Box sets from Advanced Dungeons and Dragons was way before my time, and it was only through research on the web did I find out about these treasure boxes filled with books, maps, characters, and other tools that would help GMs and players realize a fully developed world.
I came across the Planescape Campaign Box Set during my research for ideas for my upcoming Numenera Adventure Campaign, and saw numerous articles and forum posts about how great the setting is.
Planescape was an AD&D campaign setting where players would traverse different worlds or other “planes of existence.” It uses the same character concepts with humans, elves and dwarves like Dungeons and Dragons, but instead of having the adventures/stories based in one world, there are numerous worlds the players can explore with Sigil being the city crossroad where players would start. An essential component of the campaign are the numerous factions who have different belief systems which can sometimes lead to all out war.
I’m about halfway through all the material in the Planescape Campaign Box Setting and I’m already planning to get more of the box sets and books. It’s a really great setting and one I wish I had known about before and it’s only enhanced by the artwork by Tony DiTerlizzi. DiTerlizzi’s work is amazing and really helps set the tone for the world.
The Planescape Campaign Box comes with a player’s guide, DM guide, a monster supplement book, a book about the Sigil and the Outlands, a DM screen and four color maps!
I was able to find an online store that had the box and all the material in near mint condition, so it was practically almost like new. And it wasn’t that hard to track down.
My thought as I was leafing through all this material was I wish they still made sets like these.
But all hope is not lost. I’m planning to track down more classic AD&D box sets specifically Planescape and perhaps Spelljammer, another setting that wasn’t as well received as Planescape from what I’ve read, but has some interesting ideas and concepts. My initial intention in tracking down Planescape was to get inspiration and ideas for my Numenera game, which I fully intend to do, but I find myself interested in these fantastic settings and might have to do something more than just scavenge an idea or two from these worlds.