How to make a 3D heightmap in Photoshop

In this tutorial I will be showing you how to make a 3D heightmap in Photoshop CC! This is more of an advanced level tutorial, so I will be skimming over basic instructions and cracking on with the core details. Height Map What is a height map? A height map is a black and white […]

Worldbuilding Workstations

Welcome to the first ever post on Worldbuilding Workstations! I reached out to the worldbuilding community on Twitter and asked folks to send in their #WorldbuildingWorkstation! I’ve always been intrigued to see how other people work and what they find comfy, so let’s go and explore the worldbuilders, their workstations and their worlds! Hummingbird’s Worldbuilding […]

What is worldbuilding?

What is worldbuilding? Worldbuilding is the process of creating an imaginary world (or fictional setting) from scratch. A world can be as detailed or simple as you want it to be! This fun and engaging process can be done using any materials or techniques you like: from simple pen & paper, to digital software, 3D […]

How to start a new world

In this post I’ll be talking through some different ideas to help inspire you when starting a new world. There are many methods of worldbuilding, so use whichever techniques work best for you – after all, it’s your world, you can build it how you like! Where to start? It can be a bit mind-boggling […]

4 quick tips for setting up a new world on World Anvil

In this blog post I’m going to show you my best 4 quick tips for setting up a new world on World Anvil. It’s super easy, and super fun! Here’s what I’ll be covering: Basic configuration and set up Speedy category & timeline structure How to effectively use placeholder images & articles Making an engaging […]

Worldbuilding Cards

I recently got my hands on some worldbuilding cards from Trent Hergenrader and have been using them this week to build a solid foundation for my world. I think these cards are flippin’ amazing, this is not a sponsored blog post but I am going to spam links to buy these beauties all over the […]

Mapmaking and Toponymy

This week I have worked on a map for my new world, Melior. It isn’t a world map, but a smaller region (this helps to keep my worldbuilding a little bit more under control and to keep a point of focus). In this post I’ll show you how I made it, and the steps and […]

Building a Mage Tower

My latest flurry of worldbuilding was inspired by World Anvil’s challenge called Tower of Power (check it out here)! This blog post shows my method for tackling creative challenges head on, I hope these tips come in handy! Here is the article I submitted for the challenge: Tower of Okello I have found that in […]

How I got the ball rolling

Work has been really busy lately, with lots of little design projects to polish off and drag to the done pile on Trello – but recently I’ve been working on some larger projects that have taken up all of my concentration. I found that, in my free time, all I wanted to do was kick […]

Learning about D&D5e

I’m a worldbuilder. So far, I’ve made imaginary worlds as a hobby for my own enjoyment, which later evolved into projects where I could showcase my creativity, but after getting involved with extended communities online I came to realise that worldbuilding and TTRPGs have a great deal in common. I’m new to this topic, but […]

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