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  • Something entirely new

    24 12.18%
  • 4E's Points of Light, Astral Sea/Elemental Chaos

    26 13.20%
  • 3E's Greyhawk/Planescape mash-up

    9 4.57%
  • Greyhawk

    32 16.24%
  • Forgotten Realms

    28 14.21%
  • Dragonlance

    3 1.52%
  • Dark Sun

    2 1.02%
  • Ravenloft

    2 1.02%
  • Eberron

    8 4.06%
  • Some combination of the above settings

    4 2.03%
  • Some setting not included in this poll

    8 4.06%
  • No default setting at all

    44 22.34%
  • It doesn't really matter

    7 3.55%
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    I voted Eberron because other than Dark Sun, it's really the only setting specific material I will buy.

 

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    Quote Originally Posted by avin View Post
    Planescape.
    The one true answer! If 5e is to unite all fans and all editions, what better way than the setting which encompassed all other settings! Besides everybody loves the faux-17th century English thieves lingo

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    I think there does need to be an explicit default setting. You can't avoid having a default setting of some kind because just presenting the mechanics says a lot about the world you're going to be playing in. A bit more gives you a direction for your play. LBB Traveller is a good example of the problems you can have with too little background setting. As an experienced player, I adore the game. As a GM fairly new to RPGs, I really struggled with it: I couldn't figure out what the PCs were supposed to do and where they were supposed to go. A good example of default setting done right is Shadowrun; it gives a very clear picture of what you're going to be doing.

    A voted 4E's points of light. I'm not at all a fan of 4E's rules, but the setting and cosmology appeal to me, especially the fey and shadow lands.

    My preference, thought I know it's not going to happen, would be to use some non-D&D fantasy books as the default setting. Some I would like to see:
    • Glen Cook's Black Company
    • Lord of the Rings
    • Cimmeria
    • Midkemia
    • Camelot


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    Quote Originally Posted by Obryn View Post
    With that said, I think a game nowadays needs a default setting. In fact, I don't think it's possible to have a game without one. Even "generic fantasy" is a setting of sorts.

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    Agreed. D&D is it's own default setting. Unfortunately it's one I don't are for, and I'd love to see it replaced with something else. (The D&D-as-a-genre setting, not D&D itself)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratskinner View Post
    If you are not experienced at worldbuilding, great! You don't have to be. Do a silly little adventure. Then do another one. Repeat as necessary. As the adventures happen, narrative cruft will accumulate. During this process, don't be afraid to listen to what your players are saying, and take their suggestions. When a sufficient mass of narrative cruft has accumulated... congratulate yourself, you have built a world.
    This is how it's done. The DM and the players do whatever they're capable of. No need to the writers of the game to guess what that might be or futilely try to do it for them.
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    Voted for points of light, because that is a possibility but would really like to see some support for Birthright it was one of the best setting ever, and with the popularity of the Kingmaker adventure path for Pathfinder I think there would be a good number of people who would pick it up
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    I like the idea of the books not specifying a setting, but pointing at FR as an example of how you can make a setting.

    The DMG needs to, in part, show you how to make your own setting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the Jester View Post
    Umm... this was true in neither 3e (dromites, illumians, catfolk, goliaths, samurai and ninja, oh my!) nor 4e (shardminds, wilden, runepriests and seekers, oh my!).
    This is true, but its why 4e was mildly better than 3e in this regard.

    Greyhawk (and now, even the Realms) has 20+ years of development behind it. There is very little left to explore, all things considered. The core of both worlds is very defined, and the edges of both maps are fairly known as well. Simply put, there is little room left to put new ideas in there. Surely, a new magical items, a forgotten spell, or a rare monster might still exist in some dark corner, but there really isn't room for whole new races without major status quo shakeups (see: dragonborn and 4e Realms). At least the Nentir Vale was one area of much larger and mostly undefined world. Its much easier to put Shardminds in some unknown corner of PoLland than it is to work Raptorans into Greyhawk...
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    I voted new setting.

    My suggestion: Flumphworld - Vengeance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mishihari Lord View Post
    I think there does need to be an explicit default setting. You can't avoid having a default setting of some kind because just presenting the mechanics says a lot about the world you're going to be playing in.
    But you CAN! BECMI, 1e, 2e, od&d- there was no default setting in any of them; in fact, the era of a default setting in the core rules has been shorter than the era of no-default-in-core. I'm tempted to call it an aberration.
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