Discussion:Who's up for some fun worldbuilding?
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Howdy, y'all! A few days ago, I was browsing 4chan's /tg/ board and I found something incredibly spiffy. It's a game called "Dawn of Worlds". The gist of it is that it's a ruleset which you can use to collaboratively design fantasy worlds. All sorts of stuff can happen in this game - you can do things like create civilizations, blow up civilizations, tell stories of gods and heroes, and write history! It's free to electronically distribute over the internet, so you can pick up a copy of the 12-page core rulebook here and the errata/expansion here.
I'd be down. How are we doing it? Play by post? That might be easiest for me, at least.
— Geodude671 (talk | contribs | email) . . 19:19, 9 February 2018 (MST)
Sure, sounds fun. I was under the impression we'd be playing by post?
Alucarddragonborn (talk) 19:58, 9 February 2018 (MST)
Hello its alucard here and i tottaly want to build a world.
Glad to have you all here! To answer your questions, yes. This game will be done in a play-by-post format - that's most convenient for me too. I've just got to set some things up, then we can start.
Okay, I've made a map. Plenty of room to grow on land, some semblance of coastlines, and plenty of water too.
As an experiment, I've made a room for this game on Rolz. You can find it here, and you can use it to roll dice. If you have any more questions before we get started, feel free to ask away. It's getting close to my bedtime, so that'll give you some time to, you know, think and prepare, and I'll get back to you tomorrow. Quincy (talk) 21:49, 9 February 2018 (MST)
Blobby383b (talk) 00:41, 10 February 2018 (MST)
Turn #1, First Age
I rolled a 12, so I have 12 power points to spend for this turn. I'll spend them all on creating some icy terrain on the North-Western end of the main continent.
- Notice how I've updated the legend sidebar. In case the map gets busy (and it likely will), it'll be helpful if we're able to easily tell what's what. Quincy (talk) 08:38, 10 February 2018 (MST)
Blobby383b, did you only roll 2d6 to determine your power points for this turn? We're using the errata, so we actually get 2d6+2 power points per turn, not just 2d6. I'm sorry if that wasn't clear. Quincy (talk) 09:17, 10 February 2018 (MST)
Blobby383b (talk) 09:40, 10 February 2018 (MST)
Yes I did, I rolled a 4 + 2, so I will spend 4 of those points creating rocky hills leaving me with 2 points. Also, uploading a new vesion of the map has also not shown the map updating for me, so above is the most recent copy of the map. Here is a link to it http://www.dandwiki.com/w/images/archive/5/50/20180210163308%21Map_state_1.png as well.--Blobby383b (talk) 09:40, 10 February 2018 (MST)
- Good to see we're on the same page. About the map, both the thumbnail and the full (expanded) image updated for me, but the preview image didn't. Is it the same way for you? Quincy (talk) 09:49, 10 February 2018 (MST)
I rolled an 8 so I use both of those to create some northern jungles.
— Geodude671 (talk | contribs | email) . . 18:40, 10 February 2018 (MST)
I rolled 6. I will spend 4 of those points to turn the small island in the southeast into a jungle. This leaves me with 2 points.
I'd like to keep the game moving, so is it alright if we directly proceed to turn #2? If you haven't taken your turn yet, I'll just assume you passed and you can collect power points. Quincy (talk) 09:12, 11 February 2018 (MST)
Blobby383b (talk) 15:26, 11 February 2018 (MST)
Yes I would assume so, if someone hasn't taken their turn by the next time you go(roughly 24 hours), they can still collect power points for next turn, but we should continue the game.--Blobby383b (talk) 15:26, 11 February 2018 (MST)
Turn #2, First Age
Blobby383b (talk) 19:04, 11 February 2018 (MST)
Varkarrus thinks the scale on the map is too small, and that we should count a hex as a quarter of an inch instead of an inch. Personally, I disagree, but I'd still like to hear everyone else's opinions on the subject. If we can reach a consensus that we should change the rules, then we can do that starting on the next round. On the other hand, if y'all think the current scale is playable, then that's fine too. Quincy (talk) 19:42, 11 February 2018 (MST)
The map is, I think, 726 hexes (33*22). Roughly half of that is water, so lets say there's ~363 hexes of dry land. We will, on average, get enough points to alter 2.25 hexes per round, and theres 4 players playing. 4*2.25=9, so we'd be altering about 9 hexes of land per round. It'd take 20 rounds of pure mundane land alteration just for us to get rid of HALF the barren land.
Quadrupling the amount of land we can alter will reduce that to 5 rounds.
Alucarddragonborn (talk) 11:29, 12 February 2018 (MST)
- Sure, it's still early in the game. I can easily fit in another player. Quincy (talk) 13:04, 12 February 2018 (MST)
- It's pretty simple. We have a map depicting the world; the last version of the map is the one that Blobby posted above. On your turn, you go to rolz (the dice room listed above) and you roll 2d6+2 to determine your power points for the turn. What you can do with your power points is explained in both the rulebook and the errata, which you can find download links for in my first post. Most actions you take will have some kind of effect on the map, so you can either edit the map yourself with an image editing program or app, or if that's unfeasible you can state what you want to do and someone will update the map for you. If you have any more questions, or want me to clarify anything, then please ask away. Quincy (talk) 14:01, 12 February 2018 (MST)
- The links are here.
- Errata/expansion (mostly replaces the rulebook). Quincy (talk) 11:27, 13 February 2018 (MST)
- The host (me) goes first each turn, but after that it's first come, first served. I'll advance turns as appropriate; if you haven't gone in a turn, you can post an update whenever you like. Quincy (talk) 19:21, 13 February 2018 (MST)
OK how to i edit the map and do i just choose a place to begin working.
- You save the map, edit it in any program, then reupload it to the wiki. You can work anywhere. Also, because we're on turn 3 you get 3 turns worth of points (6d6+6)
- I use sumopaint, but that's just because it's online and it works on my chromebook. Quincy (talk) 11:19, 14 February 2018 (MST)
Im using a Chromebook too is there a link that you can provide that would be a great help. Or how to use sumopaint would be great or just tell me every thing you do.
- here's a link. Open the map from your computer, use the paint bucket tool to fill in hexes and the text tool to add in text, and you're pretty much good to go. Quincy (talk) 12:38, 14 February 2018 (MST)
— Geodude671 (talk | contribs | email) . . 11:50, 13 February 2018 (MST)
I rolled 9 points, and I'm just going to stockpile them for now. This plus the two I had left over from my previous turn leaves me with 11.
Turn #3, First Age
Hear ye! Hear ye! A deity hath descended from the heavens!
I rolled 10 power points. Adding 10 to the points I saved last turn, I have 20 power points. I will spend 18 to create my first deity, leaving me with 2 power points. His name is Vitalian, and his three domains are light, strength and law. I have marked him on the map with a "Q". Every turn, he shall generate 7 power points which he can draw upon to perform a variety of actions. Quincy (talk) 12:15, 13 February 2018 (MST)
Varkarrus, round 3
So that's what we're doing, huh?
I too, rolled a 10, and added that 10 to my previous total, to create a NEW diety of my own, leaving me with 2 left. Her name is XIQELTA, and she takes the form of a feathered serpent. Her three domains are Chaos, Destruction, and Revelry. She is marked by an X on the map, and also generates 7 power per turn.
Of course, the nice thing about having gods running around now is that we can fit events into a coherent narrative. I think this game just got a lot more interesting. Quincy (talk) 13:45, 13 February 2018 (MST)
Blobby383b (talk) 20:58, 13 February 2018 (MST)
Alucarddragonborn (talk) 12:57, 14 February 2018 (MST)
If im reading the rules correctly Quincy said i had 6d6+6 after rolling i got 36 power points.I will use 12 of them to buy some Mundane land in the lower left Continent. leaving me with 24 and use 16 of those to create a race of dragonborn if thats possible they have a boon in magic and a bane in land speed and that leaves me with 8 power points and ill bank those for now.am i doing that right quincy Alucarddragonborn (talk) 13:32, 14 February 2018 (MST)
- I'm afraid I'm going to need you to be a bit more specific than that. Namely, what sort of land are you creating, and what sort of race? I at least need a name to work with. Don't forget that you need to specify the race's initial bane and boon. You can look this stuff up on pages 3-5 of the expansion/errata. Quincy (talk) 13:06, 14 February 2018 (MST)
- That's much better, but I'd still like to know what kind of terrain you want to make. Do you want to make rivers? Mountains? Grasslands? Deserts? Please give me something. Quincy (talk) 13:34, 14 February 2018 (MST)
Turn #4, First Age
I rolled 8 power points, which I spend on expanding the arctic area in the Northwest and the jungles in the Northeast. Meanwhile, Vitalian seeks out lands to the East, but otherwise conserves his power. Quincy (talk) 08:57, 15 February 2018 (MST)
I rolled 10+2=12+ my banked 8 gives me 20 and ill use 10 of them to create a paragon hero but i dont know what a hero is used for Quincy a little help.Alucarddragonborn (talk) 10:43, 15 February 2018 (MST)
I'm really sorry I haven't been around for the last few days, and I haven't had the chance to to keep the game going or respond to your questions. As it turns out, I've recently joined the USMC and I'm shipping out for boot camp in less than a week, so I'm going to have to indefinitely put this game on hiatus. Quincy (talk) 14:43, 20 February 2018 (MST)