Monday, September 8, 2014

Let's Build A World

At some point in time as a GM you're going to want to make a custom world. Perhaps you want to set a campaign in it, or perhaps you just need a world for an adventure or two in some science fiction or space fantasy game. Thing is, it can be hard to do.

With that in mind, I thought it could be a fun project to build a world on the blog. Not going too indepth in any one area so people have room to make it there own, but going through and hitting all the broad strokes and some of the finer points along the way. To do this, each day will focus on a different aspect of the world and develop it, and - where possible - I'll leave the post off with some questions to poll you guys and gals about what you'd like to see in it.

Now, for easiness sake - and to cover magic - I'm going to do a Fantasy world, but that is the only thing I'm going to define right off the bat.

For you, we'll start with the following question: What type of fantasy do we want?

Low Fantasy - Swords and warriors but magic isn't very common and tends to stick to the type of thing that people don't believe in if it exists at all. Game of Thrones is a great example of  a Low Magic Fantasy world.

Sword & Sorcery - Magic exists, but it isn't easily accessible and sticks to rituals or the random wizard/sorceror with intense power. Think Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja for this type of fantasy world.

High Fantasy - Classic Tolkien type fantasy with multiple races, magic is common, magical weapons exist and in some places is a major aspect of the world. The Lord of the Rings, and most fantasy RPGs fill this mold.

So which do you want? Majority vote gets it. If no votes exist I'll choose one at random. If only one vote exists, that person gets sole power.

Voting will close Tuesday at noon.


  1. Low fantasy. The other two types are crowded with ample examples and permutations.

  2. I'm going to throw in for Low Fantasy. I don't know if this is an appropriate time to bring this up but I'm going to say have Afixitive magic be the primary magic. It's a slow to cast ritual magic where every bit of magic you do has your signature.

  3. You had me at Conan - I'll go Swords & Sorcery.

  4. Low fantasy is my favorite kind of fantasy, so I'll vote for that.