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PEGANA: A Campaign World for a Pulp-style Fantasy Campaign

October 4, 2014

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had been reading (and re-reading) a lot of pulp fantasy of late. Not just Lovecraft and Howard, but Clark Ashton Smith and Lord Dunsany. The reading has inspired me to run a ‘dungeon crawl’ fantasy campaign based on the works of HPL, Lord Dunsany, Clark Ashton Smith and others. The world the campaign would take place in would be a version of Lovecraft’s Dreamlands with a heavy dose of Smith’s Hyperborea and Zothique, as well as Dunsany’s “worlds” (I named the world after Dunsany’s Pegana). Where appropriate I’ve added my own elements and place names. I’m certainly not the first one to do this. Chaosium’s version of HPL’s Dreamlands  has some Clark Ashton Smith while the artist Jason Thompson created a Dreamlands map with elements and place names from both Smith and Dunsany. However, I found Chaosium’s version of the Dreamlands too sparse and the map created by Jason Thompsan  – while excellent – was too abstract for gaming. I wanted to map a world that I thought my players would want to game in, a world both different and familiar.

The map below is what I’ve come up with. The map is done is Photoshop and I used a number of different graphic elements:

  • The forests and certain symbols are from brushes created by StarRaven, which can be found at this link: (
  • Banners and other images are stock art by Outland Arts. Some artwork copyright William McAusland, used with permission.
  • Certain images are clip art in the public domain.
  • Other images were drawn by yours truly and scanned in.

Please let me know what you think of the map. Are their items I should add? Are there graphic elements you would change?


11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2014 7:42 pm

    Looks great! I’m ready!

  2. James Mishler permalink
    November 18, 2014 11:48 pm

    Lovely! It certainly, as you say, strikes a balance between the Dreamlands and something more crowded, gaming-wise. Looks like the kind of place where I would love to adventure.

  3. April 18, 2016 10:22 am

    Very cool!

  4. April 30, 2018 9:40 pm


    Ever since I first saw the Dreamlands map in the 1980s I’ve wanted to make a fantasy world out of it! This is beautiful and amazing!

    I know I am late the party, but I would love to pick your brain about this setting you’ve made.

    Can we discuss?


  5. May 1, 2018 10:16 pm

    Thanks for your comments on the map!

    I haven’t updated the blog in quite some time(!) but am still actively gaming and plan on setting my next campaign in Pegana.

    I would definitely like to discuss.

    • May 1, 2018 10:31 pm

      Well first off, again great work.

      So have you ever made a gazetteer for the map? I mean what is Kurlistan? Or Coranth? What are the names of the Five Realms?

      I so very much would like to know more.

      • August 13, 2018 5:19 pm

        Bump for luck?

      • August 16, 2018 9:01 pm

        Andrew, sorry! Jumping all over the place when choosing topics for the blog, but I plan on focusing on Pegana shortly. Appreciate the continued interest.

  6. August 17, 2018 6:18 am

    Fair enough. I am planning a sword & sorcery campaign (Savage Swords Against the Outer Darkness) and was thinking of using Pegana for the setting. I’ll just have to make up stuff to fill in the blanks 😉


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