Campaign Settings let you focus on building adventures. Let’s dive into some of the best so that you can maximize the value of your time.
Unusual RPG City Settings
- Dark Sun: This is many people’s number one pick, and it’s for a good reason: It excels. It’s incredibly visual. It’s written with the reader in mind, and very well-organized. It doesn’t lore drop too heavy at the beginning, and its class descriptions are extraordinary. It’s hard to read this book and not imagine life as a magic-user.
- A Visitors’ Guide to the Rainy City: This setting is weird. Incredibly weird, and incredibly visual. There’s a lot of competition in the weird category, and it’s still a stand-out. This earns it a top slot.
- Salt in Wounds: This book is excellent from start to finish. It’s distinctive, for starters: A city built on the perpetual harm of an immortal tarrasque. It carries this thought all the way through to its conclusion–what would people who choose to live in a city like that be like? They would be evil. It’s readable, and it’s well organized. It’s very good.
- Belly of the Beast. The setting takes place inside a worm big enough to eat mountains and cities. The writing is stellar. The idea is top-notch. It’s incredibly focused on its core idea: Exploring what life inside the belly of a giant worm would be like. The tone, the players’ role, the writing–everything aligns.
Exceptionally Well-Organized RPG Campaign Settings
- Rock of Bral: This Spelljammer book is crafted with tremendous care and thought to the reader. It’s easy to pick up and start referencing right away.
- Pirate’s Guide to Freeport: Really clean organization. This inspired the Heartwizard City Reference. They built an entire franchise around this city, if I’m not mistaken.
- Vornheim: The strength of Vornheim is its art and its tables and its consideration of the reader. It aims to make it easy to create a city, and the tables are really top-notch. This is a fun one.
- Off the Beaten Path: Excellent. This is the perfect example of a city setting that gets organization absolutely right. Everything is as easy as possible for the reader. You could take one of these scenarios and get started right away.