Guide to Timelines

So you want to build a Timeline?

Compiled and Written by DreamMaker and Heath O'Donnell Edited by Ademal Jacklyn
Timelines are useful item to add to one's repertoire of tricks inside World Anvil. They can highlight important bits of a characters story, track the rise and falls of nations, even hide valuable information about your world. How, then, does one competently use this amazing tool?

How to Visualize Time

There tend to be 3 definitive ways of viewing time in most works of fiction. There are others, but these three are the most common and simplistic to start from, and form the basis of all the others.
Time and events progress in a linear fashion from a set event point which starts the story. Many movies and stand alone novels have this type of timeline. This works well for any work where events prior to the beginning of the story are unimportant to the story being told.
Time appears to progress in opposite directions from a set point or event, known as a Demarcation. Both ends go out to infinite time in either direction. This is the case for our real worlds Gregorian Calendar, which used the Birth of Christ as the Demarcation between two Eras. Is also useful with stories in which the events of the past effect the events of the future and should be knowable or at least re-searchable.
Time is broken into defined parts with important starts and ends. A good example of this is TV or book series where the events between the start and end of a book or season do affect the outcome of later additions, but are fairly contained within their covers.

Parts of the Timeline Feature

There are several tools within the World Anvils Timeline feature that are useful to have an understanding of before tackling your worlds Time Continuum.
UTD is the basis for understanding time within your world, setting a zero point that all your important events continue after. This zero point can be the creation of your world, the birth of a major character, or the end of a Galactic War.

The UTD is the way that you, as the creator measures time regardless of how or when the sentient species of your world started or pace their time. For example in your world you can define a UTD "year" as the time it takes for Planet X to go around the Star Y, and your UTD year 0, to be the equivalent of what the Elves of your world refer to as 15000 BU (Before Uluru).
Master Timeline
The Master Timeline is the log of all events within your world. It provides the whole of time for yourself and your readers to view.All events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Parallel Timeline
A parallel timeline exists as a subsidiary to your Master, providing either a smaller snippet, such as the recorded history of a people, or as a true to the sense Parallel Timeline, allowing for events to run alongside each other. Great for stories with two Major Characters whose paths may only temporarily or rarely cross.Orry Main and George Hazard of North and South or Harry Potter's Point of View of events
Article Timeline
A smaller snippet of time, focusing only on the events connected to the Articles subject, such as a city, nation, character, or mystical artifact.Anakin Skywalker's Lightsaber
Timeline Example
A Segment of a Timeline. Most Timelines can be split into at least two Eras, what came before a major event, and what came after. From there, further segments can be made, such as the reigns of kings, cultural movements, or technological eras.The Reign of King Henry, the Civil Rights Era, the Medieval Ages, or the Cold War
As of this writing, calenders serve the function of allowing the creation and use of Named Months in place of numbers. Your setting can have as many or as few months as you would like, and can be named in whichever manner pleases you.
Historical Entries
Here, we get into the true meat of the Timeline Feature, the ability to create an event, and place it on a timeline to see its relation to other events. The very basic information needed is the Title and UTD Start Date. Filling in the short description will create a small excerpt when the event is seen on a timeline, while the longer description will show when the whole event is viewed.

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Building a Timeline

The first important step in design of your world's Timeline is deciding how many Eras you will need. For a Master Timeline, a before 0 UTD and after 0 UTD can be the easiest to start with. Further Eras can be put in other Parallel Timelines. These two give your world a basis, a simple idea of how to talk about time. Simply going to your World Configuration Dashboard and setting your two Eras will get you started.

What if you want 3 or more Eras, like a combination of Segmented and Ray Timelines? Also easy! Without touching you Worlds Configuration at all, simply go to Timelines, and begin creating your Eras.

As an example set of timelines, lets take the Real World. For this, we will be focusing on a single Master Timeline, and 3 Parallel Timelines.

Master Timeline

Here, we will set up our timeline to match the Modern Solar Calendar, in which the current year is 2018 CE. The Common Era (CE) will begin on 1 UTD, with our counting beginning at 1 and with the Era being the Current Era. Before the Common Era (BCE) will end at -1 UTD and will be the First Era, with Inverted Dates, also Counting from 1. This sets up our dates easily, and will put things in the proper order as they would be seen in any listing of world events.

Hebrew Calendar

This Timeline will be our first Parallel. This timeline is a ray type, as we will not be concerned with anything prior to Hebrew year 0. The Timeline Begins with what we will for now call the Genesis Era (GE) which begins in -3761 UTD. This will cause any event placed in 2018 on our Master to show as 5778 in the Hebrew Calendar.

Hijri Calendar

Unlike the Hebrew Calendar the Hijri or Muslim Calendar is line type, having two important Eras. The latter, calculated as After Hijri, the birth of Mohammed, is predominantly believed to equate to 570 UTD. This causes the current year to be shown as 1439 in our Master Timeline. It will still have a Count from 0, as will the prior Era ending in 569 UTD.

Long Count Calendar

Used by the Mayans, this calendar is also a ray type, like the Hebrew calendar. It's beginning date would be marked as -3114 UTD and would cause the current year to show as 5132 UTD.

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Timeline Editor



This is where you can find the timeline editor.
And this is the timeline editor main page. To the right, you can add a new timeline and above the list of your timelines, you can find the tabs for the Historical entries and your world's calendars. Let's click the wrench button next to the only timeline we have on this list.
This is what you'll see after you've clicked the wrench button. A list of your entries to the left and on on the right a set of collapsible boxes with different utilities. They are all collapsed by default, but in the above screenshot you can see the contents of the "Actions" box. View Timeline will open the timeline in your world's interface, while create historical entry will take you to that page, more about that further down.   You can use the tags in the Links box to link to the timeline from any text fields that allows BBCode. Of course, you can always use the mention system to link to it.   The Edit timeline box allows you to edit the timeline in general (not its eras or historical entries). Click Show advanced options to see all editing fields.
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Historical Entry Editor

This is the Historical Entry main page, here you will see all your historical entries. Click on the Create new Historical Entry to create a new one! Of course, you can also quickly access the historical entry creation page from the green power hammer button.
This is the top of the "Create new historical entry" page, fill out all the information that you want to. There are more options than the ones in the screenshot, and some of them are hidden under the Show Advanced Options button.
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How to delete a timeline

To delete a timeline, go to the edit screen of your timeline and open the ACTIONS menu on the righthand side. The delete button is under this enveloping menu.

†This Era Name is implied due to a lack of straightforward answers being found by the author

Time keeps on slipping, slipping... Psst! Rather watch a video to understand the basics? Here's the Quick Guide to Timelines! And here's the Quick Guide to Historical Events!


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6 Sep, 2019 07:25

How do I delete a timeline? I didn't understand the structure and created parallels, instead of linear timelines...

7 Sep, 2019 12:08

Go to Timelines>Edit Timeline (wrench Icon)>Action Tab on right. Delete Timeline should be in red.   I suggest editing evemts first to make them appear in proper Timelines first, to save you time rewriting.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
8 Sep, 2019 07:32

I got it. Thanks. Yeah, I had a better time, actually AFTER reading the instructions. SIlly me. Thanks for the answer, Heath.

29 Feb, 2020 03:43

I know it's a while since this comment but... I cannot find how to delete a timeline using these instructions. When I go to timelines>Edit timeline (wrench Icon), I see an "Action Tab" on the right but it will not expand when I try to click on it. So I have 2 timelines I want to get rid of (I was doing some testing) and I can't delete either of them. Is there some reason why the action tab won't work for me?

29 Feb, 2020 11:12

I just did it myself Timelines>Wrench Icon>Actions Tab>Delete Timeline>Confirmation Box. If the Action Tab is not expanding, what Browser are you on? I think Edge and sometimes certain Add-ons can cause those to not work. Mobile Safari was also notoriously bad about this.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
29 Feb, 2020 14:35

It's Chrome, and I have figured it out. For some reason the Actions tab is very picky about exactly where on it I click. If I am too far over to the left or right edge, nothing happens (this is not true of some of the other bars). I was trying to click on the little "^" symbol, which seems to work for other tabs, but not that one. I have managed to get it to work by remembering to always click in the center of the word "Action".

9 Oct, 2019 20:19

I need help..... my event won't go to the right year I'm so confused. I'm planning a dystopia future story so I need 2 eras; before and after. The before is like right now until the war that creates the society my story takes place in. My even I'm trying to put is the war and I want it to be 1 BR to year 0 because it starts the new era but I need help.... please?

10 Oct, 2019 01:19

Hi! Sorry I'm just now responding, was on a media fast.   So, the current issue you are running into is that an event technically can not happen between eras. Eras bump up next to each other in the current system.   What I would do is choose to either have this event be the end event of the first era, or starting event of the second. It's honestly very likely that the war has a lot of post-time before your society actually changes, so you could actually fit more events in before the era does indeed change.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
10 Oct, 2019 19:38

Ok thanks so much!

30 Oct, 2019 17:45

Is there a way to make parallel timelines next to an all encompassing Master timeline (which has the UTD) display their own years through different ages? IE; I have the master timeline start at 0, a parallel timeline start at 271000 UTD (set to year 0 in advanced options), next Era at 273046 UTD. In both eras I have an event, the first era event displays to correct year, the second reverts to UTD. Having a world with multiple groups of people who will have their own timelines, the master timeline with parallels for each made the most sense.

30 Oct, 2019 21:27

The timeline feature is telling my histories are "orphan histories" and I'm not a hundred percent sure how to fix that!

3 Nov, 2019 15:15

As long as your Events are not below the Orphaned Histories title, you are good.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
11 Nov, 2019 04:52

Oh okay, that makes more sense! Thanks!

Master Fallharbor
Christian Farfan
11 Nov, 2019 16:21

Hi! I created quite a few eras in my master timeline that go from -2000 - 1222 but when I set my current era which begins at 1221 it appears in the middle of my timeline instead of after/on top of the previous era. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Is it that I have too many eras? There are 6 in total.

Master Ginatsu
Felipe Tiago Campos
21 Jan, 2020 20:09

if i got your question right, at some points you have to set you year at Utd (universal time date), so if your first era end at 2000 and the second have 1222 years you must put the year 3222 at UTD then it'll go to the second era. I think at least, still learning

Master Fallharbor
Christian Farfan
13 Feb, 2020 14:45

Yeah! I think I figured it out to work that way.

12 Nov, 2019 02:56

So my world has a timeline starting at UTD 0 and has 8 eras that are a few hundred years long each. I have every era set to "Begin counting at 1" because whenever I put in the UTD for an event (like the birth of a character), I want it to display the birth year in the year of the particular era, however in articles, it ONLY displays the UTD. How do I get it to display the year of a specific era, using a UTD input?   For example: I have an Emperor that was born in the 267th year of the 8th era. In UTD this is year 1,817. How do I get it to display his birth year as "267" using a UTD input of "1817" in the "Year of Birth" section of the article?

21 Nov, 2019 14:36

I'm wondering about this too! It seems very odd to label something using the UTD year but using the era abbreviation.

21 Nov, 2019 14:41

I figured it out! Edit the era and check the "Begin counting at 1" option in advanced options.

3 Dec, 2019 17:15

Riggletoes,   Sorry, I accidently tapped delete instead of reply, and so have completly lost your question. Feel free to swing by the Discord and hit me up (@PatheticBarrel) or just ask again.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
17 Dec, 2019 21:46

I think I might be misunderstanding something with timelines. I created 2 eras, one that is current (AW) and starts at UTD 1 and is the current era and one that ends at UTD 0 (BW), is the first era and uses inverted dates and counts from 0. I then created 2 historical events each of which have strange issues. The first even takes place on UTD 0 and is the event that transforms the world and splits the two eras except on the timeline it shows as -1 BW when I would expect 0 BW. The second even takes place 150 years before the event and is listed as UTD -150 but shows on the timeline as -150 BW when I would expect 150 BW. Any advice would be great, I like the tool a lot but this is a bit frustrating.

18 Dec, 2019 09:13

Both of these issues are known oddities of the system,bspecofically the Start Count from 1/0nactually does 0/-1. Innyour case, though, you may only need tonuse your world's Global Timeline for these eras, and not really need any other timeline unless you want morebtham two eras.   The negative showing can be fixes, but I'll have to dig around and double check how. Been a hotnminute and things have changed.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
23 Dec, 2019 21:30

ok as long as they are known issues I can handle it on my end for now.

9 Mar, 2020 16:47

Any update on how to get the negative to stop showing? As in, 210 BC is not written, in the real world, as -210 BC... but that is what the timeline does to me with my AD/BC formatted dates.

9 Mar, 2020 19:25

Honestly, completly forgot.   I'm gonna poke around and get you an answer other than just using the Alternative Display Date.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
Lady Saga
20 Dec, 2019 04:55

So I might have missed something with how this works, but I'm currently filling in some stuff on the timeline based very much on the Forgotten Realms one, and, there seems to be a problem with starts, ends and minuses. I have 2 situations.   1: Everything before 0 is shown correctly, except without a minus. It works, but it looks strange when an era is for instance Age of Humanity which is shown as 3000 to 1358 (instead of -3000 to 1358 that it should be). But other than the lack of - it works.   2: This however is more of an actual issue. I added the Crown Wars era which spans -12000 DR to -9000 DR (set as inverted dates), and then added the 5 crown wars as historical events. But the First Crown Wars is messed up.   Lore wise the First Crown War takes place between -12000 DR and -11300 DR which I added. When I click "View Event" it does show the accurate time (well, except for the minus). But.. in the Timeline it splits into two clones of the same event, but with different years (both wrong) and on each side of the era. It looks like this:   |--- First Crown War: 0 > 700 DR Crown Wars : 12000 > 9000 (This is the era) |--- First Crown War: -3000 > -2300 DR   Both of the "First Crown War" is the same event, and if I click to open them (both in View, and in Edit) they show 12000 > 11300 DR. Also note that the "second" First Crown War has minuses, but not the other. My guess was that it had to do with both the era and the event starting at the same year.. so I tried adding a couple of months to the event, but that didn't change anything really. Still split up in two.

Lady Saga
20 Dec, 2019 05:01

Quick update to myself. I did find out why the years are wrong at least. That's because every era restarts the year as 0 or 1 depending on settings. Okay so that's understandable. Then my question is altered.   1: Still the same questions as in the main post. 2: Still the split event thou even if it's the same event. (New) 3: How to I stop it from counting from 0 (or 1) in every era/age. I want it to use just 1 year-counting (Dalereckoning) for all of the eras, so I have for instance -11700, or 1234, or 1449 (which the group plays in currently).

Lady Saga
20 Dec, 2019 05:32

Okay I can't delete my above two comments for some reason (I get sent to the 404 page), but... a new update.. Sorry 'bout that!   The missing minuses is still a question. I did fix the split event thing by simply splitting the timeline into a separate timeline for every era, and then having a master timeline for all the eras but without the events. So that fixed it.   I still want to find out how to have it use the same year-count for all the ages (DR, Dalereckoning, or well, the UTD, I want it to use the UTD on all eras, because my UTD is following the Dalereckoning! :)

Sage gregtstevens
Greg Stevens
22 Jan, 2021 23:32

I'm interested in the display issue, as well -- although I did find a workaround: for each event, under Advanced Options, scroll down to "Alternative Display Name", and I type in the UTD date so that it appears the way I want it to. It's a little bit of a pain, so if there were some toggle allowing us to flip between events displaying the UTD number and the "era-relative" number that would be better. However..... the text override works.

26 Dec, 2019 20:54

Why does the UTD display for my Eras always default to E1, this doesn't matter which timeline I'm editing, in my Master Timeline there is First Era with the abbreviation E1, but it's not literally the first. It has been quite a while since I made the timeline, so maybe there's a setting I made that causes this to happen, but if so I can't find a way to fix it.   The actual events of the Eras display the correct date and era abbreviation, but it's really bugging the than the first event in the Second Era has the date: "4 E2", but right above it the era states that it lasts from "24012 E1 > 26062 E1".   Is there any way to fix this or should I just write the correct era times with the "Alternative Display Range" or completely turn off eras showing the time they last?

27 Dec, 2019 05:05

So, the global dates should be used as a base line date system (ie. BC/AD), while the Timeline Eras should be used to differentiate various Eras within those dating systems, such as the Classical Age, the Victorian Age, amd the Modern Age. For instance, we as humans tend to forget that the Gregorian was not created until 1582 AD, and as such could actually be it's own Era setup on a Timeline as opposed to the actual Global Timeline.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
10 Jan, 2020 15:09

I have multiple era's in my timeline and each of them should have a different abbreviation but instead they all have the same as my current era

10 Jan, 2020 15:22

Is your Current Era the one that you set in the Global Timeline of your World Configuration? Is this Abbreviation only showing up on the Era Dates and not the Event Dates?

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
5 Mar, 2020 22:46

I’m having the same issue. The abbreviation isn’t showing up anywhere in the master timeline, era’s or events.

14 Jan, 2020 22:20

Is there a way to set the timeline so the newest events are at the top and the oldest events are at the bottom?

16 Jan, 2020 13:59

Currently no. It is designed so that you read it in the order of things happening, but I believe that Dimitris said that may happen in the next timeline update.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
18 Jan, 2020 07:35

The title of the Calendar section is misspelled as "Calandars".

Master Marine Hermitant
Marine Hermitant
19 Jan, 2020 15:02

Is it possible to put names for days in a calendar and not only months' (and if yes, then how ?) like our monday, tuesday, etc. ? I made an entire day system and even if I can always explain it on a prose article, I'd like to be able to have my days as I want them on my timelines.

20 Jan, 2020 04:10

Yes! This is done via the new calander system, but I haven't messed with it enough yet to know exactly how to do it.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
24 Jan, 2020 04:18

I'm having trouble having the months be named correctly in my world. It only displays them as day/month/year in terms of numbers, and since this scheme is different from what I am used to, as in month/day/year. I've already inputted the different names for the months (January,February etc.) in the calendar area and it still is not updating.

30 Jan, 2020 16:48

My histories are below the 'Orphaned Histories' banner. Not sure how to fix that. The first events in world are undated, as they fall into myth. I want those undated events be in one era. The next era starts at 360 BD and goes to 0 BD. After that I want a third era that starts at 1 AD. How can I correct this?   Thanks!   - Paul

31 Jan, 2020 13:42

Hi! Create era 1, with "First Era" selected and ending at -359. Give the Era an Alternative Display Date like "before known Time". Give those events dates within that range.   Create second era with -360 start and 0 end. Make events fall i. Those UTD dates.   Third Era, start Date 1, select "Is Current Era". Any event with a positive UTD year will fall in that.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
11 Feb, 2020 23:28

Is it possible to have secret/hidden events on the timeline?

12 Feb, 2020 00:00

It Is! This may be a Guild Member only feature, but Events can be made secret using Secrets or by making them Private. Great for when you have events that only a certain subsection of your player group may in game know about!

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
7 Mar, 2020 16:44

It is possible to suppress the "Alternative Timeline" section of an event in the timeline? I have a global timeline that is known only to me, and then a local history timeline for the players. I have placed some historical events into both timelines, and some only into the global one (i.e., the one only I can see). When the events common to both display for a player, they see that this event is found in an alternative timeline ("History of the World") with a link, but when they click it they get an error message saying they don't have permission. Although this achieves the desired effect (not allowing them to see into the global timeline), it seems sloppy to me. I'd rather they didn't see it at all. Is there some way to just tell the timeline not to show them the alternative ones?

7 Mar, 2020 23:49

Honestly, there isn't, but that would make a great little suggestion. Down below, hit the Need Help? Button, and then follow the links for putting a suggestion in on the Jira board. This is a seperate website the dev uses for tracking suggestions and bugs, and does not use your WA account info.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
8 Mar, 2020 00:52

Well, it's not really a bug. I was just hoping there might be a feature to turn it on or off somewhere.

8 Mar, 2020 02:11

Not yet, but you can be the one to suggest it!

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
Dreik Stormtracker
12 Mar, 2020 15:07

Hello, I was wondering if there is a way to "Duplicate" of something the timelines. I would like to have multiple timelines asides from the main one. For each kingdom and a personal one for each Major character. Problem is that I have 3 eras and it's rather annoying having to re-add those 3 eras manually each time I make a timeline. Is there a solution to facilitate this? Thanks in advance for your aid.

4 May, 2020 12:50

Hey! Don't know how I missed this. Currently, there is not a way to duplicate eras across timelines beyond copy paste. The idea is that each timeline would cover different eras (like how Aztec Culture was still blossoming while the Age of Sail was beginning and Genghis Khan was uniting the Mongol nation.)

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
17 Mar, 2020 01:45

I'm having a heck of a time working with my master timeline. The first problem was having the years line up because there is a year zero in the software but there was never a year zero. I've clicked the start at 1 buttons but it just doesn't line up right. The second issue is I get negative numbers in my "pre-event" era. The count is indeed inverted, but 3000 BCE shouldn't be -3000 BCE. And it looks like I can't even go back into edit the UTD because I simply can't find it. Do I need to delete everything and start over? Or can I edit my way out of this?

25 Mar, 2020 05:02

I've created a Master Timeline, the 8 eras (time periods) of the world, and all the major historical events. I want to create a separate timeline for each era that contain the major historical events for that era, but without having to recreate the events. I know how to create a parallel timeline, but I'm not having success at connecting the events.   Can I connect events in my Master Timeline to another timeline? If so, how can I connect events in my Master Timeline to another timeline?

25 Mar, 2020 05:20

My apologies, Historical Events are different from Eras. Can I connect an Era in my Master timeline to another timeline? If so, how can I connect Eras in my Master Timeline to another timeline.

25 Mar, 2020 05:34

So I figured out the answer to my question. Create your Master Timeline first. Then, create each Era. Then create the Historical Events.   Next, create a Parallel Timeline named for each Era. You can get the link for this timeline in the Links section when editing the timeline. You can put the link in the Master Timeline's description.   Next, In you Master Timeline, edit a historical event by adding the parallel timeline. Now my events show up on both timelines and both timelines have links to one another.

29 Mar, 2020 23:13

(First of all, I hope I'm right here with this question and should not post it at the Calendar page. It's somewhat about both Timelines and Calendars.) Is it a possibility or could it maybe become a possibility to align calendars or add several calendar options for historic events? Sounds probably unclear, so I'll try to explain: let's say, the dwarves in my world organise their calendar in a different way than humans do. So I make one calendar for each civilization. I also make different timelines for each, but some historical events appear on both parallel timelines. Because one calendar has fewer months than the other, the UTD time cannot be converted correctly in both timelines because of that difference. So...should I currently create that same event multiple times for each calendar? Or can I somehow work around that or could maybe even something be implemented in the future for this problem, maybe just a 'day of the year' UTD counter or something alike that picks the correct month and date for each different calendar?

30 Mar, 2020 08:56

All Timelines should have UTD match (this universal time date would allow the 7th of Hammerfall and 15th of December to be the same "happening", for instance) while the calendars only use their information for "dressing up" the timeline events.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
19 Apr, 2020 16:28

Thanks for the reply and sorry for responding so late - that part, I absolutely get. But I have calendars that differ in the length of their months. But for historic events I have to enter a UDT month. That can only line up with one of the calendar months correctly because while in one calendar it's still the third month, in another it's already the fifth, for example, but the timeline will still pick that calendar's third month because I can't differentiate it in the UTD. *That* is what I'm trying to work around, so the date doesn't get displayed wrongly in different calendars. I hope that's making my problem a bit more clear.

19 Apr, 2020 11:50

Hi there, I'm having a very small but still bewildering issue. I created a "before" era (like BCE) and at one point was considering its abreviation to be BB, but changed my mind and would like it to be AW and I have deleted the entire era and all the other eras and made it again several times but no matter what I do my pre-year-zero era shows as BB and my post year zero era shows as AB which is also not what I have set that abbreviation to be in both the re-doings. The correct abbreviation seems to show up on Historical events but it's a bit weird that it's doing that. I do want my current era's abreviation to be AB, but there are a couple other eras between it and year 0, i'd like the whole post year 0 to have a different abbreviation or be able to use their own abbreviations, and mostly I just want BB to stop being there as it's not the name of ANY era anymore and at this point i'm wondering if i should just delete the whole timeline instead of just re-doing the eras?

19 Apr, 2020 12:57

Historical events get their designation from the Era Settings, Eras get theirs from the Global settings. This allows us to have a BC/AD global designation and individual events to use localized era abbreviations.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
19 Apr, 2020 15:17

Thanks! I get that part, but maybe I have not explained the issue clearly. My BC equivalent is showing up as BB despite having completely deleted and re-made all of the eras on the timeline. I made it as BB initially, decided I didn't like that, tried to change it, saved, that didn't change it, so I deleted it and re-made the era from scratch. I was working within the Edit Timeline and Add Era areas, so if there is a setting somewhere else that got set with what I first set it as that I can go change that would be good to know.

20 Apr, 2020 02:14

Check World Configuration>Time amd Date. Your Before 0 Era may still have the old Era Abbreviation

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
24 Apr, 2020 09:35

Perfect, excactly what I was looking for, thanks!

19 Apr, 2020 11:59

Maybe i am missing it, but figured it cant help to ask. I tried searching UMT and Era's Im working on updating a timeline and cant seem to do a fractional Era. We are running Giantslayer AP for Pathfinder. We started Book 1 on UTD 4715.9.21 (Year.Month.Day) Id like era 1 to be Siege of Trunau 4715.9.21 UTD - 4715.9.26 UTD. Era 2 to be Expedition to 4715.9.26 - 4715.10.21 UTD   I try to set the ALTERNATIVE DISPLAY RANGE It works, however it posts all events twice, once for each Era in the same year.   If we could add era's to historic events that would i think solve the issue.   Thank You in advance, Love this place!

19 Apr, 2020 12:55

Currently, Eras work off of the real world design that an Era or Age can begin in a year, but encompasses the whole year, with the Era Changing event being the mark,not the specific date.

PatheticBarrel, Logo by Sai
Master Gargula
Daniel Gárgula
29 Apr, 2020 23:21

How do I put my plots automatically in a timeline?

30 Apr, 2020 08:50

Articles are not able to be added to a Timeline, but you can add a Historical Event, fill out a short summary or as much as you want there (I suggest shorter for clarity and size) and then select the Related Article dropdown and select the Plot.

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30 Apr, 2020 08:50

Articles are not able to be added to a Timeline, but you can add a Historical Event, fill out a short summary or as much as you want there (I suggest shorter for clarity and size) and then select the Related Article dropdown and select the Plot.

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1 May, 2020 01:21

I literally just typed in "otters" and it brought me here...?

1 May, 2020 08:34

Question is: Where did you type otters at?

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6 May, 2020 17:51

Hi guys, i was able to create several historical events on my timelines, However, I don't seem to place in under the correct era. They appear in the Orphan timeline. each one of those has a date dont seem to work.

6 May, 2020 19:36

Double check a few things.

  1. Are the Events above or Below the Orphaned Histories section? Above is good, below is things are broken.
  2. Are your Eras sharing dates? All Dates should be in UTD and each era should have its own dates i.e. one era should be from 1-100, the next from 101-200 etc. (Use larger dates if needed).

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6 May, 2020 22:15

I did have sharing dates. orphan histories when from the section below to the top, However, to the wrong era. i have 5 eras: 1-100 (current era or my world, where my entries are going) 0-999 1000-1999 2000-4999 5000-9999 (where suppose to go) 10000-14000 i tried to to put a (-) on those era ( -9999 instead of 9999) prior to the year 0 and changed the dates of every events to (-), it works but somehow it shows wrong year. EX: before adding the minus symbol:6590 after adding it: 1990

10 May, 2020 17:52

In the Guide to Timelines page, the first screenshot's link ( seems to be broken: it's giving a 404 error. Thanks!

10 May, 2020 18:04

I'll have to take a look at that! Thanks for the notification.

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17 May, 2020 05:00

Is there a way to display most recent events on the top, and older events at the bottom (i.e. descending order)?

17 May, 2020 11:12

Currently no, though it has been discussed. The current design is based on events being read from first to last as most users are using timelines to out line things in a chronological order and wish to avoid people from seeing things in the wrong order or have spoilers.

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18 May, 2020 05:48

Thank you for your answer. Is that something I could add as a "requested feature" somewhere? If yes, how could I do it (I've heard/read you guys use Jira)?   Is there a better way to log day-to-day campaign/story events chronologically than the Timeline? I love the feature, and want to make sure I'm not using it wrong. :)

18 May, 2020 09:12

Personally? I'd use a combination of a Parallel timeline coveri g the campaign. Each session or minor arc is an event that links to the relevant Session Report from the campaign. More major events within that get their own Historocal entry.   Timelines are a way to encourage further reading.

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18 May, 2020 12:15

How do you connect a timeline to an article from the article edit page?

18 May, 2020 20:42

Type the left bracketb then timeline and a dropdown of saved Timelines should be availble. If not, you may have to go to the timeline editor itself and grab the link.

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18 May, 2020 23:39

That's just the link. I meant to put it next to the metadata of the article, at the bottom, like I saw some people do. Also the dropdown doesn't happen. "[timeline:" nothing happens.

19 May, 2020 11:33

That is done by selecting the article as related from the timeline editor end. You can only select one this way.   The [timeline] bit is aparrently a Guild festure

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29 May, 2020 09:02

Is there a way to display the negative years with a -? Whatever I do the timeline shows the era from-to without the minus sign.

30 May, 2020 13:05

There is not. This is because most timelines (including real-world BC/AD, BCE/CE) use abbreviations to show a difference. As well, you may have an era in the negative years that doesn't actually count inverted, but rather normally (depending on culture and concept of time)

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7 Jun, 2020 23:25

How do I define a UTD? I

9 Jun, 2020 10:48

Universal Time Dating simple means that these numbers always mark the same progression, as opposed to any two timelines using internal numbering.   The best way I've found to define your UTD is to just choose a well known (or theoretical) event to mark the beginning of tracked time. That happens on 0 UTD, and everything after happens from 1 UTD on, and before is -1 UTD back.

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9 Jun, 2020 14:38

I’ve also been having the same issue as a lot of other commenters where the eras mark themselves strangely. For example, my “The Infinite Past” Era is supposed to be the first one and start at infinite BE (before empire) and end at 30,000 BE. However, it always shows up marked as RY, and sometimes even in the wrong spot.

9 Jun, 2020 17:31

I may need more info and screenshots. Best way would be to PM or ping me on the Discord Server. (PatheticBarrel)

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16 Jun, 2020 12:02

How do you put in days for your calendar? Still getting use to how to use this

16 Jun, 2020 13:40

Calendar days are handled a bit seperatly from timelines currently! Check this article out for more on that.

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5 Jul, 2020 02:53

Still encountering the issue with Eras starting at -1/0 rather than 0/1 (even the "starts at 1" example shows this behavior unless I'm misreading it). Any idea when a fix for this might find its way into the system?

5 Jul, 2020 12:19

Hopefully later this year, but I've been doing some work in better understanding what is happening and am slowly thinking it isn't an actual bug. Will get back to you on that.

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12 Jul, 2020 18:00

I am currently working on my timeline. When I save it, it takes me to a page with a dragon that says 404 something or another. There is a link on this page to return to my homepage which I do. But when I return to the historical timeline, my changes are not saved. I could serious use some help with this!

12 Jul, 2020 18:21

Hey! I think this may need more in depth help than O can provide here! Swing by our Discord Server (look for the alien looking face atthe top of the dashboard) and go to our #help channel. Ask for @PatheticBarrel or @Anvil Assistants

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20 Jul, 2020 15:10

Newbie here, I may have totally run up the wrong tree when I saw the timeline feature but I was basically wanting to use it for plotting events in my novel. I don't want to put in years, I just wanted to put events into a timeline and be able to click and drag them around/add and remove like a digital version of sticky notes on the wall. Is this possible, or does everything need to be done by date? Thanks!

20 Jul, 2020 23:27

The current design of the timelines feature is all sorted by numerical dates.   I would suggest using Plot Articles and moving those around in your Articles & Categories dashboard.

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25 Jul, 2020 09:01

I was making timelines for my different groups in my games, but i kinda wanted to separate them with arcs and sagas. Is there a way to be like here's chapter ones events without having separate timelines. Like i have the different events as different historical events but want to separate the groups of events with titles of the specific arc or saga it is. Do i have to make multiple times lines instead or can it just be one. I've been using historical events and just naming them Chapter 1 and the time frame, but sometimes other events that happen in it will say be on the first day and thus its above the chapter 1 event. Chapter 1: Year 1 jan 1st-Jan 5th but event that happens on Jan 1st will be above it instead of below.

25 Jul, 2020 10:38

For your case, each Chapter or Arc (chose one) would be best defined within an Era. Then each event would fit onside of the proper era as long as the start and end dates of the era encompass the start/end dates of the event.

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30 Jul, 2020 14:20

I'm trying to figure out how to add my calendar and timeline to my campaign page (preferably in the timelines and maps section) but I'm not seeing how to do this?

30 Jul, 2020 14:25

edit: I found how to add the timeline, but I haven't found how to add the calendar.

31 Jul, 2020 12:48

You'll need to embed the calendar code from the calendar editor dashboard

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1 Aug, 2020 16:12

Let me start with some quick definitions, to make this slightly easier to understand:   NT: Normal Time. This is the calander as we know it. Today = 2020. RT: Realm Time. This is the same calander as NT, except that the year 0 is in 700 NT. Today = 1320.   I'm confused as to how to make this work using the UTD.   I have an event which takes place in the year 107 RT. It also shows as happening in 107 NT (it should be 807). If I change NT to start at -700, it says it starts at 700 BC, but I want it to start at 0. I also tried the other way around, having RT start at 700 UTD, but then the timeline starts in the year 700, which, again, I want to be 0.   How exactly can I achieve this?

22 Aug, 2020 21:07

Hello,   My timeline is not displaying the correct year or era abbreviation for any new historical events I create. It was working so I'm not sure if I changed something. Example: An event is assigned a year of -50,000. I have BC and AD eras (DeS and DS) assigned in the Date & Time Settings. This should display on my timeline as 50,000 DeS. It displays -4999 KeS. I would like to resolve this and any help is appreciated.   It is displaying correctly when I view the event, just not when it's on the timeline.   Ryan

30 Aug, 2020 17:14

Is there a way to get it to show which events on a timeline are public and which are private, or to change that status, without going in to Edit for each entry? I'd like to make parts of my world's timeline available to players, but going through and editing each entry appropriately is a rather daunting task with a timeline as large as mine. I'd very much like to be able to bulk-edit from the full Timeline view, and furthermore, to be able to see (maybe via an icon or a colour bar?) which events are visible to my players and which ones aren't. Right now, there's no way to visually distinguish Public from Private, except by looking at the whole timeline in Incognito and seeing which entries don't appear. A bulk edit/icon would also be useful for making historical entries visible once players have learned about them.

2 Sep, 2020 17:44

I have a problem. Te timeline shouldn´t have a "year 0" same as the real world´s, but an event set to be in the -25 UTD shows as -24, and another set to be -8 shows as -7. Any help?

7 Sep, 2020 22:22

I can't get my era info to show on the public timeline, it's only viewable by me logged in. Is there any way to make it visable publicly?

5 Oct, 2020 11:19

Eras need Events in order to populate. Put some in (as public, not private) and they should show.

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9 Sep, 2020 17:18

I can't create Historical Events. I did it once, but now every time I try it, the save changes button just doesn't work. I need help.

2 Oct, 2020 13:22

Hello! Is there a way to link a character article to a historical entry that he/she would have participated in? It's a bit of a pain to copy+paste the whole historical entry into their personal history box for every character that took part.

5 Oct, 2020 11:18

When editing the Event or Timeline, you should see a [timeline/event:code] that you can copy paste into articles for quicker entry.

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Rhun Tolihzeh
3 Oct, 2020 20:46

I am working on a timeline but the link on the website doesn't show the contents when clicked. How can I publish it?

5 Oct, 2020 11:17

As long as there are events in your eras, you should have no problem seeing anything. Eras only populate on the view end if there are events in them.

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Rhun Tolihzeh
17 Nov, 2020 16:00

It worked in the end! (And then RL came in between and interrupted everything. If only we could pause that! )

30 Oct, 2020 22:21

Is it possible to embed a timeline on an article page? Like, having a timeline of a characters life and having it displayed on their page similar to how the family trees show up?

31 Oct, 2020 01:22

If you create a seperate timeline, you can duplicate events on it that only pertain to the character, and then set the timeline as the related Article. Only one article can be related to a timeline currently.

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31 Oct, 2020 05:59

I have it linked to the characters article, and down at the bottom is a button to show the timeline, but can it be embedded within a specific section of the article? Like, can I have it automatically shown under the characters history instead of only via the button? Since, like me, I'm sure most people won't see the timeline button way down there.

31 Oct, 2020 06:00

Let me rephrase that. I know my players don't pay attention and aren't going to see the timeline button. lol

31 Oct, 2020 12:37

Players, amirite?   So, on Your character article Edit screen, choose where you would like to embed the timeline, then type [*NAME OF TIMELINE. This should pop up with a little embed option much like the "at mention" system does. Badabing, badaboom, your timeline can now be viewed.

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26 Dec, 2020 05:11

I am having a problem adding an event to my timeline. It's listed as having been created, but it doesn't appear when I view the timeline as it would appear to readers. Is there a limit to the number of events? I created nine but it only displays eight.

26 Dec, 2020 13:04

There shouldn't be a limit. Is It possibly a private event? Or one that is in a different era than the others are?

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26 Dec, 2020 16:03

I will recheck again but I don't think so

26 Dec, 2020 16:07

Ugh, I failed to assign it to a timeline! Thanks for your help. I wouldn't have thought of that.

9 Jan, 2021 23:35

Hello! I have a question. I have several related articles and characters to some of my historical events. Is there a way to change the picture icon that pops up from the default picture?

16 Jan, 2021 16:20

Can a timeline's events be reversed when viewing? Such as... Instead of starting from the beginning, show the last event first?

17 Jan, 2021 15:02

Currently no. I don't believe there is a plan to implement timelines as such, as the normal way to read a timeline is in order of happening, not most recent thing first.

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23 Jan, 2021 22:43

Thanks. I made one as a recap for the players to review the sequence of events that lead them to where they are today.

22 Jan, 2021 00:18

This is really just a shot in the dark. I have two world's that have separate timelines. Time is in flux so dates are not necessarily attributable to the same period of time i.e. a year may have passed in one but only a month in the other. Is there a way that you can connect timelines to show at which point an event may have happened simultaneously in the other world i.e. travel from one to the other or events that happen simultaneously.   I know it's a complex idea but wondering if there is any way it can be done. Thanks!

23 Jan, 2021 23:06

If the change in time is variable enough, like sometimes one day = a year, but sometimes a year = 3 minutes, then your only real option is to use a liberal amount of Alternate Display Dates.   Actually, thinking about it, that may be the better way to go anyway.

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