Frequently Asked Questions
What is Worldspinner?
Worldspinner makes it easy to create your own richly detailed fantasy world in minutes, including continents, mountain ranges, cultures, kingdoms, cities, and more.
Then, delve as deeply as you like into customizing your world. You can create beautiful maps without spending hours with paint tools, and without needing to be an artist.
Worldspinner is a tool, not a game. It doesn’t replace your creativity, but multiplies it. It is hosted online, so you don’t need to download anything and it is available anywhere.
How do I use Worldspinner?
You can quickly create a world by selecting from a list of themes and letting Worldspinner figure out the details, or you can carefully control the world creation steps yourself.
What browsers and operating systems do you support?
Worldspinner is web based, so works on either Mac or Windows. Chrome is our recommeded browser.
What game systems does it support?
Worldspinner is system-agnostic. You can use Worldspinner with whichever RPG system you prefer.
How much does it cost?
A Worldspinner membership only costs $9.95 per year. This includes creation of your own worlds, storing up to 5 at any time, and you can print letter-sized maps on your own printer for free.
If you wish, you can also can order larger printed maps for $19.95 - $39.95 each -- which includes an extra year membership. You can also purchase adventure themes to add more roleplaying opportunities to your world.
Can I have more than one world?
Yes! Based on the demand for this feature, we have expanded Worldspinner to support up to 5 worlds per member. You can view all of your worlds, and change between them, on the Manage Worlds page.
Can I create my own cultures, plots, and points of interest, or edit the existing ones?
You can rename any of them, and either their text. For example your world might have "The Horse Tribes" which are based on the Mongols.
You can also add a new point of interest to the map with your own text.
Why doesn’t the online display look like the final maps?
The final artistic style for your world map is applied in the last step of the process, when you create your map. While you spin your world, you will be able to interact with a number of different views, to see your world on a nation, culture, and biome level.
What is the licensing like? Can I create a map to go with my novel?
Yes. When you create a map with Worldspinner, you can use it however you like including in books, on websites, and other projects.
Does Worldspinner do hex maps or add grids?
Can I specify where the landmasses, mountains, rivers, etc go on the map?
For the first version, you can control some broad parameters like amount of land vs. water, temperature, and prevalent biomes, but not directly control the topology beyond that. Additional map specifications and direct manipulation is something we're anticipating after version 1.
Can I import a map of my existing world?
The initial version of Worldspinner is focused on creating new worlds from scratch. We are absolutely planning to allow import of existing maps as an improvement after launch. Given the complexities with file formats, different data types & applications, etc. we want to spend some time discussing this with our users before we nail it down exactly.
Can I download maps?
Members can download US Letter, Legal, and A4 map sizes. Patrons can download the larger map sizes as well.
How long do maps take to ship?
We print and ship maps within 3 business days of your order. Delivery time depends on the shipping method you choose.
What are biomes?
Biomes describe the 'natural world' in a given area: large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat, e.g., forest or tundra. See the list of biomes used by Worldspinner for more detail, including a representative illustration of each.
What map sizes are available?
You can choose to render your map in the following sizes: US Letter, US Legal, A4, Small Region (18x24), Small World (16x30), Medium Region (24x36), Medium World (22x42), Large Region (30x48), and Large World (30x60). All dimensions are in inches.
What is the difference between Member and Patron accounts?
Members can download the "print at home" map sizes: US Letter, US Legal, and A4. Patrons can download the larger map sizes, up to 30x60 inches. Both Members and Patrons can keep up to 5 worlds for the duration of their membership.
What methods of payment do you support?
Your membership can be paid with major credit cards and PayPal.
Do you automatically bill my card every year?
What is your refund policy?
Within 30 days of purchasing a membership, you may request a full refund. We do not offer refunds on printed maps, as they are customized one-off items, but if there is any physical problem with your map we will provide a replacement free of charge.
What happens to my world when my membership expires/is cancelled?
Your worlds will be saved on our system for one year in case you change your mind and wish to join us again.
How do I report a bug or provide feedback?
Any issues you encounter with Worldspinner should be reported here (insert link). Feedback or other questions can be answered in our forums (link) or by emailing us (link).