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Medieval Demographics Made Easy

Medieval Demographics Made Easy
Fantasy worlds come in many varieties, from the "hard core" medieval-simulation school to the more fanciful realms of high fantasy, with alabaster castles and jeweled gardens in the place of the more traditional muddy squalor. Despite their differences, these share a vital common element: ordinary people. Most realms of fantasy, no matter how baroque or magical, can not get by without a supply of ordinary farmers, merchants, quarreling princes and palace guards. Clustered into villages and crowding the cities, they provide the human backdrop for adventure. Of course, doing the research necessary to find out how common a large city should be, or how many shoemakers can be found in a town, can take up time not all GMs have available. To the end of more satisfying world design, I've prepared this article. This article is a distillation of broad possibilities drawn from a variety of historical reference points, focusing more on results than on the details that create them. Population Spread

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Wilderland Demographics I originally posted this on the Necromancer Games Judges Guild forum in 2007 This info is taken from Triumphant Grand Tactical and Demographics found in Wilderlands of High Fantasy (old) and the Ready Ref Sheets some definitions 1 able bodied men = 4 to 5 people or 1 household.1 sq mile will feed 320 able bodied men1 sq mile needs 30 able bodied men to utilize at 100%1 5 mile hex has 13,856 acres1 5 mile hex has 21.65 sq miles1 5 mile hex has 625 .2 mile hexes1 .2 mile hex has 22.17 acres1 .2 mile hex has .035 sq miles1 5 mile hex, with 100% utilization, can feed up to 6928 people.1 5 mile hex will require 650 able bodied men to utilize at 100% Note the book give 6400. This looks like a math error unless they are making note you are never going really get 100% utilization.

Tips to keep your Fantasy World realistic I don’t want to go into a whole spiel about keeping fantasy worlds realistic because I’m no expert myself. I used to wonder why fantasy worlds need to be realistic in the first place. After all, it is fantasy. Why can’t writers do whatever they want? Well, perhaps realistic is not the right word – it’s more about allowing readers to suspend belief and not keep questioning why things don’t make sense to them.

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Wilderlands Demographics: Pastoral Cultures I sat down with Harn Manor, Wikipedia, the Department of Agriculture website, and some other sources to crunch some numbers on Pastoral societies. Herding animals is more productive than growing crops. But there are several catches. Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers Fantasy Specific Writing good, well thought-out fantasy can be a challenging process, especially when featuring a setting or race completely different from that which is familiar to the author. There are a myriad of places within a story where a writer can falter and insert details which are not well enough developed, uncharacteristic, confusing, or which simply don't make sense in the context of the setting. This list is meant to point out some of these common areas of confusion and tell what can be done to be more aware of and correct any potential inconsistencies. Remember that these are all only suggestions, and not everything on the list applies to every story.

herodotus timemap Book 1, Ch. 1 This is the display of the inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, so that things done by man not be forgotten in time, and that great and marvelous deeds, some displayed by the Hellenes, some by the barbarians, not lose their glory, including among others what was the cause of their waging war on each other.The Persian learned men say that the Phoenicians were the cause of the dispute. These (they say) came to our seas from the sea which is called Red, and having settled in the country which they still occupy, at once began to make long voyages.

Fiasco-Style Relationships: Sly Flourish by Mike Shea on 13 February 2012 There are few games more different from D&D than the story-focused RPG Fiasco. In Fiasco, a group of players determine backgrounds, relationships, actions, successes, and failures through cooperative storytelling and a few rolls of the dice.

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