Ok me again with the rest of the questions. 1st) I have spent three years building this world. I have a list of God old and new. Every continents political situation and created three languages to be used along with the standard elf and dwarf dialects used in most rpg's. would you consider that overkill in world building? 2nd) if I write this as an adventure gone horribly wrong starting at the middle with flashbacks to the important parts would that be too hard to follow or I take linear time?
1) Not at all! It’s hard to ever call anything overkill when it comes to worldbuilding. Normally I’d say it might become a problem at some point if it’s keeping you from actually writing, but it’s not, so by all means, have fun with it. Create and create to your heart’s content!
2) That is a creative way of storytelling that works very effectively when done right. My only concern in this case would mainly be that this is, of course, an RPG. It’s one thing to READ a non-linear story, but PLAYING it is a whole different can of worms, especially in a game where players are making choices and affecting outcomes.
The problem with having “flashbacks” in a playable game is that you are now defining two different time periods- a “present” and a “past”. That means all things that happen in the past must lead up to the defined “present”, limiting the players’ choices. The reason that RPGs have choices is so that players can make their own decisions and define the outcome for themselves. By playing two points of one story, you definitively connect them to the other, making their events sort of a “fixed point” in the timeline.
If you do think you can still write it in such a way as to continue to give all the players a full scope of choice, then totally, try something creative. But I think most RPGs tend to be linear for a reason.
Also keep in mind the reactions of your players. It may be confusing to keep track of which details belong to which timeline. Really, some people will struggle more with this than others, so know your players.
Short answer: I like to have faith that people can carry out unlikely things, but yes, I do think it would be rather confusing.
Your passionate world building is impressive, by the way.