First time participant here.

I'm in my research phase looking for world building tools that will help me build my world and product D&D quest modules. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Currently, I have found:

D&D or d20 Campaign Writing Tool

  • Fantasy Grounds

World Building Tool/Organizer

  • WordAnvil

  • Apps Persona/Contour/Montage

Map making tools or reference

  • The Magical Society: Guide to Map Making
  • Incarnate
  • Wonderdraft
  • Campaign Cartographer

Other Tools

  • Donjon
  • Medieval City
  • Tectonics
  • Azgaar's Fantasy Map Gen
  • Medieval City
  • Dungeon Painter
  • Illwinter's floor plan
  • Mapforge

Anything else that is really a must-have to make things easier???

  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure this query will be closed because it's not exactly on-topic. Here, we actually help you build your world -- single focused query gets a single focused response -- as per the tour and help center. Meta might be a better place to ask about resources. There are also other forums you could look into where conversational queries of this sort are more appropriate. $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Jan 23, 2020 at 22:32
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    $\begingroup$ @elemtilas Asking for resources is on-topic here, but only for specific aspects of world-building. It looks like OP is asking specifically for map-making resources, as those are all they've listed, so if they could provide some information on exactly what it is they're looking for, then this would be a good question. $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Jan 23, 2020 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ @F1Krazy - Fair enough, though not all the tools listed are map making per se. Quite a few are, though! $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Jan 23, 2020 at 23:18
  • $\begingroup$ I am a new comer that is true - but if folks simply provide answers and don't converse, doesn't that fit the forum goal? I haven't asked for opinions, just tools. Seems pretty specific to me for a Worldbuilding forum. BUT....like I said, I am new so maybe my expectations are too broad? $\endgroup$
    – robSHEPart
    Jan 23, 2020 at 23:46
  • $\begingroup$ Does this answer your question? A list of worldbuilding resources $\endgroup$
    – VLAZ
    Jan 24, 2020 at 6:28

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Fortunately for you, we already have just such a list prepared! Just head over to this question and take a look; just be careful you don't get overwhelmed by the sheer abundance of information there!


As long as we're on the topic of mapmaking, I found that using the map editor for Civilization 5 was quite useful for the first draft of my map. Because it draws in hex tiles, it very easily lends itself to drawing to a scale. Just decide how big a single hex is, and your map will naturally be to scale. No need to measure anything.

I then took a screenshot, and used that as a reference to help me redraw it in Inkarnate, to make it more aesthetically pleasing.


My contribution to your list of resources: this short Questionnaire! A general purpose worldbuilding questionnaire designed to get the creative juices flowing. It's not a recipe for building a culture, but rather is supposed to be an aid towards that end.


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