Thursday, February 11, 2010

Setting w/ System - the Matching Game


Its funny how over the years I've come to associate certain campaign settings with specific systems. Never mind that I've experienced most of them (the settings) with multiple systems (especially Wilderlands, which I've actually used every official edition of D&D with), I still have a vague impression of the system each setting "should" be run with, and suspect that those impressions may even influence how I run different systems with each setting. Anyway, here's my list of common associations:

Blackmoor - OD&D (LBBs)
Arduin - OD&D plus Arduin books
Wilderlands - OD&D plus supplements
Mystara - B/X
Greyhawk - AD&D 1E
Forgotten Realms - AD&D 1E plus Unearthed Arcana
Dark Sun - AD&D 2E
Ravenloft - AD&D 2E

Anyone else make these associations? Or make them differently?

5 comments:

  1. For me Forgotten Realms would be considered a 2nd edition AD&D campaign. Dragon Lance can be added as a 1st edition AD&D setting.

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  2. My version:
    Wilderlands - Castles & Crusades
    Mystara - B/X
    Greyhawk - AD&D 1E
    Forgotten Realms - AD&D 1E or AD&D 2E
    Planescape - AD&D 2E
    Ravenloft - AD&D 2E

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  3. The only one I have a different vibe on is Wilderlands. Mine is 1st edition only because Rob always used that system when we went through it.

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  4. To me, the different editions "look" different in my head. I know that's kind of an abstract comment, but I couldn't run my AD&D setting using B/X or 2nd edition. In my line of thinking, they almost look like different styles of animation, such that characters and places from one would look very much out of place in another.

    I also associate Dragonlance with 2nd edition, since Dragonlance novels were what helped me to discover gaming, and 2nd ed was relatively new when I joined the hobby.

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  5. I think that is a fair assessment. Greyhawk is about as 1st edition as you can get!

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