This recommendation in a comment from Astronut lead me to a fun little excercise wherein I tried to describe my primary D&D-But-Not setting in the form of the movie pitch first suggested by good ol' Uncle Bear. *
This turned out to be a much needed and unexpected present. Thanks Astronut.
While I believe I have succeeded for the most part, the main reason for requesting the recommendation was to help me think of ways to create a new campaign setting. I should have focused my efforts in that direction instead of defaulting to my tried and true setting of choice. Bad. Bad me.
I also notice that written in this format, while the game sounds pretty cool if I do say so myself, the text barely scratches the surface of all the crazy stuff in the campaign milieu it describes. Of course that's to be expected but still...
Anyway, here is 'The Movie Pitch' for...
Chronicles of Aerth
Traditional Dungeons & Dragons meets Justice League Unlimited by way of Final Fantasy XI (aka Final Fantasy Online).The Elevator SpeechSuperheroic adventurers travel the known realms and beyond battling evil threats to truth, justice and the peace and safety of the citizens of a fantasy parallel Earth.
Over-the-top 'Marvel Age' comic book action adventure with moments both darker and lighter mixed in.
Homebrewed variant of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1E crossed with D&D 3E/D20 basically.
Player Character Roles
PCs are members of an order of heroes chosen by a higher power. Anyone, and in some cases anything, can be a member. Traditional D&D race and class combos fight side by side with fully sentient golem monks, cat people shamans, barbarian homunculi, centaur paladins, drake rangers and many other strange and wondrous beings. **
Various petty criminals, thieves guilds and murderous types.
The last surviving member of a now extinct subculture/race of Elves.
A secret enclave of Dragons out to conquer or destroy the world.
Various liches, evil wizards and warlords styled to resemble comic book supervillains.
Natural disasters, plagues and the like are also handled by the PCs.
A variety of places emulating ancient and or mythic locations from Earth history/legend.
The past, present and future of this world.
Alternate worlds, other dimensions and the Moon.
Appendix N ***
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1E
Dungeons & Dragons 3EJustice League Unlimited, Animated Series
Legion of Superheroes, Comic Book Series
Various books on the folklore and mythology of Africa, England, Ireland, Greece, Scandinavia Rome, Scotland and others and the Moon
Various Japanese Anime/Manga Series
Various Japanese MMORPGs and Computer RPGs
Various Japanese TRPGs
*Though sadly, it seems the original post is no more. Bummer.
**I've run campaigns where PCs were not members of the order but rather independant adventurers like a traditional D&D game.
***This is woefully incomplete. It would take weeks to list all the inspirations for Aerth.