forum New: Lore worldbuilding pages and helpful type autocompletes
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@andrew health_and_safety flash_onAdmin

Hi all!

New worldbuilding page: Lore (blog post)

We build worlds to weave stories in, but our worlds have an abundance of stories of their own. From books, scrolls, poems, and songs, to alien signals, hoaxes, legends, and myths, the new Lore page helps you flesh out the world within your world. Lore pages are a Premium page, but are available for all users to create until April 21st. Like all other Premium pages, you'll still have access to your already-created pages after then; but only Premium users will be able to create additional pages.

You can turn on Lore pages by clicking "Add more…" under "Worldbuilding" in the sidebar, or by clicking here.

Type autocompletes

A while back I turned on the ability to autocomplete some fields on Character pages. For example, when typing in a character's "eye color" field, you'll get a few suggestions for common eye colors whenever you're typing. Of course, you are free to type whatever you want, but this feature offers a nice way to quickly speed through fields you already have an answer in mind, while also offering a way to get a bit of inspiration from possible answers if you don't know how you want to answer yet.

Today, I'm turning this functionality on for most pages' "type" field. For example, when you start typing into a Location page's "Type" field, you'll start getting suggestions for some possible location types. Again, you're free to keep typing and type whatever you'd want, or you can simply click a suggestion to have it filled in for you.

Items include all kinds of weapons and armors and relics and more, schools suggest all different kinds and levels of schools, creatures recommend various species and qualifiers, and more. Not every page has a type field, but most do and this should be helpful across the board. And if you've deleted the field that this would hook into, you can just create a new field named "Type" and autocomplete for it will magically turn on.

So go explore and check out what possible kinds of vehicles, traditions, landmarks, buildings, and more you can make. Sometimes seeing a suggested answer makes you think, "Oh yeah, I need to create one of those too!" :)

Also, the discussions page in your data vault now has a tab listing all the threads you've followed. :)

Happy worldbuilding!

daelstrom Premium Supporter

Hmm, this lore page got me thinking.
This is the sort of thing that can make up the lore books from Skyrim, or Terminal entries in Fallout.
If you were working with Modders to make lore for exisiting games, you could export fields from your worldbuilding into formats appropriate for importing into the program.
or, more specifically for me, I'm looking for a way to export my worldbuilding into a form I can pass onto Pen & Paper RPG games masters

I'm new here, is there some sort of export or publishing options? I may have to translate my text into formats that are used to run RPG campaigns like Kanka, Chronica or World Anvil, all of which I considered before settling on Notebook.

You might get some people who like using others to manage their campaigns and actual game sessions, while preferring notebook for the writing

Not firm requests, just suggesting a need (that may be just mine)

@andrew health_and_safety flash_onAdmin

@daelstrom That's great feedback. You can indeed export your notebook in a variety of formats already, but I'm always looking for more that'd be useful. You can check out the possible formats in the Data Vault (My Account > Data Vault in the sidebar). If you can think of other formats (or know of any other software that lets you import your data), I'd be happy to take a look and see if we can get some proper integrations and/or import/export going. :)

You probably already know this, but you can also make individual pages (or entire universes) public and shareable also, which can help sharing worlds with players. Everything is private by default, but you can click the Share icon on any page to toggle between private and public any time!

daelstrom Premium Supporter

@andrew (Our Supreme Lord and Overseer) Thanks, Unfortunately people tend to prefer everything other than the software your compatible with and theres so many campaign managers on the market.
I researched a few, and some are better for use when you actually have a game session, but I chose Notebook because it seemed better to develop the worldbuilding in the first place.
Once I figure out which ones are the most popular I will be investigating how to transfer my work into them so I might be asking for your advice later!
If I get the format details for exporting to other packages, i pass them on

@andrew health_and_safety flash_onAdmin

Awesome, thanks. :) All of the formats right now are pretty generic that most programmers should be familiar with already (and therefore be able to work with), but I'm definitely open to more specific formats for specific software also. I think Notebook.ai does a few things really well and other apps do other things really well, so I'd love to open up ways to share data elsewhere wherever they'll accept it. :)

@CuttlefishPress

Any chance that there will be a feature to import data into Notebook.ai ?

Awesome, thanks. :) All of the formats right now are pretty generic that most programmers should be familiar with already (and therefore be able to work with), but I'm definitely open to more specific formats for specific software also. I think Notebook.ai does a few things really well and other apps do other things really well, so I'd love to open up ways to share data elsewhere wherever they'll accept it. :)