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 .

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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.

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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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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.

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