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Chinese D&D world

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:11 pm
by lwhitehead
Hi I want to official create a Chinese D&D world, instead of Late Middle Age Europe I want to move it to China.

Now what D&D 5th source books can help me out?,

China was more advanced in some areas compared to Europe in the same time frame,


Re: Chinese D&D world

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:47 pm
by Kythkyn
You'll likely have to do some of the legwork yourself, but you can also easily adapt thing (I assume. IDK 5e very well)

What kind of Chinese inspired world are you thinking, I think, would be the first thing to answer. For example, a campaign that is based on Romance of the Three Kingdoms is going to be pretty thematically different that, say, one based on Journey to the West

Re: Chinese D&D world

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:38 am
by lwhitehead
I'm thinking more of early MIng history with some D&D touches.


Re: Chinese D&D world

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:27 pm
by Raymond
For Earth, I associate the items available in the rules with about the Battle of Crecy which occurred in 1346. Information about that place and time on a quick search provided information about a foreigner who visited and wrote about China at the time. Here is a page with who ruled China and maps: ... -1345-1346

For Oerth, are some products that might be used as a DM's map. There's contradicting information about what it ought to be but maybe you can turn that to your advantage:

viewtopic.php?t=15597 ... oerth.html ... e-you-mos/ ... roerth.gif

For Toril, there's the original Oriental Adventures setting that was placed on that planet: ... ealms.html

The module OA5 seems to be set in a version of China while the other early OA modules seem to be set in a version of Japan.

But there is no 5th Edition Oriental Adventures book, or 4th Edition book. There is a 3rd Edition book and a "3.5" Edition update in Dragon Magazine #318 (April 2004), pp. 32–48. according to the page.

Maybe since 5th Edition defaults to Toril, the Oriental Adventures/Kara-Tur setting might be a good location for you to use.


Re: Chinese D&D world

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:43 pm
by willpell
Having just seen the film "The Monkey King 2" (which is pretty deeply flawed, but still largely a fun HK-cinema blockbuster, and great at presenting a Mystic China setting full of monsters and magic), I will be interested to see what you can come up with for this.

EDIT - Monkey King 3 is significantly better than its predecessor, and I outright recommend that one.

Re: Chinese D&D world

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:56 pm
by Wangalade
you might want to check out the flying swordsmen rpg, and I know there are a few other osr books that try to emulate the setting of the far east/china, shouldn't be too hard to convert some of the work already done by others into 5e.