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World Anvil

World Anvil stores, organises and keeps track of worldbuildingfor authors, gamemasters and any other storyteller

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What is World Anvil?

Write articles to detail and keep track of everything in your world! Choose from over 25 templates designed to inspire you with prompts and deepen your worldbuilding! Embed your maps, and include images, music and sound effects, and even secrets and spoiler markers, for an immersive reading experience.

Design Interactive Maps

Maps are great, but you know what's really cool? Linking your worldbuilding directly to a map! Or even linking maps to other maps, going from your world map all the way down to a city or a dungeon!

The maps feature will inspire you during the worldbuilding process, allowing you to quickly create articles you can flesh out later. Then, your readers and players can explore your world in an interactive way like never before!

Cross Reference

Worlds are interconnected, and the rigorous linking system in World Anvil helps you reflect that! You can Link in articles you've already written, Create links for articles you've not yet created (these are added to the to do list!), and Create an article on the fly whilst writing another article and then link it in

You can capture all your ideas, and you'll never lose track of your flashes of inspiration again!

Keep track of everything that's happened in your world with Timelines! Use parallel timelines to track events in a specific country or for a character. Separate your timelines into eras and use a variety of specialized timeline features to display your events the way you want.

When you're writing in flow or mid-game session, you need your information at your fingertips. World Anvil allows you to search and find everything in your world quicker than ever! Search your whole world by typing 3 letters in any search bar. Mark your articles with tags to find them even more easily!

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World Anvil Features

  1.  WYSIWYG SupportWorld Anvil integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.

World Anvil information

  • Developed byWorld Anvil Ltd.
  • LicensingProprietary and Freemium product.
  • PricingSubscription that costs between $3 and $25.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.4
  • Alternatives21 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 8 comments and reviews about World Anvil, and it has gotten 10 likes

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RodgerDodger69
  
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This was a godsend for me trying to organize my game and write my books. Having everything together is the best, and my players love it too when I show them my maps and NPCs. When I publish my novel ill try out the publication features too. Ive got the Master sub and want to upgrade when they run another big sale. They run a lot of competitions too which is fun.

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Hi!

I've been a user of World Anvil since launch. It's an outstanding community and a top notch product! It's product road map is very community-driven and the developers are always open to feedback, fixes, and directly interacting with users

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distantignition
  
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Maybe the worst UI I've ever seen. And it's a guessing game of which "accept/ok/save" button is the right one. Choose incorrectly and it deletes everything you put in there.

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stuff
  
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Opinionated about World building and writing, in a good way. Helps to streamline your work and has an almost overwhelming number of features.

Good fine-grained subscription model with prorated upgrades. Have been paying customer for over two years and always felt like I get more value out of the tool than I pay monthly.

Community on Discord is extremely helpful and friendly. Updates are frequent and easy to follow.

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RinRin
  
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I’ve used WA since February 2018 for my hobby (worldbuilding and writing). It has changed a lot over the years since it’s still in beta and it’s something that happens when the developer listens to their community.

I’ve been a paying customer since around March 2018 and during that time it has changed payment platform once. From Patreon to FastSpring. I have to say that I preferred Patreon since it was more transparent but I suppose that FastSpring is more professional. I have a custom fee since I am also paying for my sibling’s subscription. It’s been working fine. 🙂

The site has a steep learning curve for some users but I’ve always found it intuitive. I enjoy how the templates are split up and I’m looking forward to the new timeline feature.

There are several ways to use customer service. Back in the day I just chatted with the developer on the site. Now when the site has boomed and the developer is super busy it is easiest to get help on the discord from other community members (like me! 😄 ) or when it comes to payment issues it is easiest to mail them and ask their PA.

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LysanderArta
  
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In the time writing this World Anvil is by far the most reliable and robust worldbuilding tool out here, Yes the design is not perfect but at least it's not hiding behind sexy graphics. It's a big tool that will give you everything you wanted and more. Yes it can be a bit intimidating to begin with but if you give it some time, it iwll inspire you and help you create a beautiful world that you will be proud to have created.

Also, their community is probably one of the most friendly and inclusive places out there.

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A waste of time and money. I purchased the membership to use all the features. Extremely frustrating to use. In essence, it's a complicated word processor with the capabilities of an old-school myspace page. It's archaic in design, execution, and productivity. To make things worse, the customer service was subpar. You've been warned.

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Tags

  • Writing tool
  • Role-playing Game
  • Novel Authoring
  • Game Development
  • Interactive Maps
  • tabletop
  • Game
  • game-design

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