List of campaign settings
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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.
|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.|
|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, D&D 3rd 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||High fantasy, post-apocalyptic||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|
|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/4th/5th 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|
|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|
|Melniboné||(Anti-)heroic fantasy||Stormbringer, Elric!, Elric of Melniboné RPG||Chaosium, Mongoose Publishing||1981-2007||Based on the Elric of Melniboné books by Michael Moorcock|
|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|
|Midgard||Medieval dark fantasy||D&D, Pathfinder, 13th Age, Fantasy AGE, Swords & Wizardry||Kobold Press||2006-present||Originally the setting for publisher Wolfgang Baur's own D&D campaign, the world which would later be named "Midgard" first appeared in a published product with the release of the 2006 adventure Steam & Brass.|
|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||A spin-off and a parallel universe to Warhammer Fantasy Battle miniature game|
|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.|
|Thieves' World||Sword and Sorcery||The city of Sanctuary, the Rankan Empire||Generic, Runequest 3rd edition, d20 system||Chaosium, FASA, Green Ronin||1981-1986, 2005-2007||Based on Thieves' World novels series.|
|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.|
- Alfeimur - Dark fantasy, d20 System, L&A Media
- Avernos - Medieval, The continent of Avernos, Rising Phoenix Games
- Ave Molech - High fantasy setting with steampunk influences
- Castlemourn (D&D)
- DragonMech (A D&D steampunk-fantasy setting with mecha)
- Diablo universe (set on the World of Sanctuary)
- Exodus (D&D set on the world of Exodus)
- Magnamund (the world the Lone Wolf d20 rpg takes place in)
- Midgard (Alshard)
- Midnight (D20)
- New Europa is the name of the European continent in Castle Falkenstein.
- Tagmar (GSA Games)
- Urban Arcana Earth (for d20 Modern)
- Uresia (BESM2 and d20)
- Dragon Fist
- Bushido (role-playing game)
- Sengoku uses a historical medieval Japan, though it has fantasy rules, according to Japanese old myths.
- 'Creation' is the name for the Exalted series of RPGs scenario.
- Weapons of the Gods
- The Buffyverse (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
- Cthulhu Mythos
- Delta Green (1990s/2000s)
- CthulhuTech by Wildfire - H.P. Lovecraft's horror with Mecha and Anime influences
- Kult a nightmare universe parallel to our own, heavily influenced by gnosticism
- Little Fears where you play children haunted by horrors, supernatural or quite natural.
- Ravenloft (D&D)
- Masque of the Red Death (1890s "Gothic Earth")
- Living Death
- Masque of the Red Death (1890s "Gothic Earth")
- SLA Industries
- The Weird West (Deadlands)
- The World of Darkness (White Wolf Publishing house setting)
- The 'new' World of Darkness (White Wolf Publishing new house setting)
- Unknown Armies
- Witch Hunter: The Invisible World
- Continuum is the name for the scenario that spans for three games: Adventure! (pulp-era), Aberrant (supers) and Trinity (science-fiction).
- DC Universe had been licensed to the cancelled DC Heroes and DC Universe RPGs; the new DC Adventures RPG was released in late 2010.
- Freedom City (M&M)
- Godlike is set in World War II, and inspired a modern-day game, Wild Talents.
- Marvel Universe had been licensed to the canceled Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel Adventure Game.
- META-4 (M&M)
- Omlevex (Third-Party M&M)
- Watchmen, by Alan Moore, was released to the DC Heroes system.
- Wild Cards (uses GURPS or M&M)
- Champions Universe uses [Champions (role-playing game)].
- Heroes Unlimited uses [Palladium's Rule System].
- Villains Unlimited uses [Palladium's Rule System].
- Aliens Unlimited uses [Palladium's Rule System].