Traditions – What We Hold and What Hold Us

Christmas morning. If you had to get up before everyone else (that was my youngest sister and me), you didn’t look at the tree. Even after we knew that it was mom and dad putting the presents under the tree. You just didn’t look. Our bedrooms were...

Setting Expectations

This post meanders somewhat, but I found it really useful to write. It cleared my mind about how to approach Grimsbury. I hope you find it useful and/or interesting. There’s something interesting that happens when you’re thinking about setting design and...

Tradition vs Change

In my last post about Grimsbury I talked about how points of change in a setting’s history prompt questions for the designer. There’s sort of an extension of that exploration that I want to get into with this post. Where my focus in the last post was the...

Changes and Questions

Everything changes and nothing stays the same. I think that’s true no matter who you are or what your circumstances. It’s certainly true across history. Take any one area and chart its course through time. You’ll see some threads of continuity, but...

Maybeck County – History and Geography

Maybeck County – Circa: Now I did some research on the kind of geography that I want to see in Maybeck County. As I talked about last time, I knew I wanted there to be a swamp, and a river. To me, that said southern United States, but I didn’t want to...

Maybeck County: Where in the World?

One of the things I’ve said is important to me about this project is place. I almost gave it a capital P just then. Both personally and professionally, I’ve been giving place a lot of thought recently. There’s a lot to be said about how place shapes...