Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers

In the last few years, it has become popular to knock worldbuilding. In a widely
cited complaint, award-winning fiction writing M. John Harrison writes: “
Worldbuilding is dull.Worldbuilding literalises the urge to invent.Worldbuilding
gives an ...

Author: Trent Hergenrader

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350016682

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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The digital technologies of the 21st century are reshaping how we experience storytelling. More than ever before, storylines from the world's most popular narratives cross from the pages of books to the movie theatre, to our television screens and in comic books series. Plots intersect and intertwine, allowing audiences many different entry points to the narratives. In this sometimes bewildering array of stories across media, one thing binds them together: their large-scale fictional world. Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers describes how writers can co-create vast worlds for use as common settings for their own stories. Using the worlds of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones, and Dungeons & Dragons as models, this book guides readers through a step-by-step process of building sprawling fictional worlds complete with competing social forces that have complex histories and yet are always evolving. It also shows readers how to populate a catalog with hundreds of unique people, places, and things that grow organically from their world, which become a rich repository of story making potential. The companion website collaborativeworldbuilding.com features links to online resources, past worldbuilding projects, and an innovative card system designed to work with this book.

The Ultimate RPG Game Master s Worldbuilding Guide

Like the backstory for a side character, the motivations of a shadowy organization
, or unexplored uses for someone's incredible powers? That is good
worldbuilding drawing you in! Nothing's Ever Really New Don't pressure yourself
to create ...

Author: James D’Amato

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781507215524

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 272

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Level up your Game Master skills with these fun, interactive prompts and activities to help your worldbuilding from RPG expert James D’Amato. Make your next campaign truly unique with the help of this interactive guide to world building! From RPG expert James D’Amato comes a fun new guide that teaches beginner and experienced gamers alike how to build and create their own game elements for customizing existing adventures or creating new stories from scratch. The Ultimate RPG Game Master’s Worldbuilding Guide includes dozens of activities for a wide range of genres from fantasy and sci-fi to horror and x-punk. This lively and interactive book helps Game Masters create dynamic destinations, powerful items, shadowy organizations, compelling villains, and more. Make the most of your gaming experience with these unique and personalized ideas for your gaming group’s next adventures!

Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers

The companion website collaborativeworldbuilding.com features links to online resources, past worldbuilding projects, and an innovative card system designed to work with this book.

Author: Trent Hergenrader

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350016699

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

View: 543

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The digital technologies of the 21st century are reshaping how we experience storytelling. More than ever before, storylines from the world's most popular narratives cross from the pages of books to the movie theatre, to our television screens and in comic books series. Plots intersect and intertwine, allowing audiences many different entry points to the narratives. In this sometimes bewildering array of stories across media, one thing binds them together: their large-scale fictional world. Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers describes how writers can co-create vast worlds for use as common settings for their own stories. Using the worlds of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, A Game of Thrones, and Dungeons & Dragons as models, this book guides readers through a step-by-step process of building sprawling fictional worlds complete with competing social forces that have complex histories and yet are always evolving. It also shows readers how to populate a catalog with hundreds of unique people, places, and things that grow organically from their world, which become a rich repository of story making potential. The companion website collaborativeworldbuilding.com features links to online resources, past worldbuilding projects, and an innovative card system designed to work with this book.

Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding

Eleven of adventure gaming's top designers come together to share their insights into building worlds that gamers will never forget.

Author: Wolfgang Baur

Publisher:

ISBN: 1936781115

Category: Fantasy games

Page: 124

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The Essential Elements for Building a World Roleplaying games and fantasy fiction are filled with rich and fascinating worlds: the Forgotten Realms, Glorantha, Narnia, R'lyeh, Middle-Earth, Barsoom, and so many more. It took startling leaps of imagination as well as careful thought and planning to create places like these: places that readers and players want to come back to again and again. Now, eleven of adventure gaming's top designers come together to share their insights into building worlds that gamers will never forget. Learn the secrets of designing a pantheon, creating a setting that provokes conflict, determining which historical details are necessary, and so much more. Take that creative leap, and create dazzling worlds of your own! Essays by Wolfgang Baur, Keith Baker, Monte Cook, Jeff Grubb, Scott Hungerford, David "Zeb" Cook, Chris Pramas, Jonathan Roberts, Michael A. Stackpole, Steve Winter, with an introduction by Ken Scholes. NOMINATED FOR TWO ENNIE AWARDS: Best Writing and Best RPG-Related Book Praise for Prior Kobold Design Guides "Highly recommended for gaming nerds everywhere." --CityBookReview.com "If you're an aspiring pro this book is a must. If you're a rules hacker like me, this stuff is solid gold." --Berin Kinsman, UncleBear Media "A fantastic collection ... A solid 5 star rating." --Joshua Guillion, AdventureAWeek.com "An amazing collection ... from some of the best designers and writers creating role-playing game material today." --Brian Fitzpatrick, BlogCritics.org

On Writing and Worldbuilding

In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire. to ...

Author: Timothy Hickson

Publisher:

ISBN: 1798967650

Category:

Page: 241

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Writing advice tends to be full of 'rules' and 'tips' which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire. to On Writing to Part I: ProloguesPart II: The First ChapterPart III: The Exposition ProblemPart IV: ForeshadowingPart V: Villain MotivationPart VI: Hero-Villain RelationshipsPart VII: Final BattlesPart VIII: The Chosen OnePart IX: Hard Magic Systems Part X: Soft Magic SystemsPart XI: Magic Systems and Storytelling to On Worldbuilding to Part XII: Polytheistic ReligionsPart XIII: Hidden Magical Worlds Part XIV: How Empires RisePart XV: How Empires WorkPart XVI: How Empires Fall to Exclusive Content to Part XVII: How I Plan a Novel

The Ultimate RPG Game Master s Worldbuilding Guide

Level up your Game Master skills with these fun, interactive prompts and activities to help your worldbuilding from RPG expert James D’Amato. Make your next campaign truly unique with the help of this interactive guide to world building!

Author: James D’Amato

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781507215517

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 272

View: 723

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Level up your Game Master skills with these fun, interactive prompts and activities to help your worldbuilding from RPG expert James D’Amato. Make your next campaign truly unique with the help of this interactive guide to world building! From RPG expert James D’Amato comes a fun new guide that teaches beginner and experienced gamers alike how to build and create their own game elements for customizing existing adventures or creating new stories from scratch. The Ultimate RPG Game Master’s Worldbuilding Guide includes dozens of activities for a wide range of genres from fantasy and sci-fi to horror and x-punk. This lively and interactive book helps Game Masters create dynamic destinations, powerful items, shadowy organizations, compelling villains, and more. Make the most of your gaming experience with these unique and personalized ideas for your gaming group’s next adventures!

World building

In this book, you'll follow calculations, read tables, view diagrams, learn what forces are at work in the universe, and see how you can harness them to give realism to the fantasy in your storytelling.

Author: Stephen Lee Gillett

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UVA:X002782285

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 198

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With Stephen Gillett's help, you'll be on solid ground, no matter what kinds of worlds you create for your science fiction. World-Building explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You'll give your worlds the pull of gravity, aware of the effects on inhabitants and the planets themselves. Mix elements and build planets with chemically credible, geologically accurate characteristics - and anomalies - that affect those who live there. Create planetary "engines," convincing atmospheres and fact-based weather patterns. Colonize a truly weird world: ancient Earth. Explore our neighboring planets and their satellites for SF possibilities. Light and heat your landscapes with the right types of stars. See how things might be on a "chloroxygen" world and other hypothetical places. In this book, you'll follow calculations, read tables, view diagrams, learn what forces are at work in the universe, and see how you can harness them to give realism to the fantasy in your storytelling.

Fantasy World Building

In this book, comic and gaming art veteran Mark A. Nelson explores and demonstrates his methods for fashioning visually stunning, believable environments for fantasy creatures and characters.

Author: Mark Nelson

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN: 9780486828657

Category: Art

Page: 160

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When artists and designers explore or create a fictional setting, the milieu must be completely fleshed out, explained, and designed. In this book, comic and gaming art veteran Mark A. Nelson explores and demonstrates his methods for fashioning visually stunning, believable environments for fantasy creatures and characters. Scores of images and step-by-step examples illustrate how variation and experimentation lead to fresh, original designs for otherworldly beings, their environments, and their stories. Nelson discusses how to find ideas and borrow from history to add the strength of realism to a fantasy world. In describing the best ways to establish a habitat, he offers specifics about climate, terrain, flora, and wildlife. He shares insights into founding societies in terms of their means of survival, manner of warfare, spiritual practices, style of dress, and levels of technology. All visual creatives who work with imaginative material — illustrators, comic artists, and writers — will take a lively interest in this source of inspiration and practical knowledge.

The A Zs of Worldbuilding

In The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, that 'what if' process is broken down into 26 themed chapters, covering topics ranging from architecture to zoology.

Author: Rebekah Loper

Publisher:

ISBN: 0692850554

Category:

Page: 252

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Worldbuilding is the ultimate act of creation for speculative fiction writers, but how exactly do you worldbuild? You ask 'what if' and use each answer as a springboard to more questions and answers about your fictional world. In The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, that 'what if' process is broken down into 26 themed chapters, covering topics ranging from architecture to zoology. Each chapter includes a corresponding set of guided exercises to help you find the 'what if' questions relevant to your story's world. Fair warning, though: worldbuilding is addictive. Once you get started, you might never put your pen down again.

Worldbuilding

International bestseller Anderson has created many extensive fictional universes, ranging from sweeping galactic empires to complex steampunk fantasies, to humorous monster-filled cities. He has become known for his skill in worldbuilding.

Author: Kevin J. Anderson

Publisher: Wordfire Press

ISBN: 161475375X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 100

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International bestseller Anderson has created many extensive fictional universes, ranging from sweeping galactic empires to complex steampunk fantasies, to humorous monster-filled cities. He has become known for his skill in worldbuilding. In Worldbuilding: From Small Towns to Entire Universes he describes his techniques in creating a rich fictional setting, leading writers through the countless questions and topics one must consider. Whether it's geography, climate, politics, economics, society, religion, science, arts, or history, all of these ingredients form the basis for a believable setting for your story to unfold.

30 Days of Worldbuilding

Overwhelmed by creating fantasy worlds? Lost in your world? Unsure where to go next? 30 Days of Worldbuilding breaks the task into manageable chunks. By following 30 creative prompts, this book will guide you from idea, to full world.

Author: A. Trevena

Publisher:

ISBN: 1677313129

Category:

Page: 98

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Overwhelmed by creating fantasy worlds? Lost in your world? Unsure where to go next? 30 Days of Worldbuilding breaks the task into manageable chunks. By following 30 creative prompts, this book will guide you from idea, to full world. This workbook will help you to: Break the epic task of worldbuilding into easy steps Build a full and complete world with prompts you may not have thought of Tie your worldbuilding into your story to increase tension and conflict Bring your worldbuilding back to your characters to get your readers hooked This book also includes a bonus lesson on building magic systems that work. By completing just one prompt each day, you can have a fully created fantasy world in a month. You will also have an invaluable book of worldbuilding notes to keep beside you as you write. Get 30 Days of Worldbuilding today, and stop getting lost in your world. Available as both an ebook Guidebook and a paperback Workbook with space for answering each prompt.

Worldbuilding For Fantasy Fans And Authors

Be you a top-down planner, a bottom-up pantser, or a fantasy fan experiencing the worldbuilding from the inside-out, this comprehensive guide has you covered.

Author: M D Presley

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798673359563

Category:

Page: 310

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Worlds can exist without stories, but fantasy stories cannot exist without a vibrant and enthralling world. But what makes a good fantasy world? Be you a top-down planner, a bottom-up pantser, or a fantasy fan experiencing the worldbuilding from the inside-out, this comprehensive guide has you covered. Adopting a "tools not rules" approach, you will discover dozens of worldbuilding strategies, including: Ineffective, effective, and inspired worldbuilding. Designing comprehensive magic systems. The four Cs of worldbuilding and how to use them. The ins and outs of immersion. Enhancing the audience experience with fantasy conceits. Also featuring: Case studies from famous worldbuilders. Map design 101. Survey results showing what audiences want. Answers to these questions and more were once scattered throughout the realms, but have finally been compiled and synthesized for fantasy fans and authors alike.

New Worlds Year One

This volume collects essays from the first year of the New Worlds Patreon.

Author: Marie Brennan

Publisher: Swan Tower

ISBN: 9781611387292

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page:

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Step into a world of your own making . . . Worldbuilding is one of the great pleasures of writing science fiction and fantasy -- and also one of its greatest challenges. Award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan draws on her academic training in anthropology to peel back the layers of a setting, going past the surface details to explore questions many authors never think to answer. She invites you to consider the endless variety of real-world cultures -- from climate to counterfeiting, from sumptuary laws to slang --and the equally endless possibilities speculative fiction has to offer. This volume collects essays from the first year of the New Worlds Patreon.

Eighth Day Genesis

"Featuring Maurice Broaddus, Tim Waggoner, Matthew Wayne Selznick, Donald J. Bingle, Janine Spendlove, Bryan Young, and fifteen more authors, this collection of essays cover topics from crafting believable ecosystems, creatures, and legal ...

Author: Sabrina Klein

Publisher: Alliteration Ink

ISBN: 9780985825409

Category: Reference

Page: 314

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"Featuring Maurice Broaddus, Tim Waggoner, Matthew Wayne Selznick, Donald J. Bingle, Janine Spendlove, Bryan Young, and fifteen more authors, this collection of essays cover topics from crafting believable ecosystems, creatures, and legal systems to the ways you can best share your world with your audience."--P.[4] of cover.

New Worlds Year Two

This volume collects essays from the second year of the New Worlds Patreon.

Author: Marie Brennan

Publisher: Book View Cafe

ISBN: 9781611387834

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 194

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Explore a world of your own . . . Science fiction and fantasy are renowned for immersing their readers in rich, inventive settings. In this follow-up to the collection NEW WORLDS, YEAR ONE, award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan guides you through new aspects of worldbuilding and how they can generate stories. From beauty to books, from tattoos to taboos, these essays delve into the complexity of different cultures, both real and imaginary, and provide invaluable advice on crafting a world of your very own. This volume collects essays from the second year of the New Worlds Patreon.

Worldbuilding Makes My Heart Super Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding Obsessed Notebook a Beautiful

Worldbuilding Makes My Heart Super Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding Obsessed Notebook A beautiful Notebook Birthday Gift is a 120 pages Simple and elegant Notebook on a Matte-finish cover, Perfect Journal for Worldbuilding Lovers ...

Author: Worldbuilding Gift Publishing

Publisher:

ISBN: 1679304763

Category:

Page: 122

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Worldbuilding Makes My Heart Super Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding Obsessed Notebook A beautiful Notebook Birthday Gift is a 120 pages Simple and elegant Notebook on a Matte-finish cover, Perfect Journal for Worldbuilding Lovers Diary, Worldbuilding Obsessed Gift Idea for friend, sister, brother, gradparents, kids, boys, girls, youth and teens. Great for taking notes in class, journal writing and essays, Perfect gift for parents, gradparents, kids, boys, girls, youth and teens as a Birthday gift. 120 pages Size 6 x 9 (15.24 x 22.86 cm)- the ideal size for all purposes, fitting perfectly into your bag White-color paper Soft, glossy cover Matte Finish Cover for an elegant look and feel Do Worldbuilding Makes Your Heart Super Happy ? Do You Love Worldbuilding ? Looking for Worldbuilding NoteBook? Are you looking for a gift for your friend, parents or relatives ? Then you need to buy this Cute Worldbuilding Makes My Heart Super Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding Obsessed Notebook A beautiful gift Journal for your brother, sister, Auntie

Once Upon a Pixel

Once Upon a Pixel examines the increasing sophistication of storytelling and worldbuilding in modern video games.

Author: Eddie Paterson

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351014267

Category: Computers

Page: 182

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Once Upon a Pixel examines the increasing sophistication of storytelling and worldbuilding in modern video games. Drawing on some of gaming’s most popular titles, including Red Dead Redemption 2, The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, and the long-running Metal Gear Solid series, it is a pioneering exploration into narrative in games from the perspective of the creative writer. With interviews and insights from across the industry, it provides a complete account of how Triple-A, independent, and even virtual reality games are changing the way we tell stories. Key Features A fresh perspective on video games as a whole new form of creative writing. Interviews with a range of leading industry figures, from critics to creators. Professional analysis of modern video game script excerpts. Insights into emerging technologies and the future of interactive storytelling.

Using VRML

An Overview of Worldbuilding Toolkits Once you have a good collection of VRML
objects that you want to show off , you'll need a place where you can display
them . While we showed you how to create environments by hand ( see “ Putting
Up ...

Author: Stephen Matsuba

Publisher: Que Pub

ISBN: UVA:X002758558

Category: Computers

Page: 768

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A thorough guide to VRML introduces its features and elements, demonstrating how to use tools to create desired documents by implementing professional advice and techniques. Original. (Advanced).

Worldbuilding Makes Me Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding OBSESSION Notebook a Beautiful

Worldbuilding Makes Me Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding OBSESSION Notebook A beautiful Notebook Birthday Gift is a 120 pages Simple and elegant Notebook on a Matte-finish cover, Perfect Journal for Worldbuilding Lovers Diary, ...

Author: Worldbuilding Gift Publishing

Publisher:

ISBN: 1679338676

Category:

Page: 122

View: 196

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Worldbuilding Makes Me Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding OBSESSION Notebook A beautiful Notebook Birthday Gift is a 120 pages Simple and elegant Notebook on a Matte-finish cover, Perfect Journal for Worldbuilding Lovers Diary, Worldbuilding Obsessed Gift Idea for friend, sister, brother, gradparents, kids, boys, girls, youth and teens. Great for taking notes in class, journal writing and essays, Perfect gift for parents, gradparents, kids, boys, girls, youth and teens as a Birthday gift. 120 pages Size 6 x 9 (15.24 x 22.86 cm)- the ideal size for all purposes, fitting perfectly into your bag White-color paper Soft, glossy cover Matte Finish Cover for an elegant look and feel Do Worldbuilding Make You Happy ? Looking for Worldbuilding NoteBook? Are you looking for a gift for your friend, parents or relatives ? Then you need to buy this Cute Worldbuilding Makes Me Happy Worldbuilding Lovers Worldbuilding OBSESSION Notebook A beautiful gift Journal for your brother, sister, Auntie

New Worlds Year Three

Whether you need guidance on security or sanitation, demographics or demons or drugs, you’re sure to find inspiration here. This volume collects essays from the third year of the New Worlds Patreon.

Author: Marie Brennan

Publisher: Book View Cafe

ISBN: 9781611388794

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 480

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Create a world of wonder and imagination . . . The boundless complexity of worldbuilding can create a daunting challenge for writers of science fiction and fantasy. In the third volume of the NEW WORLDS series, award-winning fantasy author and former anthropologist Marie Brennan provides not only the building blocks for creating a setting, but advice on exposition and other aspects of craft. Whether you need guidance on security or sanitation, demographics or demons or drugs, you’re sure to find inspiration here. This volume collects essays from the third year of the New Worlds Patreon.