Good random world/story generators?

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  1. watermark

    watermark Veteran Veteran

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    The recent (well...perennial more like) threads asking how to make interesting characters, worlds, stories etc. got me thinking: maybe there's tools for this out there. A quick google search turned up this service called Worldspinner:
    https://ui2.worldspinner.com/

    It seems to create random world as well as storylines for you. There also seems to be map creators such as this Inkarnate one:
    https://inkarnate.com/

    Has anyone used these before? They any good?
    Know any good ones you'd recommend?
     
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    For a wide variety of things, you could try this one http://donjon.bin.sh/
     
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    This inkarnate looks very good.
     
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    https://rollforfantasy.com/


    still, nothing beats a good brainstorm night, from "why do we call winter 'winter'?" to "OMG I just created 20 gods out of nowhere complete with following cults, crests and paladins."
     
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    All of the above are great general recs, so do browse them first...

    So I'll go oddball: read the news.

    Interesting archeology finding? New science paper? Weird legal battle? These are all great inspiration for extrapolation into longer stories, or maybe for asking yourself questions you hadn't thought about before.

    In general, it's a good idea to have practiced writing linear stories before moving into interconnected, variable ones. Practice writing short stories will help you get better at coming up with ideas for games.
     
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    Great idea!
    Good to know that there's a random map gen. now.
     
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    Good ideas. This sounds like a good way to start a short learning project.
     
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    I don't want to come off as rude (and i've been called an elitists for saying this before...) but I totally agree. I never got the appeal of generators outside of initial inspiration for a few things.
    I tend to read history and linguist papers and articles to get my inspiration. Language study, in general, is a highly underutilized tool in these things I think and can help solve a lot of basic problems a lot of newbie developers have with world-building, like placenames, character names and consistency.
     
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    @Darkanine
    Yeah - I'd argue that history is overall more important though, linguistics goes hand-in-hand.

    One neat way to make a fantasy world is to take our real world and then write a divergent history where, because of whatever fantastic element you've added, some particular set of events don't come to pass, and then roll forward and set your story a few hundred years (and a whole lot of divergence) after that. The inciting incident to the world change shouldn't be something important to your end story, it's just something for your own notes.
     
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