This page gives you a quick introduction to using Worldspinner, by walking you through the steps to create a world.

Step 1: Get Started

First, you will need to sign up for an account. Then choose "Manage Worlds" from the menu at top, and "Spin a New World".

Step 2: Physical World

In this initial step, you will define the basic geographical details for your world. Here you can determine how much water or land you prefer, the climate, as well as what temperature and amount of rainfall. After choosing these options, click spin to render your new world. Please keep in mind that it takes a minute or two for your world to render once you click spin, so be patient!

Once you’ve settled upon a world, click the button at the bottom right to proceed to the People page.

Step 3: People

In this step, you will define who lives in your world. To begin, select the genre of your world; this will pre-define the cultures that appear. Once you have defined the overview of the cultures, you may then specify what type of mix you want of those cultures with the “Cultural Mix” menu. Once you select from these options, your cultures will appear on your map in moments.

An expandable menu allows you to see and modify each of the cultures appearing in your world. You can click on the name of each culture to learn more about them. If you like a culture, but wish they had a different name, simple click into the culture name field and rename it! In addition, you can drag a culture from the menu on the left directly onto the map to manually place the cultures to start.

Lastly, you can change the view of your map, at any point going forward, by selecting from the view options available in the black bar at the bottom of the page. Here you can choose to show only the cultures, biomes, or both by clicking the appropriate box. On this screen you can zoom in and out of your map to explore it in more detail; in the center lies a field that tells you the size of the area you are viewing. In addition, you can choose the font size on the bottom right corner.

When you are satisfied with the inhabitants of your world, click the button at the bottom right to move on to the History page.

Step 4: History

Your world is set at ‘year 0’, and you can run a simulation from this point up to 5,000 years by selecting a timeframe under the “Timeline” menu on the left, and clicking the button ‘Go’. Now your world comes alive! Watch as different nations interact with each other and the environment. If you feel it would be more interesting to rewind your world and run it again, you can most certainly do so. Simply drag the timeline slider back and see what changes!

Under the ‘Cultures’ tab on this screen, you can see the total population for each dominant culture in your world. By clicking ‘other’ you can see even more detail for those smaller cultures. The total population of your entire world is always visible on this screen at the top left of the page.

The “Nations” menu shows a list of each nation in your world. As with cultures, you can click ‘other’ to see the detail on the smaller cultures that populate the planet. You can click on each and see what culture they sprang from and even rename the nation if you wish. At the bottom of the screen you have an additional view option, as now you can choose to display a nation view on your map.

Once you are ready to see your living world, simply click the button at the bottom right to move on to the Explore page.

Step 5: Explore

There’s a lot going on in the background, so give it a moment for the details to show up! This page is where you truly make your world come alive. On the left, the “Eye” button is automatically selected, allowing you to explore your world. This reveals the cities and points of interest that populate the landscape. You can move the cities and points of interest about the map by clicking the “Move” button on the left, then click the element you wish to move. You can delete them the same way by choosing the delete button. See an area you’d like to have a city or point of interest appear? Simply click the “Plus” icon, then on the spot you want it to show up. Worldspinner will ask you to choose a city or point of interest, then ask you to name it, provide a brief overview, and any additional detail you wish!

By opening the “Adventure Themes” menu you can see the options to add specific points of interest and plots from our award-winning authors. A theme is a unique set of plots and points of interest that relate to each other. Each theme begins with an overview. Here you will see a description of the contents within the theme or short story that informs the thematic elements that appear, and sometimes both. You can select as many themes as you wish to add narrative to your world for a price of $5.99.

If you wish to view the cultures and nations in your world again, you can do so with the drop-down menus for each on the left.

Once you are happy with your world, you can have it printed and shipped to you by clicking on the button at the bottom right to take you to the Printable Map page.

Step 6: Printable Map

You can choose the style you wish the map to print in, the colors, and the size you wish to have shipped to you. If you wish to display more features of your world, you can do so with the “Include” menu, then click ‘Redraw.” At any point in these steps, you can choose the link to go to the previous page and make any changes you wish.

Once you’ve created your map, you can view it, or create another, by clicking on the Your World link.