Long ago, I think I brought this up and I wish to bring it up again (again that is if I actually did bring this up before - if not… this is the first time. lol)
We have a lot of very talented folks here… so many so that even though I run a modified hack system that more resembles 5e than any other system… so many of my idea’s have come from you guys. This is a fantastic place for resource.
That said… one of my biggest dreams for the past 20+ yrs spent online is to have a forum where everyone contributes to create an actual world. A high fantasy (some land masses don’t have to be high fantasy at all) world where we each name a land mass, perhaps dictate some history on that land mass. We don’t need to populate the land mass… this would leave it wide open for the hundreds upon hundreds of towns, hamlet’s, villages, cities, etc that each of us creates for this world. Just grab Town named XXX and insert into Land mass XXX and off you go with your adventure. Each of those towns, hamlets, etc would need to have some information on them. What kind of city is it? Is it run by a guild? A king? A Nobleman? A Dragon? Your creation, your story. Inside each town, village, etc… would naturally exists stores (you create the store) and magic shops (you create them) and armorers (again, you create them) and so on and so forth. You name the shop, create the npc who runs it, make a back story for that npc even if you like.
In essence… this would be a massive resource for people to grab and insert into their game at their table. Plug and play if you will. Too many GM’s get caught up in drawing a map then they put names of places on the maps and then they run into the problem when the players say they want to go to Rivendell and the GM has only made three of the locations on the map so far and Rivendell isn’t one of them. Panic stations!! But, as GM… you can tell the players via an npc that there is a town just over the ridge called spider mountain called XXXX and you pick one from the list one of you has created and the GM is ready to go with a town and has loads of npc’s and shops to insert into the town.
So… who would be down to start this kind of project? If so, below simply start your reply with something like TOWN OF MONTENGARDE and then make your creation in that post. The first few lines should be a brief and to the point summary of the town so a potential GM can quickly scan and see if thats what they need for their game. After your summary, you go to town (no pun intended) making it. Don’t bother inserting shops in your post. Make a new post for those. You could insert ADVENTURE IDEAS at the bottom with hooks to inspire the GM who might use your creation.