Summercamp 2021 Pledge

Writing articles for Summercamp is like being the person in the bakery that mixes up the frostings and makes all the pretty little pastillage flowers and leaves. Right now, they're pretty as they are, but sooner or later, they'll be used to decorate and complete a cake. Craft them with care, but remember that they're parts of a future product.
— DinosaurBob, reflecting on last year's Summercamp articles
This will be my second World Anvil Summercamp. The first one started just a couple of weeks after I joined the World Anvil community. The World of Cartyrion was, at that time, a crude map and a scattered collection of Microsoft Word documents - some on deities, some on character backgrounds, some on world geography. Very few of the summercamp article prompts had anything to do with what I thought I should be working on first: building the framework to bring my world into being. But it was impossible to not get caught up in the community hype, so I dove into the Summercamp Challenge with everyone else.

It was the best thing I could ever have done.

Besides immersing me deeper into what is the best community of people on the entire internet, Summercamp turned me into a Twitch Streamer and got me involved with the Anvilite Streamer Corps. I started contributing more to the community, on the WA discord as well as Twitch. I took part in collaborative worldbuilding exercises like Synergasia, and more recently the WRAF. It got me to accelerate my membership plans and join the Inner Sanctum before I'd even been around here for a year.

But most importantly, Summercamp 2020 provided me with 33 pieces of lore that I have been able to build into the framework of Cartyrion. I had decided from the outset to focus on my Feywood region first - building it out and starting to write adventures based there. I tried to fit my Summercamp articles to fit into the Feywood somehow, and for the vast majority of them, I succeeded. But they weren't helping me build the framework I needed. There were some linked groups of articles, but they were still just a disjointed collection of random lore in August of 2020.

Now, though... 10 months later... most of them have found their way into the stories that I am telling and the adventures being presented to my gaming parties. Most are simply "color", but I get compliments from my players for this color. They have told me that it is much easier to get immersed into Cartyrion since it is a world of much more than just a tree here, a road there, and a tavern in a village. The villages have character... they have holidays and festivals... there are things on tavern menus other than just "meat, cheese, and a loaf of bread". The Feywood of Cartyrion has depth - and much of that depth is because of Summercamp 2020 prompts.

Which project are your worldbuilding efforts tied to?
What world are you working on?
Which area of the world am I working on?

The Kingdoms.png
As I look toward Summercamp 2021, I will hope to repeat the phenomena of last year. Cartyrion is the only world I plan on working on, and I still have much work to do in the Feywood. This work is targeted to narrow areas, though. If a prompt comes along that will fill a gap, I may use it to do. But my plan is to let Summercamp do what it does best: create a collection of bits of lore that will ultimately make another region of my world three-dimensional. The next region I plan to address is the area I call "the Kingdoms". The Costume Challenge was my first foray into the lore that defines this region, The Kingdoms is where I will be "living" in Summercamp.

How much are you aiming to complete?

From a standpoint of how much framework is built out in the Kingdoms when camp is over, the answer is, "I don't really care!" My goal is not to complete the area; it is to reply to 31 prompts and produce nuggets of lore that will be integral parts of the region someday. Some prompts may well help build the "bones" on which the Kingdoms region is based. Some will provide the flesh that covers those bones. And some will give me the bling to eventually drape over that skin and make the Kingdoms a more interesting region to explore. The past tells me that, sooner or later, every article will find a good home in the long run.

When will you write?

I will make every effort to write daily, trying to keep a one-prompt-per-day pace. Summercamp is not a sprint. Some days I will get several article bodies built out; other days I will spend desiging the CSS for the Kingdoms region. I know I will be writing on-stream at least three days a week, and the streams of other ASC members will provide the sprint opportunities to get work done whenever I sit down to write.



I Hereby Pledge...



...to participate in World Anvil's Summercamp 2021, and to make every attempt to complete articles for all thirty-one prompts within the month of July. Furthermore, I will make every effort to focus the attention of each of these articles on the region of the World of Cartyrion known as the Kingdoms - and in particular the First Kingdom of Humankind. I recognize that these articles will not by themselves form the full background and lore necessary to define this region, but I am confident that as the region becomes fully defined, the articles written during Summercamp will become an integral part of the lore - and more importantly of the "flavor" of the region. This will allow me to prepare RPG Adventures taking place in the region that contain enough "extras" to more fully immerse the players in the setting.
— signed by DinosaurBob on 13 June, 2021

Organizing My Region and World

Categories.PNG

Categories

A complete set of categories under the Cartyrion World Atlas was created, The categories break the region down into countries, then individual settlements within the cities. Each city, as needed, will get a "shops" and "people" category (one set is demonstrated in the image to the left). As various prompts are created, the articles will be dropped into the appropriate level category. (For example, something about a city that isn't about a shop or a person will be dropped into the city-level category.) Eventually these articles will end up linked to core articles about the location one way or another. This reflects the category setup that I've been using for the Frontier Lands / Feywood region for the past year.

Cleanup

As part of the "spring cleaning" before summercamp, all 83 of my uncategorized articles have now either been placed into a category or deleted. (Deletions were stub duplicates, or completely empty.)

Preparing the Kingdoms Region

In addition to the Category tree described above, three other important items were created to get the Kingdoms Region ready for articles:

A Style Sheet...
Style Sheet - Kingdoms Region
Generic article | Jul 1, 2021
The images that appear in the side panels are my "inspirational reminders" about the region. The First Kingdom is all about the nobles and religious leaders, but the region also includes the Elvenhome and the kingdom of the Catfolk.

These are not the only folk in the region, though... Halflings are everywhere the Humans are, and the Awkwana (Birdfolk) have several major mountaintop cities and seaports.
A Map...
The Eastern Kingdoms
A Primer...
The Kingdoms Region
Generic article | Aug 5, 2021
More inspiration (in text form) is found here, as the primer includes a descriptions of the political and cultural atmosphere of the new region, as well as a segment on the nature of the Adventures that I have planned for the lands.

My article Release Plan

This Article will be updated after each "prompt drop" to enter each of the prompts that we are challenged to complete. Upon completion of an article, its article block will be added to the document. (This document - my "summercamp body of work" - is available directly from my world home page.

Completed article notifications will go out to followers. Articles will be posted to the #summercamp-2021 WA discord channel. Tweets will be done and, subject to the self-promotion limits, subreddit posts linked to the articles will be posted as well. (For the subreddits, it may be necessary to limit myself to one such post per week; in this case, I will select one recently created article and post it.)

My Visibility Plan

Social Media
I have not been paying the appropriate attention to my Twitter presence. I plan on allocating a brief period of time each day to deal with Twitter - reviewing WA and summercamp tweets in particular, adding follows and spreading the good work.

Facebook needs more work, but I'll be devoting time to getting that up to par by the end of the Summercamp month.

I am also working on a plan to resurrect my YouTube presence, which was never much to begin with, and has been idle for months.

Finally, I will commit to frequent public posts on my Patreon site telling patrons as well as any occasional visitors what I'm doing.

Subreddits
I have been a member of several "appropriate" subreddits for a while, but as with Twitter, i have not been faithfully visiting them and interacting with others there. This wlil change. Time will be allocated to interact daily, and I will post my own work in accordance with subreddit rules regarding self-promotion.

Specifically, the subreddits I will be following are...
  • r/WorldAnvil
  • r/Worldbuilding
  • r/rpg
  • r/RPGDesign
  • r/Pathfinder2E

World Anvil Discord
I am already fairly active on the World Anvil Discord, but I did "check in" on the Summercamp2021 channel to wish everyone good luck with their efforts. I will continue to check in on this channel regularly - not only to post my own articles, but also to see what other people are up to.

World Anvil Author's Profile
  • I have reviewed my Author Profile page and made a number of small, but significant changes. I've updated my personal bio section to be a little less self-deprecating and a little more confident. I've updated the banner to reflect the World of Cartyrion - my main product.
  • I've added one or two bits of missing information
  • I've added a journal post inviting everyone that follows me to join my "unpack the prompts" stream on Twitch that runs 2 hours after the initial prompt reveal. (This is the first of four special "unpack streams" I have planned and placed into the Anvilite Streamer Corps schedule.)
  • I've taken a look at my "followed by" and "follower" lists, and tried for a bit more parity in the two. First of all, I've added follows to a few people that have been supporting me, and deserve my support in return. I've also added ten "new" follows -- selected more or less at random from the #summercamp2021 discord channel. I will be reading the work of all of these new "follows", and offering as much encouragement and support as I can.
Click here to view my updated author profile.

Comments

Please Login in order to comment!
13 Jun, 2021 16:09

Great view of what Summer Camp offers! Excited to see your work again this year!

My Summer Camp 2021 Hub and Article List
13 Jun, 2021 16:41

Thanks for reading and commenting. I’m hoping that first-timers read it too, and avoid that “I’m wasting my time on silly details” thinking that hit me last year. I’m very happy i just went with the spirit of the event. The usefulness came later, but it does come! And that’s the lesson I learned !

14 Jun, 2021 01:17

Summer Camp caused me to spin things off in ways I never would have thought about previously, and created aspects that have since become integral to the world. Also a couple of the more unrelated bits are now some of my favourite bits of world trivia!

My Summer Camp 2021 Hub and Article List
13 Jun, 2021 18:08

This is one of the best retrospectives on last year's Summer Camp that I've read. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I just went ahead and wrote the prompts, not really sure if I'd ever use any of it. Then I ran two campaigns and you're right, the Summer Camp material let my campaign live and breathe like nothing else I've ever done.   I'm 100% sure that this year's Summer Camp will do the same thing for me again.

14 Jun, 2021 11:16

Thanks for the read and comment! It’s reassuring to know that my take isn’t unique, and it will hopefully be an aid to others who start to feel that “why am I writing this?” vibe.

13 Jun, 2021 18:25

Ohhh, I love the metaphor that Summer Camp articles are like the sparkly bits of cake decorating. You're so right. <3   Good luck with Summer Camp, and I'm looking forward to seeing you around the streams! :D <3

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
14 Jun, 2021 11:20

Thanks! I tried to find a way to reassure that the process is a positive and fun one from the very beginning, even if you don’t see how it all fits together as you go. Just keep going!

Legend Gamez
Gamez (Dan)
13 Jun, 2021 21:22

Fanatic Article! As Always, Bob! I love your CSS and pastel colour, which allow the user to read the text without eye strain easily :-) I enjoyed that you incorporated your maps and character art into the article—Good Luck in July.

Come join me every Sunday at 11:30am UTC+1 on Twitch  

Join the Community:

  Discord Twitter SoundCloud
14 Jun, 2021 11:18

Thanks for the read and encouragement! It should be a fun month!

14 Jun, 2021 11:14

I'm a first-timer, and I am looking forward to participating in this summer camp. Your pledge is inspiring, looking forward to seeing what you do!

14 Jun, 2021 11:25

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! And welcome to WA and Summercamp! Good luck on your first dive into the pool. Don’t forget the Discord community if you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, and check out a few of the Twitch streamers if you get a chance, too. We’re fun folks!

Grandmaster KajetanWrites
Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
14 Jun, 2021 15:11

Fingers crossed for you. I must that the summer camp header doesn't fit your theme. Too bright

Check out the world of Veneficia
Feel free to check out my Shipwright Challenge entry
14 Jun, 2021 17:32

Yeah... I know it doesn't match.. but it's summercamp. I will be modifying the rest of the CSS for my summercamp stuff anyway - either temporarily as a summercamp "body of work" theme, or as a new theme for the Kingdoms. But this one (the woorld default) will do for now.

Grandmaster KajetanWrites
Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
14 Jun, 2021 17:38

In my opinion, don't bother with special summer camp theme. Why do to all this extra work? Just tag the articles as summer camp and done. I don't even bother with a special category and fitting them into the world later, but that is my personal approach

Check out the world of Veneficia
Feel free to check out my Shipwright Challenge entry
25 Jun, 2021 20:05

It’s not so much a summercamp theme as it is the Kingdoms theme. It’ll be around long after camp is done.

Grandmaster KajetanWrites
Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
25 Jun, 2021 22:37

I know. I was referring to what you said earlier about either a SC theme or kingdoms theme

Check out the world of Veneficia
Feel free to check out my Shipwright Challenge entry
26 Jun, 2021 19:44

I love the way you have this pledge laid out. Particularly with your reflection upfront and clever quotes peppered through. I think it's smart to "clean-up" articles before beginning. Wonderful work!

Choose your poison:   Phasmatum: An Afro-Solar-Fantasy world created for my epic novels.
Adazuri: A shonen-inspired magitech fantasy world home-brewed for 5e.
28 Jun, 2021 01:26

Thank you! and best of luck in your Summercamp efforts! Diamond or Die!!!

30 Jun, 2021 22:45

Very cool, DinosaurBob! I had just started a few weeks before Summer Camp last year as well. Summer Camp was my first experience with the WA community. WA got me through 2020 and now I'm on a writing journey I'd put off for over 10 years. I'm so thankful for this community! I really like your CSS on this. I wish I had that talent. :)

2 Jul, 2021 12:48

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! One of the best parts of this community is the positive feedback and support that we can all count on! Good luck on your second Summercamp!

Powered by World Anvil