Create Fantasy Names and Languages

How do you create names and languages for your fantasy people and places? Do you make a unique creation, base it loosely on earth, or try to find some middle ground? How do you mold random names and phrases into something consistent?

There are two ways of doing this: Hire a linguist and get it right, or you can fake it. This post is about faking it. Being an amateur hack is just fine for a world builder, as long as you are consistent.

First I will remind you of some basics, then ponder some design goals, before I lay out how I currently do this, and finally, I’ll use my own experiences as an example to fix things when you have already started, but regret your initial name choices.

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Creating Roleplaying Game Campaigns

Creating new roleplaying game campaigns requires three decisions: create characters, pick a setting, and pick a story or at least a theme. You can do this in any order you like, or all at once. I’ll discuss one possible way to do this in the following post.

Outlining is the most exciting stage of creating a roleplaying game campaign for me. The group collectively picks a theme and hook. I create a possible ending for the campaign, then bullet-point three acts, where most of the first act focuses on resolving semi-random character background. The middle part should be dark and disastrous, and usually, fall into place quickly last.

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Creating Fantasy Maps

Creating a fantasy world means creating maps early on. The key is to keep the map on a sketch level as you are outlining because you will have a lot of moving parts. It doesn’t matter if this a region, continent or the whole world. What matters is that is big enough to cover your plans for the world, and yet leave space to add details and revisions. Continue reading “Creating Fantasy Maps”

Creating Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starting Areas

You need an area to start the adventure if you want to run a fantasy roleplaying campaign. You can spend hundreds of hours creating your world and drawing your maps, but at some point, you want to get started with your game. Or perhaps skip the hundreds of hours, and start right away? Continue reading “Creating Fantasy Roleplaying Game Starting Areas”

Lessons from One Month of Blogging

In November 2017 I started the Mudworld Blog to hone my writing skills and explore ideas regarding gaming, world building, and writing. I read many “how-to” guides to blogging and watched many YouTube videos as I figured out how to do this. Continue reading “Lessons from One Month of Blogging”