Dispatches from the Raven Crowking V.3: Building the Sandbox was written by Daniel J. Bishop. Art was provided by Brett Neufeld, Kristen M. Collins, Ryan Rhodes, Gary Dupuis, and Brian Brinlee. This was published by Purple Duck Games.
Disclosure: I am the author. As with Volume 1, the cover illustration doesn't represent me. Despite rumors to the contrary, I am not a female goblinoid...or am I?
This volume focuses on articles related to creating sandbox environments. Although these articles use the excellent Dungeon Crawl Classics system, the general principles are adaptable to almost any game system.
This volume includes:
- What is a Sandbox
- Why System Matters
- Initial Set Up For Sandbox Games
- Initial Base of Operations
- An Interesting Outdoor Area to Explore
- An Overview of the Region
- Initial Adventure Sites
- Notes for Dungeon Crawl Classics Judges
- Modules in the Sandbox
- A Sample Minor Adventure Site
- The Great Outdoors
- Some Centaurs for Sandbox Games
In essence, most of this volume is one long essay, broken up into digestible chunks, describing what a sandbox is, why you might want one, and then how to make one.
I also expand on the centaurs available in the Dungeon Crawl Classics core rulebook, both with a table of random attributes, and with two examples of centaurs from Greek mythology that are modified to fit into a Dungeon Crawl Classics campaign.