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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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World Anvil Worldbuilding Podcast

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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 ...
 
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.
 
We are creating a fantasy world from the ground up - literally! Join our adventure, from the origins of the universe to a new world full of magic. Cohosts (and boyfriends) Alan and Lee will be your guides as we explore different facets of the world and the people who inhabit it with each episode. Podcast airs every other Wednesday with some videos in-between and Bonus content for Patrons. This, is StarStuff Worldbuilding!
 
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.
 
I want to write short stories or video games or movies or tv shows or all of the above. I want to make world settings for these works to live in that are insanely fleshed out. I want to make characters with so much depth its heartbreaking. I want to make the world laugh and cry. And I want to inspire others to do the same. As the title suggests my name is Karl Cutler and I want to do these things and I'm starting from zero. I don't have a book in my name, I have no experience or reputation. ...
 
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Part 2! Ginny Di joins the show to share some amazing insights on how to bring characters to life through clothing and costume. Ginny Di is a creator, cosplayer, singer, and the loveliest bean in the world of roleplaying games. You can find full profiles of some of her original characters on her own world on World Anvil. Janet Forbes (pen-name J.D.…
 
Everybody's got to eat. But where does the food in your world come from? Who tends livestock, who transports it, who turns it into a meal -- and how? In this episode, guest Sarah Gailey helps us think through the practicalities of feeding your characters so that their hanger doesn't derail your plot! We also examine the intersection of food product…
 
Spirits. What are they and where do they come from? Are gods made of the same stuff as mortals? How does this relate to Wailas? If you're curious about these questions, well, here you go! ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! Website: thelorekeepers.com Ema…
 
Mike Schubert joins me to determine the best world we've built on Exolore. Direct any complaints or disagreements to Brandon Grugle. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mike Schubert is a professional podcaster with a background in engineering. You can hear his voice on his five wildly successful podcasts in…
 
Ginny Di joins the show to share some amazing insights on how to bring characters to life through clothing and costume. Ginny Di is a creator, cosplayer, singer, and the loveliest bean in the world of roleplaying games. You can find full profiles of some of her original characters on her own world on World Anvil. Janet Forbes (pen-name J.D. Blythe)…
 
Part 2! Eat Medieval! 10/10 would recommend. On this episode Professor Giles Gaspar and Andy Hook from the amazing project Eat Medieval talk about the key to creating an immersive game or story. Food. Giles Gasper is a Professor of High Medieval History at Durham University. He specializes in European history of the 11th-14th centuries, its culture…
 
Eat Medieval! 10/10 would recommend. On this episode Professor Giles Gaspar and Andy Hook from the amazing project Eat Medieval talk about the key to creating an immersive game or story. Food. Giles Gasper is a Professor of High Medieval History at Durham University. He specializes in European history of the 11th-14th centuries, its culture, ideas …
 
In a foolhardy attempt, we address queries about the Tongue of Creation and the Language of the Dead. What exactly are they, and how do they correlate to the gods? ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! Website: thelorekeepers.com Email: lorekeeperspodcast@g…
 
Part 2! Matan Gilat, Co-Founder & CEO of Eldritch Foundry and long-time player of D&D joins the podcast today to talk about what to care about when creating characters. It's more than just finding the perfect miniature. Although Matan can help you with that as well. Matan started Eldritch Foundry back in 2018 and has helped countless Tabletop RPG l…
 
Matan Gilat, Co-Founder & CEO of Eldritch Foundry and long-time player of D&D joins the podcast today to talk about what to care about when creating characters. It's more than just finding the perfect miniature. Although Matan can help you with that as well. Matan started Eldritch Foundry back in 2018 and has helped countless Tabletop RPG lovers cr…
 
What makes a nation? Who decides where borders are, or even what borders are? What unites a people, within a country or across those borders? What differences are there between cultural identities, ethnicities, and nationalities -- and where do those concepts overlap and intersect? In this episode, we discuss ideas of citizenship, belonging, invasi…
 
Time for another godmill! This week, we roll on the table and learn much more about the divine Dwarven family than we ever knew. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! Website: thelorekeepers.com Email: lorekeeperspodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @thelorekeepers L…
 
Part 2! Dimitris Havlidis, Web Developer, Designer, CTO of World Anvil, and person with only one eye joins the podcast today to dive into what everyone gets wrong about one-eyed characters. They also discuss their own challenges around living with one eye, and their strengths! Dimitris has degrees in Computing, Social Psychology, and Graphic Design…
 
Dimitris Havlidis, Web Developer, Designer, CTO of World Anvil, and person with only one eye joins the podcast today to dive into what everyone gets wrong about one-eyed characters. They also discuss their own challenges around living with one eye, and their strengths! Dimitris has degrees in Computing, Social Psychology, and Graphic Design. They'v…
 
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joins me to imagine different universes from scratch. What if the quark was more massive? What if the strong nuclear force wasn't so strong? It turns out the universe is a fascinating and delicate balance. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a theo…
 
In this one it's all about the elementals, baby! We discuss the First, Second, and Third Elementus and their differences, and how they may all allow for the plane of Primordium to interact. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about …
 
Part 2! Amanda Hamon, Senior Designer for Dungeons & Dragons and Co-creator of Starfinder shares her secrets to creating one-shot adventures your players will love to play. Amanda Hamon has had a leading role in some of your favorite tabletop roleplaying games. From D&D to Starfinder, and more. See her full catalog of work on LinkedIn. Janet Forbes…
 
Amanda Hamon, Senior Designer for Dungeons & Dragons and Co-creator of Starfinder shares her secrets to creating one-shot adventures your players will love to play. Amanda Hamon has had a leading role in some of your favorite tabletop roleplaying games. From D&D to Starfinder, and more. See her full catalog of work on LinkedIn. Janet Forbes (pen-na…
 
Worldbuilding is, often, about choices. What bits stick out at the top of the iceberg, and what stays beneath the surface? What shiny ideas can you make tentpoles of your world, what might be cool ornaments but are not essential to the book's functioning, and what can you simply not find the room or justification for? In this episode, we return to …
 
This week it's all about Death. Beyond the Animus, untouchable by magic. What is Death, who is Death? WHEN is Death? Also, does Death know sign language? ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some ideas of your own? …
 
Part 2! Wolfgang Baur & Celeste Conowitch join the podcast to chat about all things pocket dimensions, shadow realms, and tiny planes of existence. From advice on how to use pocket dimensions as a storytelling tool, to fun expansions of the terms very definition. Step through the portal with us on this excellent episode. Wolfgang Baur is the head K…
 
Wolfgang Baur & Celeste Conowitch join the podcast to chat about all things pocket dimensions, shadow realms, and tiny planes of existence. From advice on how to use pocket dimensions as a storytelling tool, to fun expansions of the terms very definition. Step through the portal with us on this excellent episode. Wolfgang Baur is the head Kobold ov…
 
Where does the one power come from? Who can use it? Did Robert Jordan mean to have so many references to Irish folklore in his books? Professional TV critic Meghan O'Keefe joins me to answer these questions and so many more about the fantasy series Wheel of Time! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Meghan O'…
 
It's been a come & go release cycle, but don't worry, we're not going anywhere! After all, how could we when there's so many things to discuss? This week we explore consecration, desecration, and what happens when you pee on the pulpit. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record o…
 
Best-selling author and self-publishing expert Jenna Moreci joins the podcast today to share some amazing writing and publishing tips with you. Jenna is the author of The Savior's Series and the young adult SciFi novel Eve: The Awakening. Want to learn more from Jenna? Visit her website or join the over 266 thousand people subscribed to her YouTube…
 
Part 2! Best-selling author and self-publishing expert Jenna Moreci is back on the podcast today to share some more amazing writing and publishing tips with you. Jenna is the author of The Savior's Series and the young adult SciFi novel Eve: The Awakening. Want to learn more from Jenna? Visit her website or join the over 266 thousand people subscri…
 
Where does worldbuilding fit into your overall process of writing, rewriting, revising, writing some more, and writing again? In this episode, we welcome back Melissa Caruso to help us think about the granular details of synthesizing your worldbuilding with your drafting and editing. Characters exist within their worldbuilding, and worldbuilding ca…
 
This week I'm joined by Jess Khoury, a writer and fantasy cartographer, to discuss fictional mapmaking. We talk about how mountains don't bend and rivers don't split, the logic behind human settlements, and how to name your places. Plus, there are dogs. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Jessica Khoury is a…
 
It's time for another godmill, and this week we are joined by a strange and devious fellow: Sable, god of misfortune. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some ideas of your own? Join the conversation at www.reddit.…
 
Fashion: not just a frivolity, but a component of worldbuilding that can communicate so much about your world's resources, industry, and power structures, as well as characters' individual choices and personalities. Guest Natania Barron joins us to explore the potential presented by frills and furbelows of all kinds. From bifurcated Celts to Tudor …
 
We've mentioned it, we've considered it, and now it's gotten its whole own episode: Second Ascension. That's right, we're talking about Enshrinement! This week, we explore the difference between the any 'ol gods and the ones who become staples of the Halûmian divine ecosystem. How does it happen? What does it mean? Enjoy! ——— Curious about somethin…
 
Globally, cosplay is a multi-billion dollar industry. But what is it? How does one choose or make their cosplays? Guest Emilee is here to share her experience with us! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Emilee is a cosplayer who goes by the name Our Shield Maiden. You can visit her website ourshieldmaiden.c…
 
This one's for the cartography geeks! We know that's a lot of our followers. Peng Shepherd joins us to think about what a map of your fantasy world can tell your readers, what the social and cultural implications of a map's presentation might be, and how much time you should spend squiggling in all those little fjords. Plus: Schrodinger’s Continent…
 
Not all gods are made to be worshipped (or esteemed, as the case may be). This week, Carter leads the discussion on Ort'eln, the goddess of war, and why there are only a strange few who elevate her. To the rest, she's a bad penny. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the …
 
Are we in the Matrix? Is Zion in the Matrix?! Is Matrix: Resurrections a sequel or a reboot? How many messages can you fit into one movie? So many questions in this episode, and a special guest to help us answer them. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mischa Stanton is an audio editing wizard and multi-med…
 
Enough with the crazy physics and insane scope. Let's return to the more traditional focus. This week we examine the gods of good ol' Everast, exploring their behavior and how people relate to them. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn mo…
 
When you've introduced elemental, supernatural, ethereal, or diabolical powers into your world, what does that do to your society? Guest Kate Heartfield joins us to discuss the rules, regulations, and roguery of magical worldbuilding! In this episode, we explore the two levels that magical ethics can operate on: within your world, and within our wo…
 
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