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    [Sort of Setting Riff] A pantheon I'm building

    Salvate my fellow roleplayers! I've been working on a pantheon of gods as part of a semi-fantasy setting. I don't have much for the setting itself other than it being relatively Roman-esque and the civilization that the pantheon is attached to being a temperate coastal city-state with rivals...
  2. E

    🎨 Creative [Necro] 101 Interesting Planets & Space Stations

    I love -- and deeply respect -- Traveler, but I always found that I wanted planets with a bit more character to them, particularly in terms of things like culture and history and so on. Part of this is just being creative and coming up with crazy stuff ("On Bolas-7, they worship the color...
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    [5eish] How big does a setting need to be?

    Faerun is, of course, an absolutely massive setting. Looking back, TSR actually used "a campaign world bigger than North America!" as an early selling point. Eberron's Khorvaire, on the other hand, was conceived by Keith Baker as a small continent about the size of Europe... until some executive...
  4. L

    [Eidolon] Released Now

    As of today, I am formally a published RPG Author. It has taken a long time, but it is finally here: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/138573/Eidolon-the-Electrodyne-Opera Feel free to ask me any questions about the setting in this thread. ----- Eidolon is a 366 full-colour book. It is...
  5. Sleeper

    [Bundle of Holding] Sell/unsell me on the Worldbuilder's Toolkit +2

    The latest Bundle of Holding has a bunch of world-building tools. Which is right up my alley, but I've never heard of most of these products: A Magical Society: Beast Builder by Expeditious Retreat Press How to Host a Dungeon by Tony Dowler The Dungeon Dozen by Jason Sholtis City Builder: A...
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    Roger Rabbit as Horror?

    So, here's a thought-- Roger rabbit is comedy, right? LIke when bugs hands the dectective the joke parachute. Just one problem-- Humans die. Toons are just creations designed for one joke, they may or may not be intelligent, but it's not a human intelligence-- of all the Toons, Jessica seemed...
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    The Cleric and mono-/ditheism

    I am in the middle of creating a homebrew setting for a future D&D game. I already had a fairly typical pantheon worked out when I took a look at the Cleric class and couldn't help but think: If clerics of all religions get access to a very similar set of spells and abilities anyway, isn't it...
  8. Burgonet

    [5e]+ 5th edition D&D and world-building

    I'll say these things first: - this isn't a "sell me" thread on either 5e or a competing rules system. - I recognise that those of you who took part in the play-test might still be under an NDA preventing discussion of specifics. It's been about four years since I've run a game (it was...
  9. blaster219

    [Scifi] Mysterious Planets

    So, somehow, I've found myself tinnitus sci-fi game heavily influenced by Stargate SG1 and have found myself needing a number of planets for the characters to explore. Planets with mysterious ruins, abandoned cities, influenced by super advanced technology. That sort of thing. The background...
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    [NWoD] 80s Vampire Chronicle set in Seattle: Help

    Between finding New Wave Requiem and the recently-released Vampire: Blood and Smoke, I've gotten the itch to delve back into NWoD. I've tried this three times to date, and my failures have been due to the same reason each time: allowing completely mixed supernatural groups. This time I'm...
  11. K

    The 7 sins of Worldbuilding

    A very interesting article that while meant for writers has some good tips for GMs too, IMO. The 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding
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    World Building: Half-way to Cthulhutech

    In Cthulhutech they have a timeline laid out for the development of Earth from modern day to the time that the game's setting takes place. It's nicely laid out with a lot of information so you can see the progression of "how we got there"...but what about setting a game at some earlier point...
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    [ACKS] My Campaign world - Spirits, Terror Birds and Old Kings (advice welcome!)

    (Chances are small that my group frequents rpg.net, but on the off chance: My group stay out! If you've seen the map below, you know who you are. Don't ruin your own fun.) This is my campaign world - or at least the part of it that I plan on using. After reading the wonderful Adventurer...
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    [Fantasy Craft] Collaborative Setting: The Elves of Cyprus

    So I'm working through the Fantasy Craft core rules (you can see my Let's Read here), and I've been playing way too much Crusader Kings II (and reading up on the High Middle Ages in general) lately. These two elements have fused into the start of a campaign idea, and I figured this is as good a...
  15. kitty voodoo

    {Changeling the Lost//World Building} The Freehold of Apples - New York City

    Having lived in the city, I reject the notion that NYC has a Changeling population of like 30. One of the greatest cities in the world and the largest in the country and it can barely host all 4 courts? That's just silly. Now having rejected the low population it begs the question as to what a...
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    [Setting Riff/Worldbuilding/Brainstorming] Naruto "Done Right"

    So. Naruto "Done Right". What do I mean by that? A consistent power level. (No GOD TIER powers, thank you very much.) Nobody holding the idiot ball. Other than those two, try to maximize happy fun ninja action! Anyway, since there exists some argument over what makes a Ninja a "Ninja", I'll...
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    [FALL] Procedural world-building, a hex at a time

    My latest project, FALL, is a Fudge dice-based game about an inherently magical world where seasons are a condition of place rather than time and the land changes without warning. I needed to work out a way to allow for all the different possible terrain types while keeping the system tight...
  18. R

    [World-building]Planet with long days and nights- effects on culture, society, etc.

    Let's take a planet that developed life, that has a year about the same length as ours, but a rotational period of 4 months (leaving aside how such a thing is even possible). This would mean that it has 4-month days- any one point at the equator spends 2 months in daylight, and 2 months in...
  19. Ken Finlayson

    [Worldbuilding] A World On Fire

    Well, not a whole world. That would be awkward. (And this has nothing to do with Godlike.) In the picture-puzzle book Casket of Souls (Livingstone, 1987), the story takes place on the fantasy island-continent of Amarillia. This kingdom is cut off from the rest of the world by the Great Fire...
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    [4e] Historical Thematic analogues for Spain and France?

    Little bit of background here: I'm in that wonderful part of prepping for a campaign known as world building. I'm basically taking a map of Eurasia and North Africa and the time periods of each "region" within at its most "fanciful" and painting over it all with broad D&Disms. "Honor features...
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