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Deborah Teramis Christian's Blog


Teramis is a role playing game designer, science fiction and fantasy novelist published by Tor Books, and founder of the World Building Academy. For a list of her writing and design credits see this bibliography. Books by Teramis on world building and other topics can be found at Storybones, her online game design and publishing imprint.


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We tend to frame magic and religion as two separate things, which has implications for "clerical magic" and religious magic systems. Some thoughts on the problems involved.

The advice to worldbuild only enough to support the needs of a story or rpg adventure is based on three flawed premises, and often results in shallow, trite settings. I critique this advice and advocate for substantive world building instead.

Deborah Teramis Christian's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 04/29/2014 - 01:15]

This article is a critique ...

This article is a critique of how I see a lot of design work done right now. The role of philosophy as an alternative is something I 'll get into in part 2. r nThanks for the link to the online course. A lot of world builders would benefit by ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/28/2014 - 01:23]

I think you 're right, ...

I think you 're right, Ron - handwavium might carry an audience through one installment of a narrative, but it gets stretched thin pretty quickly when taxed.

Comment In: [Blog - 11/11/2013 - 11:14]

I 'm so with you ...

I 'm so with you on the overuse and dulling effect of saving the world as a plot crutch. It seems to be the logical extension of the dramatic babies will die if X happens urgency-builder, but man is it overdone, and for most settings a personally unrelatable goal. r ...

Comment In: [Feature - 09/01/2011 - 05:05]

Understand the world in a ...

Understand the world in a people-centric way, and as accounting for the emphasis on storytelling etc: OK, that makes more sense to me. Thanks for the enlightening response. I think it would be interesting to empirically test this model, collating self-identified playstyles with the MB results for study participants. Do ...