For some reason, I see this idea supported when talking about older settings,
but largely absent from conversations about new releases.
Edit: Maybe not as absent as I thought.
A few (of many) comments regarding Spelljammer from some posters that I have nothing but respect for: [snip]
Now, in fairness, there were posters that loved the room to grow, but they seemed to be a minority.
Thanks, that's quite helpful, since I don't play 5e, and am not really plugged into its zeitgeist.
Sure, but first I'd like to mention that I agree with you. Every setting needs room to grow. Every map needs some blank space. Every court needs a few nameless NPCs to build out. Rumors, plot hooks, and contradictions, etc. all add opportunities for a DM to really make their own game in a setting.
Gatekeeper needs the opportunity to grow into an important character through play at the table:
“Greetings, Professor! Nothing to report!”
—The Gatekeeper's usual greeting