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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


Country:


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?
        Creatures?


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



Government:
____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?)


Economy:

         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)

       Taxes:


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



History/Legends/Folklore:
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?


Language:



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?)
         sports?
         competition?
         activities around the competition?
         Relax activities-
         pets? How are pets valued?

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

Military:

Strength of the military:
           Chain of commands:
           Size:
           Division:
           Morale:
           
          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?)

      Holidays:

      Celebration:
                 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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:iconbrightfyre:
Brightfyre Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You've covered everything very clearly. Thank you so much!!
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:icondarkerilussions:
Darkerilussions Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"reading the questions"


I have... no freaking idea D:
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:iconraidell:
Raidell Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome! Very useful.
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:iconcrazyleyde:
crazyleyde Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
This reads like the CIA fact book. Nicely organized
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:iconcrayonsr4eatin:
CrayonsR4eatin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
So much detail!! :D
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:iconarourallis:
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]
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks for sharing. :3
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:iconhollynelizabeth:
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
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:iconapatheticinsanity:
ApatheticInsanity Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
So detailed! I'll definitely use this for some WIPs I have. :)
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:iconeldora-rea:
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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:iconguardy:
Guardy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's more than just helpful... it's amazing!
Thanks for uploading it ^-^
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:icongiggs101:
giggs101 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
cool this would help me greatly^^
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:iconazalie21:
azalie21 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! just what I was about to look for :D
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:iconphoenixwolf12:
phoenixwolf12 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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:iconamiko16:
amiko16 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful, and a lot more thorough than what I usually do. :)
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:iconshijuku-misushiro:
Shijuku-Misushiro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ありがとうございます~
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:iconlux-vertas:
Lux-Vertas Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Kudos Mate! I guessed Most of this... But nict to have a little more meat to play with...
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:iconkiyamasho:
Kiyamasho Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really great! i haven't had to design a world yet but this will most definitely come in handy when i do have to.
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:iconbeautifulswirls:
BeautifulSwirls Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
I wanna do this. Want me to give you the link if I do it?
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
u don't have to, but u are welcomed to use it how u want to
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:iconnaucturne:
Naucturne Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Writer
Wow.... I am a budding writer and let me say this: I defiantly using this. (Not literally but as a structure to go by) Thanks SOOO much.
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:iconlulie:
Lulie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear to god, I just spent the past half hour looking for this. XD I remember seeing it on ArtistsHospital but somehow I couldn't find it again. Anyway, it's awesome and useful -- thank you for putting it together! ^^
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol
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:iconfangirl-45:
Fangirl-45 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This... I needed this. I'm so glad I found this. I shall now begin using this. I love improper nouns.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
@@v which one is improper i will change it. (after all i have english as second language.)
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:iconfangirl-45:
Fangirl-45 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh! No, I meant how I kept using "this," which doesn't specify what I'm talking about, so it's sort of an improper noun, though another part of speech seems more fitting. The worksheet itself is fine. And your English is certainly better than my Spanish or French.
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
lol thanks for clarifying.
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:iconkyo-krazy:
Kyo-krazy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! This will be extremely helpful!!
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:icondicesukeinuzuka:
DicesukeInuzuka Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
interesting...
ill fav it for now
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:iconeccentrical-disorder:
eccentrical-disorder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
You know, this is really helpful! c:
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:iconamy-jae:
amy-jae Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
It is well organized; very useful for writers that are leaning towards creating a futuristic or fantasy world :).
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:boogie:
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:iconrafael-domination:
Rafael-Domination Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This should come in handy! :D
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:iconblood-phoenix78:
Blood-Phoenix78 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Very helpful indeed. Thank you!
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:iconnaosuloff:
NaosuLoff Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is really gonna help me with my world development.
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:iconaurorawhite:
AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that's quite a lot to consider when making your own country @_@
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:iconaurorawhite:
AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that's quite a lot to consider when making your own country @_@
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
yesh
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:iconaurorawhite:
AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
@_@ And I taught cosplaying was a lot of work haha~ good thing i'm not a writer XD
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SonicEdge7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
incredibly helpful, thanks! =D
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:iconskyelark:
Skyelark Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Wow, Mayshing! Thanks so much for all of your helpful guides! =)
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:iconannamaetezuka:
AnnamaeTezuka Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really comprehensive way to work things out in proper detail. Great idea, this will really help expand the depth of people's worlds, I think.
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:iconmaziana:
Maziana Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student
Thanks a ton! :) I love this.
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:iconnikki0417:
Nikki0417 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Oooo, thank you! This is gonna be really helpful for stories in the future. :la:
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PotionMasterCernun Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
When I was starting Writing my comic this helped a ton! You're a OK in my book :D Keep writing ^^
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:icongiovana-chan:
Giovana-chan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks, this help me a lot :D
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:icondehydromon:
dehydromon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this! I am creating my own planet, so this will help substantially!
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Desertfire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010   General Artist
Awesome!! Thanks for sharing with us!!! I already found a 100 character building sheet long while ago, that I recently found was helpful, this will help with designing a world. Thanks again!

I'm just wondering, I don't remember asking this question or if I did a variation thereof and don't remember the answer so: You don't write out the story then draw it out, do you? You just skip to the drawing?
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
yeah there's a lot of character building sheet around. (I don't feel I need them)
But not a lot of world building sheet. O_o

Actually i go down to what geological degree they are on location to the world but that doesn't always matter on a fantasy setting.
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Desertfire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010   General Artist
I found answering the 100 questions was a gem for me. I did three characters in a day a little while ago and it really helped me better. lol
I've seen world building sheets but they seemed complex to me. This one seems to be a little easier and broken down a little better.

What does that mean? What geological degree they are on location to the world? Do you mean if your world is a globe, a dot representing them would be somewhere on the globe to tell where they are in the world? Did that even make sense? *slaps head*
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