3.14.2012

Dungeon Mastering - Micro Kingdoms

I have recently been thinking a lot about creating a new campaign world and have been inspired by quite a few different sources. One of the ideas I am kicking around is that of micro-kingdoms.

My idea is that there would be many small kingdoms each basically ruled by a stronghold, keep, wizard's tower, temple or the like. While the players go about their adventures there would be many small turf wars, rivalries or outright battles between these factions, their allies and their enemies. Think Game of Thrones but on a much smaller scale.

A large faction would have around 100 to 150 men at arms or troops to call on. A small one might have as few as 25 or 30. I feel that this will allow me to build a campaign world where the political lay of the land is always in flux, with smaller factions grouping together for strength and larger ones always attempting to grow and expand.

One inspiration is a forest with too many trees. All are trying to thrive and get sunlight but sometimes there just isn't enough room. Some wither and die others thrive. This is where player characters come into play in the early game. They become the foresters so to speak, either trimming down and paring large trees or destroying small ones, either way they change the landscape of the forest.

By having smaller kingdoms characters are able to put their stamp on the world as a whole in a large way. Even a large kingdom that loses 30 of 150 men at arms will be highly impacted. They now are forced to rebuild and regroup while others may fill that power void. The landscape will change and the players are the fulcrum throughout their entire careers.

Another advantage comes in the late game when characters may be building strongholds and trying to forge territories of their own. Do they gain these through force, subterfuge or by way of reward for loyalty and service? These are all viable options in this sort of setting. This also gives all alignment types and play styles a viable way to gain power. Whether they decide to be an assassin or a paladin there are large gains to be had. Would they prefer to rule behind the scenes through a figurehead or sit on a throne themselves? Anything seems possible in this sort of setting.

To me this seems like the ultimate in sandbox play. Many times kingdoms and worlds are static and merely a story that the DM has already written. My goal is to design a place that makes players feel like their actions matter in huge ways. I want them to be those few touched by fate. Destinies, lives and kingdoms rise or fall, live or perish, and are dependent for the most part on their actions or perhaps even their inaction. Well, I think I have a lot of work to do...

 

 

52 comments:

  1. This is also the direction that I have been heading. I was conceiving of my strongholds as small city-states often ruled or assisted by petty gods, like the ancient near east.

    Have you read book 3 of OD&D, The Underworld & Wilderness Adventures? That is more or less the setting assumption there as well. It suggests using the Outdoor Survival map for the wilderness and treating things like ponds as strongholds. It also has cool tables for generating the stronghold ruler and their soldiers.

    I think it also fits source literature like The Dying Earth very well. There were no sprawling kingdoms or empires there.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I haven't read book three in years. I have to drag it out and have a look at those tables. I was actually wondering about that very thing. I like to use tables to help me along with the creative process.

      Delete
  2. Strongly recommend you have a 'reason' (good or otherwise) why some of these petty kingdoms haven't teamed-up and gotten big yet. Your PCs will eventually wonder and ask!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Perhaps geography is good enough? Consider the ancient Greek city states, and even Italy up until the nineteenth century. You could also have jealous gods who knock down any mortal ruler that gets too uppity.

      Delete
    2. Timescales. Apart from the presumption of many fantasy settings that political, social, and economic thought is as slow to change as the technology level, at any point in our history we could ask why political entities X, Y and Z haven't yet joined together into something bigger. Our history also shows us that empires and unions are perfectly capable of dividing into a number of smaller independent entities. Why haven't these petty kingdoms joined together? An easy answer is - they haven't yet. Perhaps YOU (the PC) will be the 'Garibaldi'.

      Delete
  3. I like this idea a lot. It reminds me of the South Kingdom in The Face in the Frost:

    "If you looked at a map of the South made in Prospero's time, you would think it was a badly done and rather fussy abstract painting, or the palette of a demented artist. You would see blotches within splotches within wavy circles; you would see shapes like ladyfingers, like stars, like dumbbells, and like creeping dry rot. All this was the fault of Godwin I (Longbeard), the first King of All the South, and the last to hold any real power. He divided up the kingdom among his sons, and they did likewise, and so on. Primogeniture was never established, so eventually the south became an indescribable conglomeration of duchies, earldoms, free cities, minor kingdoms, independent bishoprics, and counties. These little worlds were often the size of small farms..."

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'll write many more words for it, but I've got a great start on the first draft.

    dallas seo consultant

    ReplyDelete
  5. Artikel Yang Bagus Gan Mohon izin Comment nya ^_^

    BOLA PELANGI - BANDAR MIX PARLAY TERBESAR DI INDONESIA HANYA DENGAN 1 USER ID SUDAH BISA BERMAIN SEMUA GAME.
    Join US ! klik link di bawah ini ?
    ? Prediksi Bola dan Togel.
    ? Bola Online
    ? Mix Parlay
    ? Bola Jalan
    ? Bandar Bola

    ReplyDelete
  6. BOLA PELANGI - BANDAR MIX PARLAY TERBESAR DI INDONESIA HANYA DENGAN 1 USER ID SUDAH

    BISA BERMAIN SEMUA GAME.
    Join US ! klik link di bawah ini ?
    Prediksi Bola dan Togel
    Bola Online
    Mix Parlay
    Bola Jalan
    Bandar Bola

    ReplyDelete
  7. AWESOME !
    THATS GOOD TOPIC EVER !
    BOLAPELANGI - BANDAR MIX PARLAY TERBESAR

    DI INDONESIA HANYA DENGAN 1 USER ID SUDAH

    BISA BERMAIN SEMUA GAME.
    Pred

    iksi Bola dan Togel.

    Mix

    Parlay

    Bola

    Jalan

    Bandar

    Bola

    Daftar

    ReplyDelete
  8. Good work.I really appreciate it.

    Infinity Limo Car is providing Limo Service DC , Dulles Limo Service.

    Book Car Service Washington DC & Car Service DC at affordable prices in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.

    Wedding limousine Service!
    Make your Day Special with Wedding Limo, Wedding Limo Service & Wedding Limo Hire for prom nights.

    Airport Services:
    Airport Transportation near me
    Car Service DC
    Car Service Washington DC

    Services Demanded by celebrities & famous personalities:
    Hummer limo
    Hummer Limo Rental .
    Limo Rental Prices.

    Shuttle & Bus Services:
    Suburban SUV Rental
    Shuttle Service
    Limo Bus Rental

    Get Free Quote
    Reserve Limo Online Now for Luxury Tour!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Informative ideas. Keep it up!

    Vertri Limo provides one of the best Limo Service DC, Limousine Service in the Washington DC,

    Are You Looking forLimousine Service near me:

    . Cheap Limo Service
    . Prom Limo Service
    . Car Service Washington DC.

    Airport Transportation all over the Washington DC:
    Dulles Airport Transportation is the best Airport Limo Service of Vertri Limo.

    Airport Transfers service across all over the Washington DC.

    Car Service to DC
    DCA Car Service
    Limo Service DC
    Airport Transfers

    Book an Online trip to the Washington DC Airport!

    Airport Transportation Dulles
    Shuttle Service or Dulles Airport Transportation.

    Get Free Quote
    Reserve Limo Online for Luxury Tour!

    ReplyDelete

  10. Well Done! Highly recommended.

    WashingtonDC Limo Car is facilitaing with Luxury Car Service, Limo Service DC in Maryland, Virginia & Washington DC at cheap Limo Rental Prices.

    Prom Nights Service:

    Prom Limo Service ensures best Prom Limo Hire servive.
    Enjoy Cheap Limo Service.

    We are providing Airport Transfers to Washington DC, Maryland & Virginia.

    .BWI Airport Limousine And Car Service
    .BWI Car Service .BWI Limo Service.
    . Car Service to Dulles
    . IAD Car Service . Dulles Airport Limousine Service.
    . Dulles Airport Transportation
    . Car Service to Dulles.

    Hire our Chauffeur Service
    for your luxury travel with professional Chauffeur.
    Chauffeur Car Service
    Chauffeur Service near me!

    Get Free Quote
    Reserve Limo Online Now for Luxury Tour!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Its a nice Blog very good discussion
    The #1 Trusted Home Inspection Company in Dallas & Fort Worth
    home and termite inspection dallas fort worth
    home and termite inspection north richland hills

    ReplyDelete
  12. As much as home inspections are important,commercial property inspection also holds a vast importance as offices are considered to be the second place where people spend most of the time in a day. It is very important to get the place inspected thoroughly as EPA reported around 21000 deaths annually due to radon exposure which causes lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon inspection cost is nothing as compared to the price you will have to pay when prolonged radon exposure will result in causing major health issues. Radon is a colorless odorless gas present in the air all around us in trace amounts but it becomes a hazard when it gets entrapped inside the house and the residents of the house are exposed to it. The safe levels of radon as suggested by EPA is 4pCi/l and the amount more than it is alarming and you need to install a radon mitigation system at your commercial property as soon as possible.

    ReplyDelete
  13. It is a common known fact now that radon is a very harmful gas which can get trapped inside our house and then our lungs if inhaled for a longer period of time and it has known to cause lung cancer in non-smokers. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Due to this reason and as stated by EPA, radon exposure leading to lung cancer takes around 21000 lives annually which is a very alarming figure and this is the reason that without radon testing, home inspection is incomplete. When a person is looking for a successful home inspection which will make it easy for him to understand what is wrong with his house and what measures should be taken in order to get rid of the problems found, he looks around for a best home inspector to do it for him, he searches words like inspectors near me in order to find a best options ar at least some good options to choose from, but we have made it easy for you. At Top to Bottom Services, we ensure that you get the best home inspector who will help you throughout the process and will familiarize you with what is happening and deliver maximum satisfaction. You should put 5% of your trust in us and we will gain the 95% back.

    ReplyDelete
  14. When it comes to our homes and their safety, we always want the best. This condition can be applied anywhere and you will not be surprised to see that this is actually the truth. So if we put the inspection of our house in this list, it is obvious that we want quality home inspections which will ensure that we are free from all the problems by the end of the whole procedure, no matter how many sessions it takes. Usually it's just one inspection but when there is an issue detected which needs more than one day or requires follow up tests, it can take some time hence we should be confident about the person or company we have chosen to proceed further with the whole process. If a person is looking for a home inspection company that will help him get rid of all the problems related to his house, he definitely wants the best. If he searches words like residential home inspectors near me and is unable to decide from a number of options, we are here to make it easy for you. At Top to Bottom Services, there are a number of warranties and guarantees that will assure you that we are in safe hands and your investment on your dear house and the trust you have put in us will not go wasted.

    ReplyDelete
  15. There are many problems encountered by residents while living in a house which depicts that the house needs immediate care. Suppose the residents of your house are developing allergic reactions which makes our safe space at home a little hard to live. Home is a place where a person comes after a tiring day but what if he is not getting peace at his own place, what should he do then? A professional home inspection is always needed in order to make sure that the house where we are living is safe from all the toxins that may affect our health and all other factors that could cause damage to our property which was built with love and a huge amount of our savings. If you suspect something is present in your house causing your family to develop allergic reactions like stuffiness of nose or sneezing, coughing etc, call top to bottom services today and we will make sure to provide you a thorough home mold inspection in order to be sure if this is the problem that has been affecting you or there is something more grave present inside your house that needs immediate attention.

    ReplyDelete
  16. When a person feels that they have a certain type of problem present inside their house and they want to get it fixed, they are always anticipating best services in order to know that their house is perfectly safe and secure for them. People often Google words like home inspection services near me to know if they have a reliable source working near them which can provide them the best services available in the market. They also tend to rely on positive word of mouth from their close ones or relatives to check if they have taken these services before and how their experience was. It is always advisable for you in any case that you should opt for certified home inspections so that you should know that the person coming inside your house is qualified, certified and reliable and you can trust them. We, at Top to Bottom Services, are proud to say that we have all of this and more in the box for you so book an inspection today and leave the rest to us.

    ReplyDelete
  17. What do people think about a business having the need to outsource a call center to get help as a Calling Solution Home Inspection is also one of those industries in which assistance from outer sources is present as performing the actual home inspection is different and being available all day for query calls is different. But this does not mean that these calls are not important, they are equally important as a sale because out of all these calls, a study showed that there is a 33.33% chance that one call is a potential sale which means that if you are getting 5 calls, 1 out of them can be a potential one but if you miss the call due to your commitment to work which is not a bad thing, you will eventually lose more work which means loss. Therefore, in an industry like Home Inspection Call Center is a word that sounds like a blessing due to the mere fact that home inspection companies need professionals to answer their query calls and satisfy their customers about the services they are going to get beforehand so that they are 100% sure about their decision and once the sale is locked, the cause is served. But this cannot be done without the help of a third party who treats your business like their own, gets to know it, knows how to satisfy your customers by highlighting your positive points and book and schedule appointments without any clash and extreme professionalism. To your luck, Inspector Call Center is exactly doing this in order to provide you the extreme comfort of just doing your job, giving the maximum output out there without having to worry about the fact that someone out there is calling you for help and you are not available because gone are such days, now you can perform your job with 100% effort and respond to all the calls and queries at the same time, all thanks to ICC.


    ReplyDelete
  18. As much as home inspections are important, commercial property inspection in maryland also holds a vast importance as offices are considered to be the second place where people spend most of the time in a day. It is very important to get the place inspected thoroughly as EPA reported around 21000 deaths annually due to radon exposure which causes lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon inspection cost in maryland is nothing as compared to the price you will have to pay when prolonged radon exposure will result in causing major health issues. Radon is a colorless odorless gas present in the air all around us in trace amounts but it becomes a hazard when it gets entrapped inside the house and the residents of the house are exposed to it. The safe levels of radon as suggested by EPA is 4pCi/l and the amount more than it is alarming and you need to install a radon mitigation system at your commercial property as soon as possible.

    ReplyDelete
  19. It is a common known fact now that radon is a very harmful gas which can get trapped inside our house and then our lungs if inhaled for a longer period of time and it has known to cause lung cancer in non-smokers. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Due to this reason and as stated by EPA, radon exposure leading to lung cancer takes around 21000 lives annually which is a very alarming figure and this is the reason that without radon testing inspection in Gaithersburg md is incomplete. When a person is looking for a successful home inspection which will make it easy for him to understand what is wrong with his house and what measures should be taken in order to get rid of the problems found, he looks around for a best home inspector to do it for him, he searches words like home inspectors gaithersburg md in order to find a best options ar at least some good options to choose from, but we have made it easy for you. At Top to Bottom Services, we ensure that you get the best home inspector who will help you throughout the process and will familiarize you with what is happening and deliver maximum satisfaction. You should put 5% of your trust in us and we will gain the 95% back.

    ReplyDelete
  20. When it comes to our homes and their safety, we always want the best. This condition can be applied anywhere and you will not be surprised to see that this is actually the truth. So if we put the inspection of our house in this list, it is obvious that we want quality home inspection in maryland which will ensure that we are free from all the problems by the end of the whole procedure, no matter how many sessions it takes. Usually it's just one inspection but when there is an issue detected which needs more than one day or requires follow up tests, it can take some time hence we should be confident about the person or company we have chosen to proceed further with the whole process. If a person is looking for a home inspection company that will help him get rid of all the problems related to his house, he definitely wants the best. If he searches words like residential home inspector in gaithersburg md and is unable to decide from a number of options, we are here to make it easy for you. At Top to Bottom Services, there are a number of warranties and guarantees that will assure you that we are in safe hands and your investment on your dear house and the trust you have put in us will not go wasted.

    ReplyDelete
  21. There are many problems encountered by residents while living in a house which depicts that the house needs immediate care. Suppose the residents of your house are developing allergic reactions which makes our safe space at home a little hard to live. Home is a place where a person comes after a tiring day but what if he is not getting peace at his own place, what should he do then? A professional home inspection in gaithersburg md is always needed in order to make sure that the house where we are living is safe from all the toxins that may affect our health and all other factors that could cause damage to our property which was built with love and a huge amount of our savings. If you suspect something is present in your house causing your family to develop allergic reactions like stuffiness of nose or sneezing, coughing etc, call top to bottom services today and we will make sure to provide you a thorough home mold inspection in gaithersburg md in order to be sure if this is the problem that has been affecting you or there is something more grave present inside your house that needs immediate attention.

    ReplyDelete
  22. When a person feels that they have a certain type of problem present inside their house and they want to get it fixed, they are always anticipating best services in order to know that their house is perfectly safe and secure for them. People often Google words like home inspection services in maryland to know if they have a reliable source working near them which can provide them the best services available in the market. They also tend to rely on positive word of mouth from their close ones or relatives to check if they have taken these services before and how their experience was. It is always advisable for you in any case that you should opt for certified home inspection gaithersburg md so that you should know that the person coming inside your house is qualified, certified and reliable and you can trust them. We, at Top to Bottom Services, are proud to say that we have all of this and more in the box for you so book an inspection today and leave the rest to us.

    ReplyDelete
  23. A really nice blog where we can found useful information.Thanks you.
    The best digital marketing company in the world for web development.
    decoders digital marketing company
    best digital marketing company

    ReplyDelete
  24. Commercial property inspection is a term which is used when the help of a real estate inspector is needed on a bigger level. It is not just about a house anymore. In order to get done with this process, experience and skill is needed because we are never sure what will be in the box for us because in a place like Atlanta, commercial properties can be of any size and it is not possible for a regular home inspector to bluff on this level that he can satisfy the clients completely. Commercial property inspectors are experts who know exactly what they are dealing with. They are aware that anything can be present on the commercial property and it can be of any size so they need to be prepared prior to the inspection day and they should know how they are going to satisfy the client who is looking for their help regarding their commercial property.

    ReplyDelete
  25. While there are a ton of residential inspectors present around us always luring us to get a home inspection done from them and many home inspection companies are offering numerous perks if we get a home inspection done from them, when it comes to a commercial inspection, the list narrows down to a limited number and the reason behind this is that commercial property inspection is something on a bigger level and it requires a lot of expertise in order to get it right. When we search with words like commercial property inspection near me while residing in Atlanta, we may get a handsome amount of commercial inspectors on the search results but we should know what to look for before taking any decision. Champia Real Estate Inspections is a company offering expert services for people who are looking for a skilled and experienced commercial real estate inspector to help them in their time of need. They have been working since 1987 and have a number of positive reviews which is a guarantee itself that you will not be disappointed when to get their services.



    ReplyDelete
  26. Atlanta home inspection is a booming industry because of the many cases found inside the homes which were proven to affect the health of the residents and the structure of the house. House inspection companies help out the residents in finding out what is wrong with the place they are residing or even if they are buying that property. Champia Real Estate inspections have the best home inspectors Atlanta has to offer because of their vast experience and their expertise in this field. Champia Real Estate Inspections has been working in Atlanta since 1987 and have a great number of positive reviews in their pocket to back their services. Their home inspectors are friendly and adaptable hence they make it easy for the customer to address their issues to them in order to understand the situation completely and take the necessary steps needed. To make it more comforting, they back their services with a number of warranties so that customers can rely on them completely.

    ReplyDelete
  27. There are two very important things that come to our mind when we think about a home inspection:
     Is it safe to let a stranger inside our house?
     Is spending money on this worth it?
    We have the answers for you. While residing in Atlanta, and along with many options to choose from, Champia Real Estate is the best choice for you. While spending on getting a home inspection from them, it is affirmative that in whole Atlanta home inspection prices are very affordable as compared to the quality of services they are providing. They make sure that the money you are spending is worth the hustle. They involve you in the process to give you proper insights and maintenance tips. home inspectors in atlanta sent by Champia are certified professionals and they come with insurance plus different sorts of residential warranties so you can totally rely on them when it comes to these two terms which can make you worry about the process.

    ReplyDelete
  28. When it comes to Home Inspections Atlanta Georgia has the best inspection company named as Champia Real Estate Inspections because they were founded in 1987 and since then they have been serving with excellence. They have over 50000 completed inspections in their portfolio and have diverse expertise. This real estate inspection company deals with residential as well as commercial home inspections and have a delivery time of reports in 24 hours for residential inspections and around four days for commercial inspections. Their quick and efficient service plus their customer satisfaction rate is what makes their best best home inspectors in Atlanta and other states of Atlanta has to offer. Among many others, the three key qualities that make them prominent are their experience, certifications and their affordability. They come with additional warranties for residential inspections only so that the homeowner is comfortable with the services and the person that they are letting inside their house.

    ReplyDelete
  29. When it comes to home inspection Atlanta ga has the best home inspection company who will deal with all your problems relating to the health of your house. One of the very common problems that are present in almost every house either known or unknown is the presence of mold inside the house. Mold is present around us everywhere so it is nearly impossible to eradicate them completely unless it is some heavy mechanical equipment. They are present in the air in the form of spores and spread on moist environments. It is a good new and bad one too because if you have moist surfaces at your home, there is a good chance that mold is present around you too and it can cause many harms to your health. It is also a reason to worsen present medical conditions like allergies and respiratory diseases. Champia offers the best Mold testing atlanta has. They have necessary expertise and equipment to deal with this problem and help you get rid of it.

    ReplyDelete
  30. In Atlanta, Real Estate Inspections are an important part to be included in your property maintenance routine because as much as getting your painted or getting apparent repairs done is important, a home inspection is important in order to know if your house is safe for you and your family to live or not. There are many factors that are hazardous for your family such as high levels of radon inside your home, mold problems, water leaks, termites, air pollution and other factors that pose a threat to your health. A known name for Home Inspection Atlanta has is Champia Real Estate Inspection which deals in home inspection as well as commercial inspections. They were founded in 1987 and have a record of over 50,000 completed inspections and a completion time of 24 hours which is pretty quick. Not to forget their multiple warranties on home inspection which makes it even more reliable.

    ReplyDelete
  31. In Atlanta real estate inspection is considered an important factor before proceeding with that property, whether its a workplace or your home. The fact that wherever you are going to spend the maximum of your time should be healthy for you. While we take care of the cleanliness of the space we are working in, taking care of the air quality around us is important as well. One of the most dangerous toxin that is present in the air around us is radon. Radon gas is present in the air around us but when it gets trapped around us inside our property where we breath, it can get stuck inside our system and its prolonged inhalation is the leading cause of lung cancer in non smokers. Champia real estate inspections offer bestRadon testing Atlanta as they have the necessary equipment and experienced professional with relevant expertise and a huge number of positive reviews so one can completely rely on them regarding your safety and satisfying results.

    ReplyDelete