Posted on 13th May 2021
So how to take the first step of a journey when everything you know about it is just a feeling that you want to do it? I don’t know yet but I will begin just as I would begin any new software project.
I would collect some information about the goal and why I want to do such thing at all.
So, having established that, let’s see how far we will get.
First of all I need to decide where I am going to collect all the information about the Universe.
What would be my medium? The simplest solution would be a plain text editor. I sit down and begin to write.
But where so I begin? How to manage such amount of information? How to build structures, maps, timelines, characters and relations between those objects?
I don’t think a plain text editor would do the job, so I have recently looked around if there are some tools for world creators. And as is so often the case it happens to be such things. I won’t go into details which tool is the best as it was some time ago as I looked around.
I decided to go with World Anvil. I am not advertising it nor am I somehow associated with them. I just found it very useful. Its primary target group are game masters for games such as Dungeons & Dragons but it is good enough for my use case. And it’s not merely a tool. It is more of a framework where you will be asked a lots of questions that help you to get your feet wet.
Well, I don’t know the rules here when it comes to creating a universe. I would say one must adapt to current situation. What is my current situation then?
I don’t want to go Tolkien here creating the Silmarillion. So I choose the practical path. I have some constraints I have to comply:
In next steps I’d like to come up with some first ideas. I’d like to publish some drafts of the world and gameplay.
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