Book of Creation
To complete the Book, champions need to collect glyphs. Each word is 4 glyphs, and the Book is 1,000 words long. Therefore, 4,000 glyphs are required for completion.
Progress is displayed as a percentage of Book completion plus any known glyphs of the next word in brackets. Periods are used as placeholders to indicate a blank space for a future glyph in a given word and will fill all 4 spaces when the last known word is complete. An example with 19 words and 3 glyphs is displayed below.
1.9% + [╧┴╡.]
Relative progress in the book is displayed in the pantheon of wordcraft, but this ranks by only the percentage, not the glyphs toward the next word.
Glyphs can be obtained either by sleeping in a town, by finishing a side job, or by turning in proof of a wanted monster death. When sleeping grants glyphs, it usually grants 3 but occasionally 4 or 2 glyphs, side job completions grant 5 or 6 glyphs, and wanted monster deaths grant 1 or 2 glyphs. A sample text for a hero obtaining 2 glyphs from sleep is recorded below.
Strategies for increasing the speed of completion therefore include...
- ...being careful not to wake the hero.
- ...helping the hero complete side jobs.
- ...helping the hero reach points of interest to obtain new side jobs.
- ...helping the hero defeat wanted monsters that do not have a cash reward listed in the Godville Times.
- ...sending an awakened boss-monster to the Datamine.
What Even Are Glyphs?
For the curious, glyphs appear to come from the Unicode block called "Box Drawing" (U+2500 to U+257F). These characters were originally used to create boxes and tables using text alone. In Unicode order, the following characters have appeared as glyphs at least once.
┌ ┐ ┘ └ ├ ┤ ┬ ┴ ┼ ═ ║ ╒ ╓ ╔ ╕ ╖ ╗ ╘ ╙ ╚ ╛ ╜ ╝ ╞ ╟ ╠ ╡ ╢ ╣ ╤ ╥ ╦ ╧ ╨ ╩ ╪ ╫ ╬
As these characters were originally designed to create graphics, one might be inclined to wonder whether this means the game will one day have visuals....
Additionally, the champion has mastered their calligraphy, and can thusly fit twice the number of entries into the same limited space of his diary (20).
Notes & References
|Godville's Goals and Activities|
|Main Goals||Achievements • Pets • Temple • Ark • Lab • Book of Creation • Retirement|
|Collectibles||Gold coins • Gold bricks • Gopher wood • Creatures • Glyphs|
|Heroic Activities||Quests • Side Jobs • Fishing • Digging • Arena • Sparring fights • Dungeons • Sailing • Datamine|
|Divine Activities||Forums • Godville Times • Guilds • Ideabox • Pantheons • Seasonal Festivities • Dungeon Forge|