Mind the Burn

The Great Worldember Kickoff

Worldember: It's like Summer Camp, but bigger

Earlier this year I participated in my first ever Summercamp here on World Anvil... I wrote about Saethar'Kori, waxed poetic about Kuai’ain Palace, fleshed out The Dawn of the Fallen Star, built The Temple of a Thousand Faces, and talked about key historic figures like Deamod e'Lufaren, Aaina Viswan, Yen Tae-Hyun, and Imalda e'Yisonn.

Sadly, my health tanked and I wasn't able to finish it- or attend to my Enchanter duties (including keeping up with the final Summercamp Roundup posts). But thankfully, Worldember gives me the opportunity to jump back in for another go at it.

And boy am I excited!

What is Worldember?

Worldember is one of the most massive contests hosted by WorldAnvil. The primary challenge is to write 10,000 words by the end of the year- which gives you a shiny new profile badge and a chance to win prizes. Beyond that, there are brackets for higher word counts, and categories for winning other prizes.

The full competition page can be found right over here. There you can see pretty much everything else you need to know... But in other words: It's just like Summercamp- but bigger.

A wild Janet appears!


This page itself is here to provide me with an easier way of tracking my progress as they relate to specific goals... I've even made it easy for everyone to track my progress right alongside me with this handy chart:

Words 10k 25k 50k 100k 150k 200k

My goals are simple: Finish Summercamp- and do a bit more in the process... But where Summercamp, for me, was focused on simply worldbuilding at large? For Worldember I'm going to be hiking up my billowy skirts and buckling down on the information I need for the Dungeons & Dragons campaign I DM- also known as the reason this whole shindig exists in the first place. Which means focusing on plot and player relevant information all month.

Template Prompt Keyword Status
Item How are clothes dyed? Milonan Silk ! DONE !
Spell Accessable to the wealthy Arcane Circles Stub
Species Great migration of people / creatures Elementals
Plot Outline a plot that could happen Boss Battle Started
Myth Greatest Pirate Legend White Banshee ! DONE !
Building Greatest role of family members Lorekeeper Started
Character Major villain in your world Minha Sinayari Started
Vehicle Most stylish / luxurious transportation Ship
Settlement Build an entire city through crowdsourcing! Sotep-Shiran Started
Technology Greatest technological achievement Water Stub
Organization An ancient civilization that existed Sa'avi Stub
Material A unique resource that exists in your world. Multiple Stub
Ethnicity A unique ethnicity in your world Ileri / Enethi Stub x2
Condition The most feared condition in your world. Wanderer's sickness
Geography What's the scariest place in your world? Nisaba Pass
Tradition A belief strictly adhered to by your people. Cleansing Rite
Document An influential or well known book. Mau Diwa-Net Stub
Law How does the law function? Oracles Stub
Military Intelligent- and aggressive- creature. Cavalry Stub x2
War Worst ways to die in your world? Khenra Prisoner
Professon A job considered insulting Washerwoman
Title I'm looking to start a business. Hospitaler
Language Common insults unique to a language Elvish
But I did complete quite a few of the Summercamp prompts this year. So for what I completed, I'll use new prompts... Others just didn't fit in with the focus on campaign relevant information, so those got new prompts too. And since there needs to be a little fun, I've thrown in a few topics that're relevant but which aren't necessary; they're just there for flavor and entertainment so I don't lose my entire mind this month.   And that's it! Are you participating in Worldember this year? What are your goals? What are you most excited about? Let me know!

  Everyone wants to win, but that doesn't mean competitions have to be no-fun no-frills grump fests where everyone's out purely for their own gain.The Winter Holiday season is about more than just Worldember, after all... It's also about sharing, community, and so much more.   That's why users like TJ the WorldbuildingWizard and Ademal The Narrator are banding together to give something more to Worldember- and to the World Anvil community in general.   Like TJ the WorldbuildingWizard and Ademal The Narrator, I encourage everyone to support World Anvil Creators. It is the season of giving, after all- and what better way to give than dropping a few dollars in someone's Ko-Fi, or buying them a gift from their Wishlist?   So we're encouraging all worldbuilders- regardless of level or skill- to add a link to their Ko-Fi pages (and / or their Patreons) via the account and profile settings here on World Anvil- then drop a link to their winter Wishlists somewhere on their world.   You never know who'll see it!
Worldember - Survival Guide

Whether you're a new Anvil, or an experienced one, it's easy to lose your head when a mad dash competition like this is announced. But don't worry, Forge Mother Mistress Hummingbird (that's me) has got a few tips for you to help you beat the blues, stay in shape, and make it to the finish line- hopefully with your brain still in tact.

Focus fire: Worldember's about word count first and foremost; the important part isn't how well you write it, but that you get it written in the first place. So write first ... Edit, format, and pad your articles later!

Set Goals: Set a single realistic goal and go from there ... Set new goals as you reach old ones!

Take care: Don't forget to hydrate, eat your veggies, and get enough sleep ... Definitely don't forget to stretch your legs every 20 minutes, either- and do your basic hand, neck,shoulder, and wrist exercises. You'll thank me for it later!

Mind the Burn: Remember that Worldember's a marathon, not a sprint. Take breaks- and lots of them!

Don't deflate: With competitions like Worldember and Summercamp comes a massive influx of articles- some of which are really good. It's easy to get lost in the feelings of inferiority. Don't let it win! Regardless of skill level, world setting, or any other factor, we're just happy to have you here with us. So chin up, love- and go klick some worldbuilding ass!


Check out what I've written for Worldember so far!


Don't forget to check out the other community kickoff posts!


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30 Nov, 2018 23:43


1 Dec, 2018 01:27

I've always one upped your formatting ;) That's just the way it goes, love, lol. We make each other better. That's why our love is so eternal <3

1 Dec, 2018 01:29

For everyone not in on the joke between Ademal and I: It is, in fact, a joke- before anyone gets concerned.

1 Dec, 2018 08:35

Narrows gaze in suspicion.

1 Dec, 2018 09:08

Narrows eyes back

1 Dec, 2018 08:57

Lovely article. Well formatted; a smooth and pleasant read on mobile. For those of us who couldn't participate or complete SummerCamp, the prompts were a welcome inspiration. I love the idea of a city built by the WA community and look forward to it's completion. But most of all, I enjoyed that it was written foremost with the true spirit and warmth of WorldEmber at heart. Then again you always were an amazing Enchantress. Well done and best of luck, Hum!

1 Dec, 2018 09:07

Aww, thank you hun! <3 You're a pretty amazing Enchantress yourself, though. I'm glad you find the prompts helpful, too!

1 Dec, 2018 10:04

Hnnnng this formatting - really great job with the images on here! Let's spread that WorldEmber community spirit like wildfire :D looking forward to reading your articles

1 Dec, 2018 11:59

It's all because of you, love <3 You're the genius behind it- and I love you for it!