[Runequest] Sandbox vs Campaign (was Re: Random thoughts)

Robert Hoffman iquinn at surewest.net
Wed Feb 6 11:07:20 EST 2013

Exactly, the best of both worlds is to create a convincing and compelling
world in which players could either take a single adventure or a series of
adventures.  The Hobbit vs Lord of the Rings, for example.  =)

The closet I come to "sand box" games though is to create a number of
optional side missions which may have little impact on the overall narrative
but are excellent diversions for a single session.  

I can understand the idea of getting tired of a character, and have had
players retire a character for one reason or another, but again it comes
back to the setting keeping the players interested and presenting sufficient
opportunity for character growth and interaction within that setting.  

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Subject: [Runequest] Sandbox vs Campaign (was Re: Random thoughts)

> Interesting that a number of people keep referencing "sand box" games 
> versus campaign games. I've always run games which were a hybrid of both.
> Players could go along with the campaign happening in the world if 
> they wanted to or just ignore the "big picture" events as best they were

I think it's best to see them as two extremes of a continuum; at one point
there is no meta-narrative at all, and on the other end of the extreme the
external plot dominates.

It is not to say that in the first instance external events do not occur -
they could be, for example, randomly determined. Nor does it suggest in the
second instance that characters input have no significance - it's just that
their capacity to derail the story in motion is difficult at best.

Personally, I was always quite fond of those scenarios which provided many
tantalizing hints of a meta-narrative, but left the actual wheels of motion
up the the GM to bring it together. The Rolemaster setting Cloudlords of
Tanara comes particularly to mind. From the RuneQuest world, there was quite
a lot that one could do with Borderlands, Shadows on the B, Sun County, etc
in a similar way.

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