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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 ...
 
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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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 ...
 
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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This episode was recorded in a panel session at WorldCon/ChiCon 8 on September 4th, 2022. Many thanks to everyone who attended in-person! We had a blast, and it's so great to get to field your questions in real-time. We discuss favorite bits of worldbuilding from our own projects -- and the things about worldbuilding that we love less! Then, we ans…
 
This week is all about Carnus, champion Mute of Khyzghor. A bloody, mighty, powerful monster of a figure, ready to face any otherworldy challenger which would dare step into his realm. ——— 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:…
 
Artist Beth Zaiken joins Moiya to talk about paleoart. Together, they answer questions like: How do artists work with museums to create gorgeous and educational exhibits about the ancient natural world? How has our understanding of the paleo world changed in the last few decades? And how does an artist decide what to include in the scene? HOSTED by…
 
"What do we see? A demon, a noxious, unnatural creature. It eats natural patterns, creates its own patterns like a thief in the night. We cannot understand the universe until we understand this evil. A victim has been found, beaten and bloodied." -The Book of Truth (AI Religion Bot) This week we begin an exploration of the Mutes and the Absentium b…
 
Where's the love? It makes the world(building) go 'round and 'round and 'round... At least, it does when things are going well! In this episode, guest Sara Mueller joins us to discuss how to get yourself re-engaged with your fantasy worlds when you've drifted away from them, for one reason or another. When you've gotten jaded, what can bring you ba…
 
If Illuvium and Orconis are chaos as growth and chaos as destruction, does that mean there might be realms of law as growth and destruction? ——— 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: @thel…
 
In this episode, Nick Perron, host of the Tabletopped podcast, joins Moiya to imagine a world banded with "time rate zones." They explore gravitational time dilation, x-ray protection, tops vs. bottoms, black hole myths, and mob mentality. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Nick Perron is an actor, writer, …
 
The Magical Nude Gate is a what we call a tentpole idea: a concept that touches on so many other elements of a world that it can't be just a throwaway shiny idea. It has to be well-integrated. Culture, economy, language, religion, politics -- the MNG has implications so wide-reaching and fundamental that they cannot be ignored. So what is the MNG? …
 
Please enjoy this disruption to the normal Exolore feed! Exolore is a member of Multitude, an independent podcast collective. Together, all of the Multitude hosts make a friendly debate show called Head, Heart, Gut. This episode is a little taste of that show. Welcome to Head Heart Gut, where the Multitude hosts argue about the best things using ou…
 
It's hard to build a world without thinking about politics. Who has power, what can they do with it, and what happens when political ties turn sour? Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy is here to answer all of my questions about what makes a government. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy is a politi…
 
Here in the dwindling days of summer, we want to know: what do the people in your world do on vacation? Are they relaxing by a beach, wandering museums, hiking in the wilderness? Unpacking that idea ties into a surprising number of other worldbuilding concepts, including economy, labor, and transportation. In this episode, we explore some of the co…
 
What if Earth was ruled by amphibians instead of gross hairy mammals like us? Roxy Valdez joins me in this week's episode to explain how they answered that very question with the Amphiterra Project. It's a ribbiting good time! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Roxy Valdez is an illustrator and designer who…
 
In this bonus episode, your hosts gather together in real life at ArmadilloCon 2022! We talk about why we love worldbuilding, what our strategies are, and take a bunch of really fabulous questions from the audience. Because this episode was recorded on-site in a convention hall and because it is a bonus episode, this is essentially raw audio! So yo…
 
How do the gods experience time? Can they predict the future? ——— 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 Lorekeepers art by Sam Wade. Instagram: @bysamwade "Land of Heroes" …
 
What happens when you have to build not just one world, but a whole passel of them? In this episode, guest Valerie Valdes joins us to talk about how an author can craft compelling adventures in spaaaaaaaaaaace. The vastness and potential diversity of space makes for an appealing sandbox for writers to play in. In a genre that often depends on the e…
 
A sociologist, a biologist, and an astrophysicist walk into a zoom room and discuss what it would be like if everyone had three parents. Here's a hint: it gets complicated real fast. We discuss speculative science, the difficulty of large collaborations, mating types, and ~bedroom activity~ HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist an…
 
We're considering taking a detour into the Absentium, fleshing out the Mutes and resolving some questions around them (while creating many more). But before we do that, there's plenty of questions about the Absentium itself that deserve to be answered! For instance, where did it come from? Who made it? ——— Curious about something you heard in this …
 
DUN-DUN. Law & Order. What does it mean in your world? Who makes the laws, and by what power do they do so? How easy or difficult is it to change the rules? Guest Victor Manibo, author and real-life lawyer, joins us to discuss how different structures of formal and informal policy could affect the choices your characters make. So much of law comes …
 
It's been a while since we chatted about Orconis or the Architect. Why not dip back into that? This week we examine the Shadow of Halûme. ——— 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: @thelore…
 
Are you working on a novel and getting a little stuck? Well this episode is all about a software program that can help you through the process, created by fantasy novel writer who knows where all the roadblocks are. Katja Kaine joins me to share her writing tips and describe how she came to build The Novel Factory. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAs…
 
This one is a bit of a doozy! This week, we explore the Pax-Demiurge, the most important treaty ever signed, ushering in a new Aevum. ——— 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: @thelorekeep…
 
We've talked about big holidays and religious observations before, but what about the small, weird, highly-location-specific festivals and traditions that might dot the landscape of your world? From cheese-rollings to local saints' days to parades to "hey, all our squash came ripe at once, guess we better do something with it!", how do the people i…
 
Buffy the Vampire Slayer absolutely changed my life, and I know it impacted countless others as well. Sally Tamarkin joins me to talk about what we love and.... don't love about the worldbuilding in this beloved franchise. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Sally Tamarkin is a writer, podcaster, and sensiti…
 
This week we look closely at the timeline of Aevum Tertius, and examine what exactly happened then. What was it like for those who lived? How did the conflicts between the demigods and gods of the Etherium impact the world? ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekee…
 
We kick off our fourth year of the podcast with a conversation about how to fill in the rest of your world, beyond the immediate scope of your plot. What's outside the borders your characters are familiar with? What's beyond the woods we know? Is it "here there be dragons" or a highly-detailed map with every corner marked? Your methods of showing t…
 
Mauricio Garcia tells me all about how perfumes and scents are made. We talk about surprising scent origins, sustainable perfumery, how perfumes match body chemistry, and the ways that smells connect us to other worlds. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mauricio Garcia is a perfumer and aromatherapist. You…
 
Thanks to another fantastic question from Thurston, we've got to clean up the mess we've made in the past couple episodes regarding "WaILa"s! We do our darnedest to iron out the strange wrinkles of this very strange idea, and Carter does his best to keep us both on track. Do we succeed in clearing it up? Well... we can only promise that we tried! —…
 
Your characters and the relationships they have -- romantic, sexual, friendly, familial, professional -- will drive much of what readers connect to in your stories. So what sort of relationship dynamics do you want to build into your world's cultures? Foz Meadows joins us to discuss all the things that make up the space between two or more hearts. …
 
A herpetologist and a conservationist join me to imagine life on a rainforest world. We decide it's run by a race of flying fish lizards who love community and pay for things with a toxic fruit. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Chelsea Connor is a herpetologist, birder, artist, and science communicator wh…
 
How do you prevent mortals from achieving godhood? Not by fighting, but by offering a deal. This week, we explore the world of the demi-divine, the stiched fabric between the mortal and immortal. What are demigods, exactly? Why do they exist? What roles might they play? What happens to the mortal who ascends? And does anything ever travel... the op…
 
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