Table of Contents

 
Introduction
  1. Introduction
  2. Where to Start
  3. About Me
  4. Free Book
  5. Disclaimers
  6. The Chapters
  7. Templates and Newsletter
Cultures
  1. What is Culture?
    1. The Ideas
    2. Cultural Scope
    3. Culture vs. Custom
    4. Cultural Vision
    5. How Much Culture to Invent
  2. Culture Depictions
    1. Visible
    2. Audible
    3. Performed
  3. Creating Culture
    1. The Body
    2. Greetings and Farewells
      1. The Words
      2. Physical Gestures
    3. Language
      1. Tone
      2. Colloquialisms, Slang, and Expressions
      3. Swear Words
    4. Daily Life
      1. Dining
      2. Bathing
      3. Sleeping
      4. Employment
      5. Transportation
    5. Pastimes
    6. Rituals, Festivals, and Ceremonies
      1. Birthday Observances
      2. Holidays
      3. Ceremonies
      4. Festivals
    7. Architecture
  4. Where to Start
Organizations
  1. Group Types
    1. Forces for Evil
    2. Forces for Good
  2. Common Traits
    1. Goals
    2. Enemies and Friends
    3. Power
  3. History
    1. Origins
    2. Actions
  4. In and Out
    1. Joining
    2. Leaving
  5. Where to Start
Armed Forces
  1. Locations
    1. Terrain
    2. Special Sites
    3. Transportation
  2. Their Weapons
  3. Their Defenses
    1. Armor
    2. Skills
  4. The Road to Becoming One
    1. Prerequisites
    2. Characteristics
    3. Initiation Tests
    4. Training
    5. Final Tests
  5. Identifiers
    1. Colors
    2. Symbols
  6. Those Who Serve
    1. Members
    2. Important Members
    3. Relationships
    4. Military Units
    5. Ranks
  7. History
    1. Famous Deeds
    2. Lore and Myths
  8. World View
    1. Languages
    2. Place in Society
    3. Customs Among Them
  9. Where to Start
Religions
  1. Overview
  2. History
    1. Creation
    2. Destruction
  3. Beliefs
  4. Names
  5. Followers
    1. Becoming One
    2. Leaving
    3. Expulsion
  6. Worship
    1. Holidays
  7. Locations
    1. Holy Sites
  8. Identifies
    1. Colors
    2. Symbols
  9. Clergy
    1. Important Members
    2. Sects
    3. Relationships
  10. World View
    1. Languages
    2. Place in Society
    3. Customs
    4. Outreach
  11. Combat
    1. Weapons
    2. Armor
  12. Afterlife
  13. Where to Start
The Supernatural
  1. Supernatural Energy
  2. Magic Paths
  3. Alternate Realities
  4. Supernatural Beings
    1. Gods
    2. Creatures
    3. Figures of Note
    4. Superheroes
  5. Prevalence
  6. The Impact
  7. Where to Start
Systems of Magic
  1. Do We Need a Magic System?
  2. Magic Prevalence
  3. Social Aspects
  4. What’s in a Name?
  5. Where Does Magic Come From?
    1. Origins
    2. Sources
    3. The Cost of Magic
  6. Are Spells Needed?
    1. Spells Are Needed
    2. Spells Are Not Needed
  7. The Life of Wizards
    1. How the Ability is Gained and Lost
    2. Training
    3. Height of Power
    4. The Waning Years
    5. Attire
  8. Types of Magic
    1. White and Black Magic
    2. Alchemy
    3. Withcraft
    4. Necromancy
    5. Shamanism
    6. Psionics
    7. Elemental Magic
  9. Principle of Good Magic Systems
    1. Sanderson’s Three Laws
      1. Soft Magic vs. Hard Magic
    2. What’s a Law
      1. Local Laws
      2. Laws of Magic
      3. World Building Laws
    3. Ellefson’s Seven Laws
  10. Creating Limits
    1. Get Organized
    2. Pros and Cons
  11. How to Invent Spells
    1. Gestures
    2. Ingredients
    3. Words
  12. Where to Start
Items
  1. All Items
  2. Regular Items
  3. Magic Items
    1. Properties
    2. Origins
    3. Form
    4. Users
  4. Technological Items
    1. Technological Prevalence
    2. Properties
    3. Origins
    4. Form
    5. Users
    6. Creating an A.I.
  5. Where to Start
Languages
  1. Should We Create One?
  2. The Medium
  3. Our Options
  4. How to Hire Someone
  5. Where to Start
Names
  1. People Names
    1. How Many Names?
    2. Given Names
    3. Surnames
  2. Place Names
    1. Using Events
    2. Using People
    3. Adding Suffixes and Prefixes
    4. Compound Names
  3. Uniqueness
  4. Leveraging Existing Names
  5. General Tips
  6. Techniques for Inventing Names
  7. Name Generators
  8. Where to Start
Other Systems
  1. Education Systems
    1. Basic Education
    2. Special Education
    3. The Apprenticeship
    4. Other Concerns
  2. Health Systems
    1. Medical
    2. Mental
  3. Legal Systems
    1. Types
      1. Civil Law
      2. Common Law
      3. Religious Law
      4. Contrasting Types
    2. How to Create Laws
      1. Moral Laws
      2. Incident Laws
    3. Trials
      1. Duels
      2. Trial by Combat
      3. Trial by Ordeal
    4. Punishments
  4. Commerce
    1. A Monetary System
      1. Units of Weight and Value
      2. Options
        1. Trading
        2. Metal
        3. Gemstones
        4. Bills
        5. Credit
      3. Currency Conversion
    2. Relative Value in Currency
    3. Determining Value
      1. Labor Value
  5. Information Systems
    1. SF
    2. Fantasy
Conclusion
  1. Goals
  2. Abide By Rules
  3. Tying It All Together
  4. Approaches
    1. Top Down
    2. Bottom Up
    3. Random
    4. What to Do?
  5. World Building Coalitions
    1. What Is It?
    2. Why Do It
    3. Who Does It
    4. The Covenant
    5. World Types
    6. Roles
    7. Creations
    8. Life Cycle
    9. Coordination
  6. File Storage
    1. Hard Drives
    2. Websites
    3. My Approach
  7. Get Organized
    1. Folder Structure
    2. Suggested Files
  8. Last Words
Templates
  1. Organization Template
  2. Armed Forces Template
  3. Religion Template
  4. Culture Template
  5. Supernatural Energy Template
  6. Supernatural Template

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