Guide To Geofiction
A Guide to Geofiction
Have you ever wanted to know about geofiction? Many hobbyists who start off in role-playing games, tabletop games, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, or adventure-based hobbies eventually come to discover geofiction, due to a desire to create one's own universe like the ones that are found in novels, comic books, and movies.
Geofiction has similarities to several other hobbies and endeavors, yet has its own characteristics. This article describes those features and compares geofiction to other hobbies - and examines the overlaps between them all.
Geofiction in a Nutshell
The best way to describe geofiction is to talk about authoring a novel. This is because the two concepts have a lot in common - both are born of a desire to craft a fictional world; both feature sometimes-mystical lands and other-worldly concepts; and both contribute to creating an ultimately immersive setting for an audience (even if it is only the author).
When an author starts off writing an epic novel, for instance, he or she may already have the plot in mind. But frequently, the author has a vague idea of what he or she may want as far as the story goes, but not much beyond that. To help, the author visualizes the environment in which the characters will live. Picturing the world in which the story will be placed actually has a lot to do with creating the environment.
By looking at what an author does to write a novel, you can see what geofiction is - establishing a world that supports a narrative, or story.
Geofiction and other Hobbies
Geofiction has a lot to do with other popular hobbies. The biggest connection is that between geofiction and tabletop (or pen-and-paper) gaming. These games almost always take place in a fictional universe, and many of them are modified, adapted, and changed by the players themselves. Thus, the same creativity and imagination that is important to creating an amazing tabletop gaming experience is also key to good geofiction.
Geofiction also plays a role in fanfiction, which is a subset of fiction writing. This usually takes well-known concepts developed by other writers and expands them using geofiction, which is creating a new world or new components of a world from scratch. The Star Wars Extended Universe is the best example of this. Several authors have taken the original Star Wars environment and expanded it even further, using their own creativity to add on to the story in what is essentially the world's most successful collection of fanfiction.
If you have a hobby that is even remotely related to these, you can see how geofiction is related to and complementary to your hobby. Therefore, giving geofiction a try may even help you with your original hobby of choice.