Pokémon and Pastoral RPG Settings

This week on the Campaign Trail I wanted to look at RPG settings that are “pastoral” or “honobono” (Japanese for feelgood/heartwarming) in nature. I thought a look at games where players enjoy exploration, conversations and other small moments versus solving big conflicts by killing bad guys would be a pleasant change of scenery. Even if you never plan to run a game like this, read on… you might find new inspiration for the quieter moments between the action.