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Alex

Would it be possible to add custom calendars to the timeline? A set-up like that in Aeon Timeline would be good, or a simpler option to enter a day, date, and year that isn't limited by our calendar (eg. My story has a 13 month calendar and the years are named after the King who reigns at the time.)

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ConcernedGamer

In connection with a custom calendar and what perhaps has already been suggested about multiple calendars to the same timeline etc, I would be in favor of having timeline, eras, and custom calendars as separate, connectable, but hopefully not hierarchical options. My thought project, for instance, involves a tumultuous event that marked the collapse of a nation in the middle of a month, and this didn't revamp the calendar beyond changing the names of some months, but marked an era shift.


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Lonita

I just have to add on to this to make it more complicated: I have an ongoing sci-fi project that deals with a lot of time-related shenanigans. In my case, there' a timeline that happens across different calendars (as time is linked to space and gravity and works differently everywhere), going back and forth while still progressing internally (think Doctor Who if that makes any sense). If I could link a different calendar to each timeline (for the plantes stuff happens on) and then have events happen progressively, but across timelines (for the stuff my characters experience), that'd be awesome.

[I edited this about 4 times, I'm sorry, I tried to make it more cohesive. Time is tricky.]


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Jenn Barrett

Could we also have custom days? In my world, they basically worship the moon so everything is in 28s. There are 28 seconds in a minute, 28 minutes in an hour, 28 hours in a day, and 28 days in a month, and 14 months in a year.

A few other things to consider...
* Leap years - in my world, they tack on a Moon phase (seven days) to the last month every 7-8 decades to keep on track with the seasons. They do this instead of a day every 10 years because they want months to start on the first day of a moon phase.
* The ability to rename all those things. (Months are called Lunar Cycles, and weeks are Moon Phases, for example.)

I would love to use a "calendar" view instead of a timeline. Especially for the parts of my story where several things are happening at the same time in different parts of the world. (For example, in a seven day period, all 12 of my heroes receive/discover their powers.) Putting them on a "calendar" with different colors to represent the different locations or characters would be really nice.

And, I have put it on any feature request I can think of ... I REALLY want to be able to tag my chapters to my timeline / calendar. I'm manually recording dates as the subtitles right now but this is not linkable, adjustable, or viewable in any way. There are so many intricate story beats happening so close together that date-tagging would be AMAZINGLY helpful to making sure the story stays self-consistent.


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Adam Bassett

Hey, Adam from the Campfire team. Firstly, I'd love to take another look at the themes and revise some of them, maybe make a few additions, so I'm with you on that. Unfortunately I just don't have the time right now but it's on my radar!

Also, could you expand on what you mean by "more options for fantasy writers in general?" Do you mean just regarding themes or did you have something else in mind? It's not entirely clear.

Thanks! :)


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Annabelle Nelson

In my story (which is a fantasy), the characters are cats. They measure their time in "sunrises" (days), "moons" (months), and seasons. It would be great if I could make a custom calendar in Blaze like this one: app.fantasy-calendar.com/calendars/create


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Shannon B. Shepherd

It would also be helpful if we could design how many months are in a year, weeks in a month, days in a week, etc. None of the calendars I use for my Fantasy worlds are based on Gregorian. Some are 18 months, some are only 6.


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Ryker Davis

Is there a way that if you write a date in the manuscript then it could automatically insert into the timeline. It would be awesome for things like flash backs or histories that important to the story but don't really need much beyond a note on the timeline.


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Aotaru

At least the possiblitiy to rename the months of the gregorian calender would be a nice feature.


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Steven White

Yes, please. I've been uncomfortable with the timeline features since they were scaled to years and eras. Great for hammering out a history, but not when plotting a specifically busy year or two. Moreover I do not have a non-earth year (16 month/30ish days). I can keep tabs of different parties' key movements and just what the weather is doing.


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Novelist

I would love to be able to just write what my calendar will be instead of an option interface. like say I'm writing a story that doesn't have a calendar. it's just: the year of the great overlord! or: the month of the attack! it would be nice to write in what you want your calendar to be instead of having to choose from the options you provide us.


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Khloe

I would love it if we can come label our own eras (eg UC 0079) instead of being stuck with CE and BCE.


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Jason

You can label your own eras and even add more of them! Just click the 'More' dropdown icon in the Timeline panel at the top and choose Edit Timeline.


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Fell Skyhawk

Adding to that is there anyway to go as far as how many time scales are descending. IE- in one of my stories the months are divided into 36 days each, the day is divided by 25 "hours", which are different than Earth hours. Those "hours" are divided into 100 and then 100 again for their smallest increment of time.


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Jason

Status changed to: Planned

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Charity Moor

Allowing multiple custum calendars synced to the same timeline would also be really helpful when designing settings with multiple cultures - think a subculture that still uses a lunar calendar for holy days; two civilizations with their own complex understandings of time making a first contact; an expansive sci fi setting with a Stardate system and several planets that retain local calendars based on their own planetary cycles. Being able to cross check when an event happened according to different folks' reckoning of time would be really cool, and would keep to Blaze's modular design philosophy.


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Penguin

Adding on to this, it'd be great if the start/end dates of the calendar could be edited


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Dan

See fantasy-calendar.com/ for a great impl of this. Would love to be able to import my calendar into blaze (even if by hand)


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