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7/16/2013

The "Campaign Agnostic" Symbol

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Raven Crowking is working on a series of DCC campaign add-ons. He calls them campaign elements, which is as good as any term used to describe things that can be dropped into an existing campaign so as to appear that they have always been there. "Things" could mean ideas, locales, cults, societies, monsters, artifacts.

In other words, these elements would be campaign setting agnostic and thus easily painted into a "persistent" world.

Here's a short list of OSR products that fit the bill:

An enterprising DM could take advantage of all this mutually-inclusive material as he conceives the campaign environment. An aspect of the Jale God (Petty Gods) could be roaming Stonehell, which is located many days' travel north of the Barrowmaze -- a region watched over by the Vivimancer Auglave (Theorems & Thaumaturgy). Etc.

Maybe a label for such works is appropriate? How about...

"Campaign agnostic"

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15 comments:

  1. Inspired! I just recently bought the Teratic Tome, and it's a great book.

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  2. My friend and I tried to write Meckwicks Challenge in a very campaign neutral way (provided the campaign is a psuedo magical medieval Europe).

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    1. Sounds pretty agnostic to me, yeah.

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    2. Do you consider your symbol to be in the public domain?

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  3. Awesome. I'll take pics after I get the tattoo... :)

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  4. I love the idea.
    Would you consider my Witch book to be agnostic enough? It is focused more on the B/X end of the spectrum for rules, but I like to think that the class could be dropped into any game.

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    1. The Witch is certainly Campaign Agnostic by virtue of the fact that it can be used with any setting.

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    2. cool! I should add that symbol when I do the errata that has been sitting on my desk.

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  5. Well, On the Non-Player Character is out and is game system agnostic!

    That said, I'll be using this logo on all future productions.

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  6. Interesting idea!

    The thing I'm wondering though, is how many RPG supplements *are* campaign-specific? Obviously you have the "official" campaign worlds from TSR, WotC, etc, which all have their line of official supplements and so on, but apart from those are there any more (counter-)examples you have in mind?

    I kind of feel like most supplements are deliberately designed to be drop-in / campaign agnostic. (This is perhaps especially true of OSR type stuff, where there is no de facto official campaign setting.)

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    1. MANY RPG products could fall under the CA label, def. But there is at least one other distinct category: setting specific guides like Carcosa or LotFP's latest adventure/setting in "Better Than Any Man". Most Judges Guild products are ostensibly setting-specific.

      Now pretty much any product can be jury-rigged by the Ref to fit into his campaign -- so in a sense all products are potentially CA.

      But only products *specifically engineered* to fit into any campaign setting should bear the CA designation.

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