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For the good of the Foundation, as well as my own ego :D , I hereby declare this thread *bumped*.

Alright, as we have a new crop of people, three polls for people to vote on:

Magic (how common and how powerful magic is): Do we want high magic campaign setting, mid amount, or low magic?

Power (how powerful are the creatures and NPCs): High powered (Note: this doesn't neccessarily mean every village idiot and his grandma is 30th level, it just means that there are some truly awe-inspiring entities in the world), mid level, or low level. A high powered example would be Forgotten Realms, while low powered is Ebberon.

Geography (basically the kind of geography prevalent in the campaign setting): Open for proposals by anyone. I was personally thinking of something like a massive sea of islands as the main focus, but thats just me. Anyone with an idea can propose it, but you must support it. If we get a series of good ideas, you will be split into groups to work on each individual area (i.e. If we get a lot of votes for both grasslands and mountains, we'll have people volunteer to work on each individual area, and its unique traits, such as religion and government)

Psioinics: Yes or no? The voters will decide...

Now, everyone will "campaign" (hehehe, I made a funny :) ) for their ideas. You want high magic, give reasons you think it should be high magic, and try to convince others (in a peaceful manner) to see you point of view.

Everyone will now get one vote in the magic and power categories, one in psionics, and two in geography. Votes will be tallied for the last time on October 31st (yes, Halloween :uhoh: ). We will then begin work. Let the voting and proposals begin!

My votes: High magic, Mid-power, pro-psionics, and my geographical votes go to islands and mountains walking hand in hand (metaphorically, otherwise it would just be creepy).
 

ChaosEvoker

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Mid-magic, Low Power, Pro-Psionics, I would go with Islands and forests.

Mid-magic: Best for adaptation, both in writing the setting and then running it. I would classify FR as a Mid-magic. There are arcmages and such, yes, but magic is hardly EVERYWHERE. Unlike in Ebberon where, basically, magic is technology.

Low Power: To me, a low powered setting would grant the PCs more significance. It's one of the things I don't like about Forgotten Realms. You have these Arcmage-guys-who-have-at-least-one-level-in-every-freaking-class-and-are-also-a-Chosen-of-Mystra-who-could-kill-you-in-the-face NPCs that make the players seem insignificant. in a low power, the PCs basically MAKE those characters of legend, and the world develops from the PCs.

Pro-Psionics: Player freedom.

Geography: Idk, I just liked those two best, though I like Mountains too...
 

Macrovore

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What would be interesting is a world where magic is rare and feared, and psionics were much more commonplace (think Realms, but with psionics).
I'll talk to BoD about the islands idea, too
 

Nah, I think we should make the setting have more magic than psionics, Macrovore.

As to ChaosEvoker, my thoughts on mid-power are this. In a low power world, admittedly the PCs are probably the big kids on the block, but for me, that's just the problem with Ebberon: there aren't nearly as many guys who you can say "Holy crap, I'm not going anywhere near him." In Ebberon, the leader of one of the continents most powerful fortresses is a 3rd level paladin. In my groups Ebberon game, we've only been playing for a few sessions, and we're already that powerful. Really, I can understand the appeal of the PCs being the biggest guys around, but that kinda' limits what the GM can do.
High power I agree with you on: as much as I love the Realms, there's always a bigger good guy than you. If you're a PC, why fight Larloch when he attacks you? Just tell the Chosen that he's out of his whole and they'll be all over him like yo' momma on the donuts.
Mid-power give the most options in my opinion. The PC might very well be the most powerful characters in a twenty mile radius, or even in the whole city, but there is still always a bigger evil to fight. Also, I like it more realistically, because you don't outstrip all the NPCs in the world in a few sessions: the kindoms Archmage is more powerful than any PC, and probably will be for a while. But when they do manage to outstrip him in levels at last, then they are truly powerful individuals in their own right.

Just my take on it...
 

Mr_GrinReaper

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And we have to remember here, we are making an entire world, so one part might be completely different from another, for example as per Macrovores idea- there could be an isolated archipegalo where psoinics was waaaaaay more common than magic, but in another part, its the opposite. (For example in a magocratic state) Or even another twist could be a place completely isolated from magic, and thats where the occult slayers come from, and the other anti-magic prcs/barbarians. That goes with the geography idea as well, there may well be a huge sea of islands in one part of the world, a large continent in another, and a set of several isolated smaller continents in another part, each with its own geographic uniqueness.

O_O I just had an idea, as per me and BoD are working on the islands ideas-

BoD- What if elves=seafaring traders, since water will be more prevalent then forest here, and halflings are the "pirates" or competing with the elves for trade, but thats not to say that humans would not have boats. The whole lots of island thing is just begging for pirateerish stuff.

Also i think that psionics should be prevalent in this world, but not outshining magic, (e.g. They are equally common and you will find about 1 sorcerer or wizard for each wilder or psion) etc.
 
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Mr_GrinReaper said:
And we have to remember here, we are making an entire world, so one part might be completely different from another, for example as per Macrovores idea- there could be an isolated archipegalo where psoinics was waaaaaay more common than magic, but in another part, its the opposite. (For example in a magocratic state) Or even another twist could be a place completely isolated from magic, and thats where the occult slayers come from, and the other anti-magic prcs/barbarians. That goes with the geography idea as well, there may well be a huge sea of islands in one part of the world, a large continent in another, and a set of several isolated smaller continents in another part, each with its own geographic uniqueness.

O_O I just had an idea, as per me and BoD are working on the islands ideas-

BoD- What if elves=seafaring traders, since water will be more prevalent then forest here, and halflings are the "pirates" or competing with the elves for trade, but thats not to say that humans would not have boats. The whole lots of island thing is just begging for pirateerish stuff.

Also i think that psionics should be prevalent in this world, but not outshining magic, (e.g. They are equally common and you will find about 1 sorcerer or wizard for each wilder or psion) etc.

Okay, I can see a 1:1 ratio on wizards/psionics. I just want magic to be at least as numerous. It is D&D after all.

Elves as seafaring traders works, I guess, though I was thinking more along the lines of the elves living in there own island chains. But I guess they could be a trade nation.

As to pirates, thats what orcs are for. :]

I suggested mountains because, really, islands are just submerged mountains. However, perhaps we can actually use all three: the dominant land type are islands, with forests covering them. However, there are also mountains rising from the forests.

Yeah, I agree on the magic fearing barbarians. Maybe lizard folk?
 

Catavarie

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Well here's a thought...although i know that it seems a bit off the wall but I think It could work out well for us since we're all so creative and controlling, afteral thats why we DM :D

I've noticed that several people have come up with the idea of lots of island nations and few Large continents, how about everyone interested write up an island based around a particular race thereby creating a kingdom of that race. Therefore since each island is its own entity someone who wants to see high Psionics and low to no magic can do so at their disgretion, as the can the person who wants High magic without psionics can do the same...then we could submit them all for reveiw to the GMF and have people give their input about the islands which are created. Let me know what you guys think, I'm theorizing that this may be the best style of writing for us as a group as opposed to the "add to the previous posts" style that I see often on the General Board.
 

Catavarie said:
Well here's a thought...although i know that it seems a bit off the wall but I think It could work out well for us since we're all so creative and controlling, afteral thats why we DM :D

I've noticed that several people have come up with the idea of lots of island nations and few Large continents, how about everyone interested write up an island based around a particular race thereby creating a kingdom of that race. Therefore since each island is its own entity someone who wants to see high Psionics and low to no magic can do so at their disgretion, as the can the person who wants High magic without psionics can do the same...then we could submit them all for reveiw to the GMF and have people give their input about the islands which are created. Let me know what you guys think, I'm theorizing that this may be the best style of writing for us as a group as opposed to the "add to the previous posts" style that I see often on the General Board.
Good idea Cat. So long as it doesn't clutter up the boards to much, it might also be sensible to create an entirely new thread for any areas with groups working on them, so that we don't have one thread getting cluttered and confusing from multiple different ideas.
 

Catavarie

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Blade of Desecration said:
Good idea Cat. So long as it doesn't clutter up the boards to much, it might also be sensible to create an entirely new thread for any areas with groups working on them, so that we don't have one thread getting cluttered and confusing from multiple different ideas.

Well if we all agree to place our ideas under a central thread that perhaps we could sticky while working on it, the big trick is not overlapping too much with the races because two people might decide to go in completely different directions with the same race...although with humans I don't think this would be a terrible thing since they should be the most prevalent, but for instance halflings or gnomes might be a little more centralized.
 

Macrovore

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I'll make up a map and a history for the talked-about central continent with the Council of Nations or whatever. Magocracy or somthing (think Thay, with one king for each school of magic, but they're not all evil.) I've already started working on it, kinda
 

Macrovore

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There'll be at least 3 different Nations, with another evil land separated by the rest by a mountain range (think Mordor, but with an army of Tiefling Warlocks).

-a forest kingdom of Elves (army: Archer-Fighters, Wizards, and ArcaneArchers)
-an underground kingdom of dwarves and gnomes (army: stereotypical dwarven hammerwielding fighters)
-the rest of the continent is human
 

Catavarie

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Macrovore said:
There'll be at least 3 different Nations, with another evil land separated by the rest by a mountain range (think Mordor, but with an army of Tiefling Warlocks).

-a forest kingdom of Elves (army: Archer-Fighters, Wizards, and ArcaneArchers)
-an underground kingdom of dwarves and gnomes (army: stereotypical dwarven hammerwielding fighters)
-the rest of the continent is human

If your going to use the Elves (therefore Half Evles as well), Dwarves, and Gnomes Macrovore, then that only leaves (assuming sticking with PHB races) Halflings, Half Orcs, & other human civilivations for others to pick from and use. If we are trying to keep the work load light on everyone.
 

themind

Explorer
I agree with BoD's votes on magic and power, but I am really reluctant on Psionics. Ever since 3.0, I've never liked Psionics. Even now, they seem too powerful. So my vote would be no on Psionics.
 

Macrovore

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Catavarie said:
If your going to use the Elves (therefore Half Evles as well), Dwarves, and Gnomes Macrovore, then that only leaves (assuming sticking with PHB races) Halflings, Half Orcs, & other human civilivations for others to pick from and use. If we are trying to keep the work load light on everyone.
This doesn't have to be the only nation of those races. I'm only making nations of the most stereotypical aspects of these races.

And what's the deal with Psionics in 3.0?
Oh yeah. my votes
-mid magic
-high power (like the Realms)
-yes to psionics
 

Catavarie

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Macrovore said:
This doesn't have to be the only nation of those races. I'm only making nations of the most stereotypical aspects of these races.

steriotypically, dwarves and to a lesser extent gnomes are extremely family/clan oriented and normally will stick together instead of splitting off from their clans...therefore seeing more than 1 large dwarven or gnomish kingdom in any world is a rarity. And even if their are seperate kingdoms they still have the same Myths and Legends and Lore. Elves being a xenophobic society to begin with although more freely move about a world are still rare to set up more than 1 maybe 2 large kingdoms and they also will share many of the same myths, legends, and lore as their counter parts. therefore any lore about the elves, dwarves, or gnomes you come up with, other people who wish to use the same race must involve it as well, making the task that more difficult,,,this is why I originally suggested no one take on more than one race. To ease the work on each other...otherwise we might as well all develop completely seperate settings and that would undermine the idea behind this project.
 

Macrovore

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fine.
OH!! two nations endlessly engaged in war: one of good and one of evil. They never stop to realize that their societies are pretty much the same.

Sorry, I'm thinking out loud.
 

themind

Explorer
We could have an area of islands that are occupied by Pirates. A big premice of this world is sea travel if there are a lot of islands.
 

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