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For those people who needs to design their own world.
This is a form I will use from now on to help me design it faster and more complete.
original from: droemar's journal
Edited by mayshing 2010


Colors: (An example would be red, white, and blue)

Symbol: (An example would be stars and stripes.)

Location, geographic:

calender measure (time table): (Does their calender go by the moon, or sun? Or other planets?)

Races: (The races that inhabit the area, whether or not they're native.

Physical: (The ethnic description of your race: skin color, hair color, builds, dress)
         Preference to fashion and beauty:

Weather patterns: (Tropical? Stormy? Cold? Earthquakes? Climate in general?)
-how the weather influence inhabitants behavior, travel

        Major river and lakes?
        Any construction around water source?

Agriculture: (main food source and crops)
     Any hunting?
     Controlled by?

____Feudal system (warrior rules)
____caste system (class/last name rules)
____oligarchy (bloodline rules)
____parliament (court rules)
____democracy (votes)
____plutocracy (rich man rules)

         Who's the leader: (leader personality/goal for life)

          Who's the cabinet? (their relationship with the leader)

           Who's the next leader? (personality profile and idealism)

          Government range of impact: strong or weak? What are the loop holes?

          What are the loop holes where the government power can not reach?

Capital City:

    Capital City's main strength and location:

    Sub-city to the capital city and it's relation:

    Villages/towns/area surrounding the capital city:

    Water system: (how the country deal with water and share water resources)
            Who's in charge? From where?  

    Map of the city:(how it's planned, is the city map rigid clean or natural and organic?)

List of Major Cities: (I do this to get a feel for the areas the characters will be visiting.)

Major guilds/groups/company/business in these cities:

Religion: (Monotheism? Pantheism? Atheism?) - power of religion and it's major function
Person of influence in the religion: (is it the government leader or someone else?)


         Currency, and it's relation to other countries:

        Range of  economy power in relation to other countries:

        Main export:

       Main imports:

       Labor statistic: (source of labor, age statistics, birth rate/ death rate)

       Labor law: (where is it fair or unfair)


Quote: (What someone from this area would talk like, or talk about.)

Any deity or god?

Mannerisms: (The likely way someone behaves if they're from this place. Because believe me, a fur-wrapped barbarian behaves in a very different way than a Greek statesman.)

       Shared Belief system/value:
       The rebel's value/belief system/expression:

      Shared symbolism of speech:

Magic/Cult: (How it is treated by the country. Whether hated and feared, harnessed for industry, or nonexistent within it's borders, if magic has a presence in your story you ought to look at how it affects the larger picture than just your heroes and their journey.)

           What's the definition of magic?

Industrial development stage: stone, bronze, iron, steel or high tech?


Cuisine: (What do people from this country eat every day? On festival days? As delicacies? Taboo?)

Leisure: (What do people here do in their spare time? For fun?)
         activities around the competition?
         Relax activities-
         pets? How are pets valued?

Transport: (How do people move things? Armies? Crowds? Goods? Animals?)


Strength of the military:
           Chain of commands:
          Police force:

Major weapons/armor:
Common tactics:

Weapon costs in relation to another:

Greetings: (What is considered an acceptable greeting? In formal setting? Among friends? Family?)

Customs: (The habits of a people that make them unique. Google it if you're confused.)

     Body gestures:

Superstitions: (Knowing the power irrational explanations have over a populace can sometimes be good story material.)

Rituals: (Birth? Coming-of-age? Marriage? Death? Justice?)

Festivals: (What do people celebrate? What are considered holidays? Why?)


                 Activities during celebration:
                 Problems during celebration:

Education: (How are children taught? Skilled workers, like architects or brewers? Is there public education? Higher education?)

     Cost of education:

     Provider: (is it family or government or third party)

  Media/ voice: Roles of media, news, musicians, artisans and how they are controlled.
   Any competitive media? Who are they?
   Their range of influence:
:star: original from: [link]

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For those people who needs to design their own world.
This is a form I will use from now on to help me design it faster and more complete.

:star: Another reference site: [link]

With a long edit by me. (The editing made me :faint: )

The form on DA is sort of my own back up. In case something happens to me, my computer, etc.

I am writing this for myself so I can make my own storytelling faster, better and more complete, but other people are welcome to use this as a resource for their own story making, I welcome additional information and thoughts. etc

How I use it... since I am a comic artist not writer, I just print this out, and do it sketchbook style going down the list of questions.
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Brightfyre Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've covered everything very clearly. Thank you so much!!
Darkerilussions Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"reading the questions"

I have... no freaking idea D:
Raidell Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! Very useful.
crazyleyde Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
This reads like the CIA fact book. Nicely organized
CrayonsR4eatin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
So much detail!! :D
arourallis Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
This is very helpful! I'm having a little trouble designing a world, and this helps fill in the blanks.
This site is also excelent for world building: [link]
mayshing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks for sharing. :3
HollynElizabeth Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I like the amount of detail you put into this! I faved, and I am very eager to use it! :D
ApatheticInsanity Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
So detailed! I'll definitely use this for some WIPs I have. :)
Eldora-Rea Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow this will be helpful for my world Artcadia I been wanting to make notes on it a long time. ^^
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