You have an area that supported lots of small cities, was washed over by many different cultures and religions (i.e. ruins to explore), lots of rugged wilderness (excellent for swords & sandals - conan sort of adventure) filled with manticores, Chinese dragons, Mongolian death worms, flumphs (hey, why not?) - what's not to love?
|Is there a classic D&D/AD&D module you couldn't shoehorn in here? And Samarkand! You have freaking Samarkand!|
|Bactrian camels - double-humpers!|
|Scale mail for the win!|
|Cataphracts - 99% cooler name than "knight"|
|Pointy steel hats and chainmail face masks!|
You want variety?
|Think of the character variety that is possible here!|
|Finally, monks are just as much at home here as every other class in the game!|
|Exotic headgear - check!|
|Kick ass helmets|
You want treasure?
|A Gold Stater - I may be prejudiced, but what a great name for a coin!|
|Silver pieces from Gandhara|
|Gold earrings depicting men with dragons|
You want exotic gods and goddesses?
|Athena (LG) of the Olympians|
|A whole new way to do Caves of Chaos|
|Another bodhisattva, but who says it can't be Vecna?|