Game World Creation Journal


I won’t lie. I start a lot of projects. I don’t necessarily finish them. I get sidetracked rather easily. Okay, more like derailed.

And I have a TON of ideas. Heck, I’ve got ideas for getting more ideas. Creativity fountain for days. I have that in spades, hexagons, even. Heh heh… makin up my own card suits. See?

My latest venture, among others, is creating my own D&D Campaign world. I have some challenges to overcome. I also have a ton of cool stuff I want to do, probably more than I can fit into one book or even one world. I get really excited because they’re all things I’ve wanted to do for years and years.

I have all these cool plans for kingdoms. Challenge: Mapping
I have all these neat ideas for various race/culture combos. Challenge: Fitting everything on a map
Races have become the new hot topic in D&D as of late. Do we even call them races any more? Some folks are struggling with gender and pronouns. Where do we draw the line?
I want to rewrite the weapon/armor tables. Challenge: Players are going to freak out. Possibly in a good way, but still.
Classes are one of my favorite things to tinker with. Challenge: How will players and DMs react to certain traditional classes being tossed out?

I think world design and campaign design should break certain rules and go outside the guidelines. Creativity isn’t about stressing over who’s getting offended today. Maybe coming up with new ways of not-stressing the audience out, sure.

So my plan here is to simply start the damn thing and see it all the way through. It may take me 20 years and be published after my death, but hey- we’ll get there. More to come as I develop it. Prepare to be freaked out, possibly.

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