Generic Fantasy Worlds – a question

Posted by The Worldsmith on August 7, 2010

Just a quick post today but it’s on a topic that is of great relevance to me. As many regular readers would know my initial product line revolves around the creation and distribution of my game world and in doing so I’ve decided to not associate it with any particular game system.  I’ve done this for a couple of good reasons but primarily to give you guys the flexibility to use the work that I have done in any campaign.

So my topic today is on the terminology of the game world/system association. I’ve seen a lot of people using the term ‘generic’ when referring to a world or adventure and from what I understand this is pretty much industry wide. As a producer of a ‘generic’ game world I find that this term tends to have a negative connotation associated with it, where it is seen as low grade or poor in terms of quality and I’m not sure that this is a true reflection or accurate in terms of assessment.  I was wondering if anyone knew whether there were other industry recognised terms that do not hold a negative feel to them.

The one which I have been using is ‘Open System Game World’, obviously this can also be translated into an adventure eg ‘Open System Adventure’, as I believe that this accurately describes what a consumer is getting ie. an adventure of game setting that can be used in any game system, without holding any negative feel or aspects.

I’d be keen to know if there are any alternative terms or your thoughts on the term that I have been using.

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