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Publisher's Summary

The essential elements for building a world.
Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again.
Now, 11 of adventure gaming's top designers come together to share their insights into building worlds that gamers will never forget. Learn the secrets of designing a pantheon, creating a setting that provokes conflict, determining which historical details are necessary, and so much more.
Take that creative leap, and create dazzling worlds of your own!
Essays by Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, Monte Cook, Jeff Grubb, Scott Hungerford, David "Zeb" Cook, Chris Pramas, Jonathan Roberts, Michael A. Stackpole, Steve Winter, Janna Silverstein, with an introduction by Ken Scholes.
Nominated for two Ennie Awards: Best Writing and Best RPG-Related Book.
©2012 Open Design LLC (P)2017 Open Design LLC
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By Gaiamilk on 01-02-18

Exactly what i wanted it to be. Well done.

all of the essays in this book we're very informative. Somewhere more relevant than others to me but I imagine that many would be relevant to all. All of them sparked the imagination. well worth the money and time

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By Kyle on 11-18-17

Awesome world building tool.

This is a great tool for any word builder. I make home brew worlds for RPGs and while listening to this it just filled me with more and more ideas. I will continue to come back to this book whenever I am preparing to create a new world. The narrator was very engaging. The way he read kept my attention which, I'm my opinion, is what you need in a compilation of essays.

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