Revisiting RPG Towns

A few months ago, when I was a staff writer at RPGamer, I drafted a couple overviews of towns in RPGs that struck me in a special way. The whole piece, which includes several other authors’ views of towns that they enjoyed, was recently published for all to read.

I talked about Cosmo Canyon in Final Fantasy VII and Onett in Earthbound. Check it out below!

A Place to Return To, Part 1: RPGamer’s Favorite Towns

Have you visited any of these towns? What is your favorite town or place among all the RPGs, or any video game, you’ve ever played?

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3 thoughts on “Revisiting RPG Towns

  1. Oh neat! I didn’t know you wrote for RPGamer. I probably have some 20-year-old fan art on the site somewhere if they still kept it. XD

    Anyhow, yes to: Cosmo Canyon, Fireburg, Narshe, and Onett. You had good picks! Bonus: I remember the town music for all of them. 🙂

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    1. Yes, I was an editorialist there for a little while. I stopped b/c I needed to cull things and my day job was picking up steam.

      As for your fan art, if it’s there it’d probably only be on the archived site (before they switched over). The forums of old also closed down last year in favor of Discord only.

      Narshe is a great one for sure. I think, in fact, it was my first ever RPG town in FFIII on SNES. Someone else grabbed that one for the write-up. And Onett is still a standout for me.

      For my other pieces:

      Oh, yes, the music in towns plays a vital role, like all music in RPGs. Helps set the tone/setting, gives atmosphere, makes the town into its own character of a sort. And when you find yourself humming a tune from an RPG, you know the dev did something right.


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