Building Worlds

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A minimalist 96-page guide to help you create memorable settings for any tabletop roleplaying system.

Worldbuilding can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re planning a campaign, designing your own tabletop roleplaying game, or just exercising your creativity with no set purpose in mind, developing a setting of your very own is deeply satisfying. You can spend hours, days, or years adding details and creating a world with no limits but your imagination.

Building Worlds isn’t a book full of checklists and random tables. This is about focusing your efforts, and assembling the key, critical elements needed in order to run compelling and richly-textured adventures. It can lean more toward top-down or bottom up design, but what matters most is your intention. Know the problem that you’re solving for before you begin, and then spend your time working on the pieces that will matter most and have the greatest impact.

For easy reference Building Worlds is broken into three sections:

  • Introduction: A brief overview of what this book is about, the concepts that will be discussed, and ways that you can put it to use for your tabletop roleplaying game.
  • Worldbuilding Format: The standard “stat block” for all of the books in the Building series, this descriptive block will help you help track roleplaying, worldbuilding, and adventure bits regardless of rules. This chapter covers the five components of the of the stat block: Name, Description, Purpose, Modifiers, and Story Points.
  • Worldbuilding Elements: What other games call attributes, statistics, or aspects, elements are the building blocks of anything and everything that can be created for a tabletop roleplaying game. This chapter covers eleven areas for developing worldbuilding elements: Premise, Genre, Place and Time, Theme, Stakes, Locations, Environment, People, Technology, Events, and Vocabulary.

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Building Worlds
Berin Kinsman, Dancing Lights Press
96 pages, PDF and print-on-demand