So how does it work? Arium: Create is a 7-step process (starting with step 0) that walks you through a narrowing of focus and providing detail to that narrowed focus until you have a “usable” world to get started playing in. All you really need are sticky notes (or index cards or something similar) and markers. If you’re playing virtually, Trello is a free tool that is used quite a bit to organize your Arium. For an example, see HERE and if you need a template, Will Munn, one of the writers, has created one HERE. Each player also gets three tokens (called Creation Tokens) that allow you to modify an existing idea by saying “Yes, and” and adding to the idea. Any leftover at the end will be able to be used in Arium: Discover as part of character creation.
The first step, step 0 is called Lacunae and is where the group comes to a consensus of what they do NOT want in the Arium. While this is timed, it is the only phase where there is no voting and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can present. If someone in the group does not want something specific in the Arium, it stays out. Period. (This is very much a Consent in Gaming moment which I love). In order, the following six steps go from thinking about the world at a very Macro level to a very Micro level and are: Universal, Big Picture, Culture & Organizations, Landmarks, People, and Goodies. Each of these is described further in the book.Arium – Create & Discover
I have a great fondness for “step 0.”
thinking about the world at a very Macro level to a very Micro level and are: Universal, Big Picture, Culture & Organizations, Landmarks, People, and Goodies.
Some yummy world-building goodness here. And it’s co-operative, roping in the players to invest time and thought into the world.
Arium: Discover, on the other hand, is Adept Icarus’ pass at creating a roleplaying game to go with their world creation system.
Character creation is the process of setting a game difficulty level (much like a video game) which gives you a specific number of character creation points (different if you also used Arium: Create). These are assigned to four attributes: Mind, Body, Spirit, and Heart. Once that is done, there are multiple derived attributes that are calculated based on those numbers, but that is the extent of the math.
The RPG character creation looks decent enough. But what I love is the co-operative universe design.