EP 7: How to Create Monsters

February 13, 2018

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. Figure out how their origins can make them memorable, whether they were created by accident, on purpose, or by evolution. Finally, determine their motivation because even monsters want something, and knowing this will determine everything they do.

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EP 6: How to Create World Figures

January 30, 2018

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 items they have, considerations for when they're dead OR alive, what made them famous, their relationships with family, and how all of this can make them more memorable if done right

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EP 5 (Part 3): How to Create Species

January 16, 2018

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 can create more depth, and their relationship with other species and world view. Conclude with where to start!

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EP 5 (Part 2): How to Create Species

January 2, 2018

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 too restrictive? How else can get this across? With their appearance, do we want them able to masquerade as each other or not? What do their physical features say about them? Learn the pros and cons of multiple races of a species and how this can improve depth and our options.

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EP 5 (Part 1): How to Create Species

December 19, 2017

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 whether world builders need to invent them at all; the answer may be different for science fiction vs. fantasy. Finally, we look at the minimum and maximum that can be done when inventing one and how to balance the work.

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EP 4 (Part 2): How to Create Gods

December 5, 2017

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. Do your gods interact with the world and under what restrictions? What have they created and has anything unexpected happened with? Finally, we discuss how to get started inventing deities.

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EP 4 (Part 1): How to Create Gods

November 21, 2017

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. Do your gods interact with the world and under what restrictions? What have they created and has anything unexpected happened with? Finally, we discuss how to get started inventing deities

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EP 3: How Many Worlds To Build?

November 7, 2017

Explore how many worlds you should create over the course of your career. Is it better to build a world for each project or one world for all stories? You could end up building 20 worlds, which is a lot of work. When is it better to just create one world and keep reusing it? What are the pros and cons of each approach?

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EP 2: Using Earth Analogues

November 7, 2017

Learn whether you need to build a world or not, and how and when to use Earth analogues as a springboard for your imagination. The Rule of Three will help you avoid getting caught, too! Analogues are a fundamental concept that no listener should skip.

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EP 1: Introduction to The Art of World Building Podcast

November 7, 2017

Learn the vision for The Art of World Building Podcast and what you can expect from the series and each episode. Host Randy Ellefson will also be introducing himself and briefly talking about his thirty years of world building experience. Some caveats and definitions are also covered. This is a good primer that no listener should skip.

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