Bored of SimCity? Try Banished the Video Game.

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If you love the idea of building your own town then you will LOVE this game.

Banished is a city-building strategy game that is all about life and survival as you control a group of exiled travellers who decide to build their own city. The object of this game is to keep the population alive and to grow it into a powerful civilisation.

It has the feel of a modern Caesar 3 or Zeus: Master of Olympus but with much deeper gameplay. That’s because sustainable resource gathering must be considered if you want your settlement to survive in the long term.

This game has appeared out of nowhere but the initial youtube videos look brilliant. What’s more impressive is that it’s been developed by just 1 guy, Luke Hodorowicz .

Read the full article here.

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How to design a town the fantastic maps way

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Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps has published a fantastic quick tutorial that teaches you how to design a town. I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s work for a long time especially since he was commissioned to produce The Lands Of Fire And Ice.

I’ve also been playing with the idea of focusing my whole world building efforts on just one city. So here is the result of a city I’ve sketched out using the tutorial and it may very well be the city I use for my future world building.

Read the full article here

Cosmology: Building the nature of your universe

Put in a nutshell, Cosmology is the science that deals with the nature of the universe as a whole, and what allows us to understand just how our world works and where it comes from.
Usually, there are two different approaches to help determine how a particular world has come into existence. The first of which would obviously be the creation of the universe by a single super-being or a group of particular deities, usually tied together nicely with a creation story.

That’s all well and good, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other ways through which a world could technically have formed. After all, how does one go about creating a new world when we don’t even understand how our own first came into existence?

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Help grow a fantasy village with Facebook

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The Eleajia project is an experiment in community village building for a fantasy world.

Here’s how you can get involved.

Eleajia is currently linked to two sites.

The first site, is the main site for the village. It has an overview of the project, village roster, supplies, maps, and a spot to read about past events. The main page of the site displays journal entries from the citizens of the village. This is where the story of Eleajia unfolds through the eyes of its own citizens.

The second site, is how the audience can interact with the world. Eleajia grows along with the growth of the interest for the project. As the ‘Likes’ for the page increase, new members join the village and major or minor improvements are built. The following is a list of how the Facebook page affects Eleajia. Of course, the numbers will change is its popularity grows.

Learn exactly how you can help here

Sanderson’s Second Law Of Magic – The Power Of Limitations

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If you’ve read last week’s article on Sanderson’s First Law Of Magic then you’ll want to visit The World Building School and take a read of this second article.

When you add limitations to your magic system it makes it more interesting for readers. This article also focuses on the elements of a magic system defined by Michael James Liljenberg – the gears that power your system and then the knobs and buttons used to control it.

While this article is more useful for those of us who are building a hard magic system it doesn’t mean that Sanderson’s Second Law Of Magic is any less relevant for soft magic systems.

Read the article here.

The Map Generator For Photoshop

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There have been a few of my followers asking when the cartographic Photoshop actions I’ve been working on will be available well today is that day! The World Building Store is now live and ready for your order. I’ve bundled the Photoshop actions up into one package “The Map Generator For Photoshop” and there is currently a special offer on to celebrate the launch of the store.

Normally the bundle will sell for £7 but as a special launch price you can buy The Map Generator for just £5 (and if you subscribe to the weekly world building articles from The World Building School then I’ll be sending out an extra offer for the bundle within the next day or two. So keep checking your inbox.)

What’s included in “The Map Generator For Photoshop”?

This bundle includes 3 of my most popular map styles in the form of Photoshop actions. You can see examples of some of these styles in my gallery on here. The Map Generator for Photoshop also includes the very useful Random Terrain Generator and a tutorial showing you exactly how to use the actions. I’ve even added a bonus into the package “The World Typography Action” which will generate a number of labels to use on your map.

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So please click here to visit The World Building Store and buy “The Map Generator For Photoshop”. Thank you for your support.

Customise Your Own Map on Graphic River

Are you an author, dungeon master or simply looking for a treasure map to use in a school or for kids parties? Well I’ve just published my first map pack on Graphic River – and it’s only $3.

This pack provides a fully drawn map detailed in two different styles and supported by 4 jpeg renders of the map, 2 for each style.

So it doesn’t matter if you don’t have Photoshop, you can still benefit from purchasing the map pack thanks to the inclusion of the 4 renders.

The first render is an ‘out of the box’ map complete with location names so you can instantly use it to create a world for your RPG , print and hang it on a wall or use it in an exotic treasure hunt.

The second render is the same as the first render however all of the place names have been removed. This means you can write on your own place names and even add extra icons and features to the map. All without the need of Photoshop. Simply print off the map and draw directly on it or take it into paint and draw in there.

However if you do have Photoshop you’ll be able to customise each map layer by layer.

Included in “Elfcarron: Customise Your Own Map”

1 Map
2 Styles
4 Jpegs
1 Layered PSD

Visit Graphic River to purchase the map. I would also really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about my maps and help me to rank on the Graphic River market place. It all helps towards the running of The World Builders Guild group on DeviantART and The World Building School website.

P.S. the link to the map pack is here. Please share.