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    New GM needs advice on setting/rulesets/player-interests

    Hi all,

    I am looking for people who want to join my campaign(s) when finished. But I need to prepare the campaigns first and would love some advice on it.

    What kind of setting do you suggest for the fantasygrounds community? Better classic or unique settings? On which of the following campaigns should I focus?

    1. Classic forgotten realms
    high fantasy campaign like the baldurs gate games.

    2. Legacy of the old ones
    Dark fantasy like game of thrones. Low magic, few magical beasts deeply layered politics. Anybody knows harnworld? Setting based on a world created by me. Some lore can be found here, but in German

    3. Into the unknown
    A science fiction story. Starting as a realistic near future scenario with our world close to extinction. Several arche like space ships travel to find a new home for humanity. The early story is based on technology and science but quickly changes into horror and exploration. Later it will develop more into high science fiction like star trek. A major element are lesser and higher AIs which control and support almost every electronic device, from weapons to spaceships.

    4. Stranded away
    Similar to the tv series Lost. Some people crash with a plane on a lonely islands and must survive. Some common elements like cannibals, abandoned facilities but also mysterious/fantasy/scifi elements like Anubis creatures (human jakals), energy fields, portals etc.

    5. The multiverse of time
    Time travel adventure, starting in the 21st century. By traveling time new time dimensions are being created which run parallel to other time lines. Dimensions can appear, stop and merge.

    Which rulesets fit? I only played pen&paper hardcore in the 90s. I played ad&d, DSA, shadowrun, pp&p, world of darkness, little rifts and little traveller.

    Recently I played Savage worlds a bit.

    So what would you suggest for my campaign settings?

    Here are my suggestions. Please copy, paste and edit/add your suggestions. If you like you can also add an interest rating for each campaign setting idea
    1 (not interested) to 5 (very interested)

    1. Classic forgotten realms
    Rulesets: d&d e5 obviously
    Rating: 1-5

    2. Dark, realistic fantasy with very little magic
    Rulesets: not really an idea for that. Magic everywhere.
    Rating:

    3. Finding new home for humanity
    Rulesets: traveller? Savage worlds? Gurps?
    Rating:

    4. Stranded on island
    Rulesets: Savage worlds or gurps?
    Rating:

    5. Time travel adventure
    Rulesets: Savage worlds or gurps?
    Rating:

    Please help me! I am happy about any recommendation. Also in relation to fantasygrounds compatibility and community interests. Thanks!

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    Hi Berndout,

    1. Classic forgotten realms
    Rulesets: d&d e5 obviously
    Rating: 3

    2. Dark, realistic fantasy with very little magic
    Rulesets: not really an idea for that. Magic everywhere.
    Rating: 5

    3. Finding new home for humanity
    Rulesets: traveller? Savage worlds? Gurps?
    Rating: 5 (traveller or Gurps, I love SW but its a little more cinematic)

    4. Stranded on island
    Rulesets: Savage worlds or gurps?
    Rating: 1-2

    5. Time travel adventure
    Rulesets: Savage worlds or gurps?
    Rating:1

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    Hi Berndout, love the tag by the way, I have some experience at DMing and also I am new to FG, as far as I can see 5E is far and away the most popular rule set here, with a little imagination you can bend D&D rules to include 1, 2, maybe 3 and definitely 4, and just by the same token 2 is basically Call of Cthulhu and 5 would be possible with CoC rules too, however the PCs would have very short existences. I personally think that what matters most is that you are passionate about the world/story/module. If you were playing at a time when I can play I would join you depends on your time zone. Good luck

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    Hi Berndout

    Here are my suggestions to your suggestions.

    1. Classic forgotten realms
    Rulesets: d&d 5e
    Rating: 2 if from a module or 3 if self made with more RPG

    2. Dark, realistic fantasy with very little magic
    Rulesets: GURPS (100pts)
    Rating: very realistic, very low magic 4/5

    3. Finding new home for humanity
    Rulesets: traveller - not really good for that idea, Savage worlds - not gritty enough, Gurps - very squishy for players as it is easy to die
    Rating: depending on what you want glorious heroes savage worlds 3, dire gritty fight for survival GURPS 3

    4. Stranded on island
    Rulesets: Savage worlds - very good or GURPS? this will all depend on the setting modern day? swashbuckling?
    Rating: SW - (4) / GURPS (3) (again GURPS is good for high realism)

    5. Time travel adventure
    Rulesets: Savage worlds or gurps?
    Rating: GURPS (5) - copes well with technology changes and keeps things balanced - ran 3 of these myself very good for it

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    Good responses. Thanks! Keep in coming

    Right now I am thinking to use GURPS and SW for most of my campaigns. SW for cinematic blockbuster style and GURPS for anything realistic. So I have rulesets for every genre/setting/player interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berndout View Post
    Good responses. Thanks! Keep in coming

    Right now I am thinking to use GURPS and SW for most of my campaigns. SW for cinematic blockbuster style and GURPS for anything realistic. So I have rulesets for every genre/setting/player interest.
    Both systems are great. I just found this Dark & Gritty adjustment for SW, maybe it will help:https://www.reddit.com/r/savageworld...ade_a_new_one/

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    dont forget about starfinder for many of those scenarios.
    and any dnd for #1

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