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The Campaign Proposal

by Paul Mitchener
Dec 22,2005

 

Methods of Campaign and Adventure Design 13

By Paul Mitchener

The Campaign Proposal

Apologies that the topic of this column is not what I promised. I will go back to analyse the probabilities people suggested soon, and then perhaps write something about parties of player characters, as also mentioned in the feedback.

However, in this column I want to go back to a much earlier subject- the idea of campaign design. There is not much point in going into intense work designing an unusual campaign if it does not attract the interest of regular players. One way around this problem is to think of several campaign proposals, probably just a few paragraphs each. A proposal that attracts player interest can then be developed further.

Pre-written campaign settings, or games with pre-existing settings can also be written as campaign proposals. In this case, most of the work in the following list has already been done. However, thinking about the proposal can help when specifically thinking about how a campaign world is personalised away from the `standard setting'. Further, some settings are open to a wide variety of possible actual campaigns and some restriction and further structure needs to be provided before play begins.

Chaos and Order

The Return of Ares

The Stars are not for Man

More Ideas

For some reason, I have difficulties running campaigns based too closely on works of fiction that are also familiar to me players. This problem also applies to campaigns based loosely in the real modern world. For that reason, I have quite a few ideas where I am reluctant to do the work to turn them into full proposals. In any case, here are some seeds for proposals, which I probably will not use. Specific games are given in brackets where appropriate.

Wrapping Up

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