Corsair14 wrote:What is the goal of adventuring in Dark Sun?
Survival, and in all. The world is the biggest enemy in Dark Sun... if the PCs don't do something, the world will die, and will kill'em all with it, regardless if they defeated Rajaat, the Dragon and every Sorcerer King of Athas.
Most of adventuring in Dark Sun is either trying to save the world (a dantesque task) or either trying to create your own fiefdom, and that implies dealing with big fishes that don't like anyone doing that on their turf. Recklessfireball gave you many great ideas about those subjects.
However, if your campaign is about just dungeon raiding, then... yes, Athas can become pretty boring. You need to mix political intrigue and character growth (as in, they need to become something: leaders of a Trading House, a new settlement, that stuff), if you want a living, exciting adventure on Dark Sun.
And Athas has its mega-dungeon. Ur-Draxa. Good luck surviving that.