In the Beginning

May 19, 2016 at 8:11 pm

“If we don’t play God, who will?”

— James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA

planet182I suppose it only makes sense to start this out with a statement of purpose: I intend (with the help of collaborators and blog readers) to explore the process of RPG world creation and development in an effort to share inspiration and collectively gain a better understanding of how it works. And hopefully end up with a game work that can be used and across the digital void.

But why would anyone want to do that?

A quick internet search will reveal a huge number of fully fleshed out settings for a wide array of genres and systems. Why not choose one of those, and get the advantage of the work of team of developers, or respected novelists, or squads of movie and TV writers? That’s a darn good question, but who wants to read about how I bought the ‘Forgotten Realms’ box set and sat down to play.