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This easy to use tool will generate a baseline from which you can build a summary of a culture for your work of fiction. I focused on the more commonly used or just generally important elements of a culture, the same ones often focused on in culture icebergs when explaining how to develop a fictional culture.
All pre-created elements below can be edited though, so it's easy to adjust everything on the fly. Additional rows can be added should you find you need them, and there's a section for additional notes at the bottom of the page. You can then print or save your work easily as well, both in your browser, on paper or as a PDF.
There are 10 sets of save buttons to save 10 different cultures or versions at a time. This is done locally in the browser, so you can close it, come back another time and still load your previous work assuming you didn't use incognito mode or cleared all your browser data. This also means using a different browser means 10 more save slots as they don't carry from one browser to another.
If you prefer a physical copy, simply using the printing option in your browser (Ctrl + P on PC, Cmd + P on Mac) will allow you to print all the information in the fields below without any of the site extras. It can be a bit finicky at times depending on the browser and device you're using though. While both portrait and landscape printing should work, on some devices only one or the other may work well enough.
Alternatively, you could always take a screenshot to keep an image locally on your computer and perhaps edit it further by adding a character image or similar elements. If you wish to do this, on both windows and mac you can take a screenshot of just part of the screen as follows:
- Windows: Open the snipping tool (comes with windows vista, 7, 8, and 10) and drag the crosshair across the the area you wish to capture, you can now save the image with the same tool. If you have an older version you'll have to press 'alt' and 'prt src', and then paste the image in paint or another program to edit out the rest of the screen.
- Mac: Press 'command' + 'shift' + '4' and then drag the crosshair across the area you wish to capture. Once you release the mouse button the image will automatically be saved to a folder, which is usually the desktop or default image folder.
- Mobile devices: It really depends on the brand and type of device, so you'll probably have to Google it for your specific device.