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Building a world from scratch can be hard. Whether writing a story or running a tabletop roleplaying game for a group of friends, it takes a lot to build an intricate setting complete with warring factions, a timeline, and non-player characters who compliment the story. 

World Maker is a single player tabletop game about creating a fictional world by concentrating on the characters. You will create characters with random attributes and build a setting around them that fulfills and compliments who they are and the stories they can create.

  • Players: 1
  • Playtime: 1-2 hours
  • Requires: A deck of playing cards with the jokers removed,  a journal or 4-5 sheets of paper and something to write with (printable play sheets are provided with the game)
Updated 2 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
GenreCard Game, Role Playing
Tagsphysical, Singleplayer, tabletop, ttrpg, writing
Average sessionA few hours


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

World Maker v 1.1.pdf 1 MB
World Maker v 1.1 Printer Friendly.pdf 1 MB
World Maker play sheets v 1.1.pdf 167 kB

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World Maker is a single-player world-generation game.

It's 10 pages with great, readable layout, but no major illustrations, and it uses a deck of playing cards for randomization.

Surprisingly, World Maker feels almost better tailored to setting up novels. It allows you to randomize genre, randomize and randomly flesh out central characters, and then it has you figure out the connections between your characters---and in doing so establishes the setting.

I think World Maker is a heck of a utility if you write NaNo. There's no fussing over what your novel's going to be about. You just pull some cards, make some decisions, and you're off.

As a game design toolkit, though, I think its helpfulness depends on whether you like building settings around characters, or building settings without worrying about characters. World Maker starts with characters and works outward, so any game you build from it is going to have a few *very* important NPCs at its heart.

Overall, if you're a writer who likes to improvise or a GM who likes to build your settings around certain core characters, get this. If not, it's still a good way of putting together complex NPCs, and I'd recommend picking it up for that.

would it be okay for me to make and share a web app that uses this system?

I wouldn't charge for it, just as a random project.

Absolutely, and please share it here when you're finished!


I've played this a couple times over the past week and really enjoyed it. Enough so that I sat down with a label maker and created a deck with all the prompts on the cards to speed up play.


That's amazing! Maybe one day I'll have enough resources to release some custom cards.


Neat idea! Having the cards makes it a lot easier to rearrange them till the story makes sense.


I made a video where I try this game out! Easy and helped me come up with alot of great ideas!


Oh awesome! Thank you for the support, can't wait to watch the video.


Thanks for the view! I liked the game so much I might do more videos! Its really helping with idea generating and its a good writing exercise