Hello again everyone! I'd like to nominate a couple of sites for next month's featured campaign that I have long admired.
h3. Part I: "The Crucible":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/world-of-crucible
The great empires have come and gone, leaving only a legacy of ruin. Elves now keep to their forests while Dwarves have retreated to the deep places of the mountains. The world of Man has been torn asunder. Its few remaining cities cling to what civilization remains, bracing against the inevitable tide of orcish barbarism that threatens to blot out the last light of Man. All the world is an anvil upon which the divine being forges the souls of his created, refining them by fire. This is the Crucible, Hardhead's homebrew 4e campaign. It is a gritty "points of light" campaign that deals with themes of hope, justice and mercy in a world of darkness.
h4. Campaign Site Highlights
There are several things that I really admire about this campaign site:
* _Intriguing Campaign Concept_:
"Points of light" campaigns seem to be all the rage these days. So while there is nothing particularly novel about the gritty campaign in and of itself, I am impressed with the degree of creativity that I find in Hardhead's mythical account of just why the world is so harsh. It has resonances with certain "soul making theodicies" (_see explanatory note below_) that I have come across in more philosophical conversations on the topics of God and the existence of evil.
* _Great Site Layout_:
Hardhead's site is a good example of simple elegance. He has made use of Grunn's helpful wiki sidebar yet has innovated it with the creation of some simple yet attractive navigation buttons. The site itself is also fairly intuitive.
* _Really Top Notch Maps_:
Hardhead has created a couple of lovely digital "maps":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/world-of-crucible/maps that ought to entice all you map lovers out there, so go have a look. Are you still reading this? What are you waiting for? I wasn't kidding, go check them out!
* _Player Participation_:
OK I must admit here that I am just a twinge envious of how involved Hardhead's players are in the campaign site. Not only have all of them created well fleshed out characters (some of them exceptionally so), but in addition several of them have created some well written "character journals":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/world-of-crucible/wikis/character-journals. What's more, I have borrowed Hardhead's idea for utilizing the "campaign forums":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/world-of-crucible/forum to have out of game "role" playing sessions.
Basically, this here is one damn fine campaign that would make for an excellent choice for a featured slot.
bq). _Explanatory Side Note: in philosophical theology, a theodicy is an attempt to vindicate the goodness and justice of God in the face of evil. A "soul-making" theodicy attempts to do this by positing that evil is a necessary means of maturing and refining human souls (e.g. by allowing for the development of virtues such as compassion, mercy, courage, sacrificial love etc)._