Melior Development Updates
Summer Camp PreparationsI am learning from my mistakes of previous challenges and will be preparing my world for Summer Camp 2019! My S.M.A.R.T goal is to create and publish the following items before 1st July 2019:
(Link = done, no link = still left to do)
- Create a stylized world map
(so that I can plan out locations to explore)
- Add location names to the map
(so that I can reference them during Summer Camp)
- Update custom CSS based on the Twitter poll feedback I receieved
(so that my world is visually engaging and easy to navigate)
- Check over my existing articles, publish drafts & tidy up stubs
(so that my worldbuilding is tidy and ready for new content)
- Decide upon a scope for my worldbuilding during Summer Camp
(so that I am focussed and my articles can interconnect easily)
Behind The Scenes ContentThe name Melior is derived from the word ameliorate, which means to make or become better. It's a core theme of this setting, but also a personal goal of mine to put 110% effort and creativity into this world for you to explore.
Where to find itThere's so much work that happens behind the scenes! From planning article layouts, plotting timelines, drawing maps and creating artwork - I have a lot to share with you if you want to see some bonus features.
Free for everyoneThere's a lot of work that you can see me tinkering on already!
- On the blog - tutorials, reviews and progress reports on my worldbuilding
- On the Discord - sneak peeks, discussions and feedback on what's coming soon
- On Twitter - tiny teasers of what I'm working on each day
- Right here - over in the sidebar to the right of this page! I'll be updating this section every month with the latest goings on!
- Patreon perks - subscriber access to the world, unveiling secret bonus content and private articles
- Be a GOD - the first 10 patrons (of any tier) on my Patreon will get their own characters as part of a pantheon in the world!
- Discord previews - I often work on my articles privately to start with, but close friends will get a sneak peek
- Ko-fi - buy me a coffee and fire a worldbuilding prompt at me! I'll answer it with brand new lore in the world!
Monthly LogHere's where I will be posting monthly updates on how this project is going! To avoid the clutter I'll be using spoiler buttons, just click them to expand or close each one!
January 2019Very little happened during this month. I had an inkling of an idea for a new project, but was suffering heavy burnout from WorldEmber the previous month. I set myself some New Year's resolutions to take my time with worldbuilding and put more effort into my craft, then later I started to ponder on my inspirations behind this world and made a visual mood board to gather my findings. You can take a look on the Pinterest board here!
February 2019After launching my blog, I designed a map of my setting: The Isles of Orlend. I wrote about the creation process (read here) and took more time into researching toponymy and the meanings behind place names. I was itching to get started on the world, but first I went back to basics and re-watched all of the tutorials I could from World Anvil and Guy the Great GM to have some fresh ideas in my mind. I made a very loose timeline of events in a Trello board to drag and drop ideas around ready for fleshing it out here later. I told my friends about my new world and they rolled their eyes at me. They've lost count of how many I have started. That's ok though, this has inspired me to prove them wrong and stick with it!
March 2019This month I worked super hard on the snazzy CSS Theme for this world. I polished up the landing page, Introduction to Melior article and participated in the World Anvil 'Death of a Legend' challenge with my entry: St. Ansell! Work has been keeping me very busy lately, so next month I will focus on setting aside more time to work on my worldbuilding.
April 2019Holy. Mother. Of. Content.
This month I signed up for #The100DayProject, where every single day I work on worldbuilding. The challenge will take me into the begninning of July 2019, so to pace myself I have created 25 new articles this month, and will be revising them each day to bring them up to polished quality content. Next month I will be introducing a character that will help with narration of the world of Melior, and the stories within. Stay tuned!
May 2019The burnout has been real this month. I failed The100DayProject, you can read about what happened here (and what I learnt from it). I've brushed myself off, and Melior now has a fresh lick of paint and a sexy new stylized world map! The logo has been refined, and I now have a palette of 32 colours to play with! I'm going to spend next month laying down groundwork in preparation for Summer Camp!
June 2019I GOT A BUNCH OF STUFF DONE! Lots of article tidying up, I introduced the Rakuwa to the world and prepped like a boss for Summer Camp. The pixel art returns! Now in 64 colours! I'm feeling really enthusiastic about this world and am looking forward to the following months ahead.
July 2019Coming Soon! Check back at the end of the month!
If you want to know what I'm working on right now, just ask me on Twitter or Discord! I'd love to have a chat! Equally, if there's something that you would like know more about in the world of Melior, write your thoughts in the comments below!