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  1. L

    Basic Interpersonal and Political Stuff for Those Who Don't Know

    Hey, guise! It's Levusti! Something that's difficult to grasp in an RP setting is the function of politics, especially on a grand scale, like when it concerns a nation or groups or factions. It is human nature to follow and be friends with those of similar interest. However, like it or not, no...
  2. Villamvihar

    Create an Event #5

    Using your own imagination, create a significant event that is connected to the picture above in some way. Remember that this connection does not have to be the event taking place nearby or the event having created this situation. As an optional challenge, use the following words in your...
  3. Mowkie

    The Godly Challenge #2

    In this challenge, you will be provided a picture - of which you must use to create a character. But not just any character...this character must be a god. It sounds simple enough, right? Before we go any farther, though, here are a few pointers when it comes to making a god. You cannot simply...
  4. ze_kraken

    The Challenges of GameMastering

    In order for any sort of adventure, session, etc. to be succesful, a GM (game master, for those who might not know...) is usually needed. There are some exceptions to this rule (Grey Ranks, Fiasco, just to name a few) that pull this off quite well, though they have their own driving force built...
  5. Minibit

    Creating Holidays #11: Gifts!

    It's been a while, but it's back (if anyone missed it :lookaround:) This holiday is about gifts! :present: The obvious real-world examples would be Christmas, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Valentine's, and Birthdays! (Birthdays are holidays in my book!) Your challenge this week is to create a...
  6. Mowkie

    The Godly Challenge #1

    Please bear with me, as this is the first challenge I have ever created. In this challenge, you will be provided a picture - of which you must use to create a character. But not just any character...this character must be a god. It sounds simple enough, right? Before we go any farther...
  7. Minibit

    Creating Holidays #7: Animals!

    Whether it's a cultural festival for anthros or furries to celebrate their roots, or a hug-your-pet day, it's not inconceivable for a culture to have holidays based on the local wildlife! For example, in real life, we have Arbor Day, which focuses on the preservation of the natural world...
  8. L

    Levusti's In-Depth Guide to Creating a Language!

    Hey guise, it's Lev here with something a little intriguing for some of you. Often, I find people in role-play forums who are beautiful creators as they create a new culture, a new world, and a new mythos to each of their role-plays--but sometimes, I can't help but cringe when they create a...
  9. Minibit

    Creating Holidays #2: Death!

    Woah wait, death? A holiday about... death? Yes! If you think about it, our own world has LOTS of holidays celebrating or commemorating deaths! HALLOWEÉN was/is believed to be the day spirits can cross from the next life to bother people in this one! St Patrick's Day and St Valentines's Day...
  10. Minibit

    Creating Holidays #1: Seasons!

    Inspired by Diana's thread about the mindset of characters during holidays! This is going to be a series of exercises on creating holidays; I don't know how many I'll put up but let's have some fun with it, shall we? A SEASONAL HOLIDAY Create a holiday whose purpose is to celebrate a season...
  11. Villamvihar

    Science and Religion

    Science and religion are sometimes seen as opposites of each others, two concepts which always face the other, ready to maul it at any second. However, being religious and being a scientist are not mutually exclusive, in fact, some scientists have taken up religion because of their discoveries...
  12. Diana

    The Most Recent War

    Whether you are detailing out an entire planet or just a single country, it's very likely that they have experienced at least one time of war during their history. They might even be in the middle of it right now. In this exercise, detail out the most recent war that's happened in your...
  13. Diana

    The Language of Magic

    In most fantasy worlds MAGIC is there in some shape or form. This exercise specifically focuses on the LANGUAGE or words of magic! What to Detail: Is there a specific language magic must be spoken in? (Latin, Elven, Something else?) Is there a way you have to say the words? Are there...
  14. Minibit

    QUICK & DIRTY PART 2: The Royal Treatment

    Royalty! We CAN make worlds with governments and senates and congresses and lobbyists but most often that's a bit too close to boring reality and a bit too far from the exciting days of yore we want to revisit Every society has classes, and the royal family is a class all their own; some...
  15. R

    Inheritance and Heritage

    Inheritance plays a great part in many cultures. What we inherit goes beyond genetics and may encompass titles, lands, goods, and reputation. In this exercise, create a system of inheritance. You may answer the following questions or come up with your own template. What is inherited? Who...
  16. Diana

    Foreigners and Outsiders

    Whether you are working on a small little town or a great big country, anyone that "ain't from around here" is an outsider or a foreigner. Places all around the world have their own opinions, reactions, and even manners when dealing with foreigners. In this exercise you are going to detail out...
  17. Diana

    RESOURCE Potential Jobs: Modern Day

    Need a career for a character in a MODERN setting? Never fear! We've compiled a list of potential job opportunities just for you! Feel free to comment and post your own suggestions as well to help make this list even better. June 20, 2016: Added MORE JOBS! -Astaroth and Diana June 13, 2016...
  18. Diana

    Local Festivals

    Every town, city, country, and world has it's own brand of special events and traditions! Here in my town they celebrate the blooming of the dogwood trees at the start of spring with the Dogwood Festival. In Japan there is the Sapporo Snow Festival where they build all kinds of cool ice and snow...
  19. Diana

    Eating

    Whether you are roleplaying or writing a story, at some point you characters are going to be having meals. This might be while camping, traveling in cities, sitting down with a familiar or friends, strangers in another land, royal banquets. Because food is a basic necessity, food and the rituals...
  20. Diana

    A Town's Greatest Resource

    Every city and town has something they are known for when it comes to a resource. It's usually a good they sell and provide to other neighboring towns. In Minibit's Mapmaking Guide she gives some really good tips about how towns are influenced by the land on what sort of resources they offer...