Welcome to S.M.O.T.U.

I love stories. I love writing. I love table top role-playing gaming.

One thing they all have in common is world building.

Writers create vast worlds that they set their stories in. Tolkien created Middle Earth, L. Frank Baum created Oz, Frank Herbert created Dune, and George R.R. Martin created Westros. TTRPGs have many settings to play in – Greyhawk, Ravenloft, The Spinward Marches, Gamma World, and so many more.

What I hope to do with this site is to look at the many tools out there for writers and gamers to build their own worlds, whether they are doing it for publication, or just for their own amusement. Let’s face it, world building is tons of fun.

This site will probably lean heavy on the gaming side of things, but I’ll also look into tools that writers can use to create their stories. After all, the best games have great stories. And it’s easier (usually) to get your characters to do something you want in a story, than to try and get players to go along your planned adventure.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey and I hope that it proves both useful and entertaining.

Let’s go!