List of campaign settings

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This is a list of campaign settings published for role-playing games.

Many RPG campaign settings are based on fictional universes from books, comics, video games, or films. Campaigns have been created for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and James Bond, for example.

Fantasy campaigns

Campaign setting name Subgenre Setting location Game system(s) Publisher(s) Period(s) published Comments
Aerth High fantasy The planet Aerth Dangerous Journeys Game Designers' Workshop 1992-1994 Developed by Gary Gygax before and after he was forced out of TSR.
Agone Multisim 1999-2008
Al-Qadim Arabian fantasy The planet Abeir-Toril AD&D 2nd edition TSR 1992-1998
Arcana Unearthed Medieval high fantasy d20 System 2003
Arcanis: the World of Shattered Empires Medieval fantasy The continent of Onara on the world of Arcanis d20 System, Arcanis rules system Paradigm Concepts 2001-2011 Focuses on moral ambiguity and politics
Ars Magica Medieval heroic cult fantasy Mythic Europe Ars Magica rules Lion Rampant, White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast, Atlas Games 1987-2004
Birthright Medieval epic fantasy The continent of Cerilia on the planet Aebrynis AD&D 2nd edition TSR 1994-2005 Players each run their own country, and vie economically, politically, and militarily with or against each other and the rest of the countries on the map.
Blackmoor Medieval high fantasy (The planet Mystara) D&D Judges Guild, TSR, Zeitgeist Games 1977-2009 First role-playing game campaign setting developed (1971-) for the purpose, later placed on Greyhawk, then on Mystara, then again relaunched as a standalone world
Blue Rose Romantic fantasy The planet Aldea True20 Green Ronin Publishing 2005-present
Council of Wyrms Dragon fantasy AD&D 2nd edition 1994-1999 Players roleplay dragon characters
The Dark Eye Aventuria Fantasy Productions, Ulisses Spiele 1984-present Primarily in German
Dark Sun Sword and sorcery The planet Athas AD&D 2nd edition, D&D 4th edition TSR, WtoC 1991-2010
Discworld High fantasy GURPS Discworld Steve Jackson Games 1998-2002 Based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Dragonlance High dragon-centric fantasy The planet Krynn AD&D, D&D 3rd edition TSR, Sovereign Press, Inc 1984-, 2001-2007
Earthdawn province Barsaive 1993-present
Eberron D&D 3rd edition, D&D 4th edition WotC 2004-2009
Forcelia High fantasy The continent of Alecrast D&D (not TSR's official), Record of Lodoss War, Sword World RPG, Legend of Crystania and Rune Soldier Group SNE 1989 - present Primarily in Japanese.
Forgotten Realms Medieval high fantasy The continent of Faerûn on the planet Abeir-Toril AD&D, AD&D 2nd edition, D&D 3rd edition TSR, WotC 1987 - present Originally created as a paracosm by Ed Greenwood in 1967 to provide a setting for his childhood stories.
Freeport: The City of Adventure Swashbuckling Medieval fantasy Generic local setting d20 System, Pathfinder Green Ronin Publishing 2000-present As a generic setting, Freeport can be expanded by the gamemaster, or inserted into another campaign setting.
Garweeze Wurld Hack and slash satirical high fantasy The planet Aldrazar Hackmaster 4th edition Kenzer & Company 2001 Based on the main setting played by the characters of the Knights of the Dinner Table comic series. It is strongly characterized by Hackmaster's wuss slapping honor system, +12 swords, sidewinder fireballs, etc.
Glorantha Medieval high fantasy The planet Glorantha RuneQuest Chaosium 1978-present First introduced in White Bear and Red Moon board game in 1975.
Greyhawk (aka World of Greyhawk) Medieval high fantasy The planet Oerth AD&D TSR, WotC 1980-2008
Hackjammer Hack and slash aerial and space fantasy The sky, Wildspace, the Phlogiston Hackmaster 4th Edition Kenzer & Company 2005 Parody of Spelljammer, and add-on to Garweeze Wurld
Hârn Low magic medieval fantasy The planet Kethira HârnMaster Columbia Games 1986-2003
Hollow World Ancient fantasy (Roman, Greek) inside the planet Mystara D&D TSR 1990-1992
Hyborian Age Sword and sorcery Earth during the Hyborian Age Conan Role-Playing Game, GURPS Conan, Conan d20, Conan: The Roleplaying Game TSR, Steve Jackson Games, Mongoose Publishing 1985, 1988-1989, 2004-2007 Based on Robert E. Howard's Conan stories
Iron Kingdoms Technofantasy Immoren 2004-2013
Kalibruhn Sword and sorcery Generic, d20 system Creations Unlimited, Necromancer Games, Different Worlds 1987, 2001-2004 Developed by Robert J. Kuntz, in close association with Greyhawk, as early as 1973.
Kara-Tur Medieval Asian fantasy east end of Faerun continent on planet Abeir-Toril AD&D TSR 1985-1990 Located on the same continent and world as Forgotten Realms and Al-Qadim. Created for the 1st edition of Oriental Adventures but not used for the 3rd edition product of the same name
Kingdoms of Kalamar Medieval hack and slash fantasy The planet Tellene D&D 3rd edition, HackMaster 5th edition Kenzer & Company 1994-2008
Lankhmar – City of Adventure Sword and sorcery The city of Lankhmar, on the world of Nehwon| AD&D TSR, Inc. 1985-1992
Legend of the Five Rings Medieval Asian fantasy Empire of Rokugan D&D 3rd edition, L5R rules Alderac Entertainment Group 1997-2010 Rokugan was previously used for the D&D 3rd edition Oriental Adventures
Middle Earth Tolkienesque fantasy Middle-earth Role Playing (MERP) rules system, Lord of the Rings RPG (CODA System) Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE), Decipher, Inc. 1984-1999, 2002-2006
Mystara Sword and sorcery (early), medieval high fantasy (late) The planet Mystara D&D TSR 1981-1996 Originally referred to as the "Known World", Mystara first appeared in X1 Isle of Dread and Moldbay edition D&D Expert Set. Some earlier B modules are integrated into the Mystara world.
Norrath The planet Norrath EverQuest RPG 2002-2006
Numenera Science fantasy The Ninth World; a future Earth the Cypher System Monte Cook Games 2013-present Nanites and technology from eight previous advanced civilizations litter the otherwise medieval Ninth World, and some beings can tap into these forces as mages of other fantasy settings could with magic.
The Old World Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1986-2009
Palladium Fantasy 1983–2009
Pathfinder Chronicles Multi-cultural Medieval fantasy The planet Golarion Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Paizo Publishing 2008-present Strong development of European-, Arabian-, and African-like regions
Planescape Supernatural interdimensional fantasy The Great Wheel, aka the Multiverse AD&D 2nd edition TSR 1994-1998 Interconnects campaigns via pathways and portals but also by providing opportunities for characters from different worlds to meet in Heaven, Hell, and in the other planes on the Great Wheel.
Ravenloft Gothic horror fantasy Ravenloft, aka the Demiplane of Dread AD&D, d20, D&D 5th edition TSR, Sword and Sorcery Studios, WotC 1986-present
Scarred Lands post-apocalyptic fantasy The planet Scarn d20 System Sword & Sorcery Studios (part of White Wolf Publishing) 2000-present The rights were acquired in 2013 by Nocturnal Media and Onyx Path Publishing to revive the setting.
Shadow World High fantasy The planet Kulthea Rolemaster Iron Crown Enterprises 1987–present
Spelljammer Aerial and space fantasy The sky, Wildspace, the Phlogiston AD&D 2nd edition TSR 1989-1993 Solar systems contained within crystal spheres floating in the Phlogiston. Spelljammer interconnects other campaigns, by allowing characters to travel between crystal spheres.
Tékumel Science fantasy, medieval fantasy The planet Tékumel Empire of the Petal Throne TSR, Different Worlds Publications, Guardians of Order 1974-2005 The creation of this imaginary world originates in the 1940s. Original D&D in 1974 inspired its development as an RPG setting.
Thunder Rift Medieval fantasy Generic local setting D&D TSR 1992-1993 As a generic setting, Thunder Rift can be expanded by the gamemaster, or inserted into another campaign setting.
Titan Sword and sorcery The continents of Allansia, Khul and the "Old World" Fighting Fantasy RPG, Advanced Fighting Fantasy, d20 system Puffin Books, Arion Games 1984-2014 Originally a setting for Fighting Fantasy game books since 1982.
Warcraft Continent of Azeroth Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game (d20 System) 2003-2005
Westeros Epic fantasy A Game of Thrones RPG 2006-present Based on the setting of American author George R. R. Martin, as featured in his series of high fantasy novels titled A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Wheel of Time Epic fantasy Wheel of Time RPG, d20 System WotC 2001-2002 Based on an epic fantasy series by Robert Jordan.
Wilderlands of High Fantasy High fantasy Generic D&D, D&D 3rd edition Judges Guild, Necromancer Games 1976-1983, 2004-2005 Better known as City State of the Invincible Overlord, it is the first ever published city setting for RPG and the surrounding world developed around it.
World Tree RPG High fantasy the World Tree Padwolf Publishing 2001 Focuses on the culture and social structure of anthropomorph animals and monsters in a surreal setting where the world is a large living tree
Yrth Medieval Sword and Sorcery The Planet YRTH GURPS Fantasy, GURPS Banestorm Steve Jackson Games 1986-2005 Alternate Earth with multiple fantasy races. The Banestorm, caused by a critical spell failure by Elves, brought in people from other worlds, thus any fantasy element can be placed onto this world; GURPS Fantasy: Tredroy and GURPS Fantasy: Harkwood provide additional information. Also GURPS Basic 3rd Ed. has a starter adventure "Caravan to En Arris" which is on a separate continent which can be added anywhere.

Horror

Science fiction

Campaign setting name Subgenre Setting location Game system(s) Publisher(s) Period(s) published Comments
Alternity
Babylon 5 d20 System
BattleTech
Brigada Ligeira Estelar Space opera This Brazilian game has Mecha and Anime influences
Blue Planet
Bubblegum Crisis Cyberpunk
Centauri Knights
CthulhuTech Techno horror H.P. Lovecraft's horror with Mecha and Anime influences
Cyberpunk 2020
Cyberspace
Dark*Matter
Dawning Star d20 Future
Dragonstar
Doctor Who Whoniverse Doctor Who RPG, Time Lord, Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space FASA, Virgin Books, Cubicle 7 1985, 1991, 2009
Eclipse Phase
Engel
Ex Machina
Fading Suns
Fringeworthy
Gamma World Post-apocalyptic mutation sci-fi Post-apocalyptic US (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area) TSR, WotC 1978-2010 Incorporated and expanded earlier title Metamorphosis Alpha
Gear Krieg Alternate history Silhouette, SilCore, D20 Dream Pod 9
GURPS Infinite Worlds GURPS
GURPS Planet of Adventure GURPS
GURPS Terradyne GURPS
Heavy Gear Mecha Silhouette, SilCore, D20 Dream Pod 9
Jovian Chronicles Mecha Silhouette, SilCore, D20 Dream Pod 9
Serenity Based on the television series Firefly (TV series) and the film Serenity
Shadowrun
Space: 1889 Victorian Science-Fiction Games Designers Workshop
Spacemaster Iron Crown Enterprises
Star*Drive TSR Part of the Alternity RPG universe
Starfinder Paizo 2017-
Star Frontiers TSR
Star Hero Star Hero, expansion of Hero System
Star Trek universe Space opera Star Trek: The RPG, Star Trek RPG (CODA System) FASA, Decipher, Inc. 1982-1989, 2002
Star Wars universe Space opera Star Wars expanded universe SW:The RPG, SWRPG (WotC), SWRPG (Fantasy Flight) West End Games, Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight Games 1987–1999, 2000–2010, 2012-
Stargate SG-1 d20 System
Transhuman Space GURPS Transhuman Space
Traveller GDW 1977-
Tribe 8 Post-apocalyptic sci-fi Post-apocalyptic Canada Silhouette, SilCore, D20 Dream Pod 9

Superhero

Comedy/satire

See also

External links

  • DnD wiki campaign listings Links to many homebrew settings
  • RPG Gateway's campaign listings Links to many homebrew settings, with ratings and summaries
  • RPG Net's list of homebrew campaign settings A lengthy list of homebrew settings available online
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