With my weekly gaming group getting a possible few new members, who have yet to sign up for this site, I figured it would be best to just design a new setting for it. This thread will show the steps I go through in creating a new setting. I personally prefer home-made setting to the pre-made ones. I don't turn away influnce from those settings, but I am more creative with my own. I normally go through steps in the following manner.

The Planar Cosmos - - - (players may never deal with it, but I like if available for me).
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The World Itself - - - (How many moons, how much land area do I care about, oceans, etc etc)
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Pantheon - - - (Type of primary pantheon, what gods/being present, goals)
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Races present - - - (what beings are available in the whole world that are playable, will be shortened later)
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Regions - - - (start defining the playable regions. I have some worlds more developed than others)
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Starting location in detail - - - (What do the PC's start)



Normally I go through these steps once with a rough outline, then repeat a few times getting more details each time.

How do you guys work a new settings, IF you use them?

I'll add posts later with details on the new setting I'm working on.