Witcher Dev Note #9: A Word From Lisa
Hey everyone, things are quiet here. I’m waiting for approval from CD Projekt Red on the skeleton of the game. In the mean time, here’s the other half of the Witcher PNP RPG team: Lisa Pondsmith. Lisa is writing all the world information and background for the book. Lisa is one of our best writers and has done work on Listen Up You Primitive Screwheads, Castle Falkenstein, The Book of Auberon and a lot of our other products.
Lisa: As Cody mentioned, I’ve been writing part of the world section country by country. Its a challenging job for a couple of reasons.
First, how best to describe a country in the Witcher world so that a person who is not familiar with the world can run a game there? How much detail and of what sort? How do you do that briefly so that the book isn’t 1200 pages?
There is so much material! Cody is most familiar with the video game and the comic, and I’m most familiar with the novels, but each knows some of the other so we can discuss and decide.
What you’ve probably never noticed, if you have read the books, is that there are very few dates. It can be very difficult to coordinate different events.
There are some countries that have very little mention in the books, but your characters will, of course, go right for that blank spot of the map. We have to look at the location of the country, look at the larger countries around, dig all the mentions out of the sources and do our best.
I think Cody has the hardest job. He has to decide what’s happened or hasn’t happened yet in this timeline.
So you know what I’ll be doing today!
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