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#52660
Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Does anyone have any experience with good tools for collaborative world building and story telling? My group is all very technical (software professionals) and there are times we've played around with various wikis or Google Docs (or Wave while it lasted) to do some collaborative world building or story telling when there was a "fast-forward" over a few years of game time. Nothing really stuck. Do any of you have suggestions for products I should look at?

Again this is not for play-by-email/web, this is
a) helping flesh out a campaign setting with details, legends, etc some of the player submitted stuff may be "wrong" but still "common knowledge"
b) character backstory
c) possibly campaign writeups

Willing to spend a small amount on a hosting/licensing fees. Able to use a hosting service, or host it myself.
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#52687
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
I use a bulletin board very similar to this one that dwarven forge uses. I have 3 high level topics:

The world has we have known it over 30 years. Inside of this high level section are topics like races, places, deities, lands, legends, monsters, history. Everyone posts within 2 days of the game. I edit the response if required and repost them as the official update. If they are fine as is I leave them.

The second section is called Cities and VIPs. Each sub section is a city in our campaign world that has been visited. History, Known NPCs, events, guilds, shops, taverns, inns, blacksmiths, etc. List of equipment for sale and prices are listed. If I want to change a reaction to a Player group I write that information in my notes. Maps of the cities etc are in this section also.

The third section is campaign info. Sub sections are updates to each campaign I am running from the eyes fo the player characters only.

The whole system works well.


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#52694
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
I have less experience with it, but I have also used a bulletin board for world building and campaign stuff.

You can also have a section for original flora and fauna, and another for cultural info like customs and superstitions.
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#52897
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
It sounds like what you are looking for is on this website:

www.wolflair.com/index.php

It is called realm works.
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#52898
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
That does sound cool, but still at least two months out.
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#52974
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Excellent share. Many thanks.
As a GM always looking for tools to help with the workload and/or enhance the experience for all.
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#52978
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Wolflair looks interesting and much more along what I guess you are looking for.
I've gotten into Pathfinder because of the amount of player contributed info.
If you play pathfinder there's a lot of (updatable) info on the wiki.
pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Pathfinder_Wiki
A lot of background development already done.
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#52993
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
I did the realmworks kickstarter. I should be getting my advance release soon. I will post a review.
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#53062
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
I did as well, Shaddox. I am pretty excited about using the program. It looks like they put a lot of work and thought into it.
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#53068
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Realm Works does look pretty awesome. I love how old school RPG's are evolving to incorporate new technology while still adhering to their 'O.G.' roots: we are all trading in our pencils & paper for.....DIGITAL PENCILS AND PAPER!! :-)
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#53103
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
Hi,

If you are interested in an online tool, you might want to take a look at the obsidian portal site. They offer a space to host your campaign. I used it for a while but decided to create my own web site ti support my games.

You can find it at www.obsidianportal.com

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#53150
Re:Good tools for collaborative world building? 1 Year, 5 Months ago  
@Jasdotcom - though just say no to digital dice!
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