Advanced Search >

Starting Points: World Building
Quick Preview
Full‑size Preview

Starting Points: World Building

Watermarked PDF

Willing to do some research, but don’t know where to start? The Starting Points series of RPG tools are here to help. They provide enough information to point you in the right direction, to aid in the brainstorming process, to give you a few new 'keywords' for your internet search. Gather information...breathe life into your RPG campaign.

This volume focuses on introducing World Building.  What happens when a government is run by a weak, unorganized military or a community in which religion is not considered important is being run by holy men?  How did those governments gain power?  How well will they stand against a popular rebellion or invasion from an outside force?  It's all for you to decide!  Build one world...multiple continents...and an endless amount of countries complete with unique climates, terrains, political systems, economic systems, religions, etc. 

The data used in this volume of Starting Points is largely expanded and culled from the The RPG Toolbox: World Building Generators.  Many people have requested to be able to look at the full data sets in order to pick and choose, rather than using a random generator where they only have access to one piece of data at a time.  This format opens up the full, newly expanded data set. 

We hope that this series of lists will provide you with many Starting Points and lead to hours of brainstorming and endless research.  We encourage you to share the fruits of your research in your favorite online forums or discussion groups.

 Customers who bought this title also purchased
Reviews (1)
Discussions (0)
Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
March 8th, 2010
Outside of the actual game session, one of the best bits of role-playing is the sheer creativity of it all. You can dream up literally anything - without budget constraints or regard to the skill of your special effects team - and that thing can exist [...]
Narrow Results
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!

Product Information
Silver seller
Publisher Stock #
File Size:
0.25 MB
Original electronic
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Information
Watermarked PDF
Adobe DRM-protected PDF
These eBooks are protected by Adobe's Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. To use them, you must activate your Adobe Reader software. Click here for more details.

Watermarked PDF

These eBooks are digitally watermarked to signify that you are the owner. A small message is added to the bottom of each page of the document containing your name and the order number of your eBook purchase.

Warning: If any books bearing your information are found being distributed illegally, then your account will be suspended and legal action may be taken against you.

Here is a sample of a page from a watermarked book:

File Last Updated:
November 15, 2008
This title was added to our catalog on November 15, 2008.
Publisher Info
Dimensions Game Software
Publisher Average Rating