Proposal: Worldbuilding

For instance, the Commonwealth Saga has a lot of details about the worlds in it, especially in the two novels set earlier in the timeline. Would questions relating to how certain effects might be explained or questions about how you might reproduce the Silfen world that Ozzie visits?

I can see people being inspired by worlds like that and wanting to understand them, either for the purposes of running games in them, or adapting them for their own stories.

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    How did this question not come up sooner!!!
    – James
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 16:07
  • Sometimes my brilliance astonishes even me. :-)
    – Mourdos
    Commented Aug 22, 2014 at 21:56
  • @James I think it was taken for granted by many of us. We didn't even think about it!
    – swapneils
    Commented Sep 2, 2014 at 19:15
  • I assumed so as well :-)
    – Mourdos
    Commented Sep 8, 2014 at 12:18

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We should.

  • Deconstruction of an existing world helps reveal elements that you might not otherwise have thought of.
  • Expanding or reconstructing them does likewise.
  • Modifying one or two aspects could drastically change how they work and is oft used as a plot hook.
  • Its cool.
  • I have to agree, though I don't know if I can pinpoint how exactly this will work out in practice...wait and see what kind of questions come up I suppose.
    – James
    Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 18:06
  • I suspect on a case by case basis. Eventually, the community will decide what it will and won't do, but I see no reason why in principal we can't; and at this points its all generalisations.
    – Mourdos
    Commented Aug 26, 2014 at 23:53

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