So, I've been procrastinating a lot of RPG stuff - well, to be fair, life is really busy, but I seem to keep up on reading the blogs...so, yeah, procrastinating. Anyway, I've got a bunch of projects in the hopper (I'm so unbelievably ADD that it's a wonder I get anything done). One of the projects that I've been mulling over, but it's been too overwhelming to work on, is my Jacob's Well region. At one point I thought I'd like to detail every building, every NPC...but that's insane (2000 NPCs anybody?). But I've been uncertain how to go about it all.
Then today (my day off), I'm reading the blogs and Dave and/or Jamie over at Fabled Lands had this: awesome town of Brymstone and Tim over at Gothridge Manor had this: six steps for staring a campaign.
Brymstone is a bit larger than Jacob's Well. There's 57 sketched out areas that the PCs are likely to visit. I'd probably put some detailed NPCs at each location, but otherwise, I think there's just enough detail at each of the locations to be evocative enough to run the city and vamp on the details.
Tim's campaign design steps will give me a checklist to work through the region as I place locations of interest and assemble random encounter charts and the like.
This is just the kind of serendipitous conjoining of ideas that really sparks my imagination. Thanks guys for posting.