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World Anvil Worldbuilding Podcast

World Anvil founders Janet (writer, worldbuilder, nutcase) and Dimitris (GM, worldbuilding wizard, techmonkey)

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Are you worldbuilding for homebrew RPG campaigns, novels, game development, films or anything else? Then you're in the right place! Designed to educate, inspire and entertain, World Anvil's founders - writer & RPG designer Janet Forbes and Gamemaster and RPG designer Dimitris chat with creators and academics about the brass tacks of worldbuilding, exploring a new theme each month. Expect topics like novel writing and short stories, game design, Cultures and Societies, Settlements and their n ...
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Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how ...
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Worldbuilding Blueprints

Marie M. Mullany from Just In Time Worlds

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Worldbuilding Blueprints is brought to you by Just In Time Worlds! This podcast aims to guide you through step by step world building. Each season of the podcast will close out with a book that collects the information of the podcast as well as a series of worksheets in one easy to digest and use resource.
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Hi! I’m Fox Keyes. Shortly after my fourteenth birthday, I was tricked into passing through an inter-dimensional gateway to a world called Dunari. Years later, I’m still here. And ready to talk about it. From killer toilets to killer Spirit Storms, and just about everything in between, I will describe how I learned to survive living in another world. This podcast is for creatives who think outside the box. Perhaps you are a role-playing gamer searching for a unique character angle? Or maybe ...
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Each episode, long-time worldbuilding duo Lauren Harris and Adryn Erickson pair with Farm to Taber's plant medicine PhD, Dr. Sarah Taber to interview experts on topics like Ancient Trade Routes or 3D Printing in Space, then use what they learned to brainstorm a sci-fi or fantasy world listeners can use and make their own.
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Lorekeepers is a worldbuilding podcast about two friends chronicling the journey of an ever-expanding tapestry of interwoven lore.While other podcasts may start a new world with each episode, Carter and Frank return to Halûme each week, determined to create the deepest, grandest, and most nuanced fictional setting ever. Never forget that in an infinite world, there are always more tales to tell.
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Monster Expert Dr. Emily Zarka joins Moiya to talk about the origins of monster myths! Together, they conjure up some spooky monsters to inhabit three previously built Exolore worlds. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Emily Zarka is a professor, writer, host, and monster expert. Find her on twitter at …
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Vampires! Their undying appeal is unquestioned. But how can writers, gamemasters and tabletop RPG players inject new life into these monstrous heroes in games and fiction? Join Janet as she sits down with Jason Carl, brand marketing manager for Vampire: The Masquerade, to talk about fresh approaches to writing vampires!…
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"Traditional" fantasy novels often hold themselves to a pre-gunpowder/pre-steampower level of tech. So, what’s fun about setting a fantasy world in an era that has anything from the printing press to cell phones? Guest Hana Lee joins us to explore incorporating the technological into the magical world! How can the harnessing of magic be similar to …
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Get ready for a field trip that is sure to provide you with enough education to win 3rd place on trivia night! Clatfartburg’s Public Museum hosts a myriad of artificats and exhibits covering history, art, and science. Despite the founders’ ongoing feud, the museum has united the community by sharing Clatfartburg’s precious history and discoveries, …
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Join Marie in discussing kinship structures, marriage, family alliances and social mobility in fantasy culture world building! My website: World Building | Marie Mullany Writing My Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Marie-Mullany/author/B099QJMV6C Join the YouTube Channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxvBH0EkwuHsQ9ryHHQNi2Q/join Sup…
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Vampires! Their undying appeal is unquestioned. But how can writers, gamemasters and tabletop RPG players inject new life into these monstrous heroes in games and fiction? Join Janet as she sits down with Jason Carl, brand marketing manager for Vampire: The Masquerade, to talk about fresh approaches to writing vampires!…
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In this episode, we're talking about science fiction worldbuilding, collaborative writing, and creating a crew of lovable misfits with Tracy Wolff & Nina Croft, bestselling authors of Star Bringer!
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In this episode, we're talking about science fiction worldbuilding, collaborative writing, and creating a crew of lovable misfits with Tracy Wolff & Nina Croft, bestselling authors of Star Bringer!
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Moiya and mythologist John Bucher put their minds together to imagine an ancient mythic underworld. It has triels, elemental symbolism, and lots of silly little guys! What's not to love? HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST John Bucher is a mythologist, a writer, and the executive director of the Joseph Campb…
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Are you in the mood... for worldbuilding? Join Janet and our guest Peter Chiykowski of Rock, Paper, Cynic and The Story Engine Deck as we talk about the elements of mood, tone and theme in worldbuilding. These subtle aspects can have a huge impact on how people experience your world - here's how to use them with intention!…
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Are you in the mood... for worldbuilding? Join Janet and our guest Peter Chiykowski of Rock, Paper, Cynic and The Story Engine Deck as we talk about the elements of mood, tone and theme in worldbuilding. These subtle aspects can have a huge impact on how people experience your world - here's how to use them with intention!…
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Making fantasy worlds into living, growing worlds means giving them a history of change and growth and shifts in technology and culture, not to mention governments and borders. We talk about building history, historical ages and generational shifts, as well as diving into what are the historical ages in the world of the MNG, and how has it grown? A…
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You are Now Entering Clatfartburg, a town with endless lore that we your hosts, Elaine and Felicia, plan to explore! For the first episode of this world-building podcast, we invite you to the town's Annual Crispy-fest honoring their town mascot, Crispy the Talking Bass. The festival has historically been a huge success, but there's something ominou…
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Moiya and fellow Multitudian Eric Silver discuss their favorite and least favorite Superhero worlds, plus best practices for building your own. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Eric Silver is a writer, podcaster, game designer, and head of development at Multitude Productions. Follow him on X at @El_Silve…
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It's been a while since we spent some time in the world of the MNG! So in this episode, we apply some topics from recent episodes as well as some worldbuilding staples to the cultures we've been developing in our ongoing co-created world. We play with nifty biology! We consider the monstrous! We think about love and education and phases of growth! …
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Get the "How to Create Geography" Chapter here: https://ko-fi.com/s/9cb569bddf Join Marie in discussing how to build cultures by starting with the status and hierarchy that defines the cultures. My website: World Building | Marie Mullany Writing My Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Marie-Mullany/author/B099QJMV6C Join the YouTube Channe…
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Moiya and writer Victoria Male talk about best pracices for adapting old stories into new versions and discuss their favorite/least favorite reboots. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Victoria Male is an award-winning writer and multimedia producer. Find her on IG at @victoriamale1 and learn more at her we…
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Critters, creatures, and things that crawl -- part of the fun of building a new world is getting to populate it with not just sapient characters, but all the flora and fauna. And sometimes, that means the things you find in the smallest corners and crevices. Guest Premee Mohamed joins us to talk about the role of bugs and other biology in worldbuil…
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In this episode I meet some future school classmates, learn about the Dunari school system, and explore how to use education in your world building. And the Strange but True explains how the education system can sometimes cause more trouble than good. This episode is sponsored by Del Starr, makers of the best snow resistant clothing in Sevenoath. I…
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Moiya and astrobiologist Dr. Seven Rasmussen imagine life on some distant gas giant's moon. What they come up with is cute and curious and exceptionally weird. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Seven Rasmussen is a writer and astrobiologist whose debut science book LIFE IN SEVEN NUMBERS: THE DRAKE EQUA…
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From the Minotaur to xenomorphs to the undead, monsters and their ilk have long been a staple of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. But what exactly is it that makes a monster? Guest John Wiswell joins us to discuss how monsters in fiction often reflect not only our primal fears, but also the people that society seeks to Other. When monsters reflect wh…
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In this episode I learn more about the Dunari spirit world, I explore how spirits are essential to world building, and the Strange but True tells the story of how the trend for spirit pets originated. This episode is sponsored by Death Wish Funeral Services. Death Wish will send your departed loved ones through the Great Spirit Gateway in style. Fr…
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Moiya's here with a little update on her second book, a history of invention written by the Greek Muses. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist MESSAGES Join the multicrew at multicrew.club HOUSEKEEPING Order my book, THE MILKY WAY: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/978153875415…
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We spend a lot of time thinking about how to work with worldbuilding as writers -- but how does a reviewer approach the topic when they're reading works of sci-fi and fantasy? Guest Paul Weimer joins us to share his insights as a prolific consumer and critiquer of speculative fiction! Paul talks about the details that he pays attention to, the thin…
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In Episode 3 of "Worldbuilding Blueprints" we go beyond the creation of a magic system and plunge headlong into putting the wonder in fantasy worlds by creating fauna, flora, minerals, places and even weather! My website: World Building | Marie Mullany Writing My Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Marie-Mullany/author/B099QJMV6C Join the…
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In this episode I tell how I learned about the cure houses which are the Dunari equivalent of hospitals, I describe how illness can be useful in world building, and the Strange but True describes the lengths some diseased people will go to find a cure. This episode is sponsored by Cranbow, makers of the finest pain killers in all of Dunari. They sa…
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When you're creating your world and bringing it into a story, how much do you let show? Guest John Hartness joins us to discuss balancing the off-page and on-page elements, and how that balance might shift based on what kind of a world you're working in and what sort of a story you're telling. How do you ensure that the worldbuilding serves a purpo…
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In this episode I describe how I first experienced extreme weather in Dunari, I explain how to use weather in your worldbuilding, and the Strange but True tells what happened when a group of crackpot inventors tried to use a tornado as a weapon. This episode is sponsored once again by Island Fire. If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving a re…
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Moiya and neuroscientist Devon Collins build a homeworld for that species in sci-fi that spread its humanoid DNA around the galaxy. They end up being curious amphibious with grander memory palaces than you can imagine. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Devon Collins is a neuroscientist and science comm…
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We've talked before about the difference between aesthetic-driven genres, like sci-fi and fantasy, and structure-driven genres, like mystery and romance. So what happens when you want to build a world just ripe for all your favorite romance tropes? How can your world create the obstacles to your characters getting their happy-ever-after? Guest Gwen…
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The worksheet for this episode (free!): https://ko-fi.com/s/38fa08728c Dive into Episode 2 of "Worldbuilding Blueprints" with me, Marie Mullany from Just in Time Worlds, as we explore the art of crafting magic systems in harmony with culture. This episode challenges the traditional approach to fantasy world-building, advocating for the integration …
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In this episode I experience utter isolation in Dunari. I examine the relationship between isolation and world building. And the Strange but True tells the story of the Lavun Guild’s disastrous attempt to introduce an ‘Instant Isolation’ spell to the people of the City of Bones. This episode is sponsored by Island Fire, distillers of the finest ‘fi…
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Moiya talks with debut author Christy Healy about UNBOUND, an exciting new twist on Beauty and the Beast. They chat character creation, irish folklore, and whether Happily Ever Afters are really necessary just in time for V Day. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Christy Healy is an English and Rhetoric pro…
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