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Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2012 10:18 a.m. PST

Part I:

After reading a posting on the PFRPG game setting, Golarian, I wondered how many GM's have created their own campaign worlds, or just use commercial, off the shelf, world settings?

A) Off-the-shelf setting, too much work to create my own.

B) Off-the-shelf setting, currently, but I have created my own in the past; now too much of the real-world to spend the time on my own creation.

C) Off-the-shelf setting, but with a lot of my own stuff, grafted onto the commercial product, making it my own Frankenstein-like world setting.

D) My own creation, from scratch. Common elements, typical of every fantasy world, but still my own creation.

E) My own creation, but not your typical fantasy setting (Tekumel' type, different from the stereotype)


Part II:

How long did/have you been running in your campaign world setting(s)? (If multiple settings, how long in each?)

A) Just started, less than a year ago.

B) 1-4 years.

C) 5-10 years.

D) 10+ years.


Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2012 10:22 a.m. PST

Forgot to answer my own survey…

Part I:

A), back when I started out, in High School, but changed to D), in college.

Part II:

D), I've been using the same FRPG campaign world/setting, since 1983, when I drew the first map, in my college apartment. I've managed to flesh out many areas, over the past 29 years, but still many areas are just described by a few lines in my Gazetteer. Cheers!

just visiting13 Jul 2012 10:23 a.m. PST

EC. It went on for just shy of ten years….

mad monkey 113 Jul 2012 10:42 a.m. PST

Use both, off the shelf, but more often created. Don't last more than 6 months, I get bored. : (

richarDISNEY13 Jul 2012 11:29 a.m. PST

C -- I mix up a lot of pre-made settings into one. e.g Dragonlance w/ Forgotten Realms w/ Greyhawk w/ Ravenloft, as will as some of my own stuff in there too.


Space Monkey13 Jul 2012 11:36 a.m. PST

Mostly, preferably, E… for well over 10 years now.
Not that I don't play a variety of RPGs… but even when I've run commercial settings I tend to put them in ill-defined corners where I can mostly roam free.
WFRP is about the only one that I like to play 'straight'.

jerardad13 Jul 2012 3:47 p.m. PST

I am running two campaigns now.

Part I both C (both Forgotten Realms. 1 1st/2nd edition. 1 3.x)

Part II
The 1st/2nd edition, D

The 3.x, C

Have done several total from scratch over the years as well.



Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jul 2012 6:33 p.m. PST

C/D ~20 years ago
E/C up 'til three years ago
haven't RPG'd in a while

Mike Monaco13 Jul 2012 8:24 p.m. PST

D, B

vdal181213 Jul 2012 8:31 p.m. PST

It would be B and C for me.

badger2215 Jul 2012 2:59 a.m. PST

Mosty A, for several systems. Stated one of my own years ago, but quicly realized it would just be to much time.

D. Glorantha, Wilderlqnds of High Fantasy, Spinward Marches, Night City. More than enough there to keep me for another twenty years.


Dantes Cellar15 Jul 2012 7:58 p.m. PST

E, D, for over 20 years now.

Zardoz17 Jul 2012 6:05 a.m. PST


billthecat20 Jul 2012 11:44 a.m. PST

D, D.

Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2012 9:46 p.m. PST

D and E
Often run classic fantasy (eves, dwarves, humans, etc.)
Last campaign was set in ancient Greece duering the Trojan War, with mythological beasts abounding.

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