A new book, which arrived in print last month, may be of special interest to our readers; especially those who spend uncounted hours concocting adventures for their favorite roleplaying games. Terra Incognito: A Guide to Building the Worlds of Your Imagination aims to make the task of creating exciting, yet believable, fictional settings much easier for the aspiring game master or writer. Available through StarWarp Concepts, Terra Incognito is currently in softcover as well as PDF.
From StarWarp Concepts:
It’s said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But the journey of imagination begins with a single idea—one that can shape entire worlds, if you so choose. And no one knows that better than Richard C. White, bestselling fantasy and science fiction author of such titles as Gauntlet: Dark Legacy: Paths of Evil and Star Trek: SCE: Echoes of Coventry, who brings his expertise for world building to Terra Incognito: A Guide to Building the Worlds of Your Imagination, StarWarp Concepts’ first reference work for writers interested in crafting their own storytelling environments.
In Terra Incognito, White outlines the detailed steps by which writers can create the sort of countries, populations, governments, and militaries that are essential for building a three-dimensional fantasy world aimed at engaging readers. Additionally, this guidebook includes an exclusive interview with Tracy Hickman, acclaimed game designer and world builder, and New York Times bestselling author of the Dragonlance, Annals of Drakis, and Dragonships of Vindras series of novels. Cover art for Terra Incognito is provided by fantasy painter Shane Braithwaite.
In Terra Incognito, White outlines the detailed steps by which writers can create the sort of countries, populations, governments, and militaries that are essential for building a three-dimensional fantasy world that will engage readers. You’ll learn how to:
- Avoid the pitfalls of naming characters, regions, and countries
- Apply the technique of “outside in” to develop and then refine ideas for your world
- Create a world your readers can relate to, regardless of its technological levels
- Identify how to create backstories and conflict by observing how your world comes together
- Add details to make your story richer without overwhelming your readers
- Identify useful resources for research
- With the inspiration provided by Terra Incognito: A Guide to Building the Worlds of Your Imagination, you’ll soon be on your way to constructing the framework for your own fantasy or science fictional realms—and taking readers along for the journey!