Today I’ll be continuing my ongoing delve through the Aethera Campaign Setting – something that y’all may have realized by now is much richer than previous settings I’ve done a review of, given that I’m still in what’s technically Chapter Three out of five. In a contrast to my grumbling about other settings, Aethera is one I’d still be fine with running something in of my own volition – the space is large enough and I have no other material piled on it to complicate trying to evoke the themes in it. So with that, let’s go explore Seraos, the World of Air, shall we?
So today I’ll be taking those three themes I picked out yesterday and be assembling the loose framework of a personal campaign setting out of them – this is largely to show how those same themes that intrigue me in officially published settings can give rise to something different in the hands of anyone with the necessary mental energy and time to invest.
Following up on yesterday’s entry about why playing in established settings is starting to bother me, today I’ll be picking at the various settings I’m familiar with, both to describe the themes I see in the setting and why I’d rather use those themes in a different and more personal creation.
So today I’m going to talk a little about the settings of D&D that I’m familiar with and why, despite my familiarity and the depth of material, I’ve discovered I’m not much interested in playing in the settings that other people write anymore.
Today continues the review of the Aethera Campaign Setting with a dip into Complex Four, the detailed city that goes with the Amrita Asteroid Belt segment of the book.
Name: Hast Lugur, Land of Shattered Stars
Magic: Medium-high; standard D&D/Pathfinder level
So that personal bloglet about how D&D (and Pathfinder, it turns out) is Objectively Bad and the Worst and Here Are Thirty Systems You Should Play Instead is apparently doing the rounds again. In it, the author preaches the gospel of how there is a Wrong and Bad way to have Fun. It’s insulting, condescending, and dismissive, turning a single person’s opinion into an objective truth. So let’s talk about the idea of WrongBadFun today, yeah?