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Discovering Planet Rebirth - The Art of Worldbuilding

Today I will introduce Planet Rebirth - a fantasy setting with a few metaphysical changes as well as a unique but very basic magic system I've been working on. First some background; I grew up immersed in both basic and advanced Dungeons and Dragons, enjoying the privilege of participating in in-person campaigns during the 1990s. Life eventually grew hectic, but in 2023, I decided to rekindle my passion for D&D. I ventured onto the /LFG subreddit and uncovered an entirely new realm of play. Initially, the sheer variety within the D&D universe, along with related systems like Pathfinder and a multitude of acronyms, left me somewhat overwhelmed. Furthermore, players from all corners of the globe were working diligently to align their schedules despite the challenges posed by time differences.

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I was astounded by the abundance of online communities utilizing platforms such as Discord, Zoom, and others to facilitate connections through text, voice, and occasionally even video. One aspect that particularly caught my attention was the role of the Dungeon Master (DM), who seemed akin to a special effects wizard. They skillfully transitioned us into new scenes using immersive soundscapes, accompanied by vivid imagery. Additionally, I encountered various mapping and RPG tools, including the intricate Roll20. Eventually, I stumbled upon a free tool named OwlbearRodeo, which proved invaluable for managing combat scenarios with obstacles and displaying maps.


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And let's not forget the debate between rolling physical dice at home and opting for digital dice, which everyone can witness during gameplay! To highlight the advantages as I perceive them, examples include a Dungeon Master (DM) utilizing Discord, enabling players to log in at their convenience to perform tasks such as armor repairs and purchasing healing potions between sessions. Personally, I find myself positioned somewhere in between the "theater of the mind" style and the utilization of visuals. The maps and character profiles generated nowadays are notably impressive. Ultimately, I opted for Solo RPG play, but that's a topic deserving of its own dedicated post.


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After dedicating months to crafting and refining a story idea, I ultimately made the decision to "shelve" my previous concepts. The reason for this shift was that my original premise revolved around modern humans, technology, and politics, whereas my newfound inspiration called for the creation of a fantasy world. Interestingly, this realization was prompted by a recent experience when the power went out for a duration of 8 hours. With my phone's battery running low and no internet access, I resorted to using traditional tools such as paper, highlighters, and notebooks. Upon thoroughly reviewing my ideas in this unplugged state, I concluded that it was best to essentially start from scratch. Surprisingly, I did not feel upset or sad about this decision, as I understand that I can always revisit and explore my previous ideas at a later time.

Planet Rebirth inhabits the Astral Realm, which I've divided into distinct regions: Lower Purgatory, Middle Purgatory, and Higher Purgatory. Within this astral landscape, there are also dedicated domains for each of the six Gods. To keep things straightforward, I've organized my factions into the most fundamental categories: good, neutral, and evil. Within each of these factions, there are two deities. For instance, in the realm of Nature, we find Ona, the Goddess of Life, and Sylthar, the God of the Hunt, who represents the necessity of maintaining balance through hunting.


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Planet Rebirth exists in the Astral Realm, which I've divided into distinct regions: Lower Purgatory, Middle Purgatory, and Higher Purgatory. Within this astral landscape, there are also dedicated domains for each of the six Gods. To keep things straightforward, I've organized my factions into the most fundamental categories: good, neutral, and evil. Within each of these factions, there are two deities. For instance, in the realm of Nature, we find Ona, the Goddess of Life, and Sylthar, the God of the Hunt, who represents the necessity of maintaining balance through hunting.

A central theme in my world is duality, where opposites like hot and cold or good and evil are interdependent. This concept is likened to a pendulum, highlighting the challenge of maintaining a balanced state amidst constant change and the lessons, rewards, and consequences it brings. This idea extends to cultural perspectives, where conflicting parties often view themselves as the 'good guys,' underscoring the importance of understanding diverse viewpoints to fully grasp this dynamic.
The images in my work were created using DALL-E, now part of ChatGPT-4. I've also launched a YouTube channel with four videos, with the third and fourth being more refined and concise, learning from earlier mistakes. There's already a rich lore and several short stories, which I plan to share in future posts.
Conclusion: My journey in content creation, using advanced AI tools like DALL-E within ChatGPT-4, is an evolving process. As I continue to learn and grow, especially evident in my YouTube channel's progression, I aim to enrich my audience with deeper lore and engaging stories. Stay tuned for more updates and explorations into this creative world.

You can Explore My Planet Rebirth Worldbuilding Project Here: Legend Keeper





 


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