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A while back I mentioned my Zombies in Fantasy land campaign initiative. Since then, I’ve been letting the ideas percolate in the back of my mind while I take care of real life.
That percolating has done a lot of good. I’ve come to a few decisions about this and am now starting to amp up the creative output. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the below points. Or on anything to do with zombies and fantasy RPGs.
I’ve decided that this will be a full fledged campaign, set in my own world but based on the rules set of an existing RPG. Most likely that will be D&D 4e or possibly 3.5. This will make this world accessible to anyone who’s already familiar with the D&D franchise. Or possibly the d20 standard. I’m vacillating between those three choices.
Having said that, I’m going to house rule this thing to death. In essence, I plan on tweaking the rules to match the requirements of my world. Not to the point of breaking a well balanced system though. There will be a lot of balancing to be done.
To do this as a campaign, I’m going to indulge in a good deal of world building. I want the initial instance of this campaign to have enough background behind it to stand up very well. The mythos, history and current political state need to be fleshed out enough so that the characters won’t be just existing in D&D with strange zombies but will be a part of a world firmly in the grasp of a zombie apocalypse.
I’ve also decided that the crux of this campaign will be the discovery of an elixer which, if administered shortly after a bite has been inflicted, can stop the process of zombification. The PCs will be charged with protecting the methodology behind creating this elixer and in some cases distributing it. It also means that they’ll have some of the stuff on them, so one bite to a human character doesn’t signify an instant character re-roll.
It’s going to be a world where the Cleric class is at the absolute top, schooled magic users are at the bottom and where the undead outnumber the living. All races, all cultures have been strongly effected by this. My PCs will be struggling through the skeletal remains of once proud cultures trying to restore a bit of hope and counter the undead threat.
I plan on posting most of the details here on TC. Eventually I may put the whole thing together as a PDF for anyone else to download should they want it.
Lastly, I’ve but one player in my group so far. So . . . if you’re in the Boston area and will be up for a game in a few months, drop me a line.
EDIT: I’m also toying with the idea of making this a “Low Magic” setting. Magic exists but isn’t common. Magic users are also fairly uncommon (including full clerics with the ability to cast spells). Even simple magical items are expensive and not easy to come by.
[tags]zombies, rpg, fantasy[/tags]