A ghost town is a town that has been abandoned by its inhabitants for some reason. Following is a list of known ghost towns:
- Centralia, Pennsylvania
- Dogtown, Massachusetts
- Dudleytown, Connecticut
- Glastenbury, Vermont
- Midian, Kansas
- Monte Ne, Arkansas
- Salton Sea
- Ghost City
- Ghost Planet
- Mayor Of A Ghost Town
- Nan Madol
- Roanoke Colony
- Thriving Ghost Town
- Urban Prairie
Game and Story Use
- Ghost towns allow for some really impressive firefights and explosions without having to worry about civilian casualties.
- The reason for the abandonment of a ghost town might not be the usual commercial or governmental reasons, but the result of actual ghosts, monsters, or other supernatural hauntings - and this will make such a locale a lot creepier.
- Especially if the player characters don't know the precise reason, but have the suspicion that it is a nasty one. The game master is then obligated to make it even worse than they could have imagined it.
- The genius loci of a ghost town is likely to have some "issues" up to and including turning it into a bad place - again, this may be cause or effect: a town built on a pre-existing bad place is likely to end up deserted sooner or later (or having a Joss Whedon series set in it) but a town which dies of something unpleasant may become a bad place.
- Actually a literal ghost town might be an interesting thing - a town which is actually populated by ghosts, perhaps living out the last day of the town's life (especially if it was wiped out in a single disaster) … or at least the last day before things went bad (if a single event lead to a more drawn out demise).
- Stumbling across one of these in the wilderness can be suitably eerie.
- England (surprisingly) is full of these … most date from the era of the black death and are virtually undetectable now, others date from the enclosure era and have a little more left. In many cases all that remains is a church, apparently in the middle of nowhere, which has survived because it was the only stone structure.
- Scotland and Ireland also have a quite a lot from the clearances era and and the great famine respectively.
- In any of these nations, developers attempting to raise a new village/housing estate on one of these sites could trigger all kinds of hilarity.
- A subset of ghost towns comprises those which have been submerged in reservoirs and only re-appear during severe droughts.