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25 Jan, 2019 19:04

Question - If I have a PNG image, in this case, a blank scroll. Is there a way to have text laid over top of it? So basically have the image in the background and be able to input article text over it. I know I could likely just make the complete banner in Photoshop or something but I'm just curious if there is a way within the system to do this.

26 Jan, 2019 02:50

For more advice on CSS check out the CSS Guide or join the discord. :)

The following will only work for Grandmaster+


Example Image


Put this in your article
[container: con-img-background] [img:169171|nolink] [h1]Test[/h1] [p]Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum dapibus, augue at porttitor dapibus, enim nulla volutpat nunc, sit amet posuere leo neque vel nibh. Integer mi mi, fermentum vitae ullamcorper venenatis, malesuada id nunc.[br][br]Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Cras blandit dictum arcu, tristique pellentesque tortor vestibulum in. Praesent in odio sit amet tellus elementum convallis vitae ut nunc. Praesent tempus rutrum tincidunt. Nam vel viverra arcu.[/p] [/container] Swap the image ID and text for your own.    


Put this in your CSS panel in your world config page
.user-css .con-img-background {
  position: relative;
  text-align: center;
.user-css .con-img-background h2 {
  text-align: left;
  padding: 10px 0px 5px 10px;
  height: 2%;
  margin: 0px;
  border: none;
  position: absolute;
  width: 100%;
  top: 1%;
.user-css .con-img-background img {
  border-radius: 0px 10px 10px 10px;
  opacity: 0.5;
.user-css .con-img-background .padding-10 {
  background: black;
  padding: 0px;
  border-radius: 0px 10px 10px 10px;
.user-css .con-img-background img {
  border-radius: 0px 10px 10px 10px;
  opacity: 0.5;
.con-img-background p {
  position: absolute;
  top: 10%;
  padding: 3%;
  height: 100%;
  border-radius: 0px 10px 10px 10px;  
.user-css .con-img-background .artist-credits {
  position: absolute;
  bottom: 0;
  width: 100%;
  border-left: none;
  border-right: none;
  border-bottom: none;
  border-radius: 0px 0px 10px 10px;
  You do not have to put a header, it's just there in case you do.

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28 Jan, 2019 15:37

Thanks! This helps tremendously, much appreciated.

21 Feb, 2019 20:59

Finding links to your articles, etc. is rather laborious. Would it be possible to add a page or list of your worlds articles so you can have them listed and ready for coping?

21 Feb, 2019 21:51

Theer's two ways to go about this.   The short way is, within your editor, to type the @ symbol followed by the name of the article you want to link. This will pull up a context menu where you can quickly click the article and it will paste in. You can even change the text in [brackets] to whatever you want and it will still link to that article.     The long way is if you go to your articles page, on the right (right between the wrench and the trash can, is the button to copy the link.   Hope that helps!

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22 Feb, 2019 13:49

Thank you for the very quick reply.

3 Mar, 2019 20:26

Is there a tutorial how exactly the links work? I just started to use World Anvil and i´m a bit confused. I can refer to an article i have not yet written by writing for example "earth ". If i now view the article i can click on the link and it will create the article. Why doesn´t the original article get updated with the new created link? I have to edit the article so that the link works properly. Or is there something i am doing wrong? thanks in advance

4 Mar, 2019 03:12

In that particular case it might be acting weird depending on what word you put in the (parenthesis) and it might be confused, because you've got the right idea on how to use it.   What did you put in parenthesis?

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4 Mar, 2019 17:03

So far i have used location, settlement, person and organization. It does create the right kind of article,when i click on the link. After the name of the article i type a blank an then in brackets the article category.

4 Mar, 2019 19:43

I don't suppose you're on the Discord? This could probably be settled much faster with quick screenshots and all the other eyes that come with being there,

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5 Mar, 2019 17:52

Solved the problem. No blank after the name and its works fine now.

26 Apr, 2019 05:10

Could you make a template article? i saw one, but it said i didnt have permission

26 Apr, 2019 06:31

You can't make your own templates to duplicate currently without just using copy paste, however if you check out the BBCode guide it goes over how to add your own fields to an article from an existing template!

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26 Apr, 2019 19:04

i meant more like can YOU make an article on templates? like a list of what to use in the parenthesis for the mention system

26 Apr, 2019 21:07

An overall guide to the templates is planned, but for the list of how to @ each template type: check the BBcode guide to the righthand side of the article editor. It's down at the bottom of that guide.

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27 Apr, 2019 01:19

Ok! Thanks

30 Apr, 2019 09:04

Do yall have any plans of adding the option to create specific foods and culinary culture? Or is that included somewhere else? All the currently existing options I've found are rather barebones and basic when it comes to food and dishes, and I'd love to create a catalogue of different foods that my different species make. Stuff like taste, texture, cooking methods, (seasonal) ingredients and cultural value would be really neat to keep track of. :')

8 Jul, 2019 18:44

Foods are a type of item, but you could always scroll to the bottom of the site, click Need Help? and submit a feature request for fields such as taste and texture to be added to the template!

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2 Jul, 2019 14:32

Hello! Can we expect translated versions in the future? (I write in French and it's always weird to have the main text of an article in my language with sections titles in English... or maybe I missed something in Configuration) Thanks :)

2 Jul, 2019 16:28

Check your profile! It's down on the bottom left of it.

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8 Jul, 2019 04:36

Is there a way to mass-edit the privacy/visibility/access options on all articles? Secondly, is there a page somewhere on how access perms work as a whole? I have a private world, so I assume that all articles I make are also private, but any time I make a new item it has "public" as the default access. Does this mean that even though my world is private, everyone can see those articles? Or does a "public" article for a private world just mean that the few people who do have access to the private world can see the article?

8 Jul, 2019 18:43

If you go to your article list and scroll to the bottom, you'll see some dropdowns. The action you do there affects all the checked articles.   If your world is private it should default them to private, otherwise that's either a bug or the world isn't actually set to private. You can test if they're private by opening an incognito tab and trying to access one of those articles.   Nobody can see private articles unless you make them a subscriber. If an article is public in a private world it means that anyone can see the article if you link the url to them.

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8 Jul, 2019 23:25

Thank you! My world is indeed set to private. It's when I'm in a timeline, creating new historical events, that "public" is the default access setting. I'll file a bug report on it!

9 Jul, 2019 20:24

Oh sweet! That was my code. I broke it! Dangit. :D

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18 Sep, 2019 02:22

Hi, I backed Project: Deios on Kickstarter, and found World Anvil as a result. I'm looking for a way to set up a shared campaign world with at least one other GM - possibly more. The catch, however, is that each GM would probably be a player in the other GM's campaigns. We need to be able to keep secrets from each other, and, after discussing things on the Discord channel, it appears that right now all creators can see all of each other's secrets. I'd love to see a way for a gaming group with multiple GM's to collaborate one some things, but to keep other things secret - so as not to ruin any surprises in game. Sharing a single world, and developing it together would be great fun, but if Game Master "A" can't keep their secrets secure from Game Masters "B", "C", and "D", a lot of the functionality of this tool would be wasted and GM's would be forced to keep separate game notes elsewhere, defeating the purpose of having a single source for all campaign data.

19 Sep, 2019 22:29

This has been discussed, but goes into the matter of Co-Authors being able to keep secrets from each other, which is problematic. Currently, writers cannot see each other's secrets, but world owners as a rule cannot and will not be able to hide content from each other.   Setting them as writers and having a core GM author to handle the secrets may work, as may them storing secrets in their notebooks if they are guild members.   What I ended up doing was using an honor system where I put spoilers within secrets. If someone doesn't see their name on the secret, they can't open it.   This is not off the table, and would be good for westmarches campaigns, but is much easier said than programmed.

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9 Oct, 2019 07:34

I would like to request the addition of a few things missing to the BBcode formatting or commands pages:
a) the roll:CODE command
b) the fact that using parenthesis after the author's name in a quote changes the script colour
c) the tooltip command
d) the genesysdice:TYPE command
  While most (not the author parenthesis trick) are in the "Tag reference" area of editing a page, many people don't even know about this. I think it makes sense to include in the bbcode codex page all that one is able to do with bbcode, and not leave parts out. Potentially, it would make sense to have a bbcode and an advanced bbcode (if you want to avoid making overly long/complex articles)

9 Oct, 2019 17:37

Is there a way to create a second world, on the same account?

9 Oct, 2019 20:48

On the left sidebar, click worlds, scroll to the bottom, and the button is there. :)

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10 Oct, 2019 00:39

Request / Question: Is there a way to give a character multiple species / ethnicities? It would be useful to be able to tag a character with Human + Elf + Vampire, rather than just picking one, or making a separate one for each combination that shows up in the game.

10 Oct, 2019 05:47

There is not as it will be used for a later generated relationships system, but if you don't wish to create subspecies you can put something like this in the sidebar:   [h2]Species[/h2] --Mother::Human-- --Father::Elf (Vampire)--     Which creates...


Elf (Vampire)

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16 Oct, 2019 01:42

Having seen mentioned and experienced it on the site, I was hoping that you could make a codex page on the topic of the different types of Metadata tabs. This would include the setup for all forms of tabs like the organizations trees, timelines, and all other types that could be added in theory, as I can't seem to figure out any form of Metadata tab beyond the timelines.

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2 Nov, 2019 21:13

Hello, is it possible to have multiple rulers/owners, owning organizations and parent locations for a geographic location ? I have territories that are shared with two regions and I would like to specify that.

10 Dec, 2019 19:34

It is not. If the territory is shared by two groups then that group is technically a group of its own, a treaty, concord, etc.   If you do not wish to create that organization I suggest using the --Key::Value-- bbcode to write it into the article sidebar! :)

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26 Nov, 2019 09:48

If WA is supposed to be for writers and creatives working on projects besides roleplays, it would be nice to have some workflows and guides for them. The site I saw advertised to me and the one I'm greeted by on registration seem worlds apart, and it's a bit discouraging.

14 Apr, 2020 04:34

I apologize for the delay. This is a WIP but may be complete by the time you notice the comment! :)

Writer Workflow Guide
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Tackling World Anvil as a home for your writing projects and Lore Bible? Start here!

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10 Dec, 2019 18:48

I'm very new to WorldAnvil and I like the option of choosing genres, but I have no clue what the difference between some of them is. Like, what's the difference between Biopunk and Solarpunk and Steampunk? What is Flintlock? What's the difference between High and Low Magic? I'm very lost.

10 Dec, 2019 19:32

I'd recommend having a look at Different punk: A to Z of punk genres by Xanthuss for a comprehensive guide of different punk genres that are out there!   High Magic is lots of magic everywhere, and powerful magic at that, like Harry Potter. Low Magic has much less of it, more in the vein of Game of Thrones.   None of these terms are unique to WA so there's tons of online resources if you want to know more!

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11 Dec, 2019 01:07

Is there a way we can allow players in a campaign to write an article? Many players have backstory characters that they would like to add or want to add notes on NPC's they care about. Additionally, they would like the opportunity to keep track of their own maps (using the base world map) to track their own personal journeys through the world/campaign.

11 Dec, 2019 01:46

If you add them as writers to your world they will be able to create draft articles but not read or edit other articles. Here's How   Map markers they can't do unless full authors, however.

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14 Dec, 2019 17:57

Thank you! This was great to use

11 Dec, 2019 09:43

How do I change the name of my world ?

11 Dec, 2019 16:07

In the configuration of that world.

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22 Dec, 2019 06:18

I would like a guide on how to create/edit custom article templates.

23 Dec, 2019 16:34


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Djaii Martenspepper
29 Dec, 2019 15:44

Could you build a guide to how to use the Article Templates? Like, put out an article that lays out the sub-sections of each Template type, and why you would use it over another Template that is similar. Case in point: "settlement" vs "location" - aren't all settlements at a location? What's the difference or advantage of using one or the other (other than the sub-sections, which I'm finding problematic to keep straight)?

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30 Dec, 2019 19:10

There's one in progress! I'll check where it's at and let you know!

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Djaii Martenspepper
9 Jan, 2020 18:36

Awesome thank you. I realize I can just go through them all... but it turns out to be a little confusing in cases where I have to go a long time before resuming editing (and I forget) and when collaborating with others.

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Djaii Martenspepper
9 Jan, 2020 18:36

If you want a co-editor or someone to help write/proof with you, let me know. I'd like to try to help if I can find the time.

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9 Jan, 2020 22:46

If you're in the discord feel free to @ me and maybe we can get something rolling!

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15 Jan, 2020 05:52

I would like a workflow guide for building adventures and how to use the Storytellar Screen. It looks like a neat process, however, I am mystified about what should be a plot (and therefore view-able through the screen) and what should fall into other categories. For example, how would you build a traditional Dungeon Crawl for use within WA while GMing?

19 Jan, 2020 17:08

I am currently proofreading this one! I'll let you know.

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23 Jan, 2020 02:51

Wow, I've been struggling with the same question as James, so I eagerly await for this to be published. Ademal, thanks for the great work!

23 Jan, 2020 06:25

Start here and feel free to add any comments or questions in this thread or over there and we'll add more accordingly!  

Gamemaster Workflow Guide
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This Guide is to help you, a GM of any RPG system, use World Anvil to its maximum potential.

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27 Jan, 2020 13:22

It would be useful to have a guide to the different navigation/structure options and styles within WA to help world builders with organising our sites. For example, what is the difference between categories and hierarchy? Are they compatible? How do they appear for visitors? Are there ways of including multiple articles with a link to a query (

27 Jan, 2020 13:27

(Oops. Finger hit post button too soon...) ... query, e.g. all NPCs with tag Akorros which would act as a summary article? Or would I have to maintain it manually? Etc. Thanks

14 Apr, 2020 04:35

There are several workflow articles underway and visible from the main page!

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12 Feb, 2020 11:53

Is It possible to share the world you are building with another person so you can both work on it at the same time

13 Feb, 2020 06:15

Journeyman guild members can add co-authors.

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9 Apr, 2020 16:34

is it possible to take someone elses guide for a world like eberron and copy it for me to modify?

9 Apr, 2020 18:51

It is not.

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18 Apr, 2020 06:54

How do you create a gallery?

18 Apr, 2020 19:42

From the Images page, which is on the left, click your world and at the bottom of the sidebar you'll see the option to name and create a gallery.   Upload images, then drag them into that gallery, and you'll be able to embed that gallery as a carousel :)

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10 May, 2020 18:02

I recently created a language using Vulgarlang and I see the that there is somehow a feature to upload the language into WA, however, I have no idea how to actually do that. I could use some help, or a "how to" to show people how to actually do it!

12 May, 2020 08:00

alright, there's two ways. The bbcode way, and the import way (through the dictionary tab on the language article.
The first way is labeled with world anvil on it in vulgarlang. You can chop up what you get and place it through your language article. I tend to ignore the language part here and just get the structures and examples.
The second one you save the csv version as a text file and copy that text and place it in the import box in the dictionary tab of the language article.

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26 May, 2020 11:54

Hello, I'm currently creating a calendar and I realized that it is not possible to link an article in the Even editor section. Will it be changed ? In our campains we wrote multiple session reports and article corresponding and it would be great to be able to link these reports to specific dates.   Thank you in advance for the help.

27 May, 2020 02:16

@ linking doesn't work within the calendar editor currently, but as a workaround for now you can go to the article's editor and grab the article link from the "links" dropdown on the righthand side.

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28 May, 2020 09:44

Thanks !

28 May, 2020 09:47

Question, I have filled the mouseover section of my article but when I read another article with a link to the first one, nothing is displayed when the cursor is on the link. Is this a feature that needs activating ?   Thank you in advance !

14 Jun, 2020 17:51

Check in your world settings under the display tab that DISPLAY ARTICLE TOOLTIPS is checked

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3 Jul, 2020 08:12

A overview of all the fields that I could fill in a article. Per template explained.   I'm reading words and they spark nothing atm, but they could if I got a primer of how each template could be used.

3 Jul, 2020 20:11


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4 Jul, 2020 09:47

Much love!

12 Jul, 2020 06:49

I recall seeing something that mentioned using @ to create article links, even if the article didnt exist yet. I cant remember how, and a note or guide on that would be helpful.

12 Jul, 2020 21:30

You can find it here, though it looks like that particular section is incomplete.

Content Linking and Mention System
Generic article | Feb 25, 2022

Explains how to easily link the articles and other resources within World Anvil.

The proper way is to type @ articleName[article type]

For example:

  • @ Bob the Builder[person]
  • @ Templars[organization]
  • @ Obelisk[landmark]

Without a space after the at symbols and [brackets] replaced with parenthesis

Sorry for multiposts, it's hard to get the formatting to work right when commenting it.

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25 Jul, 2020 04:50

Hey I keep hearing orphan histories mentioned on the site but none of the tutorials seem to explain how to make one. How do I do that?

25 Jul, 2020 05:41

An orphan history is when you make an event without assigning it to a timeline.

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25 Jul, 2020 17:06

Do you mean I just leave the timeline category blank when making an event?

25 Jul, 2020 18:34


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25 Jul, 2020 21:26

Okay. thanks.

27 Jul, 2020 17:38

Ok question--My world and articles are set to public, but when I search for my world on the community tab, it doesn't come up. What's happening?

27 Jul, 2020 18:13

I'm not certain why that's not appearing there. It may be a bug exposed by the short world name.

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27 Jul, 2020 21:04

Thanks for your help! I changed the world name and it seems to be working fine now. That was weird.

10 Aug, 2020 22:40

Is there a way to hide or disable the metadata and organization tree from appearing at the bottom of the articles?

11 Aug, 2020 03:03

Not as a setting currently but if you want a CSS method pop over to the discord (much easier to share code there)

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11 Aug, 2020 03:03

Not as a setting currently but if you want a CSS method pop over to the discord (much easier to share code there)

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12 Aug, 2020 19:53

I could use an explanation on how to add a custom Icon to the calendar for an event. I don't like the website you guys suggest for it and not sure how to add a custom one. I have a png I want to use just don't know who to use it in the calendar. Thank you for any help you can provide.

12 Aug, 2020 22:45

There is not currently a method to add an image to an event to use as the event icon for that event.

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12 Aug, 2020 22:49

Thank you for the reply. Will there be an option like I am talking about one day?

13 Aug, 2020 16:24

I hadn't really considered it, but see the appeal. I'll add it to the list of potential features! I've been very slow on the calendars, unfortunately, my schedule has been packed.

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14 Aug, 2020 13:00

Quando salvo as alterações feitas no meu mundo, as tabelas somem e as palavras ficam coladas ou viram linhas de código, como faço para voltar ao normal ou ao menos me assegurar de que isso não aconteça?

15 Aug, 2020 09:51

Hi! I can't speak Portuguese, sorry about that // También puedo responder en español si prefieres (pero no sé portugués).   Could you send me a link to the article where you have this issue? Or, if you prefer, a screenshot of the article. I don't understand the problem exactly. Thanks!

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6 Oct, 2020 02:10

Would love a guide on the new Tables. :)

13 Oct, 2020 19:04
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Stephen Mayville
20 Dec, 2020 20:43

I don't think I've seen this as an options anywhere, so I suspect this is a feature request on my part.   I really like the Marker Groups option, but I have a fairly large number of maps (29 so far and likely another 60-70 to come) which makes it cumbersome to add the individual Marker Groups to every map - most city maps would have all the same groups (Inn, Tavern, Stable, Shop, etc.) and the same for overlans (lakes, rivers, forests, settlements, etc.).   I'd like to see an option where I could create all the groups and assign them to several templates (overland, city, etc.) of my own making, and then when building a new map, I could use a pull-down to select the appropriate template I've created with the groups I want. I'd still want to be able to add individual groups as needed, but being able to load a template I've created with a dozen groups in a couple of seconds would be amazing. I don't relish the idea of creating 10-15 marker groups in each of the maps I'm building, especially if the number of maps climbs to the 100 mark or more. This feature would also make global changes easy. If I want to change an access to a marker group across dozens of maps, I would simply update one marker group and it would be applied to all the maps using the template which contains that group.   In addition, is this the right place to put in requests? If not, just point me to the page or form and I'll do it there. I have another little one I want to pass along also.   Cheers!

20 Feb, 2021 13:35

Sorry for the late reply, but this is not the place to make feature request as Dimitris will not see this.   Follow this to make that request.

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24 Dec, 2020 05:04

Does anyone know how to change the name of your world?

16 Jan, 2021 16:42

World settings from the left sidebar of the editor.

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14 Jan, 2021 22:02

Question --- is there any way to find out how many articles have been made? ever since i got the Journeyman Guild Membership, i have not found it in it's usual placement. Is there any way i can find it without counting every article?

16 Jan, 2021 16:41

Go here and expand the "statistics" dropdown on the right.

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16 Mar, 2021 20:34

How to update maps already posted in World Anvil? E.g: if I add a new city in an already posted mpas it is possible to sobstitute the old map with the new one without loosing the marks?

27 Mar, 2021 22:03

You can replace the image, but if it's a differently sized image then the marks will be in the wrong spot.

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19 Mar, 2021 05:10

I have many game worlds that use 5th edition books not listed, from other second party companies. the spy game rpg, ultramodern5 redux, and genefunk 2090

27 Mar, 2021 22:06

Please submit those as a feature request here.

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24 Mar, 2021 22:01

It does not seem to send anything to anyone as far as I can see. How do you turn it on, would be a good article, is there some setup article that I am missing?

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27 Mar, 2021 22:01

What doesn't send? Sorry, not sure what feature you're discussing.

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28 Mar, 2021 03:52

Sorry, RSS Feed.

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28 Mar, 2021 19:31

Here ya go!

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11 Apr, 2021 18:30

A guide to ensuring your world is published! I don't know if people can see my world.

"Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape? ... If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!" —J.R.R. Tolkien
21 Apr, 2021 03:41

Hello! I'm new here, but does this basically work like Reddit?

21 Apr, 2021 15:53

Hi! Can you clarify? I see you've been using World Anvil already, so I'm not sure what's the question here!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
3 May, 2021 23:59

Hello! I was having some trouble figuring out how to upload a map for my world at the time, but managed it eventually.

4 May, 2021 10:28

I see! In the future, you can ask your questions in the relevant guide's comments, or you can also join our Discord server where we have a dedicated #help channel. Glad you could figure out the issue, though! :)

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
25 May, 2021 16:01

Does anyone know how to remove/delete a map from their world? I'm trying to replace a few of mine with updated versions, but can't seem to figure out how

25 May, 2021 16:49

Hi! You can delete your maps by editing the map, going the Map Settings, then Map Deletion. However, if you just want to replace the map image with an update version, take a look at the "Update map primary image" box (right side of the screen, under Map Settings). This will replace the image without removing any pins or other settings (although the pins will need to be manually readjusted if the new map has a different resolution). Hope this helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
28 May, 2021 15:19


23 Jul, 2021 18:01

I was wondering if there was a guide on how to start making maps, thanks!

24 Jul, 2021 21:30

Hi! You can use World Anvil to make your maps interactive, but you'll have to draw them using another software (your choice!)

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
25 Jul, 2021 08:45

I see a lot of instructions on how to share content, but none on how to access shared content. I can set up alpha readers, for example, following the instructions outlined, but I do not know how they are supposed to access that content from their account. It doesn't show up on the 'view world' screen of the world memberships tab. Where are they supposed to access it if not there?

25 Jul, 2021 18:55

Just like how a regular reader would access it if the content was public! They can either use the search bar to look for the article, or you can send them a direct link (to the presentation side of the article). Let me know if that works! (I'm assuming that's for a friend, since you don't seem to be a Guild member).

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
11 Aug, 2021 20:15

I need some help, I have created a extensive universe outside of world anvil. The interface is meant for one world but I have dozens of planets, galaxies, and even a large multiverse. how do I convert them into your website?

12 Aug, 2021 09:34

Hi! A "world" in World Anvil is not a literal planet, you can treat it as a synonym for "setting" or "project". So you can create one for the whole multiverse and put everything in. Galaxies and planets would be considered "geographical locations". Hope this helps, let me know if you need more guidance!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
20 Sep, 2021 00:20

I have a question, I created an event for my timeline which starts at 15,000 to 0, but it pops up at the Current Era and all the way in the First Era, when it should be centered in the middle. What features should I click to re-orient it?

20 Sep, 2021 11:19

In order to help you I'd need to see your full timeline. Feel free to send a link here, or join our Discord server, where we have a real-time help channel!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
20 Sep, 2021 14:02

It'll send it here first: History of Montessori

21 Sep, 2021 09:31

So I'm not sure which is the event you're having trouble with, but I see that the first era starts at -11000, so if the event is set to begin at -15000 it should appear outside this era. Please, give me more details. I can't help you if I don't know exactly what you want to do (which event are we talking about?). A screenshot of the event's configuration could be helpful too.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
21 Sep, 2021 16:32

I apologize for I struck up on discord and someone named Dialga helped me, so I ended up with that configuration for my timeline. I was having an issue with the initial event which was Surya. My question now is if you may partake with me, is how do I hide the -3300 for the Surya event, when the Timeline Era's doesn't showcase the negative when it is infact applied to them?

24 Sep, 2021 10:00

Hi! Glad you could get help from Discord! If you want to change the displayed date for an even, go to the event's advanced options (click the little "Show Advanced Options" toggle at the bottom when editing it) and find the "alternative display name" field. Whatever you write in it will replace the -3300 year.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
4 Oct, 2021 12:10

How do I publish an article? I don't pay for World Anvil, so I can only have 20 articles. I got a notification saying I need to either delete or publish an article if I want to make another. I have an article I'm ready to publish but I don't know how to do it.

5 Oct, 2021 10:04

Hi! So, just to clarify, as a freeman you can have up to 175 articles, it's just that only 20 of these can be drafts. To publish a draft, go to the top right panel and find the "Draft" toggle (should be red). Click it and it will turn into "Published", along with the article being published too. Hope this helps!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
1 Nov, 2021 15:09

Thank you so much! This really helps.

19 Nov, 2021 18:01

Could you make an article on making languages? I can’t find any examples and I’m a little confused as to how this article template worlds.

20 Nov, 2021 11:16

We'll keep this in mind, there was a project to make a short guide or example for each template. What are you having trouble with specifically? Maybe I can help you out!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
20 Nov, 2021 19:07

well, there's a few really but those ones I can figure out easily on my own, the one I'm mostly having problems with is the Languages template, when I go to the template specific prompts it links a website to help for phonetics but how do I copy and paste in the table it generates? and what do the other template prompts mean?

21 Nov, 2021 10:43

I see! Both the linked page and the template prompts are meant to be used only if you want to build a conlang (constructed language), that is, a language with detailed grammar, syntax, and so on.   For the VulgarLang integration, after generating the language on VulgarLang, find the "Saving options" button at the top. Several options will appear, two of which are relevant to World Anvil. The "Spreadsheet (CSV)" option will give you a vocabulary list that you can paste on World Anvil (in the Dictionary tab) to import all word. The "World Anvil (BBCode)" button will give you a BBCode version that you can paste on the vignette of the article to have the full generated language on World Anvil in a structured way.   As for the other template prompts (phonology, morphology, etc.), these are all specialised areas of linguistics that will be relevant to you if you want to build a conlang. If that's the case, I suggest you do some research on linguistics or conlanging (YouTube channels like Artifexian have good content about this). If you don't want a full conlang, you can ignore them. Remember that template prompts are always optional!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
29 Nov, 2021 09:25

I think I'm going to need to request a guide. I'm very interested in creating my story for others.

29 Nov, 2021 10:38

Hi! In this case, you might be interested in the writer's workflow!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
17 Jan, 2022 20:34

How do you get rid of maps you don't want anymore ?

18 Jan, 2022 10:37

You can delete them. Go to the map settings -> map deletion -> delete button

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
6 Feb, 2022 22:57

Hello, I'd like to know what are the pre-conditions for a language to be available for choosing in "World -> Settings -> Advanced -> Language"? In particular, I'd like to know when Ukrainian language will be available for the Community to choose from. Thank you!

8 Apr, 2022 08:49

Hi! Currently the translations project is on stand-by, so for now the first thing that needs to happen is for the project to be relaunched. This will happen this year, but I don't know when exactly. Stay tuned to the translations Discord server, that's where you'll get all the news.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Grandmaster Timerron
Cooper Christian
10 Apr, 2022 20:00

Is there a way to let my players see a stat block without making it visible to everyone?

12 Apr, 2022 07:50

You can embed the block in an article and use subscriber groups to only allow your players to see it. This should work!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.