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Holistic World Building: Deserts

Deserts have been a part of the RPG scene and world design since the early days of the hobby. They’re fantastic locations for adventure, offering environmental and physical challenges outside of the norm offered by the temperate/cool temperate European coded base locations many games use as their “core” setting. But this hasn’t been without challenges or pitfalls, so this world building post is all about diversifying your deserts!

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What Does Supporting Diversity Look Like?

An excellent question came across my Twitter feed the other day. Paraphrasing, it was “What does supporting diversity look like?” And I realized I write a lot about how diversity is important, and how products and companies struggle and fail with diversity, but not what the actual effort looks like. So, what does supporting diversity look like in world building?

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Filling the Expanse

When working with an African coded setting, there’s a lot of biases and temptations that come into play. And from Rifts World Book 4: Africa in 1993 to Tomb of Annihilation in 2017, we see them at work in different ways but with similar results. So how did the creative team behind Lost Omens: The Mwangi Expanse approach the task?

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Holistic World Building: Lost World Diversification

Lost World zones, in the mode of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World” and/or Jules Verne’s “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, have become a staple of the tabletop RPG world. Whether it’s fantasy or science fiction, the draw of prehistoric settings and creatures has remained high for years. But the drawback is that a lot of them feel same-y. The same grab bag of fan favourite dinosaurs, the same cavemen, maybe some lizardfolk for spice, and the inevitable jungle and swamp terrain combo. So this post is all about diversifying your Lost Worlds in your world building, to bring a bit of extra fun to it all! 

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