Inside Mesus: Rulership

September 7, 2016 at 10:54 pm

“Towns are like people. Old ones often have character, the new ones are interchangeable.” — Wallace Stegner Our recent discussion on fantasy world governments made us want to dig a little deeper into our bronze age starting point— Mesus. Our city-state is roughly 10,000 people, with 7500 of them crowded […]

Who’s in charge around here?

August 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm

“To rule is easy, to govern difficult.” — Goethe Regardless of how involved the gods are in your game world, your players’ characters will undoubtedly interact with powerful forces of a more earthly sort. I’m talking about ‘the man’. Governments and other power blocs are an important part of most […]

Myth Conceptions

August 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm

“Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a God, you say yes!” — Winston Zeddemore, Ghostbusters   If you are running a fantasy RPG, its only a matter of time before before someone call out for divine assistance. Even in games without specific rules for divine magic, there still might […]

Five-point Foundation

August 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  “We need the tonic of wildness…at the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things.” — Henry David Thoreau Probably following the arc of expanding power in many zero-to-hero role-playing systems, most GMs have said the scope of their adventuring world grows as a campaign […]

Village Idiom

July 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm

“Civilization is a race between disaster and education.” — H.G. Wells Following the conversations across Facebook and the web, it seems that those who don’t carve out complete continents and ages of history before they unleash players into their creations like to keep it small. So let’s do that. The […]

Land ho!

July 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm

“Maps codify the miracle of existence.” ― Nicholas Crane Alright world-builders, lets get to work. We’re looking to put together a fantasy setting with a bronze age feel built from the shell of a titanic primal turtle’s shell. And we’re gonna need a map. How do we go about it? […]

Sparking a Big Bang

July 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

“Since the dawn of man” is really not that long, As every galaxy was formed in less time than it takes to sing this song. — ‘Big Bang Theory’ theme Why do it at all? Starting with a creation myth is by no stretch the only (or even the best) […]

System Informs Setting

June 29, 2016 at 9:19 pm

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” ― Sidney Sheldon   Our readers are looking for a game that is easy-to-run, but we don’t want to throw away good crunch just for simplicity. So now we start moving from […]

Getting to the Nuts and Bolts

June 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm

“The medium is the message” — Marshal MacLuhan Our polling samples show that most of us like to build from scratch, so lets do that. There is a world of inspirations, so why be limited to a specific backdrop borrowed from somewhere else. One other major determination that needs to […]

Preparing for Launch

June 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ― Abraham Lincoln Its been widely reported that a world can be created in less than a week, but my experience has always been that it takes much longer. I might […]