To Sail the Savage Seas of Zankhara?
When we started the new Tiny Dungeon 2e Sunday game about a month ago, the players choose to play in my Empire of Arn setting. I warned them in advance that Arn was a strange and even weird setting. I told them we’d try it for 4 to 6 weeks and if they discovered it wasn’t for them, I’d be happy to restart the campaign in a different and more normal setting. They said that was good, but they were sure Arn would be fine. After our fourth session last Sunday, they decided that Arn was, as I was afraid, indeed too weird to be as much fun as they’d like.
So we are looking for a new setting — and specifically a swords and sorcery setting. My first thought was Judges Guild’s old Wilderlands setting as it is easy to run a swords and sorcery campaign there. However, I’ve been running campaign after campaign in the Wilderlands since 2008. I apparently did not sound super-enthused about running another campaign there. The Savage Seas of Zankhara — a micro-setting from the Tiny Dungeon 2e book (see pages 134 – 138) — was suggested as it is a very “blank” setting we could do just about anything with. Most the micro-settings in Tiny D6 games are somewhat flexible, but the Zankhara setting is lighter than usual on information and structure.
You get a loose description of seven different human cultures allow with vague information on where they are located. You get some mentions of deities, a bit on the rare non-human heritages like serpent people, and ideas about locations that are little more than rumors you can use or ignore. There aren’t any new traits or PC heritages. The Savage Seas of Zankhara setting is so open you can easily drop almost anything S&S friendly into it — including adventure modules from other games. There are thousands of islands to put isolated strange stuff on, after all.
After some discussion post-game, we have tentatively decided to start a new campaign in this setting in July. We’ll finish up the current adventure this Sunday and then make a final decision. We’ve been planning to skip the June 26th and July 3rd Sundays due to a scheduling conflict and Independence Day weekend, so I have plenty of time to flesh things out a bit. Players will have the choice of creating a new character or playing the Zankhara universe’s version of their current character.
Assuming we do decide to go with the Savage Seas of Zankhara setting, I’ll probably be posted some material here to starting fleshing things out a bit.