oerth.
Even an advertising blurb is a statement of intent. At that time TSR had Mystara and Greyhawk and could have chosen to make Oriental Adventures into part of "an AD&D answer to the Known World" or a separate setting. I'd love to see the exact text.
I know it is quoted on that above linked discussion on Dragonsfoot, but I don't have a page number offhand. That said, advertising blurbs don't necessarily mean much. Sometimes, they are just wrong or things change in the interim (which is what appears to have happened here).\
Doing some more reading (which I now realize, in a sense of deja vu, I had done a few years back), the publication of Oriental Adventures- at least in hindsight- was apparently controversial. EGG wanted his friend and associate Francois Froideval (he of the Master's DM's book map of Mystara for those Mystara-philes reading) to do the book, and Cook was supposed to edit it. According to Cook, however, the manuscript Froideval turned in was about "30-40 pages, double-spaced," and inadequate to cover the topic in a book the size of the hardcover. Cook basically then had to completely churn out Oriental Adventures from scratch on short notice. EGG's recollection was something to effect that he didn't like it, and that Cook had snuck it past him (TSR was in the midst of its financial troubles with the Blume Brothers). Cook's recollection is that EGG vetted everything that Cook did as he did it, and was happy with it. EGG in his later years apparently came across that original manuscript and said it was much better than the whole of Cook's, and he wanted to republish it.
(This discussion, by the way, took place over various boards- including Dragonsfoot- in various threads over the last couple of years before EGG's death. I could provide links, but I'm kind of tired at the moment. Maybe later.)
In any event, the original manuscript was apparently one in which Oerth/Greyhawk links existed, and which may have formed the basis for the advertising department's blurb. Or possibly they just needed some ad copy to whet buyers' appetites. In any case, Cook dropped those ties for whatever reason with the final product.
The fantasy setting known as Kara-Tur was described in the original 1985 Oriental Adventures book. A reviewer for White Dwarf called the long background section of Kara-Tur in the book, a "bonus". Kara-Tur is described in the "Province Book" from the 1986 Swords of the Daimyo module.
Originally intended as a western part of the continent of Oerik, the first description of Kara-Tur, in the Oriental Adventures rulebook, made no attempt to link it with another D&D game-world. The first map of Kara-Tur appeared in the adventure module OA1: Swords of the Daimyo, where the setting was still world-neutral. In 1987, when TSR published the first Forgotten Realms boxed set, Kara-Tur was briefly described as the easternmost end of the continent of Faerûn. In 1988, TSR released a boxed set, Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms, describing the region in greater detail, with two 96-page books and maps.
I want to say the link to Oerth was mentioned in a Dragon editorial or something, but I don't know for certain.
Unfortunately, that second paragraph that you quoted has no citations. That means you can't double check the source to find out if the editor that added that bit made a mistake, or if the "western part of Oerik" thing was an advertising blub, an article in a magazine like Dragon by the creator that was "officially introducing" the setting or a line from one of the products.[/quote]