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D&D General The Unofficial Settings You Want Published for D&D

Aldarc

Legend
What are your favorite unofficial settings of D&D that you wish would WotC would publish? (Note: Your personal homebrew world not included.) These aren't old settings that have been published in full form before but not yet in 5e (e.g., Spelljammer, Dark Sun, Planescape). I am talking about unofficial settings that may be the personal homebrew settings of WotC/TSR staff (e.g., like Monte Cook's Ptolus) and/or settings that have limited publication but which never got full publication as a fully-realized setting with a sourcebook (e.g., snippets of Iomandra in Dragon Magazine).

For me:
  • James Wyatt's Aquela
  • Chris Perkins's Iomandra

Aquela and Iomandra are both settings focused on more oceanic worlds with sailing, archipelagos, and island-hopping adventure. A good island-hopping setting would be absolutely fantastic, IMHO, for D&D, and both of these setting scratch that itch for me. Iomandra, in particular, is a fantastic spin on the 4e base setting. With its heavy focus on dragons, it would also be a great setting to draw out the First World echoes and draconic themes of the latest Fizban's Treasury of Dragons book.
 

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Aldarc

Legend
Nentir Vale.
I wasn't sure whether to include that or not. It's been published in pieces here and there, including the 4e DMG 1, and a lot of the World Axis fluff in the source books also applied to the setting. It's even listed as a D&D setting on the D&D Settings wiki. However, it's never really had a full-blown sourcebook, though it was supposed to get one before 4e was canned, so it sits in a bit of a nebulous state that's between official and unofficial. That said, would I love a published sourcebook for the Nentir Vale / Nerath for 5e? Absolutely!*

* With the right people working on it (e.g., Rich Baker, James Wyatt, Chris Perkins) and some people far away from it (e.g., Mearls).
 

pming

Legend
Hiya!

I think I'm going to go with:

Aarenis

That's the world/area from the "Deed of Paksenarrion" books by Elizabeth Moon. I'm still on the 2nd book, I put it down a LONG time ago and never got back...and left it at work, where I don't anymore. :( I really got connected to Paks in the first book and loved how the world "felt". It felt like a good setting pretty much built for 1e AD&D. I swear it must have been...the parallels are just too good.

The "world" is a small section of the larger whole in the book(s?), but it has just the right amount of info, without going into hyper-detail like the FR or Middle Earth....enough to poke my imagination, but not so much that what I imagine is constantly getting written over by "more official detail". If Aarenis was handled this way, pretty much like the World of Greyhawk Folio, I'd be ALL in! :)

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 



Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
I don't know it's name, but I really liked the articles describing the world that the Wizard's of the Coast founders played D&D in.

There is literally an organization there called "The Wizards of the Coast." And it's from where a lot of the first MTG characters are pulled from.
 


pming

Legend
PS: Honorable Mention would go to:

(The World of) GLORYHAMMER

It's a 'fantasy metal band'. Hit Youtube, look them up, enjoy! :)

Of course this setting would HAVE to use the DCC RPG game system. Heck, I might even have to start basing my DCC games (if I ever get to run one again... :( ) in the "Terrorverse". Fit's right in with the whole "Sorcerous Fantasy ScFi" vibe!

Paul
 



Are we allowed to say Earthdawn? That nearly got a setting in 4E and I think would make an excellent setting though you'd want a lot of custom classes, races, magic items and so on.

Likewise Monte Cooke's Arcana Unearthed setting for 3.Xe, which would also need a ton of custom stuff bit would work well with 5E generally.

I'd buy a well-done Nentir Vale for sure.
 

pming

Legend
Hiya!
Likewise Monte Cooke's Arcana Unearthed setting for 3.Xe, which would also need a ton of custom stuff bit would work well with 5E generally.
Oooo...! I would love to see a "5e Arcana Evolved" book! I actually tinkered with writing a little "conversion" book for it when 5e first came out back in 2014. It was my first setting/adjustments I wanted to do, actually. Still have that document somewhere. I think I got up to about 8 pages or so of "how to convert". The biggest problem I had was trying to reconcile the Multiclassing aspect and that AE is detailed up to Level 25, and the addition of "Race Levels", iirc.

But man....! I LOVE the classes and races found in it! Just sucked that it was for 3.x. :(

^_^

Paul L. Ming
 

SkidAce

Legend
Supporter
Hiya!

Oooo...! I would love to see a "5e Arcana Evolved" book! I actually tinkered with writing a little "conversion" book for it when 5e first came out back in 2014. It was my first setting/adjustments I wanted to do, actually. Still have that document somewhere. I think I got up to about 8 pages or so of "how to convert". The biggest problem I had was trying to reconcile the Multiclassing aspect and that AE is detailed up to Level 25, and the addition of "Race Levels", iirc.

But man....! I LOVE the classes and races found in it! Just sucked that it was for 3.x. :(

^_^

Paul L. Ming
You have seen this, yes?

 

Mercurius

Legend
Without getting into my favorite settings made for other RPGs (Earthdawn, Talislanta, Shadow World, Everway, Symbaroum), the only one I can think of off hand is Iomandra, and that solely based on seeing the map.

I'd also like to see Ed Greenwood's (original) version of the Realms in its totality.
 


Slow_Travel

Explorer
PS: Honorable Mention would go to:

(The World of) GLORYHAMMER

It's a 'fantasy metal band'. Hit Youtube, look them up, enjoy! :)

Of course this setting would HAVE to use the DCC RPG game system. Heck, I might even have to start basing my DCC games (if I ever get to run one again... :( ) in the "Terrorverse". Fit's right in with the whole "Sorcerous Fantasy ScFi" vibe!

Paul
LOL. Yes. I also strongly urge people to google the powermetal band Gloryhammer and all the really, really nice things they said about women.
 



pming

Legend
LOL. Yes. I also strongly urge people to google the powermetal band Gloryhammer and all the really, really nice things they said about women.
Yes, go do that...and look at the lyrics if you have to. I'm not sure what nice things you are talking about because of the dozen songs I just looked up the lyrics for none mention women. ...are you sure you got the right band? Maybe you're thinking of Manowar? Some of their lyrics are...."strong".
 

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