Can you have too much world building? Feb 18, 2021 18:59:24 GMT dmslythytoves and daxredhammer like this
Post by whiskykuts on Feb 18, 2021 18:59:24 GMT
There seems to be a consensus amongst forever DMs across the internet that any game prep beyond what'll fit on a napkin and takes more than 10 minutes is terrible and will kill you.
I realise that is somewhat pedantic, but I've seen mutiple blogs/vlogs/posts where a new DM is asking about how to go about starting their homebrew world, and the general responses seem to be that if you're doing anything more than having a name for the town then you're doing waaay too much. I appreciate that there has been a shift towards improv style playing, and there is a massive need for that during games and the fluidity it brings, but I can't help but feel that worldbuilding and lore is fairly chastised these days.
Now, I am bias as I really love world building, even if I'm not actually sure if I do it well. However, I am also wanting to be the best DM I can be, and from everything I read, I feel like all the hours I pour into this world are not just a waste of my time, but detrimental to the game itself. My defence has been that I am not going to cry if the Players only visit 10% of my world, because I built the world for me (and future games too). But I fail to see how my planning out could be bad, as if anything, it allows me to be involved completely with the game as it plays, answering the Players queries with answers they can follow up on and not worrying about pulling random names, places and encounters out of a hat. But, I am only a DM of a few years, and thereby, a rookie. Am I unintentionally digging my own (DM) grave?
Also, as clarification, I am all about sandbox worlds and enjoy weaving (and having players weave) their own stories into that, and the ripple effects this has. I appreciate that the smaller a scope, the more it can be improv'd.
Disclaimer: I appreciate that worldbuilding to the point of stress is crazy and does nobody any good, especially for new DMs, and that if a Party feels railroaded by an entire world then that is also nonsense.