World Anvil is a worldbuilding tool for Dungeon Masters and Authors
Welcome, Worldbuilder! If you’re a Dungeon master, Game Master or Storyteller, World Anvil is a game-changer in the best way possible! The Digital Storyteller’s Screen streamlines your game and keeps your information at your fingertips, whether playing online or round the table. The planning and write-up features help keep your game on track, and you can showcase what you’ve done to date. Your players can have access to their character sheets online, and attach journals of their adventures. On top of that, World Anvil offers a host of worldbuilding features – timelines, interactive maps and way more – to help you build up your homebrew world as your PCs explore further afield.
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.
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.
The RPG Campaign Manager
World Anvil makes game preparation really easy. You can plot out your story arcs using the Plot Article mechanics, and use tools like interactive maps and timelines to help organize your campaign. You can prepare all your NPCs, spells, magic items and more as articles, and even add RPG stat blocks.
Character sheets & stat blocks
With online character sheets, it’s way easier to keep track of what your players can do. Although the players can access their character sheets, you can always see them. Players can also write journals about their backstory or their adventures to date, and fill in a host of other details.
The Digital Story Teller Screen (DSTS) - a DM’s best friend
During a session, as a DM, you can:
- Have access to all your PCs and their character sheets during the session
- Have all your worldbuilding information (NPCs, monsters, plots etc) at your fingertips
- Pin relevant relevant articles, images and maps from your world to the corkboard
- Our easy RPG Blocks (available for some systems, including Dungeons & Dragons 5e, or you can create your own for any system let you use NPCs or Monsters from the SRDs
- Write yourself notes to keep track of what’s going on (e.g. Party at Tavern in New Ayresdale – The Heron’s Wing)
- Easily share images and information with players via the Handout Screen
- Pass private digital notes to players to let them know secrets or privileged information
- Roll attack or damage during combat with a single click
- Use the DSTS dice roller, including rolling with modifications
- Embed sound (Spotify or Youtube) directly to the DSTS screen, to create instant atmosphere
All this functionality appears on a single screen, so you don’t have to keep swapping windows on your computer, and can focus on running your amazing campaign (and keeping those wily players under control).
- In addition, during a session your Players can:
- Use their character sheets to roll their stats. – initiative, attacks, damage, saving throws and more
- Use the dice roller widget to roll dice with modifiers
- Make their own notes about what happens during the session
- Track their spell-slot usage, ammunition, inventory etc.
- Access the digital handout screen – excellent either for around-table or online play
- These features help streamline the session and game mechanics, so your players can enjoy the game and focus on their character’s actions and reactions.
Writing a session report helps you and your players keep track of what happened, and helps you plan for the next session. Because of the DSTS note system, it’s really easy.
Journals and Write Up
Players can write their own journals, which are attached to specific sessions. These journals include all the WA article features – images, quotes, soundtracks, etc. – making them complete and characterful.