What are your favorite fantasy settings? (and why)

If you're here, you know a thing or two about fantasy. So tell us-- what are you favorite settings, your favorite worlds and why?
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  • obi1mccarthyobi1mccarthy Posts: 4 Mendicant
    ... yeesh, where to begin? I guess I would say that I like all of them for what they offer. I like dark fantasy for its grittiness, but that doesn't mean that I think more classical fantasy sucks.

    Mostly, I guess, I like the creator to really know what he/she is trying to do. They have a viewpoint on dark or classical fantasy, or maybe even something entirely new, and are creating it with that viewpoint in mind, instead of just throwing staple elements out there because it feels familiar.
  • BoomvangBoomvang Posts: 40 Adventurer
    Agreed Obi1. I want the dev/ devs to have a clear picture of "the world" they want. I love being able to "grow" my characters within an established framework.
  • FinjinimoFinjinimo Posts: 238 Hero
    Favourite Setting / World:
    The Discworld. I always knew I was in good hands with Pratchett, an absolute joy to read. And of all the writers, Pratchett has certainly had the most impact on me, not just my writing (which is readily apparent to some of you I'm sure), but my way of thinking and outlook on life.

    Favourite Setting / World vaguely appropriate to what you're trying to create here:
    Willow? Magic, dark gritty nastiness, Val Kilmer. It had it all, really.
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  • DarggieDarggie Posts: 125 Adventurer
    I've played a lot of Pen and Paper dungeons and dragons in live. At least 6+ years of AD&D 2nd edition. So my favorite fantasy setting is Faerun.

    I've been on countless adventures, and written enough stories to fill dozens of books with my favorite characters. So the experiences and memories are my favorite part, and why I enjoy it so much.
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  • KjelfalconerKjelfalconer Posts: 99 Adventurer
    Discworld is the best. (I was almost tempted to keep my discoworld typo)

    I suppose the worlds I like are the ones that feel like, even if the story stepped away, the world would keep on spinning, keep on breathing. The worlds that have a life all of their own.
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  • WinsomniakWinsomniak Posts: 15 Adventurer
    I enjoy settings where the limits and boundaries are not so clear and the tropes are not so rigid. A cookie cutter rpg world where mages are low hp and low defense and the player is fighting  to collect 7 special gems to stop the evil from destroying the world in the name of the light, is not all that interesting.

    Bias bias bias but I really liked The Continuum's IP. There was potential to open up just about any theme with expansions, and all the the existing themes did not need to exist in a single world cohesively due to The Crossroads being well, a crossroads of different worlds. We end up with vampires fighting dudes who can shatter the earth with their fists, cool stuff like that.

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  • docgeodocgeo Posts: 45 Adventurer
    The "Wheel of Time Series" by Robert Jordan.  I enjoyed the the back story of the fall from such an advance culture, the current diversity in cultures, and the magic system. I know that is vague but in truth it is the characters.  I came to know and love many of them.

    for novel magic systems I would have to say Bradon Saunderson's "Mistborn"

    i will always love my first true Fantasy read......"The Belgariad" by David Eddings.  Again with this one I came to truly feel like I knew the Characters.  

    Lastly, it would have to be " The Name of the Wind" this was just an amazingly write book with fleshed out Characters.  

    Doc
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  • TheWizardTheWizard Posts: 802 Wizard
    You just brought me back with The Belgariad, Doc. Good times...
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  • docgeodocgeo Posts: 45 Adventurer
    I have read it many times the most recent just 6 months ago.

    doc
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  • DyaxDyax Posts: 6 Mendicant
    My favorite settings are mid-evil style
    Dragons
    Knights
    Castles
    Not sure why ... 
    Maybe because dragons are bad a$$
  • drglorydrglory Posts: 29 Adventurer
     I always enjoyed good old-fashioned Tolkenish fantasy. Elves and dwarves and goblins. All that good stuff.

    Lately I have been enjoying humorous interpretations like discworld or a very enjoyable book called 'Off to Be the Wizard' by Scott Meyer (Wiz, no pun intended).
  • supe04supe04 Posts: 5 Mendicant
    docgeo said:
    The "Wheel of Time Series" by Robert Jordan.  I enjoyed the the back story of the fall from such an advance culture, the current diversity in cultures, and the magic system. I know that is vague but in truth it is the characters.  I came to know and love many of them.

    for novel magic systems I would have to say Bradon Saunderson's "Mistborn"

    i will always love my first true Fantasy read......"The Belgariad" by David Eddings.  Again with this one I came to truly feel like I knew the Characters.  

    Lastly, it would have to be " The Name of the Wind" this was just an amazingly write book with fleshed out Characters.  

    Doc
    I'll have to read that one. My favorite book of all time has got to be Enders Game. But that's for another time.

    My favorite fantasy setting has got to be the "new world" feel. Big open beautiful landscapes for the heroes to explore. Lush green meadows, deep dark caves. With a medieval/clock work theme.
  • drglorydrglory Posts: 29 Adventurer

    My favorite fantasy setting has got to be the "new world" feel. Big open beautiful landscapes for the heroes to explore. Lush green meadows, deep dark caves. With a medieval/clock work theme.
    I will never forget that "what is around the next corner" feel of my first real MMO experience. Exploration can make a good setting into an amazing experience.
    supe04
  • DarggieDarggie Posts: 125 Adventurer
    docgeo said:
    The "Wheel of Time Series" by Robert Jordan.  I enjoyed the the back story of the fall from such an advance culture, the current diversity in cultures, and the magic system. I know that is vague but in truth it is the characters.  I came to know and love many of them.

    for novel magic systems I would have to say Bradon Saunderson's "Mistborn"

    i will always love my first true Fantasy read......"The Belgariad" by David Eddings.  Again with this one I came to truly feel like I knew the Characters.  

    Lastly, it would have to be " The Name of the Wind" this was just an amazingly write book with fleshed out Characters.  

    Doc
    The Name of Wind, Day of The Kingkiller Chronicles, is my favorite book series ever. So freaking good.

    I've read the others as well, except "The Belgariad". I take it you'd recommend it?
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  • XeruXeru Posts: 93 Adventurer
    My favorite concept in the fantasy realm has always been the concept of fluid time. Start it off medieval or w/e, but have it fluidly be relative within a multiverse of timelines that are interactive but fluid within each other but not superior to each other. Medieval times could have magic, angels, demons, while future has lasers, robots, and aliens, etc. Different, and each have abilities that have pros/cons :)
  • docgeodocgeo Posts: 45 Adventurer
    Darggie, I do recommend it.  Prose isn't as......polished.....as with the Name of the Wind but I just love it. 

    Doc
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  • TalinTalin Posts: 22 Adventurer
    The lore behind to world of DragonStorm the card based RPG was exceptional. Everything had a reason and a place, but was loose enough that a fair GM could piece together a good story with little effort. That being said, I am a formost fan of medieval fantasy games the more variety they have in character creation and advancement the better.
  • EvilteddyEvilteddy Posts: 67 Adventurer
    I mostly read Fantasy books and watch anime.  I like open worlds, many realms and kingdoms spread out on a continent or surrounded by untamed areas.  Swords, bows, and magic are all welcome, I tend to shy from guns and more modern weaponry.  The world can be strictly human, or have many types of intelligent races.  Lots of action and plotting is always a plus.

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  • TheWizardTheWizard Posts: 802 Wizard
    docgeo said:
    Darggie, I do recommend it.  Prose isn't as......polished.....as with the Name of the Wind but I just love it. 

    Doc
    Me too.
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  • EmyrEmyr Posts: 12 Mendicant
    I suppose, classic Fantasy is my preferred. LOTR, Dragonlance books, Warhammer. These are the ones I get drawn into. Especially Dwarfs, I love their gritty nature and us against the world attitude.
  • TheWizardTheWizard Posts: 802 Wizard
    What about Dragonlance affected you most, @emyr?
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  • EmyrEmyr Posts: 12 Mendicant
    Really liked the stories of a group of companions thrown together and tested under extreme circumstances. After that really liked the whole world of Krynn especially the Dwarven history side in their stories. My fascination with Dwarfs though is probably from Warhammer as they were my first army.
  • TheWizardTheWizard Posts: 802 Wizard
    Yeah, I love both of those settings. I was partial to the Twins in Dragonlance-- was constantly taken aback by how unbelievably mean Raistlin always was to the long-suffering Caramon. The tragedy that underscored the series always got to me.

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  • DrakytheDrakythe Posts: 177 mod
    For me, I love High fantasy, classic tolkein style worlds just because that was my first epic fantasy exposure.

    But the kind of Fantasy I am magnetically attracted to is Steampunk. It can be magical Steampunk (Warmachine/Iron Kingdoms) or technological Steampunk (The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfield). I love the wild "anything goes" mentality of it. Some characters might use a magical sword passed down by their Father's Father's Father, others might use technology to create a machine of intelligence and destruction. You might run into a bruiser type that uses a chain gun driven by messy pistons and steam, or an elegant assassin who strikes from the shadows and misty filled alleyways. I just like it it a lot.
  • TheWizardTheWizard Posts: 802 Wizard
    Yes, yes, yes. Did you read the Master of the Five Magics trilogy? Man, I love me some good magic systems...
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  • TalinTalin Posts: 22 Adventurer
    And Secret of the Sixth Magic. An excellent trilogy, although the third book was weak. The magic system was good.
  • TerheytTerheyt Posts: 37 Adventurer
    edited March 2016
    Has anyone read the Flex, Flux and (upcoming) Fix trilogy by Ferret Steinmetz? It's the fantasy I've gotten into most recently, but it's modern urban, so maybe not applicable to this context. Still, the way that magic system works is really unique and cool. 

    Also, everyone should read Jo Walton's 2012 Hugo winner Among Others. It's a love letter to all the classic SF and fantasy books up to and through the 80s, in addition to being a great fantasy story itself. 

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  • DrakytheDrakythe Posts: 177 mod
    I have read none of these. The last fantasy I read was... Well eff I don't remember. Been reading mystery and near future speculative fiction recently (the Nexus trilogy is fantastic, by the way.) I'll have to add these to the list
  • TheWizardTheWizard Posts: 802 Wizard
    ^ adding that to my list
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  • iNorganiciNorganic Posts: 12 Mendicant
    Definitely forests related with magical/nature content and purple/greenish lightning. Dark, bloody and twisted caves and grass planes with a lot of nature, peaks with waterfalls also amaze me a lot.
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