When writing a game or a story we are creating a different world. It may be exactly the same as the one we live in. It can even be a mirror image of our own. Sometimes it’s a brand new world more in-line with the fantasy genre.
Any of these choices can be right for your own game/story. But for each of them creating a believable world is important.
Here are some tips I’ve learned over the years regarding world building.
start off with a general outline of your world. Just the basics try and describe it in a single sentence. “A fantasy world with magic and various races.” “A parallel Earth where the Dark Ages never ended.”
From this starting point build the immediate world around your protagonist. Focus on the important places of his/her world. The locations they will visit throughout the story. Again for now try to keep descriptions short maybe a paragraph stating what it is and what the protagonist encounters there. “The Cow Bell- a popular bar the protagonist frequents. It is here the protagonist meets his/her first companion” “New London - a sprawling cityscape built over the scorched ruins of Old London. The antagonist makes his/her first appearance.”
Next move onto the places that the protagonist might know or hear about. Here you’re filling out your world. “The North is a tropical paradise cut off from the world by a mountain range unscalable with modern tools” “The market is where many underhanded deals take place hidden within the ruins of Old London.”
Know everything about your world and its inhabitants. Even if you never intend to reveal information to the reader as the author you still need to know about it. It helps the world evolve. It also helps when readers question you about your world you’ve drawn them into. "
Those are a few of the tips I’ve learned. What about you? What other tips do You have? What advice would you give others? Let’s help each other create amazing worlds to lose ourselves in!