Comments on 2014-07-03 Publishing a Setting

There is always need for more settings. But what is needed is not just more settings, but new settings. Settings that offer something different from what has already been released. A new attempt at a slightly better Greyhawk/Forgotten Realms/Golarion would have a very difficult time. People who want that kind of setting already have picked one and are very unlikely to switch.

What a new setting needs it’s a new style and feel that is different from what’s already around. There is no money to be made in generic worlds. Therefore, I think it makes much more sense to create new settings on a medium or small scale, which has one consistent tone. The big kitchen sink settings are really just five to ten smaller setting glued together and most of the time connected only by the pantheon of gods. There’s no need for that.

And coming up with a new idea really isn’t that hard. Recently there has been a Japanese Horror setting, I think called Kaidan, or Totems of the Dead, which is inspired by Vikings invading America on a large scale. My own setting is based on Bronze Age central Asia with elves and gnomes, which focuses heavily on a massive primal forest and spirits. There isn’t anything like it anywhere to my knowledge.

– Anonymous 2014-07-03 16:45 UTC

I agree that there is a need for new settings, somewhere. But from my perspective, I need a new setting very rarely indeed. How often do you start new campaigns? I’ve run several campaigns in three different settings over eight years, now. At first, I had no real setting but just kept expanding my Kitsunemori mini-campaign. Then I ran and played in Golarion for some years, and finally I’ve started games in the Wilderlands of High Fantasy (plus some Planescape and Spelljammer, naturally). When will I change again? I’m a big proponent of a persistent campaign setting. When I get bored and switch at last, I have a number of things on my shelf I’d like to go back to: Golarion, Forgotten Realms, Al-Qadim, Carcosa, various periods of Japan and China, various Old School Renaissance settings implied in random tables and little booklets, and maybe some new stuff. So yes, there is a need. It’s just very small, for me.

AlexSchroeder 2014-07-03 16:59 UTC

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