Guide to Calendars

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Making Your Calendar

First of all, you want to fill out all the values in the screenshot above. For now, I recommend doing them all at once as some wonk can happen. Once you have filled out all of these, click the Save Information button.

What is the...

Day Offset?

The day offset represents how many days from the first day of the first year of the calendar. By default, the first day of the calendar falls on the first day of the week. If you wish to offset it so that the first day of the first year of the calendar falls on a different day, change this number.   It is not standard for calendars to operate in this way historically.

Year Offset?

The year you're viewing the calendar as for editing. Note that the calendar is not meant to be used as a timeline. Changes aren't applied based on the year you add a calendar note to. This offset is merely to help simulate calculating which dates a holiday or event might fall on within your lore.   This does not change the default date the calendar renders at with bbcode. To do that, read on.

Fill out the section which appears after. Then click Save Details.

Adding Holidays

You will now see your calendar rendered to the specs above. Click on the pen on any entry to add a title and notes to it. Save the calendar overall for these changes to keep!

This not a timeline!

Calendars are not timelines! They are not intended for use as a timeline, where you flip through them to see the events of your world.   Instead, they are a template of events to be combined with your timeline! A calendar represents a year, a timeline represents events!

I have a request!

  To follow the progress and plans, check out the Trello!   There will always a card for leaving comments in the In Progress column/list, so if you have a Trello account feel free to leave a note.   I check it regularly.  

I found a bug!

Comment it on Trello or in the comments below!
Ademal

Embedding

Without a year offset

Now you can embed your calendar! Make an article for it, embed it, and share it with the world so that they can see all the cool calendar systems you've created! To embed it, look for the button like to the side here, click it, and paste from your clipboard wherever you like.
Copy [calendar:20011] to clipboard

You can offset the year it renders by adding a variable for the offset, such as [calendar:20011|2019].

Other Features

BBCode Support

Notes support and render BBCode! Check out New Years on the calendar above to see!

CSS Editing

For Journeymen+

Numerous Selectors

The calendar is chock-full of unique selectors you can use for styling it with CSS, and has very few non-bootstrap styles applied to it to make it easy to change. I've put calendar- at the front of all the selectors you should be using for this, so if you see an element we missed and would like us to add it, comment below!

Custom Date CSS

The tags you apply to a calendar note are applied to the date on the presentation side. So if for example you add holiday as a tag to a note, then you can select the css of the presentation side and give it a unique styling!

.user-css .calendar-day.holiday {
  box-shadow: inset 0px 0px 5px green;
}

Example

 


Cover image: Calendar by Monica Sauro

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11 Sep, 2019 13:55

Share the love! Explore the dark fantasy world of Melior
19 Sep, 2019 22:09

You done borked my comment box. How darest.

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19 Sep, 2019 20:46

There seems to be a bug with adding comments to a calendar, where 2 things happen:   1) The comment text box does not change between entries. For example, I add New Years Day to Jan 1, save it, and go to Feb 2 to add groundhog day, but the text + title of the Jan 1 note is still there.   2) Notes added since the last save of the calendar do not show on the editing screen, I have to save the calendar to get them to appear.   Unrelated) Will we be able to add multiple, listed notes to a day in the future, rather than all holidays being in one note? I have calendar days that have 2 holidays on them.

19 Sep, 2019 22:06

1) Noted and added to backlog.   2) That's odd. Is this for all notes or a specific one? If you just put "test" in all fields does it work? Possible there's a character such as an apostraphe which is confusing it. Definitely a bug but this will help me track it down.   3) That would really blow open the scope of the calendar. One of the limitations here is that the main calendar can't render bbcode, only notes (design limitation to keep load times down). Doing this would necessitate changing how the calendar saves notes.   I don't rule it out, though. I want to add dynamic calendars and it will probably necessitate that anyway.

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24 Sep, 2019 04:50

Very cool. I've been using fantasy-calendar.com, so this is great.   1. Is there a way to have the calendar auto select the current year, month and day. I set the year.   2. I hope your plans also include hours in the day and setting solstice values and day night hours.

24 Sep, 2019 05:51

You can mark a solstice as a holiday currently, but I do plan on allowing dynamic holidays.   For now, marking day/night and other details like weather and such I would recommend doing via calendar description. I will also be adding per-month descriptions fairly soon.   Not sure what you visualize for setting the current month and day, but it is something you can again do by adding a note to that day, and perhaps some custom CSS.   Someone showed me fantasy-calendar.com the other day! It's really great! It also took him a chunk of time to make and has a slightly different focus than these calendars, but I do aspire to have some similar features—albeit with more of a focus of complementing other WA features instead of just trying to replicate the wonderful tool he has created. :)

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11 Oct, 2019 09:13

Since I don't have Trello I'll post it here: I (Master Rank) tried to create my own calenders today and no matter what I do I can't get any to be shown in the presentation mode. Here is what I did:

    • Created a Calender with two days a week and two months
    • Created a completely new generic article
    • Only thing I typed in was the Tag of the calender as copied from that Copy-to-clipboard-button
    • Opened the published, no WIP article in presentation mode
I did the same thing with more complex calenders, with and without celestial bodies and with or without Day/Year offsets. No result whatsoever I have no custom CSS embedded anywhere in my world and use the theme Scripture. This would be my intended calender
  Other than that I'm hyped for the final version! Keep it up Ademal! :D

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11 May, 2020 02:39

If this hasn't been answered for you, just go into whatever calendar you are working on and click copy [calendar_______] to clipboard (it should be located right under the "Version ____ Beta". From there, just go to the generic article you are using and past it into the vignette/prose section. Worked instantly for me!

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11 May, 2020 17:07

This problem has been resolved, but thanks for advice nonetheless. I don't remember exactly what caused the issue but iirc it was fixed within a short time.

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12 May, 2020 01:54

I am having the same issue. I tried doing what the other person suggested, copying the code to the clipboard but it didn't work. Do you remember what you did to fix the issue?

13 May, 2020 17:00

I don’t remember, I’m afraid. Maybe head on to the discord and ask in #help

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11 Oct, 2019 15:39

Another thing with one certain calendar for my campaign (occurs both in the "Preview without CSS"-section and the presentation mode):

    • The calendar has 10 months
    • Every other month has only 1 day, the other ones have 72
- The long months have 8 weeks with 9 days each --> Selecting a 1-day-month shows 72 days, but not if all months are just labled from A to J.   If I label the months as follows (letters for the long ones) the problem occurs as detailed above:
    • A
    • 1. Rastullahellah
    • C
    • 2. Rastullahellah
    • E
    • 3. Rastullahellah
    • G
    • 4. Rastullahellah
    • I
    • 5. Rastullahellah
If I label the months as follows now (letters for the short ones) the problem reverses, all months become 1-day-months after the first selection of a short month:
    • After the 5. Rastullahellah
    • B
    • After the 1. Rastullahellah
    • D
    • After the 2. Rastullahellah
    • F
    • After the 3. Rastullahellah
    • H
    • After the 4. Rastullahellah
    • J
I hope this is not too strange to fix and as always, thanks for your awesome work WA-Team!

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12 Oct, 2019 08:56

Thank you for the specifications!

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3 Apr, 2020 22:36

Okay, I got back to working on this calender just now and it seems as if I can't select the short ones anymore (using the second configuration of the above but having 1. to 5. for the letters) so there is a change. I thought I'd provide you the tag in case you want to test it: calendar:23156

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12 Oct, 2019 18:03

Is there any way to skip the part where you input the weekday names? I just want my calendar to go from 1-30 for a month, with each week having 10 days but no names of the days of the week.

13 Oct, 2019 06:48

Just put a number and check the option to hide the weekdays from presentation.

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13 Oct, 2019 15:18

Thanks a ton. Also, is it possible to have a day that is not part of a month? I'm looking to create something like the Calendar of Harptos from D&D, if you are familier.

18 Oct, 2019 01:47

Someone did a Greyhawk calendar that might give you ideas.

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7 Nov, 2019 05:08

I'm confused, you see. When i try to create a calendar, I only have the one box to input information monthname1, monthname2, etc.   How do I do the opposite as OP where I can name weekdays?

28 Dec, 2019 17:24

Hah, I literally came here to ask the same thing as Johnathan Totzke. I am currently on the Free account so I can't use this feature at all, but wanted to ask for future use. When I tried making the Harptos calendar in 5etools I either had to add those 5 special out-of-months days as "day 31" in those months... not optimal because it broke the tenday thingy. And adding them between the months made them as individual 1day months, leading to the month numbers being all borked up. So.. I'm also curious about this if it's possible at WorldAnvil to have them count as days outside the months, so that for instance Hammer is month 1, and Alturiak is still 2nd month instead of 3rd because of a "1 day month" between due to Midwinter holiday. Especially since this would lead to Nightal being month 17 instead of 12.   So.. would be really interesting if that is possible at WorldAnvil? So far I've only found one place where I can do that, and that's physically printed homemade calendars, but I'd like to put it up on the screen when we play so. :)

7 Apr, 2020 00:04

Hello! Sorry for the extreme delay—messages only notify the original poster by the way!   In world anvil I have coded a month as a collection of days. Whether you call that a month or not on the presentation end is your decision, as it says it itself nowhere on the front end, only when creating the calendar.   Regardless of how it's presented, Midwinter is still Day 31 of Month 1, and should be treated as such. What I will probably do is grant the ability to have some days appear visually floating, but it has to have a month number of some form to work with timeline systems and so forth.   I am currently developing intercalary support for holidays as well.   So in short, it's totally possible even with the current system. I will be developing a copyable version of it since I get this question often.

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7 Apr, 2020 00:31

Great, thanks!

18 Oct, 2019 19:23

Is there a way to link directly to a specific month in the calendar when embedded? aka calendar:20011|2019|1

18 Oct, 2019 21:53

Not yet. Very soon! :)

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27 Oct, 2019 19:37

awesome!

23 Jan, 2020 06:33

I would also really like this.

7 Nov, 2019 05:22

Both my lunar cycles are labeled as New(-equivalent) even though they should be Full and Waxing Gibbous (equivalents). Unsure if this is a problem on my end alone or an inherent bug (though yours seems to be working fine)

7 Apr, 2020 01:32

Did we work this out?

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20 Nov, 2019 02:09

Is there a way to, or future plans to make celestial objects rotate the opposite way? I can seem to make my moon cycle line up with the one on Fantasy Calendar and i think that might be the reason. (The days the full moons land is important for plot reasons)

20 Nov, 2019 21:27

Not a bad idea, I'll look into adding that! Production on the calendars will continue in december!

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10 Dec, 2019 05:18

I am having difficulty showing my calendar to my followers. I only have the option to edit it, but not post it. Is this normal?

10 Dec, 2019 16:52

You have to embed it into an article to share it.

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10 Dec, 2019 20:12

Can we get a way to play with the example Gregorian calendar above? I'm trying to add multi-day events to my calendar like the festival listed above, but I'm not sure how you block out several days like this.

10 Dec, 2019 20:48

Sure! Chuck this into the importer section at the bottom. :)

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10 Dec, 2019 21:02

Awesome, thanks!

10 Dec, 2019 22:36

After I have implemented leap years and other critical features, I will be putting up several common calendars including the Gregorian!

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21 Dec, 2019 15:38

Hey team. Overall, I am a big fan of the calendar feature. However, I think that it would also be a great feature to add to the Campain sphere of World Anvil. Forgive me if someone has already asked about this, or if it is already a feature, but I would like to use the calendar that I have set up to keep track of campaign events and track where the characters are in the year. Is there a plan to set this up/a way to do this?

21 Dec, 2019 15:40

Also, small thing, I chose icons for some holidays in the calendar that I set up, but I am not seeing the icons on the calendar. Is there a setting that I can choose to give individual days more space to show all the icons?

23 Dec, 2019 16:32

There is no auto-tracker currently because that would be a very tricky thing to implement. It has to accommodate for worlds which have multiple calendars, which means there's quite a bit of work I would need to do first (such as setting a main calendar, setting a way to calculate what one date on one calendar is to another, etc).   It's on my possible list, but it's not very high currently.   What you can do currently is to embed it into an article and add that article to the campaign and have them refer to it often. And you can set up the current day like you would any other event and each day update it and delete the old one.   For your other issue, I'd need a link to the article the calendar is embedded in to see and help with the issue.

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11 Jan, 2020 13:39

Thank you for informing me on the hurdles there, I understand you putting other features before that. However, if you all eventually have time and it is feasible, it would be awesome!   As for my issue, I was able to sort it out. Turns out I didn't understand the format I needed to have other icon identifiers in, but I have since figured it out. Sorry for the trouble!

14 Jan, 2020 16:32

All good! Glad you were able to get it!

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20 Jan, 2020 16:36

Perhaps having a default event called 'Current Day' that we could add to the calendars would work, with some functionality to click a 'next day' button to move the event? I'm not a coder so no idea how complicated that would be!   A way to have the calendar automatically open on a certain month would be useful enough :)

23 Dec, 2019 08:40

Hi, apologies if this is just an oversight on my part, but i can't seem to locate or identify what icons are available for the celestial bodies. a) can someone please direct me to where i can find this information. b) can i suggest a drop down list for this feature such as the one available on the mapping feature?

23 Dec, 2019 16:28

1: There's a bit of info in that section of the event creator, but you can find all the possible icons here. Find one you want and click it to go to its page, then copy the text from its class into that field on WA. For example, mountain would be fas fa-mountain.   2: Given the number of options I likely won't implement a dropdown, but perhaps I can find an elegant way to have some defaults, sure. :)

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23 Dec, 2019 18:44

Thanks so much!

5 Jan, 2020 02:24

When looking at a holiday, when custom celestial object names are applied, every phase appears as if it were the first phase, or "new" (for me, "Dead")

10 Jan, 2020 22:17

I'll look into it!

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2 Feb, 2020 14:39

I have this issue, as well. Three moons with different colors, but use the standard object phases/aliases. When I imbed the calendar in an article and click on an event, the pop-up shows the correct event title and lunar phase icons, but the text by each moon image is "is New" not Young or Waxing, etc.   Also, is there a way to see lunar phases on the calendar (or by clicking on a moon) on days that have no events, or do I need to create an event for each day I want to be able to look at the moons' phases for that day?

2 Feb, 2020 15:00

UPDATE: I figured out how to change the font icon for the moons to fas fa-circle, and can now see the lunar phases on the main calendar without needing to open an event.

2 Feb, 2020 20:02

Oooh I better make sure I'm setting that as the default. That makes a lot of sense—thank you for the input!

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26 Jan, 2020 18:45

What are the various inputs for the celestial bodies options?

26 Jan, 2020 22:39

Any particular field you want to know about?

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12 Feb, 2020 02:35

I've just noticed that the modals opened when you you click on the moon can't be edited. I was wondering if you could do something about it.

12 Feb, 2020 06:04

Not sure I follow. If you click a moon it draws from the description of the moon, when can be edited from the calendar editor page.

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22 Feb, 2020 22:53

Feature Request: Have the ability to turn off the display of Day of the Month.   Combined with the "Week Names" feature this make it so you calendar is by Week-Name, Day-Name vs Day of Month.

22 Feb, 2020 22:57

There seems to be a "showDays" element in the JSON data but setting it to "false" has no impact. Perhaps just not implemented.

23 Feb, 2020 12:35

Months disappear when I click add month

7 Mar, 2020 17:06

There used to be a short toolbox where you could input the current/active day in your world's calendar. That feature seems to now be gone, or has moved. How do I, now, set my current day for my campaign?

8 Mar, 2020 19:45

You could add it as an event and update it as necessary, as holidays can style their holiday if you add some of the premade options.

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17 Mar, 2020 03:30

When I Save Information, no preview appears. If I embed the calendar in an article I can look at it, but I can't see it in the editor.

21 Mar, 2020 07:04

I am also having this issue.

4 Apr, 2020 07:08

Have you added weeks and days? If so, I'll have to see the article you've embedded it in.

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9 Apr, 2020 19:27

Having same issue here too. Days and weeks added. No preview.

7 Apr, 2020 08:20

Hi there, there seems to be a missing screenshot at the beginning. At least, the first sentence indicates there should be one. It seems it would have some important & useful info.

First of all, you want to fill out all the values in the screenshot above.

20 Apr, 2020 20:23

I'll fix it on the next round up updates to this page! Everything in the calendar edit section is important currently. Sorry for the delay—thought I'd have it up sooner!

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10 Apr, 2020 14:04

Hi. Just wanted to say that the calendar updates are AWESOME!!! Thanks so much Team WA!!!!

15 Apr, 2020 08:28

I'm having difficulty importing the JSON data from another calendar that I have.

6 May, 2020 20:54

Spaceflows is a fellow user and cannot help you, and even if they could that would give them no information to work with.   If the JSON is from another site it's not going to work. If it's from another WA calendar please contact me through the discord and we can investigate together. :)

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6 May, 2020 19:10

Previously it was said that this feature would be available soon: "Is there a way to link directly to a specific month in the calendar when embedded? aka calendar:20011|2019|1" Specifying a year works, but I can't get it to default to a month/day. Is this feature still being worked on?

6 May, 2020 20:52

It is, sorry. It got pushed down the list a bit.

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9 May, 2020 01:51

Happy to know it's on the list :-)

19 May, 2020 02:57

Hello! I seem to be having an issue where when making holidays and setting them to Annually, they are still showing up monthly. Am I doing something wrong?