The Worldbuilder's Guild

The Worldbuilder's Guild is the name for those who pay for a World Anvil subscription to support its development and to have access to its many, many features. There are many ranks to the guild, to cover a vast array of use cases and needs.


Epic Hero


For the distinguished worldbuilderJourneyman is the tier to get if you want to give your world a unique flair, host private content, or begin down the road towards monetizing. It's perfect for GMs who want a little extra atmosphere, authors craving a private lore archive, or anyone who wants collaborators.


Master the tier to get if you want a particularly sleek experience for readers and authors alike. Push updates to your discord server, chart a course with advanced mapping features, and customize the world editor to your specifications!


Grandmaster is the tier for TTRPG Devs, master GMs, and power users. With it, you may add RPG systems and create your own custom HTML + TWIG templates for sheets and blocks. It also adds custom styling containers and removes ads for viewers.


Sage is the tier for the pro with a plan. If your focus is on turning your world into something you can sell, or into a supplement for a product, you want to be a Sage.

Upper Guild—Limited Ranks

Ranks beyond this point can only be taken by talking to Dimitris or Janet directly through the WorldAnvil Discord or by emailing [email protected] There are a limited amount of open slots at any time due to the nature of their related features.   These ranks are intended for World Anvil super fans who especially wish to support the ongoing project.

Inner Sanctum (Limited to 54 members)($25 USD/month)

For the World Anvil champion

This is the rank to take if you want direct input on the major upcoming feature sets of World Anvil. On the third Saturday of each month, in two sittings of one hour each, Dimitris and Janet host Inner Sanctum Coffee, a zoom video call where they discuss the upcoming features and use the feedback of the IS and above to shape these features to best benefit the use of those present.

Dimitris also more closely watches the Inner Sanctum Discord channel throughout the month, and so it is a great way to provide feedback on the site.

Legendary (Limited to 12 members)($50 USD/month)

For the accomplished Developer

This rank grants access to the Javascript Development pane. You may upload Javascript to each of your Codices (after the team has reviewed and approved it) and to RPG Systems you have made within WA. That Javascript executes for all visitors to your codex or on worlds which use your RPG System.

Deity of Creation (Limited to 10 members)($100 USD/month)

At this rank, you're contributing out of an extreme love for the platform. The Deities always have the direct ear of Dimitris and Janet, and get priority on one minor feature request a month. They may also request a 1 hour meeting with them—to play games, to discuss World Anvil, or even for direct mentorship in monetizing their World Anvil content.


How do I join the Guild?

To become an Epic Hero, go to your Hero's page and click the option to Become an Epic Hero down under your character's portrait.   To become a Journeyman, Master, Grandmaster, or Sage, head over to the Pricing Page and check out the level you would like to purchase.   For Inner Sanctum, Legendary, or Deity, contact the team at [email protected] with the subject line "Hello, I would like to upgrade to the upper guild!"


  • Can I upgrade at any time?
  • Does membership prorate when I upgrade?
  • What happens if I drop membership?
  • Why can't I access my world?
  • Do my co-authors need a membership?
  • Can I get a refund?
  • How do I gift a membership?
  • Is there a lifetime version?
  • Is there a student discount?
  • Can I share my account?
  • How do I get sponsored World Anvil?

  • Can I upgrade at any time?
    Yes! Any amount you have paid is prorated into an upgrade, meaning that what you've already paid goes towards what you will pay.
    Does membership prorate when I upgrade?
    See above!
    What happens if I drop membership?
    If you drop membership, none of your content is deleted or held hostage from you, but any content beyond your top two worlds and the first 175 articles of those words is locked against editing.

    Additionally, features above your membership level stop working—for example inline secrets, map marker groups, and containers no longer appear. This is all restored by restoring membership.

    This is to prevent exploitation of World Anvil's features.
    Why can't I access my world?
    If you were a co-author on that world, it is possible that the world owner removed you or lowered their subscription level beyond being able to support you.

    If it was your world, and you lowered or dropped your subscription, it is likely that that world is outside of the list of worlds you may edit at a time. To modify this, you may change the operable worlds from your worlds list.
    Do my co-authors need a membership as well?
    They do not! Many of World Anvil's features are tied to a World's owner, meaning that if they own the world then all their co-authors can use their guild features on that world.
    Can I get a refund?
    From the ToS: World Anvil is obliged by law and in accordance to the Consumer Rights Act to provide refunds for purchases if said purchase has been done illegally, and if this is within the first 14 days of the purchase.

    World Anvil will not provide refunds for any digital product subscriptions in any other case. In order to allow the user to test the product, World Anvil provides a free membership and monthly paid subscriptions.
    How do I gift a membership?
    You can find the Shop on the bottom of the left sidebar of the editor at any time. Aside from buying world anvil merch there, you can also pick up gift subs!
    Is there a lifetime version?
    Lifetime memberships were available for a limited time (an optional purchase) as part of the Project Deios Backerkit in partnership with DungeonFog. They are not currently available for normal purchase.
    Is there a student discount?
    There sure is! Check here!
    Can my friend/group (etc) share my account?
    This would be a breach of ToS. Please consider a membership level which will allow you to add them as a co-author—even Journeyman has the functionality.
    How do I get sponsored by World Anvil?
    Please read here.


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    13 Jul, 2020 21:31

    What's the deal with the Titan?

    16 Jul, 2020 19:17

    The story there is that we have a user who insisted on a higher rank than Deity so that he could give WA more, so he got his own rank which is basically double-deity.

    Admin of the WA Codex & Discord

    Ethnis | Ko-Fi | Twitter

    16 Jul, 2020 21:05

    Ahh Thanks

    28 Jul, 2020 00:28

    Is there any article or maybe a shareable spreadsheet somewhere that lists the benefits in greater detail? I know there are TONS of great features on various Guild tiers that aren't clear with these (necessarily) small summary lists, but it would be great if there was a more in depth list for each tier so that if one is looking for a specific feature that they MUST have, they can see which level they need to get. :)

    28 Jul, 2020 22:07

    There's this page and the pricing page. Otherwise not really! Is there anything in particular you're looking for?

    Admin of the WA Codex & Discord

    Ethnis | Ko-Fi | Twitter

    31 Jul, 2020 19:49

    At the time I was looking for the option that allows you to change the author in the metadata, such as on a placeholder article. I've since learned that it is probably GM+.   But since it doesn't already exist, I would like to humbly request one be created someday if someone has time, as it's the unlisted bonus features that would probably be the biggest seller for someone like me. I know there are a lot more important things for everyone to be working on, and would take a lot of maintenance since new stuff is added nearly every day, but you never know. Someone might upgrade for that ONE feature that's a higher tier because it's that important to them. Personally, I'm hoping around Christmas time I can jump up from Master to Grandmaster for a year, but it would be nice to know in advance when else comes with it that isn't visible here or on Pricing. :)

    7 Aug, 2020 02:40

    Had a talk with Lengna Olio and they wrote it up. Check it out

    Admin of the WA Codex & Discord

    Ethnis | Ko-Fi | Twitter

    14 Oct, 2020 15:14

    What’s the difference between grandmaster and venerable grandmaster?

    14 Oct, 2020 19:17

    Venerable gets 300 subscriber slots and 10GB storage instead

    Admin of the WA Codex & Discord

    Ethnis | Ko-Fi | Twitter

    7 Dec, 2020 03:42

    Was also going to ask about the Exalted Grandmaster as well. Are those ranks for Early users? I'm just curious because I haven't seen anywhere else where it's explained. See those on people's profiles and go "Oh cool, so what does that mean?"

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    23 Dec, 2020 02:33

    My understanding is that the Venerable and/or Exalted ranks come from the Patreon days, and for people whose subscriptions had not lapsed. Eternal are those who bought lifetime subscriptions.

    Lyraine, Consumer of Lore, She/Her, primary project: Corive
    11 May, 2021 18:36

    What about Apprentice Worldsmiths? Haven't seen anything about them other than a few messages in the WA discord, so I think having a bit of info on this page about it would be cool

    10 Jun, 2021 02:18

    The apprenticeship stuff is under a redesign, I believe. The current apprentices are more Dimi keeping an oath to uphold an old membership model, but a more official implementation will eventually come.

    Admin of the WA Codex & Discord

    Ethnis | Ko-Fi | Twitter