Edited by Luke Waltman, Sondra C, Flickety, Peter and 12 others
With the rise in popularity of role-playing games across multiple and very distinct genres, there are significant challenges in creating a believable world for player characters to interact in. Time periods, religions, history, and other minutiae may be different. However, creating a world that is believable is very important for players to get into the game, especially in an age where people have come to expect the gritty realism of the post 9/11 world.
Creating Your Own Role-Playing Game World
- Provide distinguishing features in your world at the various locations. For instance, an abandoned tower in one area and a bustling fish market in another.
- Imply that more is going on under the surface in your world than meets the eye. This will keep people interested.
- Create a few sample biographies of people who lived and died under the sun of your world. Who was successful? Who lived only a short life and why?
- Above all, applicability. Applicability is the concept that, though your world is not necessarily allegorical, it has enough depth to mean different things to different people. In other words, everyone finds something that is important to them.
- Watch out for "that one town" phenomena where players are unable to remember the differences between one place and another.
- Watch out for multiple characters that act exactly the same.
- Be sure to check that your cities don't have commons with another game.
Categories: Role Playing Games
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