“This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.”
― Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka
For you all, it started with The Fattest Goblin Vaguebooking:
For The Janitor & I though, it started a month or more ago with what might as well have been another madding burble from His Greatest Fatness of Goblinkind whilst working diligently on the 400+ page epic that will be the Shadows over Vathak: Player's Guide. He posted to our private chatroom about "What if we made a massive tome that was like a journal for you to do all the world-building you need in for your one homebrew?"
Ever fearful of the beatings that may come, we both agreed it sounded like a grand idea, and shortly after a fairly brief discussion, the matter seemed to slid on as so many things do. That is, until Himself-Himself sent us the massive file for his behemoth 1,050 page The Gamemaster's Worldbuilding Journal:
A Design Journal for Fantastical Worlds and Imaginative Realms
It is a journal, as in a blank book with spaces for you to fill-in what is in your world or your version of the world. The extent of the "text" is a brief intro by His Fatness:
But, despite it not being any kind "instructional aid to world-building" (we assure you, plenty of those texts exist), it does provide an aid in the form of having spaces and charts and text-blocks for all the types of "things" which you would need to populate and explore your world. For instance, Chapter 1 is a world overview.
With Chapter 1 itself looking like the following:
Chapters 2 - 11 of the book (in the 1,050 pg version, a smaller 840 pg is also being considered for quality purposes, and will have two fewer chapters) are the same as they focus on regions and detailing realms, cities, NPCs etc. Each of these country chapters will be 92 pages long.
And they will look something like this:
You may have noted those red and green triangles -- each chapter has a "color code" and those portions will actually align with the outer edge of the book, for ease of referencing chapters etc.
The final chapter of the book covers some other topics that you may have in your world:
With that chapter beginning like so:
And least you believe this be some mere PDF-only type product, you will be able to get this massive volume in PRINT! Whether the final print version will be 1,050 pages or the "more modest" 840 pages has to do with The Fattest Goblin's approval of the print-copies. He has them both being shipped to his home, and he intends to compare their quality (840 seems to be the maximum hardcover size using one type of paper, 1,050 is the size for a different paper).
Now, for those that get the PDF version, we have some special plans as well. First off, the PDF will be form-fillable, meaning if you fear your terrible handwriting, you will be able to use a program like Adobe Acrobat to just type in all the requisite information, and you can print it off if you like.
Additionally, in case yours is a world much smaller or MUCH, MUCH LARGER than the book we are providing, you will get access to individual versions of forms and sheets, so that you could fill out 50 NPCs for your city instead of just the dozen or so we provide space for.
This final product, depending on print-quality of size we go with, will range from $50 to $75 for final copy, with the PDF being a relative price. The Fattest Goblin has his two different proof copies en route, and once he has a chance to approve of whichever he prefers, these books should be available to you all (likely next week!)