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Communicating Your World

You’ve done it. You’ve built a world for your next campaign and you’re dying to show it off. Then things go sideways. The players aren’t asking the right questions. They aren’t engaging with your lore. Instead of following your world’s cultures and ideas, they’re defaulting to stereotypes, tropes, and so on from the base game. You put a lot of work into this, and there’s seemingly no payoff in the game. It’s time to talk about communicating your world.

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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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