Hidden Valley Setting, Part I

This is the first in a series of posts about one of my two major original campaign settings, the Hidden Valley. The Hidden Valley was a huge valley high in an even larger mountain range. The valley floor was over a mile high and only one pass led into the valley. The valley itself was pretty much cut off from the rest of its world. While the chance of such a thing actually existing is probably fairly low, it made a great campaign setting. I used the basic information I’ll be given in posts here in several major campaign and a large number of one-off adventures.

Here’s a copy of the 1984 version of the Hidden Valley map — the version with color. The map shows major features and larger towns and cities. There are lots of villages and small towns in populated areas that aren’t shown on this 1 inch equals 100 miles map. I just created them as needed.

Here’s the map. Click on it for a much larger version.

In future installments in the Hidden Valley series, I’ll post the map key and some info on the deities of the valley — basically all the information I used for general campaign background. Those used to long and detailed campaign settings will be surprised at how little information I bothered to create on the setting in advance. When I finish, I will probably release a free “Hidden Valley” pdf file with all the information.

One thing you probably need to know upfront, I borrowed the “Tarantis” name from the Judges Guild city, but the “Tarantis” on this map has little else in common with the Judges Guild Tarantis.

Randall Stukey

Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund.

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Randall is the author and publisher of a number of old school games (Microlite74, Microlite81, BX Advanced, etc) through RetroRoleplaying.com. Randall's main job, however, is being caregiver for his MS-afflicted cancer survivor wife. You can support Randall with a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. Gates & Glamours RSS Feed

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