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How to build a world the GeekDad way

Written by Expy - Published on September 26, 2008

Wired’s GeekDad is writing a series on world-building

The third installment of the series is a screencast on how to use a wiki – in this case, Obsidian Portal Campaign wiki. Check it out:


World Building with Obsidian Portal from Michael Harrison on Vimeo.

GeekDad’s World Building

  • The Basics
  • Questions to ask
  • Working with wikis

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Written by Expy

Meet Expy The Red Dragon

Expy is the mascot for DungeonMastering.com and the real mastermind behind Expy Games. He likes to hoard treasure, terrorize neighbors, burn down villages, and tell white dragon jokes..

No matter how fearful the legends claim dragons are, they always end up being defeated in 5 rounds by adventuring parties they encounter. That’s what dragons are – experience points for the heroes in your Dungeons & Dragon party. And this mascot is no different, hence the name Expy.

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2 Responses to “How to build a world the GeekDad way”
  1. kaeosdad says:

    That video was actually a really good intro to the obsidian portal website. I didn’t get how to use it when I first visited the site, but the video really illustrates the potential of using a wiki to help organize your DM notes.

    After I saw that video I went back to the site, started a campaign and spent two nights in a row copying my notes to the site, using the separate public viewable block for things I’ve told the player’s and Secret GM info block for my notes on upcoming hooks, locations, monsters, and villains. I’ve noticed that they are always updating the site with new features too which is always a plus!

  2. Kent says:

    Great video, with some great info. I am currently using Yahoo groups for the same thing, but I do not have the ability to put the kind of info that obsidian portal would give me. I will go and try it out.

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