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World Building in Your Story…

November 22, 2013

Piceous – definition: pitch-black in color; a glossy dark brownish-black

PiceousThis Dungeons and Dragons creature is actually called Piceous. I think it is a pretty cool monster.

I do not play computer games so have no real idea what this particular creature does but reading on the Wikipedia site, this is the shortened description for Dungeons & Dragons. It is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc.. The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast since 1997. The Piceous is part of the Philosopher’s Stone Campaign.

While I was browsing the game site, I was impressed with the amount of detail  each game location and character had been given. There are maps for each ‘world’, profiles for every character and even statistics for the population of each race inhabiting the world.

This sort of detail shows us how world building can be achieved. Attention to detail is foremost in these game platforms and obviously great care is given to create each ‘world’ As authors we create stories populated with make believe characters and locations (for the most part) so to have a visual representation is an excellent way of bringing the story to life.

I have posted about character portfolio’s before  &

What methods do you use to bring your characters and locations to life?

Do you cut out photos from magazines and paste them on a story board?

Do you draw/paint your story board?

Are you able to picture it all in your head?

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