I’m working on a US History memory palace. I am using a short computer game, What Remains of Edith Finch, as my starter palace. It is a short game (~3 hours), and very linear. I chose this game because it is very hand crafted, beautiful, emotional, and each part of the game feels very distinct. It is in the “walking simulator” game genre which doesn’t have combat or puzzles - it just tells a story, like an interactive movie. I’ve considered using larger games like Fallout or Skyrim, but I find that those games re-use the exact same graphical assets (trees, tables, beds, buildings, doors, characters, etc) so often that nothing feels unique, it all blurs together and is not a good memory palace for me. A great (or bad) example of that problem is Fallout 4. I loved playing that game, but when I try to use it as a memory palace, 100% of it in my mind just feels like the exact same drab, destroyed post-apocalyptic building repeated a million times.
I usually only place one image in each loci, except for numbers. For numbers I will link images into a mini story and I only need one loci for that. Numbers are not my problem. Words and concepts are my problem. Words and concepts are loci pigs, they consume loci voraciously.
Example - this one example, for me, required 15 loci:
1804 - Lewis and Clark expedition to explore West and find route to Pacific Ocean starts from St. Louis
So… Edith Finch. I re-played the game specifically to use it as a memory palace. I used video capture software to record myself playing it for later reference. As far as being memorable, the game worked out wonderfully as a memory palace. I can easily walk through the entire game in my head. But, there is a problem. A big one. By the end of the game, I had only reached 1838 in my US History timeline - still 180 years to go!
My problem with Edith Finch is the exact same problem I have with real world places. If I mentally walk into a room/area, I tend to want to use only memorable landmarks (loci, aka anchors, stations) to house my mnemonic images. In a room I know intimately, I might see a dozen landmarks. In a room that I know vaguely, I’ll only have 3-6 landmarks.
By the time I was done with Edith Finch, I only had around 450 loci in which to place images. All told, I need around 4000 loci for my entire US History timeline. I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I do not comprehend how to create palaces for thousands of images. I’ve read online and in books that you don’t want to cram too many loci into once space. For example, even if you know a room very well (like a room in your real world house), you don’t want to place images on every object and every corner of the room. You want to give the loci/anchors a little bit of breathing space, some physical and mental space between them.
But if I only use the memorable and important landmarks in a room, how can I create palaces for many thousands of images? For the game Edith Finch I could have easily chosen dozens of small objects in each room, rather than just a few easily memorable and natural major landmarks. I could have made Edith Finch into a 2000 or more loci palace. In a bedroom, I could have used all 10 objects on a bookshelf (books, flower vase, clock, small family photo frames, every little thing), every pillow and stuffed animal on a bed, and so forth. Would that be a mistake? If I did frequent reviews, I would eventually be able to remember the path, but obviously it would be very, very easy to forget some loci because they aren’t landmarks. They are just tightly packed random junk.
I can teleport to other places when I run out of space, such as when I reach the end of Edith Finch. I am not saying I expect Edith Finch to contain my entire US History timeline. That is not my concern. My concern is that there are no places in my head - based on the real world or fictional worlds - that have enough loci for thousands of images. Even if I use my own home (oddly, I have no used my home for any mnemonics yet), it would probably only give me a few hundred loci… unless, again, I used every little unimportant object in every room.
I’m looking for advice on how to drastically increase the number of loci/anchor points/stations available to me. If a possible answer is to just keep teleporting forever until I am done, I can do that. Or, I think I saw someone on the forum suggest shrinking yourself to 1 inch tall so every object in the room becomes a thing with many loci - I haven’t tried that yet.