World Anvil

World Anvil is a worldbuilding tool for Artist, Game Developers and Worldbuilding Enthusiasts

If you’re an artist, you can post your images on World Anvil, and include the stories behind them - whether that’s character backstories, dungeon details or descriptions of locations you’ve created in your art. You can even embed the music you were listening to when you created the piece. With Guild Features, you can make your work exclusively available to certain people - for example, your Patreons. You can also advertise your services on our Yellow Pages, or through the Discord, helping you meet users looking for concept art for their books, games or campaigns.

Game developers can use World Anvil to support the worldbuilding of your game (think interactive maps, timelines, species, nations, items, myths, languages, etc.) as well as to keep track of your rules. With co-authors, multiple people can work on a single world, creating an ever-living document which tracks your whole creation to date.

Are you worldbuilding just for fun? World Anvil has all the tools you need to deepen and broaden your world - templates on every topic imaginable, interactive maps for your geography and timelines to flesh out your history. Better still, join our Discord of 3000+ worldbuilders to get inspiration and chat about the world’s greatest hobby!

World Anvil, the features

Templates designed for worldbuilding

Our templates (all 24+ of them!) contain worldbuilding prompts, helping you to build more depth and detail in your world. You can write as much or as little as you like in each article, edit them later, and there’s a generic template too.

Mentions – the best cross-reference system ever

You can reference other articles using the mentions system (‘@’ then three letters), helping you create a fully integrated world and avoid replicating information. Want to mention something that you haven’t created yet? You can do that too, then create the missing article with just one click!

Search your content in seconds

What was the name of that character, again? You can search your content in seconds, so you never need to worry about recovering those minor details in a hurry. You can also use tags, making things even easier to find in a moment.

Interactive Maps

With World Anvil’s interactive maps you can drop linkable pins, which can lead to articles (for example, detailing a location, landmark or scene summary) or even to another map (a city district map, for example). They’ll help you plot character movement, visualise your world more clearly, and even introduce it to others.

Timelines, a visual history

With Timelines, you can easily note down historical or current events. You can divide them into Eras, and even create Parallel Timelines for different species, organizations, or realities.

Make notes with the Notebook

Our easy notebook feature allows you to leave yourself notes that you can flesh out later into full articles. Perfect for the worldbuilder on the go!

Pictures, sound and more…

Whether you’re publishing chapters, a campaign setting, or inviting people to enjoy your worldbuilding, World Anvil helps your work stand out on the page. You can format your text – bold, italics, headers, and more – and easily embed images, quotes and even sound tracks from Spotify or Youtube, to create a deeper sensory experience.

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