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World Building $2.99
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World Building
Publisher: Bards and Sages
by Jason C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/14/2011 14:12:43
There are many worldbuilding products available to a GM, and this is one of the simplest, cheapest, and easiest to follow. It's 16 pages long, including workbook-style sections that leave plenty of room for people to write their own notes in. There's no art - this is for working with, not for oohing and aahing over.

There are five sections in World Building. The first emphasizes the logic of your world The second asks you to try to evaluate the purpose of the world you are creating as well as its place in various classifications of fictional worlds. Third, you now have a direction in which you can develop the logic of the world you're creating. Suggestions for research also come in here. Part Four is about the civilizations and mythology of your world. Finally, you are asked to focus on the workings of the world, whether fictional or game-mechanical.

The most fun part of this supplement are the worksheets that I mentioned earlier. These have several open-ended questions and a blank space for you to answer for your particular world. Keeping these documents throughout a campaign will help you improvise during game sessions and will remind you of what your game is all about when you are in the midst of a campaign. Are you still going the way you intended to go in the beginning?

Because this product is priced exactly right and is meant to be worked on rather than shelved or archived, I give it a high rating. The only way it could be better is if the worksheets had been more developed or been form-fillable, so that people who prefer to type for their archival copies could type directly on the sheet.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
World Building
Publisher: Bards and Sages
by John D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/23/2006 00:00:00
I found this to be a valuable reference work and easy to follow. Highly recommended for those who want a lot of relaity in their world design

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
World Building
Publisher: Bards and Sages
by Keith T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/15/2006 00:00:00
It does a good job of promoting the idea that when creating a world (or a game) you should have a consistant vision for it instead of basing a whole setting or system around one or two 'kewl' things. It should have gone into more detail about the case study, though. Why did the group end up with the choices they made instead of something else? What other options did they consider?


LIKED: Raises some good points and doesn't cost that much.

DISLIKED: Too short (about eight pages of content) and somewhat vague.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, because this was a seminar class, they didn't have time to engage in a lot of the research end. Decisions were made based on majority rule and existing knowledge. Sometimes discussions of one aspect needed to be cut short in order to move on. Hopefully, that explains the abbreviated nature of their choices.
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