Published or player-created game worlds in which ongoing adventures take place.

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How can PCs defeat a magical Necrotic Cyst-based surveillance state?

In his excellent answer to this question, Brian Ballsun-Stanton posited a horrifying surveillance state using, at its core, a handful of powerful creatures, the feat Mother Cyst (LM 28), and a ...
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Is a victim of the Mind Control Power from Necessary Evil ever aware of their plight?

In Necessary Evil for Savage Worlds, the Mind Control power gives no indication of whether the victim is aware, either before or after the fact, that they have been controlled. However, the Mind ...
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Does the “Primordial Soup Kitchen” Campaign from Andy Hopp's “Low Life” need much updating for Savage Worlds Deluxe rules?

I'm planning to introduce my players to the Low Life setting, and I'd really like to go through the "Primordial Soup Kitchen" campaign that is in the back of the old setting book. Since that book came ...
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What is the Post-Cataclysm Population of Neverwinter?

This question is specific to the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter Campaign Setting. I know Neverwinter was decimated by the spellplague and then the cataclysm, but Neverember has been ...
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How to brief a party on WoD setting

I am not sure what a good method for briefing a party in WoD is. When the players are just before the character creation stage, is it standard to tell the party what city they will be starting in, if ...
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What to do when my players want vanilla?

I'm interested in creating my own setting, but my players want to use published, old-school deities, more or less types of Greyhawk planes, and have not expressed interest in anything but a ...
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What monsters and races are from the Shadowfell?

I'm running a campaign where the players have found themselves in the Shadowfell. I have no idea what sorts of monsters or people would be iconic for this realm. Is there a comprehensive list ...
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Overcoming setting complexity paralysis as a GM

The problem What are the best practices to overcome that certain “complexity paralysis” that may strike a GM when trying to learn and immerse himself in a setting that has a lot of intricate ...
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How to run a D&D urban campaign

I'm currently in the middle of DM'ing a city campaign. I've found it's quite a bit more difficult than a dungeon. I have the city mostly planned out (type of city, the ruler, the districts, centers of ...
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How do I determine the argument of periapsis in GURPS Space? [closed]

I am currently in the process of writing a program that generates a GURPS Space star system according to the RAW. For the final output format I intended to make plots of the orbits, thus this question ...
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Which system to support a grim world of low fantasy?

Looking for a system that would be able to support gaming in a setting of medieval-ish, raw and muddy themes (if I were to pick an example, the setting of The Witcher series would come in close). ...
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What are the key in-setting differences between D&D Oriental Adventures and L5R?

The Legend of the Five Rings product line has a moderately interesting history (OOC and IC). What I have been able to piece together of the setting's publishing history: AD&D has a setting ...
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D&D character levels and population - Is the Fifty Percent Rule valid?

In this answer I suggested that "the majority" of NPCs would be 0-level characters, and was told by our friendly moderator @BrianBallson-Stanton in a comment (since deleted) that D&D 4 didn't have ...
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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Auzmezar's age at the fall of the Stonewilds 4621AR

I'm creating an elf druid for the wrath of the righteous campaign. I thought it would be fun to have him be old enough to remember when the worldwound formed and when the druids of the Stonewilds ...
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Plausible explanation for large number of armed adventurers in fantasy RPG setting?

I'm working on a Dungeons & Dragons setting and want a comprehensive and logical explanation why, in a feudal society similar to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, there might be bands of armed ...
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What are established ways for playing a campaign based on a real-life environment?

I am thinking about starting a campaign which is based on my and my players' hometown and direct environment. I can imagine a plethora of pitfalls that come with this as opposed to creating a purely ...
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Slavic AD&D Campaign Setting Resources

In the future I would love to play AD&D in a campaign setting based off of the mythologies of Eastern Europe, specifically that of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Similar to the idea that was ...
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Attributes - how to determine them in a setting-specific manner? [closed]

Attributes, what are they? They're some things ... things, that are related to the core of the game mechanics rather closely. Yet when one refuses to go the bland way of generic ruleset, attributes ...
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Why isn't Rancho Soldano's ruler a Soldano?

In 7th Sea's Castille source-book, each Rancho belongs to one of the most prominent families, and is ruled by one of its members, except for Rancho Soldano which is ruled by Don Diego Ruiz de ...
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What is a good/solid contemporary (near future)-Sci Fi rpg setting?

I'm looking for an RPG setting that is contemporary (near future)- mechanics/system is not a consideration. I want to run a campaign in a world inspired by the ideas in "Pattern recognition" by ...
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What product(s) do I need to start with the Pathfinder Campaign setting?

I am interested in exploring the Pathfinder Campaign Setting line of products. What is the best order to buy them in?
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Game design process to create a White-Wolf-like setting?

I have noticed that there seems to be a pattern at work in most oWod/WoD products, which when followed results in settings with the following properties: Each new PC starts with many possible ...
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Converting 4e Forgotten Realms setting to 3.5e or Pathfinder [closed]

I'm trying to use the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign setting in either Pathfinder or D&D 3.5, which I use, as the idea for the Spellplague is awesome. Can someone help me convert this from ...
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Searching for fantasy campaign setting with settlements of light and dark separated by permanent clouds

A long time ago I was listening to a D&D podcast by WoTC in which they briefly described a new campaign setting they were thinking of creating. I don't know if they ever did and my Google ...
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On Challenging D&D's Expectations on Death and Wealth accumulation

Background I am planning on running a game in a setting (of my own creation) where there are penalties for improperly handling the bodies and possessions of deceased intelligent creatures. Simply, ...
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When adapting a setting to 13th Age, how to decide what is an Icon?

Like every body that ever read a good book and plays RPG you will want to make it into your next campaign setting. I am no different than most people. I'm aiming to adapt the setting of S. Erikson's ...
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Christmas Themed Campaign

I Watched the Big Bang Theory s06e11 The Santa Simulation. And I wondered whether there are actually Christmas Campaigns, I searched a little but I have no clue which adventures are fun to play. Has ...
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Athas: A terrifying vision of the future?

Athas, the desolated world of deserts, obsidian and ecological ruin that is the focus of the Dark Sun campaign setting, is generally portrayed as a prime world nearing the end of its life expectancy. ...
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How to tell your players about the setting without make them read?

I'm a (quite) new GM who's going to start a Traveller campaign, where my players don't know anything about the setting (be it the canon one or a modified one). I tried to sum the basic setting ...
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Is there a world map for the core campaign setting for DnD 4e?

This question derives from: "Is there a core campaign setting for DnD 4e?". The answers provided there were excellent and extremely helpful. Even more so when I saw that the board game Conquest of ...
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Are Purgatory and The Boneyard the same?

In the early setting books and articles about the Golarion setting and its Great Beyond, such as the Inner Sea World Guide or The Great Beyond, one of the outer planes was called The Boneyeard, where ...
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Rules for a Hong-Kong based game

I am considering running a Hong-Kong based Shadowrun campaign in the future, and even though I have found plenty of material regarding locations and NPCs (mainly in Runner Havens), I have yet to find ...
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Para-elements by mixing two Classical Elements

I am building a system in which the physics (and metaphysics) are based on a Western Classical Element system: the four basic elements of Fire, Wind, Water and Earth can intermingle with each other ...
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What's nature like in the Salish-Shidhe territories?

Background: This is a follow-up question to my previous one about the weather of Shadowrun's Seattle. There, to my slight surprise – as it wasn't what I expected and hazily remembered –, I learned, ...
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Seattle weather report in the 2070s

What's the weather like in Seattle in the world of Shadowrun (preferably 5th edition)? Does the city (and its immediate area) still get a lot of rain, after all the heavy changes to the world? What's ...
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How does a dwarf become a battlemind?

A dwarf is not commonly seen as a arcane or psionic character. How can I explain in my backstory that my dwarf is able to use psionic powers?
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What's in Manhattan in 2071? [duplicate]

Most of Shadowrun settings center on Seattle and the Western Seaboard. Are there any, perhaps unofficial or older, sources for how other megatropolises such as Manhattan and FDC developed after the ...
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Is there any fluff for the druid's “A Thousand Faces” ability?

I played a D&D 3.5 campaign years ago, and one PC was a druid. The player did a pretty awesome job as a spy thanks to the multiple divination spells, Wild Shape and especially A Thousand Faces: ...
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How to limit weapons on Agents of Oblivion?

Well, we recently started playing the Campaign Setting by Reality Blurs, which is a "Perfect Cocktail between horror and Espionage", and tough we're liking it, there's not a guideline to limit ...
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What should I expect from “Trail of Cthulhu” as a player?

I'll start soon a Trail of Cthulhu game, and I know next to nothing about Lovecraft or even Cthulhu itself. What I know is that this game is based more on investigation and discovery (my GM told me ...
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Looking for a high-action, non-dark setting

I'm looking for a setting which should answer these rather specific key points: Pre-made and detailed. I would like the heavy-lifting to be done for me. There shouldn't be too many holes left that I ...
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Creating a Racial Template (DnD 3.5)

So I had an idea for a race for my world. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I needed it to be a template, not a race. I'm trying to create a version of Elves, but the origin of ...
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What else is in the Traveller galaxy?

In Traveller the Imperium charted space is a small portion of the galaxy. In the T5 book, the Galaxy map (page 417) has Abyssals and Denizens west of Core, Dushis Kurisi North of Core, Essaray east of ...
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Earthdawn: What are Barsaive's jungles like?

I used to GM Earthdawn (1st edition) a lot, quite a while ago. However, I'm still rather doubtful about what Barsaive's jungles are like (and, for this reason, all my stories took place in non-jungle ...
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Earthdawn: Barsaive Name Giver and adept population

How large is the population of the various Name Giver races of Barsaive? ...and how is this population distributed in the province? What percentage of the population are adepts? ...and what's ...
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Are there any fantasy campaign setting/modules analogous to the Silk Road?

I am winding up my current campaign and looking to start a new one. The idea is to run a fantasy campaign where there is a clash of different cultures in a trade-city and was looking for a fantasy ...
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What are supported 4e campaign settings?

By "supported" I mean there is at least one book (or similar-level online resource) detailing the setting. Campaign settings I already know about for 4e: Nentir Vale (not well supported), Forgotten ...
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Modern or future polar horror adventure

I'm looking for a contemporary or sci-fi horror adventure (for any such rpg), set in a polar – Arctic or Antarctic or alternate planet – environment. Mind you, I'll be trying to come up with my own ...
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Is there an RPG or RPG setting for Un Lun Dun, and if not, how and how easily would one go about making one?

I'm honestly a complete noob to tabletop RPGs, having only read the manuals for DnD 4th edition and never having played, but I'd like to know if an RPG or setting for one exists for China Miéville's ...
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Introducing a complex game world to players unfamiliar with its fiction whilst still hitting the ground running with character creation?

I am preparing to start up a Hellfrost game using the Savage Worlds system. Although I've run Hellfrost before, it has always been for people who are already familiar with its fiction and fluff. In ...