D&D @ Pitt
While at the University of Pittsburgh, I formed a Dungeons & Dragons party. There were a total of around 9 players (myself included) all with varying levels of familiarity with the system. We chose D&D 5E as our preferred edition. The resources below are what I created to aid myself in DMing.
For the campaign setting, I was generally inspired by existing media to try to create scenarios for the players to address and overcome. The general plot line of the campaign was to engage in the search for and retrieval of magical items such as in TV shows like Warehouse 13 and The Librarians. Additionally, I looked to movies like Cube and the Saw franchise for puzzles/trap creation. I did not want the campaign to feel like it was rehashing existing episodes or plotlines, but used those shows and movies as a sort of jumping off point.
My preference for the setting was that the characters could be major or minor forces of change, allowing players to do as much or as little as they wanted. For a setting like this, my goal was not to push the players along to my story, but to give them a sandbox to play around in.
The maps below are for the large city of Gamoor. Gamoor housed several districts, where each district was home to all sorts of characters and oddities. In order to ensure the setting felt dynamic, I created several randomized encounter/location tables so that the players could explore freely.