Does anyone who writes or who runs RP games happen to have a setting worksheet? I’m working on a created city set in a magical Earth, and I’d like to have some creation sheets to play with, but hell if I can find any good ones on google. Most of them are too simple or are too focused on a particular RPG. Halp?
I like this one. Some of it is a little to large scale for just a city, but you could just skip a section or two.
this is one of my favourite blog posts of all time. it sets out how to establish a believable economic system for a fantasy setting using a hex map and math. c:
more stuff about characters! giving some people some names and stuff.
i have a genuine problem keeping cooking out of my writing these days, it’s so much a part of who i am that it becomes part of every story i’ve written for the past three years. my connection with cooking is like tolkien’s with linguistics at this point, i am literally worldbuilding around ideas i have for food or cooking tools. it was meant to be about struggling with anxiety and eldritch abominations but look here we are again.
Codex Seraphinianus, originally published in 1981, is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by the Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. The book is approximately 360 pages long (depending on edition), and written in a strange, generally unintelligible alphabet. source
I’d kind of like to draw a map for my story, but I’m not really sure how to tackle it. It’s a city-state, so primarily roadmap sorts of stuff, but the city is kind of… layered? There is the upper district, which is primarily built in the trees with lots of bridges. Then there is the lower district, which is just beneath the trees but often follows a completely different road map based more on where the roots of the trees are and the old road built hundreds of years ago than the bridges above. Some of the buildings - although not all of them - are ‘in’ both districts. The lower district is also a bit larger, extending out to the farmlands.
There is also a factory district much further out, and a mostly abandoned - save for some old holy sites - ‘city’ beneath and surrounding and occasionally mingling with the lower district. It’s all in caves, so there’s a lot of crossover.
It’s basically very stacked without much cohesiveness between the layers so IDK how I’d draw it and keep it consistent. Like, drawing three maps would make the most sense, but I’d like it to be clear that certain points on each map were mean to correspond with points on the other. Maybe a grid? Like it’d be a little awkward with the upper district being so much smaller than the other two, but it could be like… block B6 on map A is the same as map B and map C, just at different altitudes?
I wish I had a great answer for this, but since I’ve never had to do any research on the topic myself, I’m not super helpful.
Joseph Bruchac, an Abenaki storyteller and novelist (everyone should read Skeleton Man), has released several collections of stories from various Native communities — his Iroquois Stories is sitting in my room at home, and I believe he’s done others.
I’m sure other people have more specific recommendations, but the number one criterion in your search should probably be making sure you’re finding sources by Native authors/storytellers.
EDIT: also make sure you’re conscious of the fact that Native communities in North America are diverse and as such have diverse traditions — there’s no such thing as “Native American folklore” per se. EDIT again: as pan-ismyhomeboy points out, also keep in mind always that these are living traditions that belong to living people, not curiosities to spice up a story.
ngl I feel suuuuper uncomfortable with this person’s request. Because what people don’t get is that when they talk about “Native folklore” what they’re talking about a lot of the time is our sacred stories. They might sound like Aesop to you, but they are sacred to us. In my tradition, telling such stories comes with a lot of protocol you have to go through to be respectful—you put down tobacco, you don’t tell them in the summer, etc. Old people are still often afraid to talk about thunderbirds or mishibizhu in a way that might be disrespectful.
I say this as a person who has struggled significantly for a long time with including so-called ‘folklore’ beings from my own culture in my writing. I’m extremely wary of anyone’s ability to include figures from indigenous traditions in their writing unless they have spent a significant amount of time in the community, hearing the stories and their contexts from community members. Coyote is not here for you to ‘use’ in your story. You’re not going to get an understanding out of most “Native folklore” collections, and you can’t just imitate what Native writers do, either, because they have rights to do things with their own traditions that you don’t.
I don’t want to say non-Natives can never, ever write about beings from indigenous traditions, but I frankly do severely discourage it without intense scrutiny on why and how you are doing it.