World Building

I ENJOY CREATING FANTASY WORLDS, THEN USING THEM TO TELL STORIES OR PLAY DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS

Here Are Some Projects I've Made:

CURRENT PROJECT

THIS IS MY CURRENT MAP-MAKING PROJECT. I'M DESIGNING A FRESH WORLD FOR A DUNGEONS & DRAGONS CAMPAIGN I PLAN TO START LATER THIS YEAR.

HERE'S WHAT I'VE GOT SO FAR:

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DRAGONIA/FAAELSHAR

THIS WAS MY FIRST MAJOR MAP-MAKING PROJECT. IT WAS A DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS CAMPAIGN THAT I RAN FOR A GROUP OF 7 PLAYERS.

THE PLAYERS STARTED OUT WITH THIS MAP:

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WHEN THEY VISITED THE BELLWARE SCIENCE LAB, I HAD A SCIENTIST NAMED VITRA SHELLBY SCRIBBLE SOME NOTES OVER THEIR MAP:

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THEY LATER DISCOVERED ANOTHER VERSION OF THE MAP THAT EXPLAINED THE DIFFERENT TERRITORIES WITHIN THE WORLD:

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DURING THE CAMPAIGN, THE PLAYERS WORKED TOWARD UNRAVELING WHAT HAPPENED DURING SOME MYSTERIOUS EVENT 3,000 YEARS AGO.

WHEN THEY RECEIVED THIS ANCIENT MAP, IT HELPED THEM PUZZLE TOGETHER WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE IN THIS LAND SO LONG AGO:

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I STARTED TO GET BETTER AT MAP-MAKING, AND SO I HAD MY PLAYERS MEET AN ARTISTIC CARTOGRAPHER CHARACTER WHO REPLACED THEIR ANCIENT MAP WITH THIS BETTER-DRAWN VERSION:

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LATER ON, MY PLAYERS DISCOVERED A SECRET UNDERGROUND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM THAT WAS BUILT THOUSANDS OF YEARS AGO:

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ITUAN

THIS IS A MORE COMPLICATED CAMPAIGN I RAN AFTER DRAGONIA/FAAELSHAR WAS COMPLETE

WHAT MADE THIS ONE UNIQUE WAS AN OBJECT THAT ALLOWED MY PLAYERS TO STEP BETWEEN PARALLEL DIMENSIONS. ADDITIONALLY, I HAD TWO DIFFERENT GROUPS PLAYING IN THE SAME WORLD.


EVERYONE STARTED HERE, IN THE MATERIAL DIMENSION:

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EVENTUALLY, BOTH GROUPS DISCOVERED OBJECTS/MAGIC WHICH ALLOWED THEM TO JUMP FROM THE MATERIAL DIMENSION TO THE FEYWILDS DIMENSION:

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THE FEYWILDS IS PARALLEL TO THE MATERIAL: SO, WHATEVER THEIR COORDINATES WERE IN THE MATERIAL, ARE KEPT IN THE FEYWILDS

FOR EXAMPLE, IF THEY JUMPED FROM CANTIA IN THE MATERIAL DIMENSION, THEY WOULD FIND THEMSELVES IN CHERRI FOREST IN THE FEYWILDS DIMENSION

LATER ON, THEY UNLOCKED THE ABILITY TO TRAVEL TO YET ANOTHER PARALLEL WORLD... THE SHADOWFELL DIMENSION:

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THE IDEA OF THE MATERIAL, FEYWILDS, AND SHADOWFELL IS ONE FROM DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS IN GENERAL. HOWEVER, THESE MAPS AND THE METHOD OF JUMPING PARALLEL BETWEEN THEM WAS OF MY OWN MAKING.

LATER ON, THE PLAYERS ALSO DISCOVERED A WORLD PHYSICALLY UNDERGROUND IN THE MATERIAL DIMENSION, SO THAT GOT A MAP AS WELL:

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SINCE THERE WERE TWO DIFFERENT GROUPS PLAYING IN THE SAME WORLD, IF ONE GROUP DOES SOMETHING (SUCH AS DESTROY A TOWN), THAT AFFECTS THE OTHER GROUP (THE TOWN NO LONGER EXISTS).

TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION BETWEEN THE PLAYER GROUPS, I HAD A GOBLIN JOURNALIST TRAVEL THE MULTIVERSE, FREQUENTLY PUBLISHING NEWSPAPERS ABOUT ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT THAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED.

HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES:

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I POSTED EACH NEWSPAPER ON REDDIT AT R/YIKLARNEWS, AND THEY'RE STILL THERE! YOU CAN GO CHECK THEM OUT IF YOU'D LIKE: LINK