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General What's your favorite starter sandbox region?

TwoSix

Unserious gamer
Supporter
Huh. I just realized that most of my games tend to start at higher level and in medias res, so I really don't use starter areas that often. I'd probably say building a starter village in Beyond the Wall is my favorite D&D-adjacent starting area.
 

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DeviousQuail

Explorer
If I'm in FR then I usually start in one of the small settlements near Baldur's Gate. With the video games as my entrance into DnD it's just the easiest place for me to start. From there I can send them off in any direction easily enough.
 

First Place: The City of Greyhawk.

What did you think I was going to say?

Second place is Ratik.

Third place? You're fired.


...coffee is for closers only. And closers play in Greyhawk.
The Flanaess has dozens of excellent places; to limit yourself to just these two saddens me. I'm a fan of the Lendor Isles and Saltmarsh regions myself, both with excellent trilogies. The Bandit Kingdoms and Wild Coast both offer a lot of options, especially if close to the Horned Society or Pomarj. What was once the Viceroyalty of Ferrond would be a good choice as well, due to the internal politics and the ongoing threat of Iuz. The Keep on the Borderlands, set against the Crystalmist Mountains in the Yeomany, is yet another excellent choice.
 



robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
Is it weird that I can’t imagine returning to the same starting location? I feel like I don’t have time to explore all the settings I’d like to, but I’m going to try!
 


amethal

Adventurer
Not sure if it was intended to be a starting area or not, but my old DM always seemed to start off his Golarion games in this one city ruled by this absolute £¥@$# of a queen.

By all the gods of Pathfinder RPG, I hated that place.

EDIT
Just checked online. The city was Korvosa, the queen was Ileosa.
Korvosa seems a bit of an odd choice. We often start our games in Magnimar or Sandpoint, which are not too far away but have more of a traditional heroic vibe.

Maybe you could see if your old DM would be interested in running "Seven days to the Grave" for you.

DM "The city is currently in the grip of a terrible plague."
Players "Some good news at last!"
 

Bitbrain

Black Lives Matter
Korvosa seems a bit of an odd choice. We often start our games in Magnimar or Sandpoint, which are not too far away but have more of a traditional heroic vibe.

Maybe you could see if your old DM would be interested in running "Seven days to the Grave" for you.

DM "The city is currently in the grip of a terrible plague."
Players "Some good news at last!"

He moved out of state. Our last game together was maybe three years ago, when our party prevented Tiamat from being summoned to Faerun.
 

Iry

Hero
Phlan from Pool of Radiance.

I dont run sandbox that often, but when I do they get immediate D&D goodness with the Slums, Sokol Keep, the auction, the library, the graveyard, pyramid island, the kobold cave, and eventually Tyranthraxus himself.

Its just an amazing sandbox.
 

Voadam

Hero
Each of my favorite campaigns have started in a different places, but I think Ptolus and the Scarred Lands City of Mithril are near the top of the list. My favorite region that I've never had a chance to run in is the city of Hollowfaust, also in the Scarred Lands. A gothic, faux-Germanic, city of necromancers, built in the caldera of a dormant volcano, lead by a council of practically communist liches
Hollowfaust is run by mostly living necromancers. LN, very anti-hungry dead, use tons of animated dead for defense forces, and one necromancer ruler is a lich but was involuntarily turned if I remember correctly.
 

I like Daggerford a lot, too, and I've got extensive notes on how to mash up Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle with Scourge of the Sword Coast, both from D&D Next. Together, they'd make a great starter sandbox.

I cant remember what I did yesterday, suppose Anheiser Bush may be tp blame but theres onebNPC that sticks out even 25 years later, Ophala Chelderstrom from the Moonstone Mask. Was that Daggerford or Silverymoon?
 

Even when no steam is involved, steampunk tends to lean on a Victorian/first industrial revolution (aka steam power) era themes and aesthetics. Clockpunk is often set in a pre-industrial and pre-colonial era with baroque to Napoleonic/Habsburg dynasty themes and aesthetics, early firearm technology, using smaller clockwork automation and automatons.

But yeah, one is a subgenre of the other, so differences can be subtle.

Thx. Great explanation I never knew. The whole steampunk thing was really not my thing so I never looked much into it. Theres lots of conventions/meetup groups for that stuff, perhaps one of these days Ill give it a shot. Never going to meet new ppl hanging out with my 5 friends . might be a good. Time.
 

Phlan from Pool of Radiance.

I dont run sandbox that often, but when I do they get immediate D&D goodness with the Slums, Sokol Keep, the auction, the library, the graveyard, pyramid island, the kobold cave, and eventually Tyranthraxus himself.

Its just an amazing sandbox.

Phlan in the Moonsea right? Is that the city thats racist towards demihumans?
 


Ive seen a few Nentir Vale likes on this post. I ran a campaign there for 4E. I liked it too. The points of light concept was a really good concept. I think WotC should use that more. Ive not read the Icewind Dale book but seems like they done that with that adventure?
 

Zeromaru X

Arkhosian scholar and coffee lover
that Daggerford or Silverymoon?

Neverwinter.

And I have to agree with those who think the 4e version of Neverwinter is a good starting place as well. A bit geared to urban adventures, but still full of juice. My favorite area to start if playing in the Sword Coast.

Ive seen a few Nentir Vale likes on this post. I ran a campaign there for 4E. I liked it too. The points of light concept was a really good concept. I think WotC should use that more. Ive not read the Icewind Dale book but seems like they done that with that adventure?

Haven't read Rime of the Frostmaiden, so I can't say anything about it.

As for the Nentir Vale, I guess the WotC guys just nailed it when they designed this "pseudo-setting". The place has just everything you need to start a campaign, while giving you lot of room for your homebrewing needs.
 




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