Questions tagged [world-building]

The process of creating a complete, coherent and convincing world to use as a setting for RPG adventures.

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Fixing/Improving My Model of Reciprocal Economies [closed]

I’m unsatisfied with how things like reciprocal economies are usually handled in RPGs. I've come up with a homebrew mechanic of my own, but it's also far from perfect and I’m trying to improve it. In ...
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What are the ramifications of creating a homebrew world without an Astral Plane?

I'm currently working on a homebrew world for a campaign of mine, which is currently on hold indefinitely, so there's no time pressure. Overall design intent: I don't want my world to be a clone of ...
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How can I deliver in-universe written lore to players without it being dry exposition?

I DM for a D&D (5e) group in a custom campaign setting which I worldbuild as we go. One of my players is very much interested in the history and lore of the world and often tries to find out bits ...
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Can a kingdom be destabilized by an influx of enemy gold? [closed]

A few years ago I read a role-playing game supplement that described a cold war between kingdom Good and kingdom Bad. Both kingdoms used metal coins with silver as the most common followed by gold. ...
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How do I make it difficult to dispel a teleportation circle?

Based on the question How hard is to dispel spell that was made permanent by casting it every day for a year with different spell slots?, it follows that a simple casting of dispel magic could ruin a ...
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How to handle anti-magic fortifications? [closed]

Suppose players get to refurbish, repair or straight up build their own fortress. Since it is supposed to be a safe place, a sanctuary, how do I let them protect themselves against magical threats? ...
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Are all Eladrin CR 10?

With the release of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes we get more information about the Eladrin and race options. The Eladrin listed are CR 10. For someone who knows very little about Feywild lore, are ...
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How can I handle the concept of evil temples in the larger world? [closed]

In an evil region or country, what is the motivation for people to follow evil gods? I get the whole worshiping-out-of-fear thing and the idea of appeasement, but are there any other models of society ...
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Simulating a “Living” world [closed]

One of the classic things a GM wants to do is have his game world react convincingly to the actions of his players, as it adds a sense of consequence and verisimilitude to the world. If, for example, ...
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What do lizardfolk villages look like?

I'm working on a D&D 5e campaign's setting that includes a lizardfolk village in a relatively central location, in or near a deep jungle city ruled by dragonborn. Based on previous D&D ...
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How can player characters get by with daily necessities during a delve into Hell?

Recently, one of my players (a barbarian) had to make a pact with Lady Fierna of the 4th to avoid losing one of his friends. He agreed to offer his soul to the disposal of Lady Fierna after he dies in ...
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How can I involve a PC's backstory in a campaign that's set exclusively in a distant or foreign location?

I like my players to have a firm idea of their characters' backstories, and I like the idea of being able to draw on these (NPCs from the past showing up unexpectedly, etc.). However, in our next ...
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Political house ready cash (cityscape)

Basically, we are trying to find out how much "ready cash" in the political house entry in Cityscape refers to. I have a guess, but I want to be sure. Is it the "normal amount owned by a 6th-level ...
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What is a “House” in politics? [closed]

I'm making the politics of my world and I've seen the word “House” being use in politics (like the House of Representatives) and in other fantasy media (Harry Potter and its four houses). I wanted to ...
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Does supplemental Crucian information exist, and if so, where is it?

As part of a new campaign, the table has decided to challenge itself by having a world populated with somewhat more non-traditional races. To that end, I am trying to find and use races which have ...
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What is the general education level of people in the Forgotten Realms?

Do people in the Forgotten Realms have any standardized education? Do children go to school? How much education would people have in general? I can't say I know or understand how schooling in our ...
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What mundane process or spell effect is required to artificially create or modify gemstones?

In real life, we have the technology to grow crystals through several methods such that anything from alexandrite to zirconia, including diamonds and emeralds that are of higher quality than their ...
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Is there any rule preventing the ghost of a slain creature from existing while its animated skeleton exists?

I'm aware I can just GM fiat it if I like, but I'm curious to know if in the rules-as-written there exists language that prevents Tom's ghost from existing at the same time as Tom's animated skeleton ...
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What is the fineness (purity) of gold coins in D&D? [closed]

Preface: I am not tagging this for a specific edition, because the subject is very narrow. I believe it has not changed much through the editions. If the reviewers find that an edition is required, ...
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GM seeking good reference material on magical fungi, spells that cause plants to grow explosively

I'm crafting an eco-terrorist cult. This cult has recently swelled in followers due to the senseless destruction of the forest and disruption of the natural order by an upstart kingdom. Their goal is ...
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Why would Shadowrun's cities be as cyberpunk as those of other, non-revitalized CP worlds? [closed]

If the world of Shadowrun is (partially) re-emerged and its nature is re-vitalized -- vast forests regrown, magic returned, etc --, why would the setting's megaplexes be as super-polluted, over-...
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How can I turn a game idea into an actual game? [closed]

I've been wanting to create a role-playing game for a long time. I've had tons of ideas but I haven't been able to turn those ideas into something real. I've even thought of different kinds of ...
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Could a lone wizard act as a city's law enforcement?

A sufficiently powerful wizard could singlehandedly wipe a city off the map, but what if they wanted to settle down and maintain the public order instead? Could a single high-level wizard feasibly ...
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How can I use powerful NPCs without overshadowing the player characters?

I’ve been playing P&P for years and have taken my first tentative steps into DM’ing over the last year, mostly leading One-Shots. I am also a passionate world-builder and so I jumped at the chance ...
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Is there a logical language that could be used for a machine that can answer yes/no questions, to answer more complex questions?, [closed]

Is there a logical language that could be used for a machine that can answer yes/no questions only to answer more complex questions? (Or can we create one?) Note: I'm starting to realize the question ...
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Necessities for a D&D map [closed]

I am fairly new to D&D but I have always been interested in making maps! I was wondering if there are specific elements that must be included on a map for it to be usable. Thank you in advance!
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If my world-building makes undead not intrinsically evil, what rules changes would I need to make?

Undead are generally evil because the cosmology says they are. I want to build a cosmology where undead are not intrinsically evil (but can be if, say, animated by demons). Most undead encountered by ...
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How can I have a bar with mixed supernatural creatures without it being a total disaster?

In my story, there's this club in Tel Aviv. It's a pretty chill place. Owned by an introverted Death Changeling. Bartender's a mustachioed Caitiff with just enough Auspex to tell if you're carrying a ...
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How does Fate handle wildly out-of-scope attempts to declare story details?

The way I see, Fate lets anyone declare details and describe parts of the world more or less as the player sees fit. Unless the setting is based on a certain fixed universe known by all players, ...
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How to introduce a new setting to existing characters?

The PCs are playing in a "normal" campaign and it slips into the domain of another campaign world. For instance playing in Toril, and suddenly the mists of Ravenloft envelop them or they find ...
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Is There a World Creation Tool for Rolemaster [closed]

Is there a tool for world creation that follows the guidelines in Rolemaster Campaign Law, or even in general?
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Given powerful low-level Clerical healing, how can sick, crippled or otherwise unhealthy people exist?

In my attempt to make a more harsh, uncaring setting, I’ve hit a stumbling block in terms of the ease with which even low level Clerics can treat the poor and the sick: A 1st-level Cleric can bring ...
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Wanting to start a Star Wars D&D campaign, but I want to really have deep political depth [closed]

I feel good as far as the star wars base setting, however I am struggling with how to add political depth to it. I would like to add some tough decisions that could change the way the game plays ...
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DFRPG city creation via telepresence

I'm planning a DFRPG campaign for the first time since my group began gathering via telepresence. How can we best approximate sitting around the table to collaborate, talk, and work on city creation1 ...
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How do I make a PC's religion help drive the story?

As a GM, how can I make a player-character's religion help drive the story? I'm going to be making up a local religion for the region that most of the party is from, and I'd like it to really matter ...
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Do different monsters cooperate? Do I need to justify it when they do?

I'm new to GMing, and am having difficulty with understanding how often different types of monsters interact cooperatively (so to speak). In keeping with trying to give my PC's variety, and to also ...
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Have classes and levels ever been recognized officially in-game?

Has there ever been an official (A)D&D product in which character levels (as per the rules governing the game) were recognized and utilized to some degree in-game, within the game world, by the ...
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How to introduce the levelless, cost-based spells of Cthulhu d20 into D&D 5e

Cthulhu d20 has a magic system in which spells aren't tied to classes nor to levels. Anyone can learn and use a spell, if they're willing to pay the price, which usually comes in the form of a ...
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What stops practitioners of Enchantment and Illusion magics from taking over societies? [closed]

What stops practitioners of Enchantment and Illusion magics from taking over humanoid societies in your average D&D 5e world? See, given enough time and resources, they could impersonate ...
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Building a History in a Homebrew World [closed]

So I'm creating a homebrew campaign setting for a group I will be DMing. I've used the outside-in approach, so I've created 4 continents, countries within each continent, cities, towns, villages, ...
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Is it appropriate to disallow the players building the world?

I finally made it to host my first session of DnD. We had a lot of fun and no one appeared to be one of all these kinds of problem players I read here about every now and then. All had fun and told me ...
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How do I create appealing cursed magical items?

I'm thinking about creating a world where anything with magical powers are known to make their wielder both blessed and cursed in some way, some more severe than others, sometimes in equal measure. ...
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Ideas for a new scenario (mutant style) [closed]

My first question here, let me know if I can improve my question. Or if I'm asking in the wrong place. :) I'm planning start a modern campaign with my friends and I would like to create a "mutant" ...
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How to test a Campaign Setting's Content? [closed]

I'm working on a pretty expansive campaign setting of my own right now, and I'd like to test it. The question is: How do I do it? Notes & Details This setting is generic, intended to be adapted ...
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How to make large number of NPCs manageable to players? [closed]

I'm planning a game where there is about a dozen important NPC actors, with some more less important ones. "Important" means that even if they are not directly involved in current events, they play a ...
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How can I prevent my Good-aligned spider deity from being confused with Lolth?

I have been working on a custom campaign setting for D&D 5e for a while now, and one of the key themes of the setting is "the races aren't what you think they are at first glance". The drow in ...
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Ley Lines in D&D

Are there any DMGs or other source books from Dungeons and Dragons that discuss Ley Lines and how a DM should design them in their campaign, or the underlying rules they follow? I would prefer 3.5/...
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How much time should travelling through a country take? [closed]

Im creating my world right now, and i have the basic layout What i've been thinking about, is how large it should be, and im not sure how to do it to maximize the fun in the game. At the moment i ...
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Is there a template to create a Savage Worlds world

I just saw Mad Max Fury road and I figured that it would make an excellent 'world' to game in. I was thinking, what does it take to build enough material to make a convincing world? And how do you ...
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How do I determine an NPC's skill levels?

When developing a new NPC, how do I ensure that they have close to the skill rankings that I would expect them to have, yet not make them more powerful than the PCs? As an example, I want a noble ...