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The KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding. Praise for. Complete KOBOLD Guide to Game Design. “A must-have book for both those looking to get into this industry. Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding has ratings and 21 reviews. Patrick said: I’m unsure how best to rate this book. I got it to help me spark ideas and pr. Creating a setting for an RPG is a quite different thing than creating a world for a novel or a movie, or even a TV show or video game.

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It is not a manual, and by no means defines a ‘process’ for creating worlds. I picked up the Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding based on my interest in writing fantasy and running roleplaying games.

I have to mention that the chapter on working with licensed properties seemed a bit out of place, seeing as how it dealt solely with the professional aspects of doing so, and is thus useless to anyone looking to use an existing setting as a gamemaster rather than as a game designer. The Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding is a small book. Wolfgang Baur, the publisher and chief contributor, and his fellow world-smiths present the best ways to approach the creation of worlds that players or readers will find compelling enough to return to again and again.

Otherwise, I thought it was a good book, and deserving of the Ennie it recently won. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: Kindle Editionpages.

This is among the most highlighted books on my Kindle. Some of the included chapters cover map-making, creating and maintaining a world ‘bible’, creating religions, dealing with the impact of both magic and technology, and several other topics. While everyone in the book is knowledgeable in RPG building and their credentials are impeccable, I read it as more of a “What not to do” rather than a comprehensive guide to “Construction” which is what I hoped it was.

Patrick Moore rated it liked it Jan 19, Learn the secrets of designing a pantheon, creating a setting that provokes conflict, determining which historical details are necessary, and so much more.

The last couple essays weren’t great and could more or less be cut with very little being lost. I can see many of the tools, techniques, and recommendations working in literature though the book is clearly written for game design first and foremost. I have a few conceptual discussions floating around my head but nothing that was truly innovative in their approach to the grand project that is “World Building”.

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I have directly referred to this chapter when working on my own worlds.

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While the content is definitely more geared toward the latter, the essays touch on some aspects of world creation that a writer must also consider, though with a fantasy slant.

Many people recommend this book for aspiring fantasy authors as well. Just a couple of subjective experiences kobild I don’t think will help the average world worldbuillding grapple with what makes things tick and why.

In previous works, this advice was painfully obvious and usually linked to the tone of the genre, but worlxbuilding he explores specific design issues associated with the content of the theme.

Many very interesting insides Be the first to ask a question about Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding. If you’re a rules hacker like me, this stuff is solid gold.

My favorite thing about the book is the fact that the authors warn you about mistakes that people make, but they give examples of why it is bad and speak from experience. Sep 03, Hteph rated it it was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to add to the discussion? However, I could definitely see this book being useful for any creator worldbuildiny wants to design their own fictional world.

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The vuide five or six essays I easily could’ve skipped. Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: This collection of essays on the topic of worldbuilding was good, and even though it mostly focused on worldbuilding for RPGs, a majority of the tips and tricks can be utilized when creating for novels as well.

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I have read at least four or five works on the subject of worldbuilding over the years. It has the kind of advice you’d give to a film director preparing to make his first period film, not the kind of thing you’d give either to a novice GM writing his or her first world or to an experienced GM looking for ways to work more efficiently. I kobokd see many of the tools, techniques, and recommendations working in literature though the book is clearly written for game design first and forem This book features a large and kovold ranging selection of essays written by the giants in the industry of Role Playing Kobo,d design.


The first discusses worldbuilding in another’s universe, such as providing new content for an already established property like Pathfinder or the Marvel universe. This really spoke to me. Remember to check out the wiki for lots of resources and tips on starting tuide There is also a curated list of resources compiled via Discord.

David rated it it was amazing Jan 15, Although both made me wonder why the authors never mentioned the Glorantha setting when it contains many examples of the kinds of gulde being discussed.

I’m wondering this too, but since it’s just a hobby topic, I suppose it’s as much for entertainment as it is for use. Got me to start worldbuilding again after years of sitting on my butt. Jan 30, Patrick rated it liked it. Two of the last essays also had pragmatic advice clearly aimed at aspiring industry professionals, which was a slight surprise.

He knows what he’s talking about and he’ll cover your ass before you need it to be covered. Paul Weimer rated it really liked it Aug 23, But I suppose if your background is next to none, they may be useful as a long-winded introduction that takes up the first third of the book.

The next four essays are more generally on designing cultures, citystates, and technology for your world. Now, eleven of adventure gaming’s top designers come together to share their insights into building worlds that gamers will never forget. Every post needs context! Dan Nietsche rated it it was ok May 15, Refresh and try again.