RPG Settings (aka Location, Location, Location). Homebrew vs prepublished. Does one take more work than the other?


  1. Gamehole is coming! (https://www.gameholecon.com/)
  2. Call the BS line 929.BIG.DICE (929.244.3423)
  3. I learned how to pronounce Moe’s last name!  (it’s pronounced: 2 Sin O – in English.)  And here’s a link to this Windsor Gaming Resoruce page (http://w-g-r.blogspot.ca/)
  4. As penance for failing to pronounce Moe’s name right last time, he’s asked that we pimp the RPGgeek 24 Hour RPG contest voting. Voting ends on the 22nd and I’m hearing they need WAY more people to get involved and vote (only 12 last time I checked)!  The theme this year is Travel. My entry is called A Fantasy Trip and it’s a mash-up for Traditional Fantasy RPGs like D&D and the classic road trip game Eye Spy. http://rpggeek.com/thread/1245378/2014-rpg-geek-24-hour-contest-vote-now
  5. Robin Law’s mother passed away on 9/29 durring his Feng Shui 2 KS (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasgames/feng-shui-2-action-movie-roleplaying-game-by-robin).

Random Encounter

From Nick A. on G+ in response to Episode 05 – Systems:

Hey guys – just finished listening to episode 5. If you have an interest in science fiction in the dark future check out Fantasy Flight Games. Two books in particular – Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader – look really good. I haven’t played it – but the system is really simple. The biggest caveat; the system is focused on bringing 40k to life. If you don’t like that particular genre you won’t like the books at all.

Brett – If you want to mix politics and gaming in your posts be prepared for what will happen – arguments, fights, hate, etc. Sean helps explain best Google plus circle setup.

Topics of Discussion – RPG Settings

  • Homebrew vs Published
    • Why one over the other?
    • Home RPG Settings
      • Custom designed for you and your group and the stories you want to tell
      • Players usually have more input into what is canon
      • The group become masters of the setting together
    • Published RPG Settings
      • Less work (yes/no?)
      • Potentially lower “cost of entry”
      • Support by the publisher – adventures, races, classes, etc
  • RPG Settings that go along with the system
    • Pelgrene Press’ Gumshoe games
    • “Anything” by Robin Laws
    • CoC, Delta Green
    • Pendragon
    • Amber
    • Houses of the Blooded
    • Shadows of Esteren
  • Licensed IP
    • Star Wars
    • Firefly
    • Marvel/DC
    • Star Trek
    • Rune
    • Middle Earth
    • Mouseguard
    • Dresden Files (FATE)
  • Fantasy
    • TSR/WotC/Paizo
      • Dragonlance
      • Planescape
      • Birthright
      • Dark Sun
      • Greyhawk
      • Forgotten Realms
      • Ravenloft
      • Golarion
      • Eberron
    • Warhammer Fantasy
    • 13th Age
    • DCC
    • Dungeon World
  • Modern
    • Era 1920’s – current (Espionage, pulp)
    • Night’s Black Agents
    • Call of Cthulhu
    • Delta Green
    • World of Darkness
  • Super Heroes
    • Champions
    • Godlike
    • Icons
  • Scifi
    • See Licensed IP
    • Numinara
    • Star Frontiers
    • Mutant City Blues
    • Dying Earth
    • Warhammer 40K
    • Traveller
    • Cyberpunk
      • Cyberpunk 2020
      • Shadowrun
      • Corporation
      • Interface Zero (Savage Worlds)
  • Savage Worlds – all about settings since SW is a system
    • Deadlands
    • Rippers
    • Solomon Kane
    • Streets of Bedlam
    • Weird Wars
    • Deadlands – DL Noir
    • 50 Fathoms
    • more
  • GURPS Worlds – same reason as SW
    • GURPS licensed settings (e.g. Hellboy, Deadlands)
    • GURPS Sci-Fi
    • GURPS Fantasy
  • Brett’s favorite – published and homebrew
  • Sean’s favorite – published and homebrew

Die Roll


  1. Old School Red Box D&D with my kids
  2. Oldest son started TKD with me and my two youngest kids
  3. This next weekend and week – gaming, gaming and hunting!


  1. Fantasticon – Milwaukee’s comic con: http://www.fantasticonmilwaukee.com/FANTASTICON/Home.html
  2. Lockheed Martin’s skunk works make progress on nuclear fusion: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/lockheed-martin-fusion
  3. American Horror Story http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/american-horror-story/episodes
About the Author
The 'S' of Gaming and BS podcast. Besides producing and hosting the show, Sean enjoys long walks on the beach, running rpg's, and killing player...characters.