Pyramid #3/41: Fantasy World-Building

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The World Is Yours to Shape

Lots of people have fixer-uppers. But for some folks, these projects are entire worlds. This month's Pyramid – the PDF magazine for roleplayers – offers tools and resources to help build a fantasy world:

  • "The Turning Points of History" offers a set of random tables to generate fantastic histories suitable for the smallest towns, the most epic worlds, and everything in between. Written by Matt Riggsby (author of GURPS Dungeon Fantasy 8: Treasure Tables), this article will have you devising today's action using yesterday's lore.
  • "Shadowland Runners," an add-on about how information brings rule to a widespread kingdom. GURPS author Michele Armellini describes (with GURPS rules) the ephemeral world that makes this communication possible.
  • "God Is Dead," this month's Eidetic Memory offering from GURPS Fourth Edition co-author David Pulver, includes both systemless and GURPS insight. How does the world react when one of its deities dies?
  • "In the Jungle," which takes your fantasy gaming in a new direction – straight up! Discover what the canopied world of trees has in common with dungeon-delving action.
  • "The Gnomish Mafia," a generic organization suitable for anywhere that can welcome small criminals with big plans.
  • "The Children of the Coming Darkness," a dire development for your GURPS Banestorm campaign. Can the world survive the plans of this insane cult?
  • "The Duodecennial Deviations," a developed look at how a calendar might bestow or remove GURPS abilities . . . and what that means for the world at large.
  • "Spirits in Everyday Life," an examination of how the spirits of a fantasy world might be appeased . . . and what can happen if they aren't.

This issue also contains a Random Thought Table that considers world-building from a rule standpoint, plus Odds and Ends we didn't have room for elsewhere . . . including a Murphy's Rules that's gone to the dogs.

They say the world keeps on turning regardless of our actions. However, it won't be as cool if you're not involved – and Pyramid is here to help!

Written by Michele Armellini / David L. Pulver / Matt Riggsby / Steven Marsh / Alan Leddon / J. Edward Tremlett / Megan McDonald / Jason Brick