In my last post, I rejected the idea that One True Ultimate Perfect setting could ever exist to meet all of my needs. So, instead of vainly pursuing an unattainable ideal, I decided to put my effort into fabricating some sort of "facade" that could be applied to any genre or place or time in order to adapt anywhere or anywhen into a Home Setting.
That revelation may have disappointed some readers. Perhaps you were expecting me to showcase practical new ways to create geographical maps, bestiaries, and gazetteers.
Well, so was I.
It turns out that this unorthodox development is the practical solution I need to create the perfect campaign setting(s) for me. The Facade will prioritize aesthetic and thematic elements that uniquely appeal to my tastes and - if I get this right - it will be a system that can:
- Guide my adaption of published campaign settings to suit my own particular needs
- Direct my creation of an original setting that does not, to any degree, already exist
My Home Setting will not have to be limited to one campaign in one world in one genre. When my whims take me from magical fantasy to modern day super heroes to Ancient Chinese asskickery, the Facade will be the transformative tool that customizes anywhere into where I want to be!
At its simplest, the Facade will be an inventory of stuff I like in my games. At its most ambitious, the Facade will be a system of:
- concept maps (instead of geographical ones)
- oppositional overlays (instead of a dedicated bestiary)
- universal location blocs (instead of a gazetteer)
Right. So far, so good...