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  1. Rook S.

    [Recruitment] Traveller: A Pocketful of Stardust

    It's a Traveller sandbox campaign! Who doesn't love a Traveller sandbox campaign? If you don't love a Traveller sandbox campaign, probably you shouldn't reply to this thread. Unless you want to learn to love one? Anyway, I have no overall plot in mind; play to find out. (Funny how storygames and...
  2. O

    Ptolus-like city supplements: could we list them?

    Hi there, AFAIC Ptolus set a new standard in city books, but it's getting old. I wish I could find a more recent, similar city campaign setting, but my rpg lore is lacking in this domain. What we are looking for is: ⚫ a thorough description of a city, including a detailed map, major buildings...
  3. M

    MoonHunter Sayeth 20180730

    Putting Toys in the Sandbox, The MoonHunter Way I hate Sandbox Gaming. You know, that "hot new things" where you don't have a real plot, but wander around the map triggering encounters that might lead to other things. It is random. It often makes little story/ logical sense. GMs love it...
  4. 9littlebees

    Urban Sandbox Campaign Prep

    I'm going to be starting a WFRP campaign set in Marienburg (one of the largest cities in the civilised world, based on Amsterdam). I'm fairly new to the idea of sandbox GMing, though I've run one mini sandbox campaign using FFG Star Wars. The issue I've got is that most advice on sandbox prep...
  5. S

    🎨 Creative [1001] Fantasy hex contents

    There are tons of blogs out there all about stocking hex maps with interesting stuff and it's easy to steal from any of them. And there are lots of random generators for stuff as well. But with this thread I want people to just write whatever they feel would be interesting to discover while...
  6. S

    🎨 Creative [Stars Without Number Revised/Other Dust] Creating a swedish wasteland

    I've had the good fortune to wrangle together a second group of players and we recently sat down and discussed (over Discord) what we wanted to play. It was a really good discussion and we finally reached consensus: we're going to be playing a post apocalyptic sandbox. The ruleset will be Other...
  7. S

    Goal generators?

    I like sandbox games. But an important part of a sandbox game is for players to have their own goals. Since there is no overarching plot in the usual sense, the players need to make their own. And sometimes that can be tricky. "I want a lot of money" is an easy one, but also pretty boring. "I...
  8. Chris J

    Sandbox Campaigns (Primarily Fantasy)

    I've decided to have real go at Sandbox campaign settings. I've realised that when I try to write up "adventures", I feel restricted. But when I imagine an entire region/area that I can drop the players into and say "Go!", it seems to get my creative juices going. Any tips, links, advice...
  9. Y

    Running very small Sandboxes

    I quite like the idea of sandboxes and how it affects the way the players approach the game and interact with the world. But I am not really a fan of having a whole world open for exploration with the players being free to go anywhere and do anything. There's just too much choices for the...
  10. CarrotandStick

    Recommend me a sandbox-y module for Dungeon World use

    So my little brother-in-law has discovered a few friends at high school who play a very murder hobo style home brew RPG. I wanted to show them some of the finer things available in the hobby that come with NOT immediately stabbing everything while being a brooding fantasy version of Katana...
  11. Warlord476

    [dT&T] To Ikkutas!

    To Ikkutas! Introducing a road trip up the Vale, with Dwarves. Ikkutas, legendary realm of mountain Dwarves, lives on in tales passed down from one Dwarf generation to the next. Greedy tales, gloating tales. But the exact whereabouts of Ikkutas is lost. Supposedly, it was hewn from the...
  12. Jürgen Hubert

    Planescape Campaign Concepts

    This was triggered by some discussion about a Planescape sandbox campaign I had over on Google+. Basically, my thoughts were that while you can get away with nothing more complicated than "explore wilderness, find dungeons, kill inhabitants, loot them, and repeat" in a traditional wilderness...
  13. J

    Crowfall - Videos, Pics & Updates

    Crowfall is incoming sandbox PvP MMORPG with (as I type this) 115 000+ registered supporters and already $7M of budget, not bad for a game kickstarted last March. Described by developers as as "Game of Thrones meets EVE online", it will consist of lots of unique, procedurally generated worlds...
  14. S

    Underground sandboxes?

    And I'm not talking about bathrooms for subterranean cats here! My current game is slowly wrapping up, and my group is starting to look ahead at future games. I'm planning on switching things up from the current game, which is a naval sandbox. Since the players want to continue to use their...
  15. W

    Shadow of Mordor actually engages me in an open world game!

    So, I always really want to like open world games. But they always tend to bore me pretty quickly. I quickly start feeling that nothing I do really actually matters - being able to wander around the map doing stuff is mostly just an illusion, usually most of what you do are just glowing icon...
  16. CLAVDIVS

    [Hexcrawling] Less ACKS, more TOR?

    Looking at games with sandbox/hexcrawl mechanics this past week or so, I've noticed that the bulk of them seem to put their mechanical focus on things I don't really care about that much. I'm just not that interested in tracking the daily depletion of rations or every last copper spent on...
  17. S

    [Random tables] Creating random tables for burglary targets

    I've recently started a two player game of Runequest 6 that's all about a pair of criminals working their way up in a corrupt city. Our homebrew setting for this game can basically be summarised as Shadowrun 17xx (or 18xx). (Low) Fantasy mixed with the early years of the industrial revolution...
  18. Jürgen Hubert

    Pitch me your ideas for a Golarion-based sandbox campaign

    In recent years have discovered that I like preparing and running sandbox campaigns a lot. And I've also started to read various Golarion-based supplements for Pathfinder, and I like what I see - though I am far from an expert of the setting. Nevertheless, I have caught an itch to run a game in...
  19. T

    Judge's Guild/Wilderlands Hexcrawling Style Guide

    Question: Can anybody either describe how Judge's Guild structure the maps, encounters, etc. for hexcrawl games in their products -or- point me towards a PDF on RPGNow that serves as an example of how they did it?
  20. Jürgen Hubert

    Exalted, Sandbox Style

    (Note: Like other threads in this vein, these posts will be mirrored on my blog but should be able to stand here on their own. Also, old-timers might remember me discussing this campaign here when I ran it. There and Back Again - An Origin Story A long time ago, in a city far away, I ran...
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