I’m currently drafting four pocket worlds, or miniature Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 settings—one for each season—which are connected across dimensional boundaries by bridges of light; and I’m creating these pocket worlds to explore a trilogy of plots, as I’ll outline below. First though, the societal ideas I’d like to attach to each of these pocket worlds:
Winter — monarchic income — humans;
Spring — universal basic income — gnomes;
Summer — universal surplus income — elves;
Autumn — true capitalism income — dwarves.
This 3.5 Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting is intended for December 2018, ending in December 2020, with early-stop points at November 2019 and June 2020, based on the below schedule of monthly adventures. (We only play once a month because I have to drive 5 hours across California to play Dungeons & Dragons.)
Schedule of First Plot
First adventure is designed for Lvl2 to Lvl13 (lower to mid level), lasting through 2019.
Setting & Character: December Lvl2, January Lvl3, February Lvl4;
Plot & Tension: March Lvl5, April Lvl6, May Lvl7;
Reveal & First Climax: June Lvl8, July Lvl9, August Lvl10;
Meaning & Second Climax: September Lvl11, October Lvl12, November Lvl13.
In this branch of the story, we’ll start in Frostburn, move to Stormwrack, then to Sandstorm, ending in Cityscape.
All of this will rely heavily on the Expanded Psionics Handbook, Complete Psionics, Complete Adventurer, and Complete Scoundrel.
Schedule of Second Plot
Second adventure is designed for Lvl 13 to Lvl 20 (higher level), lasting from 2019 through 2020.
Setting & Character: December Lvl 14;
Plot & Tension: January Lvl 15 & February Lvl 16;
Reveal & First Climax: March Lvl 17 & April Lvl 18;
Meaning & Second Climax: May Lvl 19 & June Lvl 20.
In this next branch of the story, we’ll move on to the Manual of the Planes, Planar Handbook, Fiend Folio, and Horrors of the Abyss.
All of this will rely heavily on the Magic Incarnum, Spell Compendium, Complete Mage, and Complete Warrior.
Schedule of Third Plot
Third adventure is designed for Lvl 21 to Lvl 25 (epic level), ending 2020.
Setting & Character: July Lvl 21;
Plot & Tension: January August 22 & September 23;
Reveal & First Climax: October 24 & November 25;
Meaning & Second Climax: December end.
In this last arm of the story, we’ll explore the Epic Level Handbook along with the Book of Vile Darkness, Elder Evils, and Libris Mortis.
This will also open up Complete Divine, Complete Arcane, Complete Champion, and Book of Exalted Deeds.