Yesterday during my commute I pulled out my notebook and decided to go through all of the worlds that I’ve created in the past decade. I came up with 15 of them. That is more than 1 world per year. Now granted, many of the worlds I’ve created are just little blimps. Like the world that was just all of the characters from my fantasy world temporarily shifted to a space setting. But even so it is a lot.
I’m not going to bore you with the specifics of each world because you have better things to do with your time. But they basically broke down to three categories. I used letters for the categories because I used numbers for the 15 worlds.
A. Disney Fantasy Setting – I say Disney because the worlds in this category were more about fairy tales than your typical Lord of the Rings inspired setting. Lots of mythical kingdoms and one-off mystical beings. This was the 2nd most popular category.
B. Generation Ships – This used to be a popular genre but it really fell out of favor. I think part of the reason is that it is slow though BSG sort of drifted into this category for a while. Just a fleet of ships slowly crossing the ocean of space. There is just so much that could go wrong.
C. TV-Style Super-Hero setting – This is obviously where my interest lies as it is a theme that comes up again and again. I say TV-Style because the costumes in these worlds are at a minimum (though they do exist) and the powers themselves tend not to be overly flashy. There are some versions of these worlds where the super-powerful flashy heroes exist but they tend not to be the PCs. I have a love for working level heroes.. or sometimes not even heroes. Sometimes they’re just people who ended up with powers and have to figure out what they’re going to do with them.
So where do I focus my writing efforts? I think the answer is obvious.