Tom

is creating an insanely detailed fantasy world

5

patrons

$53

per month

About Tom

Storytelling is the most ancient, most specifically human activity.

I love stories. My life revolves around them and I understand the world through the eyes of stories. Be it a good book or movie, the story of ourselves that we tell everyone, or politics - narratives shape our world.

But some stories can not be told in the real world. Fables and myths have been used as long as we know back in human history. The modern equivalent of them is the fantasy story, be it Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or J.R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire aka Game of Thrones. These two as well as the other captivating tales of modern times come alive through their detailed background and world.

Roleplaying games are cooperative storytelling in a fantasy world, a creative, spontaneous exploration of such worlds instead of the brilliant but static movies and books.

Dragon Eye is a fantasy roleplaying game, but also a fantasy world. One that I am building and that I plan to build with all the power of modern technology at my hands. One that is not tied to the game, but can be used for many roleplaying games and campaigns.

Most importantly, it will eventually be the most detailed fantasy world ever created.

The current version, far from finished, is always online here:
https://notveryprofessional.com/dragoneye/atlas/

And to validate my bold claim above, check out the page on Phonas. You can zoom out to a world-map or you can zoom in to find the exact address of the barbers and cobblers in the town on the map. This is the level of detail I am working on.


The Approach
Professional cartography software such as QuantumGIS allows me to map a world at any level of detail I desire, from a continental overview to a small-scale map of roads, houses and footpaths. With tools like that, you can zoom down from a planet view to reading the sign on a house. Think Fantasy Google Maps.

But a world is so much more than a map. That is why I am integrating that into Mediawiki, the software that powers Wikipedia. Yes, there will be a Fantasy Wikipedia about the Dragon Eye world.
Using a Wiki allows me to describe the world at any level of detail the same way a zoomable map does. An overview article can describe an entire kingdom, with hyperlinks leading to articles about individual cities, historic battles, important persons and many more.
But a Wiki also allows me to open the world to you, the public. You can edit and add articles about the world, contributing to the project, while I keep editorial control to ensure consistent quality and vision and prevent vandalism.

I am under no illusions as to the magnitude of this project. That is why I am using Patreon instead of Kickstarter, because this is not done with an initial funding and a few months of work. It will take many years to achieve my vision.

That is why my most important credentials are my long-term projects. My online-game Battlemaster has been running for almost 20 years now. A spiritual successor called Might & Fealty for more than 5. If there is interest in the community and feedback to keep me motivated, I can do this for as long as it takes.


Open Content
An important principle for me is to share my creations. The entire game world will be available for free online to everybody.

Patreon supporters will get access to early updates and behind-the-scenes information, and will be among the first to be able to get editor accounts once I have progressed to that stage.


Not Very Professional
All of this is in addition to my job, family and real life. That is why I've created my own brand for my hobbyist activities: Not Very Professional

And yes, you can visit me on http://notveryprofessional.com or on Facebook.

Since I don't see this as a job, and I don't have any illusions that I will earn money comparable to my actual profession (I am a senior information security architect), publishing the things I do under this label is supposed to pay only for the costs I have and sometimes a nice dinner with my wife to compensate her for all the time I spend in front of a screen. :-)

The main purpose of Patreon is to give me a budget for artwork and other costs where I cannot spend time but need to buy. No matter how many hours I spend drawing, it won't hold a candle to something an artist can whip up in five minutes.

By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 11 exclusive posts
7
Images
1
Link
6
Writings
1
Video
By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 11 exclusive posts
7
Images
1
Link
6
Writings
1
Video

Recent posts by Tom

How it works

Get started in 2 minutes

Choose a membership
Sign up
Add a payment method
Get benefits