From the publisher's web site:
"In your travels, you'll find villages scattered all over Athas, from islands in the Sea of Silt to peaks high in the Ringing Mountains. Usually, they stand at some site of moderate importance, such as a minor oasis, the crossroads of two trading routes, or near a flint or obsidian quarry." -- The Wanderer
Villages of the wastes is an Official Net Project to add life and detail to the villages that dot the Athasian landscape. Coordinated and edited by Daniel Bandera and Gabriel Cormier, it is the first official Dark Sun product released by The Burnt World of Athas. Submissions were taken from Dark Sun fans across the net. All game material uses the AD&D 2nd edtion rules.