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This article was written on 04 Oct 2012, and is filled under Blog Carnival.

Blog Carnival: End of Month Wrap-Up

So, here we are, at the end of all things.

The Blog Carnival went great. We had a few more entries into the carnival there at the end. Here’s the complete list!

Really Bad Eggs has a post about the ease and challenges of running the most established of established settings: world history!

Tower of the Archmage talks about his favorite settings: Forgotten Realms, Birthright and Ravenloft.

Over at Back to the Keep, Robert talks about his history with established settings, why he likes established settings, and how he runs Greyhawk.

My good friend Jeff from my old podcast, RPG Circus, talks about how and why to tweak an established setting.

Black Armada, a blog I hadn’t heard of, but will be following more closely now that I have heard of it, talks about how he prefers creating his own worlds over established settings, and the settings he does enjoy. Good stuff there.

Book Scorpion’s Lair has a couple of interesting established settings I’ve never heard of. Time to get researching!

Shorty Monster talks a bit about Only War. I knew an Imperial Guard RPG for Warhammer 40k was coming, but I didn’t know the details of the setting. Fascinating!

Chris at Gaming Tonic has a really extensive post, talking about player knowledge of settings, as well as talking about Fantasy Flight and Star Wars.

Mental Propinquity (say that five times fast) has a post talking about what settings he thinks work, and how to make a setting work as an RPG.

Campaign Mastery has a really great post going into detail about what does and doesn’t work with established settings and some of the issues you may encounter.

Age of Ravens has TWO posts about the subject! He’s got some great stuff there, including talking about using video games as settings.

Department V asks: What motivates us to use someone else’s setting? And what should we consider canon?

Sea of Stars says: if you’re going to play in in an established setting, make it your own. Good advice.

Tolrendor has his very own setting (the same as the name of the blog), but suggests other great fantasy settings.

Wine and Savages prefers his own setting to established ones, but has been known to pal around with Forgotten Realms on occasion.

Finally, Nine and Thirty Kingdoms has a post with a great quote: “The purpose of an established setting is not really just to reduce the GM’s workload, but mainly to provide a context for the players.” Well said.

It was a good month! We had some great responses, everyone. Thanks for participating.


  1. Black Vulmea
    October 4, 2012

    Thanks for hosting – it was a great topic.
    Black Vulmea´s last blog post ..The Gospel of komradebob

  2. [...] Dice Monkey posted a great collection of (nearly) all the submissions for the September RPG blog carnival  about running games in established setting and I missed it last week. But you can find it here! [...]

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