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  1. Kimberlyn

    LESSON Religion vs Philosophy

    Hello, friends! This particular topic has come up in my life quite recently! I have found that it not only applies to our day-to-day lives but our efforts in worldbuilding! What is this topic, you say? Did you even bother to read the title? Well, my dears, I will be explaining the difference...
  2. Krieg

    LESSON Writing Economics

    INTRODUCTION From dystopian classics such as Orwell's 1984 to something as unexpected as Spice and Wolf, one of the most fascinating brushes of topics in media (particularly literature) is the discussion of economics. As writers, one of the many attractions to our works is how we can utilize our...
  3. Sir Basil

    A Guide to Grimdark

    A GUIDE TO GRIMDARK beware of heroes, better to rely on your own judgment and your own mistakes -- frank herbert WHAT IS GRIMDARK https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/50/0f/6e/500f6ec2fb2c011f1ac9fbe40a9c793c.jpg Grimdark’s name comes from the tagline for Warhammer 40K, a tabletop...
  4. Kitti

    LESSON Creating a Pantheon

    So you want to create a pantheon Step One: Size and complexity This step will help with the next step, determining the hierarchy of your pantheon. The greater the number of deities within the system, the more important it becomes to establish some way of linking them to one another and...
  5. The Philosoraptor

    Musical RP Inspiration - Reboot: Part 1

    (NOTE: This is a project I started a long time ago that I'm kicking off again.) THE GIST Here's how the game works, kiddies. I post a song, which I'll randomly pick from any genre or artist. What you, the loyal roleplayer, will do is first create a main character, the one that you would play...
  6. Absyinthe

    LESSON Willows' Roleplay Perks Guide #2: Classes

    - When spicing up your roleplay, you can add classes for the characters to be aligned to. In my experience with classes, I have made them have duties that correspond within the roleplay plot. For example, in my group roleplay A Planet to Colonize: Floranota, I have six classes that can wield the...
  7. Arcadia

    Cultures 102: Religion

    Religion is an important part of culture, and today's workshop will focus on the different types of religion you can implement into your roleplay! Monotheism: Monotheism, by definition, is the belief in one god as the supreme, all powerful deity in the religion. Monotheism can be just as...
  8. Arcadia

    Culture Creation Challenge #2

    Today's Culture Challenge is a little different for those that have participated in last week's. This week, we're going to be making a culture with more detail than previously! CHALLENGE RATING: Today's Difficulty is a ** Challenge (Two Stars), meaning there is a challenge and two...
  9. Soulserenity20

    The Player Test!

    CULTURE/RACE WORKSHOP *Waves* Hello there, friend. I've been on iwaku for a couple of years now and I'd like to think I've learned a thing or two about a thing or two. I've been GMing one long term RP for 2 years on this site, though its been up and down for 3. It took about a year for it to...
  10. Arcadia

    Fantasy Workshop: Races & Cultures 101

    Have you ever wanted to create an original race for your fantasy roleplay that doesn't stick to your traditional World of Warcraft style "Pick Humans, Orcs or Elves"? Well here's the guide you should use to break down the steps and be able to create a custom race to be proud of. 1) RACE BASIS...
  11. Arcadia

    Culture Creation Challenge #1

    Greetings folks, I'm Arcadia, an avid chat roleplayer and content designer, and today's challenge is gonna be something different to what I usually post! Today, we're going to design a culture, and each week this challenge could get harder or easier depending on the week before! So today's...
  12. Sen

    LESSON Creating a Kingdom!

    Sometimes, roleplays will expand from one city to another, eventually creating a network of cities for all your characters to explore. This is a little guide to help you come up with your own kingdoms! This is a joint effort from both @Sen and @Hana, with the latter adding her knowledge on the...
  13. Malkuthe Highwind

    LESSON Fantasy Worldbuilding — Calendars and Methods of Keeping Time

    Fantasy Worldbuilding - Calendars and Methods of Keeping Time CAVEAT: Do not be alarmed by the massive red triangle with an exclamation point within. This guide should not, if you are an upstanding citizen of Iwaku, hurt you. In any case, I would like to preface this guide with a simple...
  14. Brovo

    Genders 102: Gender Roles & World Building!

    The definitions of certain words (gender, sexuality, et cetera) can vary from conversation to conversation, from person to person, and even from topic to topic. So I'll do my best to define them as concretely as I can, and if they differ from your own personal definitions, that doesn't render...
  15. Minibit

    WTP: Religion (Compiling)

    The Worldbuilding Templates Project is back, and it needs your help! WTP is a project to compiles awesome templates/profiles for worldbuilders to fill out, which help expand and add detail to their worldbuilding, much like the character bios over in the Roleplay Institute! It works like...
  16. Faber

    Create a Religion Challenge

    Religions need to be original but can be inspired by an existing one. Can have one god, multiple gods, or no gods at all (It's completely up to you). Must be detailed (Include rituals, traditions, dress, participants, history, location, etc.) Include at least one story/ legend to go with your...
  17. OlympusBlood

    How To Make A Believable Culture

    Fantasy worlds can be beautiful, or quite the opposite, similar to realistic worlds - and our own world. But even on Earth there are thousands of cultures in every continent. A culture needs to be believable. For example: Language - What is the language of your culture? There could be a few...
  18. Arcadia

    Picture Challenge #2: Old World Relics

    In fantasy, there are often references to deities that no longer exist, and once had, on the mortal plane of existence, building structures and technology that was both revolutionary and cataclysmic when weaponised. Your task is to describe what this picture was! Was it a superweapon designed by...
  19. Arcadia

    Religion

    In most civilised societies, there is a form of religion for those of the society to pray to, such as Christianity, Judaism and Shinto. Each will be predominantly monotheistic, meaning having only one god, or pantheistic, having many. Using the template below, you can design your very own...
  20. Arcadia

    Worldbuilding Picture Challenge : Politics

    PICTURE CHALLENGE: POLITICS Every city is ruled by some form of politics in a fantasy setting, whether it be a council, a king, or a guild. Your task is to design the politics of this city. Who it is ruled by, how they rule, what do they allow and not allow to happen in their city. Template...