#RPGaDay 2020: Day 15 – Frame

Let’s talk about software engineering frameworks!

Just kidding! You’ve managed to dodge it this time. But there are 16 more days for me to sneak some computer science stuff in this RPGaDay.

In this one I will continue my thoughts on using layers as a worldbuilding tool. I came with an idea for the first layer that either needs to be created or that is usually created.

Awesome map logo (click on it)

And for the purpose of today’s post, I will be calling this layer the frame.

The frame is the theme of the setting. The keywords that define what this world is all about.

This is the first layer because people many times start working on a world based on a few key ideas on what this world will be used for. It also helps because in the frame you will have to write a pitch for the world. So you would have to come up with a 1-3 sentence long description of your world in order to draw someone in it.

Of course this may change during the whole process of building the world, but you begin with some ideas in mind and it’s good to have them written down so you can come back to them to draw some inspiration from them.

And that’s all for today. I like the whole idea of layers and the frame being the first one. So don’t be surprised if you see more posts about layers during this month. Tomorrow’s word is “dramatic”. That probably won’t be a layer.

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