When you want to create a world and all the creatures and wonders in it for your players to react to and interact, how much effort do need to put into it? Ask yourself this question, do you do the minimum necessary or the best you can do? The best games entail doing the best. The more detail, the better. Now, ask yourself another question. How cool do you want your game to be? Unless you don’t like gaming, the answer to that should be, “The coolest ever!” of course. So, what must you do to put the most you can put into it? Think of all the YouTube videos that center on movie plot holes and, “how it should have ended”. If you put enough effort into your game, no one can make a, “how it could have ended” about your game. How do you do that? I’m glad you asked.
Volumes can be written, and have, about how to create a great game setting and that great story line, etc., but the story ultimately has to come from inside your mind. It’s all in there, you might think, but our minds are in a continuous state of flux, taking in new information and making new pathways that enrich and inspire our overall view of the universe. All inspiration starts in there, in your mind, but don’t limit yourself to its confines. Start with a seed, like always, then elaborate until it’s done. The effort you put into this is directly correlated to the finished product’s value if all goes well.
Stay organized, don’t spare the details. If something seems like it’s getting out of hand with its demands on your time, you’re probably doing it right. Spare no expense of your time with your project. If it feels like it needs for you to write the full life story of two hundred and seventy-two NPCs, then start writing. If you think you need to spend eighty three hours cutting and pasting chunks of map captured from Google Maps into photoshop to create your own world, then start cutting. There’s an old saying that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago or right now. The same can be said about the project. Either it should have been planned for the last few years, or right now. If you don’t do all the homework and research necessary to make it as thorough as the best movie you have ever seen, then don’t bother. Whether you succeed ay it being the best is irrelevant, so there’s no need for insecurity, it will be the best you can imagine. The point is to put everything into it without regard of the amount or work that needs to be done. This will produce the best you have in you with no regrets.
Author: Dr. Jeff Goins is the Founder and CEO of Dwarven Tavern www.dwarventavern.net. He writes lots of tombs, carves articles of stones, and publishes a wealth of knowledge. His latest books include Dwarven Tavern Short Hooks and Quick Start Story Ideas, Growing Up Haunted: The Tollgate, and Life In The Shadows.