Worldbuilding has many facets, from the shape of continents down to the occupants of each village. The history of nations is an important facet which affects how maps are drawn,... Read more
After the Kickstarter
Worldspinner has been fully live for our Kickstarter backers since December 2016, when the printed maps were enabled. Each of you who backed us at the $10 or higher level... Read more
Printed Maps now available for international backers!
We're happy to announce that when you next log into Worldspinner, backers in the EU and the rest of the world can order printable maps!
Our US backers have placed... Read more
Printed Maps Are Live!
We’re happy to announce that Worldspinner maps are now available for printing. If you backed the project at a reward level that included a physical map, when you next log... Read more
Final testing of printed maps is underway
It’s been a little while since our last update, as we’ve been right on the edge of a major milestone and wanted to share the good news. Thanks for your... Read more
Ready for play.... and more great content
We're getting pretty excited over here, as our "left to address" list is now down to just a handful of items. Worldspinner will be ready for the general public to... Read more
New Printable Map Features
We've added a new layout for maps that show the entire world in a wider frame. This is different from the previous "region map" layout that showed part... Read more
We've been hard at work on the site, getting it ready to open to the public. Our Alpha and Beta users have been instrumental in this process, and we do... Read more
The 8th premium Adventure Theme is now live!
We're happy to announce that we have another theme from our Kickstarter stretch goals live on Worldspinner! Ian Irvine's Curse of the Summonstoneis now available for you to add... Read more
The goalposts are in sight
We've been hard at work to make that last push before ending Beta and opening up for the public. While there's still a few things left to do, we're feeling... Read more
As we get closer to ending Beta, most of the Kickstarter content is being finished up, proofread, and uploaded.
Together with our partners, we will be continually looking at opportunities... Read more
Two kinds of Maps
Worldspinner will offer two different kinds of maps. We’ve had some questions about how and why they are different, so here you go...
Your world is unique, from... Read more
The 6th premium Adventure Theme is now live!
We're happy to announce that, when you next log in to Worldspinner, you will have another adventure theme to add to your world! Wolfgang Baur's 700 Lordly Houses focuses on... Read more
More to see, more to hear...
When next you log into Worldspinner, you will see new art populating two of our themes, as well as a brand-new feature largely contributed by our user base.
Here Be... Read more
All Beta Invites Sent
As of today, everyone who backed the project at the $10 or higher level has been sent an invite to create an account and get spinning. If you... Read more
It’s taken a little longer than we’d expected, and we want to thank you all for your patience, but as of today Worldspinner is in beta!
Those of you who... Read more
Today we pushed through a major update, fixing issues and adding new features. These improvements are:
- You can now save multiple views of your world and return to them.
- We’ve... Read more
Volcanoes and more!
We updated the Alpha yesterday with a new set of features yesterday that make Worldspinner both more dynamic and easier to use.
The first stage of the tectonics simulator... Read more
More User-Generated Content
Each of you loves maps, loves worldbuilding, and loves to create stories – this is why you decided to back us in the first place! Such interests are often possessed... Read more
Creating a rich narrative
Worldspinner gives you lots of tools to improve your fantasy game. Simply zooming in and discovering what's out there can inspire and do half the work for you!
I spin... Read more
The 700 Wonders of the World
Recently we gave our Alpha users the challenge of creating more content for your world. The resulting 700 Wonders of the Worldare designed to show up across the globe;... Read more
Alpha Going Strong
From day one of this project, one of our guiding principles has been to make Worldspinner the tool our users want it to be.
One of the advantages of beginning... Read more
All Alpha Invites Sent
As of today, each of our Early Bird backers ($40 and up levels) have been invited to join us in Alpha - we’re looking forward to your suggestions... Read more
Alpha going strong
At this point we have half of the “Early Bird” backers exploring the Worldspinner Alpha. We are getting some great feedback and learning a lot about how things work under... Read more
Thanks again everyone for your patience! Since the day you backed our project you’ve been waiting to give Worldspinner a try. We’re happy to announce that today we are beginning... Read more
Alpha continues to get close, but as is the nature of software it’s been a little harder than we hoped to predict the launch day. We’re trying to balance everyone’s... Read more
As mentioned in the last update, Alpha is moving along well, and we should be ready to open it up for access very soon. We’re sending out a backers-only update... Read more
Things have been very busy around here, as we are getting close to opening up the Alpha. At this point, it's down to a shrinking punchlist of issues left to... Read more
The vast majority of you have completed your survey and provided the information we need to have your favorite character influence the various worlds our users make. Please make sure... Read more
Note on the Survey
It looks like some backers (primarily those at the Drake level) are seeing the Gender question on the survey showing up as True/False. Not entirely sure how that happened (since... Read more
In the next few hours, most of our backers (everyone who pledged $20 or more) will be getting the official survey. The $1 and $10 backer levels do not involve... Read more
Holgrax and Helegrax
As a stocking-stuffer, today we’d like to share with you a portion of a theme that was just completed: Dragons! by Bill Webbof Frog God Games. It’s a collection... Read more
With so much excitement about the upcoming Alpha access, it makes me feel like Scrooge to have to announce that we are close… but not quite on track to get... Read more
And the winner is....
Thank you to everyone who participated, both via the survey form and via comments. By a significant margin, Lizardfolk were the winners, and we’ll be adding them between now and... Read more
Now that Darren's introduced me, I'd like to take a moment to say hello. Its an old joke in the campaigns I've played that frequently you get to a situation... Read more
History + Art + Tech = Cartography
First off... It's been a couple weeks since the last post, which is longer than we like. I've been heads-down at work on implementation, which is good for the project... Read more
Back to work!
This is the first of what will be many post-Kickstarter updates. As promised, we'll keep you informed here of everything Kickstarter-related. Once the Alpha begins, we'll have our own forum... Read more
Across the finish line!
Thanks, everyone! With your support, Worldspinner is funded for $67,112. Even more importantly to me, we have 1,610 people who believe in the project. We are really looking forward to... Read more
A couple days ago some people were still worrying if we'd unlock all the author stretch goals. Well, our amazing backers stepped up to the plate and solved... Read more
Final 24 hours & Stretch Goals news
We’re almost there. Tomorrow at 7pm Pacific, the Worldspinner Kickstarter flies across the finish line.
The wonderful people who have backed the project will get to experiment with it during... Read more
Let loose the Beasts!
This has been one of the best days yet in the Worldspinner Kickstarter, and we just unlocked the ninth stretch goal in the project: Elizabeth Bear’s Stronger than Magic.... Read more
Stronger than Magic
We did it… broke through $50k raised in this Kickstarter, and unlocked Mark Teppo’s Eternal Queen! Congrats, Mark, clearly this necessitates sitting down over another round of rum cocktails... Read more
Backers who pledge at the Leif Erickson ($20) level or higher qualify as Heroes of Kickstarter. After this campaign ends, we’ll be sending out surveys. Among other questions, your survey... Read more
Stretch goals: 7 down, 3 to go!
Stretch goal 7: unlocked
Ian Irvine will soon be writing Curse of the Summonstone, thanks to the backers who have joined the project in the last few days! If you want... Read more
Curse of the Summonstone
Congratulations, we just unlocked John Wick’s Black Iron theme!
Based on the comments & messages I’ve already received, I know I’m not the only one excited to see John’s work... Read more
A bunch of people have asked for hex maps. Worldspinner will indeed support these, and this update provides a glimpse into where that is going.
As with all of... Read more
$35k Stretch Goal Unlocked!
Thanks to all our backers, this time with a special shout out to those of you who have joined recently, or those of you who have... Read more
More great adventures
Two of our close partners in this project are the fantasy RPG publishers Kobold Press and Frog God Games. They are not only writing new content for Worldspinner (see our Dragons!,... Read more
Worldbuilding 101: Cultures
In a well thought out world, each person, city, and kingdom shows the influences of their culture.
In this update we’ll talk about why cultures matter in Worldspinner, and how... Read more
Stretch goals: It keeps getting better!
Things just got more interesting for your worlds, now that the courtly scheming and raw ambitions of Wolfgang Baur’s 700 Lordly Houses have been unlocked. Your players will learn that... Read more
What are Themes?
Congratulations! You unlocked our third stretch goal today, and we’ll be adding Lisa Smedman’s Arcane Portalstheme to Worldspinner's growing selection of premium content. This means that anyone backing at... Read more
Large digital maps
One of the reasons we are launching with a Kickstarter is to get your feedback before everything is finalized. We’ve heard loud and clear that some of you really want... Read more
Tales for the Stealing
The second of five Legendary Hero rewards was claimed on Saturday night. There are going to be some beautiful coins in circulation soon keeping the legends of those characters alive,... Read more
A closer look
Worldspinner creates maps at very high resolution. A full 27x40" map is 8100x12000 pixels, or just shy of 100 megapixels. It is very hard to get a proper idea... Read more
Here be Dragons!
We just unlocked our first stretch goal… and Bill Webb is going to be bringing Dragons!to Worldspinner. Thanks, Lonnie, for pushing it over the edge -- and thanks to... Read more
It has been an amazing start to our first Kickstarter campaign. Yesterday’s launch was the first time we told the world about Worldspinner. Today we just hit our $10,000 funding... Read more