In honor of the continuing success of GURPS Day (coming every Thursday to an Internet near you!) I’m hereby launching a new series of posts! Huzzah!
The ever-so catchy title of this new series is “An Example of World Creation.” A title that catchy is certain to get the crowds in!
Q: What Is This New Series of Posts About, CollaborativeGuy?
A: Well, a little while back I posted a big system of tables for creating fantasy worlds. I got a lot of positive feedback about it (including Eric the Red’s awesome computerized version of some of it). People kept saying they liked it, and they wanted more. Thanks, everyone!
So in this new series of posts I’m going to be walking through a worked example of world creation, from start to finish. We’ll begin with a blank piece of paper, and work our way all the way up to a fully mapped and fleshed-out fantasy world, ready to house a GURPS Fantasy or Dungeon Fantasy campaign.
If that sounds like the kind of thing you’d enjoy, stick around! It should be a lot of fun.
Here’s an index to the posts I’ve put up so far:
- An Example of World Creation – Stage 1 – The Starting Region
- An Example of World Creation – Stage 2
- An Example of World Creation – Stage 3
- An Example of World Creation – Stage 4
- An Example of World Creation – Stage 5
- An Example of World Creation – Stage 6
- An Example of World Creation – Stage 7
At this point, the world map reached its maximum size, and I started going back over it, Region by Region, to name everything, determine who lives where, and generally flesh out the crucial details. This led to…
- World Creation 8 – Bringing the World to Life!
- World Creation 9 – The Eastern Riverlands
- World Creation 10 – The Northern Riverlands
- World Creation 11 – The Northern Coast
- World Creation 12 – The Monster-Infested Southern Coast!
- World Creation 13 – The Mysteries of the Deep
- World Creation 14 – The Great Forest
- World Creation 15 – The Hill Country
- World Creation 16 – The Great Swamp
- World Creation 17 – The Eastern Peaks
- World Creation 18 – The Frozen North
That brought the world to completion (at least for now! Once you start playing, it’s a whole new ball game…). Thus I posted this:
Then I began reflecting on how the process went.
- Reflections: How Long Did it Take?
- Reflections: Parts of the World I Really Like
- Reflections: Parts of the World I’m Not So Sure About….
- Reflections on the Hawkfolk problem….
And then I started a solo campaign, set in the world I’d created.