Starting Date for Shackled City Campain in Default Setting


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Hello all

Just about to get started with the Shackled City. Been working hard setting up all the various stuff, but one thing I am having a bit of trouble on is nailing down an appropriate starting date for this campaign, in relation to the grayhawk calendar.

The book does not list any default starting date, and it's probably more or less moot anyways, but is there a general date that most people have set the start of the campaign at?

Thanks :)


Wow, good question, but I don't recall ever telling my players what year it was.

I flooded them with a lengthy Pre-Campaign booklet detailing almost everything that made the adventure series specific to Greyhawk (calender, coinage, races of humans, etc.), but they never even stopped to ask what year it was!

Our last campaign wrapped up in about 602 or 603, so I suppose this could be considered about 2 to 5 years after that. I like to keep the clock running for the years to keep it as close to our current year (in the real world) as possible. we started this campaign in the spring of 2010, so lets call our current year in the campaign the Spring of 611 (we are headed into the beginning of Chapter 4).


According to this timeline, the Age of Worms AP begins in 595 CY. Since the events that took place in Cauldron are said to be portents to the coming Age of Worms, i'd guess that SCAP starts a couple years earlier?


Thanks for the link :)

Going to start it in Patchwall in 592 CY. Should give enough time before Flood Season starts.


I'm going to run the Shackled City series with my group.

Currently playing Age of Worms in another group.

I am setting the game at 590 CY, with Cauldron in the middle of the Flinty Hills between Nyrond and Bone March.

Scarab Sages

Age of Worms was one of my favorite campaigns EVER. I ran it for the same group I am now running Shackled City for. I am running SC in Golarion though, so there will be no connection, sadly. The characters and the whole AoW was tremendous. I started Savage Tide, but we got sidetrekked...hopefully after this one...


Considering that, from Living Greyhawk, the timeline (starting in CY 591 in 2001) was advanced by 1 campaign year for each real time year, the SCAP should start in CY 593, since it was first published in 2003 (Dungeon 97)


Patman wrote:
Age of Worms was one of my favorite campaigns EVER. I ran it for the same group I am now running Shackled City for. I am running SC in Golarion though, so there will be no connection, sadly. The characters and the whole AoW was tremendous. I started Savage Tide, but we got sidetrekked...hopefully after this one...

Out of curiosity Patman, does the group have a problem with running the APs out of order? Do they know/care that you are doing it that way? I am thinking of doing AoW next and was wondering about the links between it and this campaign.


Eduardo Godinez wrote:
Considering that, from Living Greyhawk, the timeline (starting in CY 591 in 2001) was advanced by 1 campaign year for each real time year, the SCAP should start in CY 593, since it was first published in 2003 (Dungeon 97)

I give this a thumbs up.

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