Current state of world-building software?

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  • obsidian-releases

    Community plugins list, theme list, and releases of Obsidian.

    I've been experimenting recently with the free Obsidian Notes (unrelated to Obsidian Portal). It's basically a personal wikis stored in Markdown files stored on your own computer. (Markdown is basically plain text with some simple formatting that can be easily translated to HTML.)

  • TiddlyWiki

    A self-contained JavaScript wiki for the browser, Node.js, AWS Lambda etc.

    I use Obsidian portal for my public/player-facing side of my game and a tiddly wiki for the GM side. This lets me link to things that probably shouldn't go up on a public-facing website due to copyright as well as keep offline backups, but write things in Tiddly Wiki then cut-and-paste it into OP. The formatting differences between the two are annoying, but minor

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The Open Source Firebase alternative introduces iOS support . Appwrite is an open source backend server that helps you build native iOS applications much faster with realtime APIs for authentication, databases, files storage, cloud functions and much more!

  • vimwiki

    Personal Wiki for Vim

    For actual worldbuilding and brainstorming I use vim and vimwiki. For note-taking or writing long texts, I use ghostwriter.

  • kanka

    Worldbuilding and RPG campaign management tool

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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