The Fifth World

Principle

Feed the story with what you know.

This principle relates to the agenda, “See the Fifth World together.”

Real things you know about the world — in particular things like anthropology or ecology, or more practical knowledge like earth skills or tracking — can feed your story. It thrives on informed imagination. If you feel excited about an upcoming game and want to spend time preparing, learn about your local area. Learn how the people native to your area make a living there. Learn about your local ecology. Learn about tracking or gathering wild edibles or herbal medicine. Don’t turn the game into a lecture, but do feed the story with what you’ve learned to make it richer.