Immersion Build Guidelines


Finally the long wait is over, and Immersion Builds are here! As you all know, our current system of projects is centered around the Great Houses, towns and cities of Westeros, and their respective vassal houses, communities and features. I.e., Builders lead or co-lead one project at a time, focused on a single house and their lands. While we have no intention of changing this approach, we do want to explore other options beyond just: “One house. One project.” As it currently stands, this method of organising our projects has led to us running the risk of our map of Westeros becoming a series of walled gardens (rich and detailed builds/projects, but with wide and dull empty spaces between them), which will make the spaces between projects feel unfinished and dull to visitors exploring the map.

Immersion Builds are therefore meant to fill the void caused by our current project system. They would be small builds, not necessarily tied to any particular piece of canon or lordly house, but instead intended to add points of interest and life to the empty parts of Westeros, which can include inns, taverns, camps, farms, First Men ruins, etc. The priority will be to fill mostly empty stretches along the main roads and travel routes, but off the beaten path areas can also be considered for immersion builds. And not everything has to imply human presence; small terraforming/nature projects like rock formations, enchanted groves, spooky forests, caves, etc., also fit into the Immersion Build category. The sky’s the limit!

Importantly, due to their intended smaller scale, Immersion Builds can be applied for at any time, even if you are currently working on another full project. And for newer builders, Immersion Builds can be considered “Mini-Apps” if the moderators determine that the intended project meets the necessary level of planning and project leading to qualify. To make sure that all intended Mini-App Immersion Builds are considered as such, applicants must make this clear when they apply and label their Immersion Build application as a “Mini-App.”

Immersion Build applications most often require 2 approving moderators before they can proceed. However, if the plans are considered small enough, one moderator is sufficient.

How to Apply

Immersion Build applications should be posted in the subforum corresponding to the project's region. Thread titles should be formatted as the following: “Immersion Build:” + [Project type (Location)] by [Builder name(s)].

In the body of the thread or in an attached Google doc or PDF you must include the following information:

Project Type
Builder Name(s)
Approximate Coordinates
[Yes / No]

* Is it mentioned in canon but not included in any of the surrounding finished projects?
* What information about the surrounding region can you find in the books (or on A Search of Ice and Fire) or on secondary sources like A Wiki of Ice and Fire or The Citadel?
* What type of real world locations and buildings (or other sources) have influenced your plans? What type of feel are you going for?

* Outline your specific plans with as much detail as possible. These plans can include maps, minis, layouts, and anything else you feel you need for the project.

* Include tests for anything relevant to your project. These can include terra tests, facade tests, etc.