What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby Big Mac » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:58 pm

Blackleaf wrote:Some of these look cool, thanks y'all.


Feel free to start new topics (in Other Worlds) for any campaign setting that doesn't have a bespoke forum at The Piazza (yet).

If you can add a forum tag (e.g. "[Arda]" that will help other people find the topic, with the forum search system. :)
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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby Big Mac » Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:03 pm

dulsi wrote:
ripvanwormer wrote:Arda and the Lost World, from Ray Winninger's Dungeoncraft column in Dragon Magazine, are two settings that are pretty darned obscure. Arda was a world where illithids were created by the moon as a replacement for humanity and the Lost World was a world with dinosaur gods. The columns are archived here: http://www.darkshire.net/jhkim/rpg/dnd/dungeoncraft/

Blackleaf is thanking you guys. Meanwhile I'm thinking dammit now I have to track down some old dragon magazines. :)


Well that's good, as I'll have at least on person to talk to Arda about, if you do look that stuff up. ;)
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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby Big Mac » Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:11 pm

Havard wrote:
agathokles wrote:
Angel Tarragon wrote:In Dragon Magazine (February 2007 issue) interpreted China Miévilles' world of Perdido Street Station books to the D&D 3.5 rules. The Player's Handbook for the Fifth Edition of Dungeons & Dragons cited his Perdido Street Station novels as a source of inspiration for the game's designers.

China refers to characters in his novels are interested "only in gold and experience."


Indeed, Perdido Street Station draws a quite a bit from D&D in terms of inspiration, and makes for an interesting setting. I wouldn't consider it as "obscure", but then I'm a big fan of Mieville.


How many books did Mieville write for this setting? I know there was at least one spin off novel?


Thanks Angel.

Perdido Street Station might not be obscure, as a novel line, but if there is only one magazine article about using it as a tabletop RPG setting, that's probably fairly obscure. China Miéville has actually worked on a Pathfinder RPG book, called Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to the River Kingdoms, so perhaps he might do a Bas-Lag Roleplaying Game one day.
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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby GreyLord » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:49 pm

I'm not sure if this would count or not. It wasn't fully fleshed out, and was under the table so to speak. It used all the AD&D nomenclature, stats, classes and other things, but I don't think it officially notated that it was connected to AD&D.

Willow (as in the film) is a D&D world. It has a The stats and everything else for characters (for example Bavmorda is a MU 30, S9 C15 I18 D16 W18 CH12. Kael's level is interesting in that it is listed as 14th level or 2 levels higher than your campaign's best fighter. However, that is beaten prior to that by MadMartigan who is listed as a 20th level fighter or 3 levels above the best fighter in your campaign (s14 C16 I13 D18 W9 CH17 HP70.

It's the Willow Sourcebook by Allen Varney.
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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby Angel Tarragon » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:21 am

Big Mac wrote:Perdido Street Station might not be obscure, as a novel line, but if there is only one magazine article about using it as a tabletop RPG setting, that's probably fairly obscure. China Miéville has actually worked on a Pathfinder RPG book, called Pathfinder Chronicles: Guide to the River Kingdoms, so perhaps he might do a Bas-Lag Roleplaying Game one day.
It would be fairly cool if he did, and I would be more than happy to snatch it up and add it to my collection.
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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby Big Mac » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:29 pm

GreyLord wrote:I'm not sure if this would count or not. It wasn't fully fleshed out, and was under the table so to speak. It used all the AD&D nomenclature, stats, classes and other things, but I don't think it officially notated that it was connected to AD&D.

Willow (as in the film) is a D&D world. It has a The stats and everything else for characters (for example Bavmorda is a MU 30, S9 C15 I18 D16 W18 CH12. Kael's level is interesting in that it is listed as 14th level or 2 levels higher than your campaign's best fighter. However, that is beaten prior to that by MadMartigan who is listed as a 20th level fighter or 3 levels above the best fighter in your campaign (s14 C16 I13 D18 W9 CH17 HP70.

It's the Willow Sourcebook by Allen Varney.


Wow! The Willow Sourcebook is expensive! :o

It looks like it's by Tor Books, and I don't see a D&D logo, so it's probably unofficial (and so from the point-of-view of this topic, probably not counted). But I would be interested in seeing if anyone has played it. (I wonder if Tor Books would be allowed to bring it back as a Print on Demand thing or if they had a licence that has since expired.)
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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby shesheyan » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:49 pm

« The Fall of Arkinor » is an extremely obscure AD&D 1e setting. It was never published and played by only 4 teenagers and me as a DM !!! :D :D :D ;)
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Re: What is the most obsure D&D campaign setting?

Postby Coronoides » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:45 am

One I was reminded of recently and has been on my to run list a long time is “The Sunset World”. (Dragon Magazine 150). A A group of interplanar explorers discovers a new odd world. This world where the sun hovers in the horizon seems the be the cool dim homeworld of the illithids. Certainly the animal life seems to have similar biology to illuthids (including greater cunning than Earthly animals) and the plant life is odd. However, some humanoids survive in hiding and the explorers begin to realise this is not the mind flayer homeworld but a ‘regular’ D&D homeworld the illithid have ‘terraformed’. The article ends with the speculation that the explorer’s homeworld days are growing longer...
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