The Art of World Building: Creating Breakout Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds In Stories and Gaming
By Randy Ellefson
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In every episode of The Art of World Building podcast, host Randy Ellefson discusses how authors, screenwriters, game designers, gamers, and hobbyists can do world building better, faster, and have more fun doing it. Popular topics include creating gods, species, animals, plants, races, monsters, undead, continents, settlements, kingdoms, star systems, time, history, cultures, magic systems, religions, the supernatural, naming everything, and travel estimates for land, sea, and space.
||CleanEP 15.1: How to Create Settlements||Learn how to create a settlement. This includes the impact of location, population, zoning, its history, and any secrets it holds.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 14.3: How to Create Sovereign Powers||Learn how population, location, climate, symbols, and tensions between a sovereign power and others can all enrich your kingdom, republic, dictatorship, and more. Why have ...||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 14.2: How to Create Sovereign Powers||Explore how to create sovereign powers by understanding government types like federations, unitary states, kingdoms, dictatorships, authoritarian states, oligarchies, republics, and more, including how they ...||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 14,.1: How to Create Sovereign Powers||Explore how to create sovereign powers like kingdoms, dictatorships, republics, and more. This includes what sovereignty is, how it is gained and lost, the divine right of ...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 13,.2: How to Create Land Features||Continue exploring how to create land features, including grasslands, deserts, and various kinds of wetlands like bogs, fens, marshes, and swamps.||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 13,.1: How to Create Land Features||Explore how to create land features, including mountains, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, and various kinds of forests, from woodlands to savannahs, jungles, and run-of-the-mill forests.||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 12: How to Create a Continent||Explore how to create a continent, including how hemispheres considerations, understanding plate tectonics, and when to use what term for bodies of water, like oceans, ...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 11 (Part 2): How to Create a Planet||Continue exploring how to create a planet, focusing on climates. This includes understanding the role of the equator and oceans, climate zones, prevailing winds, rain shadows, ...||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 11 (Part 1): How to Create Planets||Explore how and when to create a planet. This includes talking about its rotation, other planets in the solar system, asteroids, comets, constellations, and the ...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 10 (Part 2): How to Create Undead||Continue exploring how and when to create undead. Learn about their goals, traits, how to kill them, and what uses we can put them to.||4/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 10 (Part 1): How to Create Undead||Explore how and when to create undead. Decide whether you should create undead at all, what their minds are like and how this will affect ...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 9: How to Create Animals||Explore how and when to create animals. Consider the purpose your animals will serve for you as a creator or for your characters in their ...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 8: How to Create Plants||Explore how and when to create plants. Consider the purpose your plants will serve for you as a creator or for your characters in their ...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 7: How to Create Monsters||Explore how and when to create monsters. Learn the differences between monsters and animals, and monsters and species. Use habitat to make them more compelling. ...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 6: How to Create World Figures||Explore how to create world heroes, villains, martyrs, and more. This includes determining why they're famous, what kinds of weapons, armors, ships, steeds, or other ...||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 5 (Part 3): How to Create Species||Continue learning how to create species and races, including how gods can influence them, how characteristics like morale, charisma, intelligence, wisdom, dexterity, agility, and more ...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 5 (Part 2): How to Create Species||Continue learning how to create species and races, including overall attitude and disposition, what some call "alignment." Is good vs. evil a viable approach or ...||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 5 (Part 1): How to Create Species||Explore how to create species and races, when to use which term, and how to structure your species and races intelligently. We also look at ...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 4 (Part 2): How to Create Gods||Explore how to create gods, including whether they are good, evil, or neutral, and different ways to identify them, from symbols to nicknames and patronage. ...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 4 (Part 1): How to Create Gods||Explore how to create gods, including whether they are good, evil, or neutral, and different ways to identify them, from symbols to nicknames and patronage. ...||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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This podcast is great! The books are a huge help to me in world building!