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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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The biggest villain in tabletop RPGs is ... scheduling. But what if you could play a satisfying roleplaying game all on your own? Solo Journaling RPGs have taken off in recent years, and today Janet has acclaimed game designer Anna Blackwell, creator of Apothecaria, DELVE, and the upcoming For Small Creatures Such As We to talk about what makes the…
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The biggest villain in tabletop RPGs is ... scheduling. But what if you could play a satisfying roleplaying game all on your own? Solo Journaling RPGs have taken off in recent years, and today Janet has acclaimed game designer Anna Blackwell, creator of Apothecaria, DELVE, and the upcoming For Small Creatures Such As We to talk about what makes the…
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Worldbuilding Fantasy Castles with Wolfgang Baur!❤️ 🏰 Where should your castles be on the map? 🗺️ 🏰 What does everyone forget when worldbuilding castles? 🤔 🏰 How do you STORM a fantasy castle... or defend one!? 🐉 🧙 Janet (founder and CEO of World Anvil) chats with castle fanatic and Ennie Award-winning worldbuilding expert Wolfgang Baur (Founder an…
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Worldbuilding Fantasy Castles with Wolfgang Baur!❤️ 🏰 Where should your castles be on the map? 🗺️ 🏰 What does everyone forget when worldbuilding castles? 🤔 🏰 How do you STORM a fantasy castle... or defend one!? 🐉 🧙 Janet (founder and CEO of World Anvil) chats with castle fanatic and Ennie Award-winning worldbuilding expert Wolfgang Baur (Founder an…
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Hannah Nicole Maehrer's debut release, Assistant to the Villain, started out as a series of TikTok sketches. Janet sits down with her to talk about building a novel's worth of plot character-first, and using episodic formats to develop characters, settings, and plot for a longer work. They also discuss building a platform and connecting with reader…
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Hannah Nicole Maehrer's debut release, Assistant to the Villain, started out as a series of TikTok sketches. Janet sits down with her to talk about building a novel's worth of plot character-first, and using episodic formats to develop characters, settings, and plot for a longer work. They also discuss building a platform and connecting with reader…
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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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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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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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Welcome to a special Bonus Season! Enjoy these sessions from this year's Worldbuilding Con! No genre is more closely associated with Worldbuilding than fantasy. Unfortunately, this can create a temptation to “play the hits,” following established tropes at the cost of innovation. In this session, we’ll discuss how to subvert audience expectations a…
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Welcome to a special Bonus Season! Enjoy these sessions from this year's Worldbuilding Con! Our panel of experts is ready to bring the magic! Join us as we think through the mechanics of magic systems. Consider how different magic systems affect combat balance and action economy in gaming. Learn how different styles of magic can contribute to your …
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Welcome to a special Bonus Season! Enjoy these sessions from this year's Worldbuilding Con! It’s easy to get carried away by the desire to fully flesh out your fictional world. Our panel of industry experts will explain how much worldbuilding is enough - and how to deliver it for maximum impact, while avoiding the dreaded “exposition infodump prolo…
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Welcome to a special Bonus Season! Enjoy these sessions from this year's Worldbuilding Con! Tone, mood and aesthetic are all elements that can be used to differentiate your world. Join us for a lively discussion on how to add a darker edge to your worldbuilding efforts. Learn how careful placement of the shadows in your world can add depth, and hel…
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Welcome to a special Bonus Season! Enjoy these sessions from this year's Worldbuilding Con! Geography is the literal foundation of your worldbuilding. Join us for this foray into the forests, deserts, mountains and oceans of your imagination. From mapmaking to natural disasters to unnatural landmarks, you won’t want to miss this groundbreaking sess…
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... both other people's, and YOUR OWN! In this episode Janet sits down with the amazing DOMINIQUE DICKEY - a pro-RPG designer and writer, and also an INDIE designer and writer. They discuss: The advantages - and disadvantages - of writing outside DnD How different systems and game mechanics affect the way you write Tips for getting into designing p…
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... both other people's, and YOUR OWN! In this episode Janet sits down with the amazing DOMINIQUE DICKEY - a pro-RPG designer and writer, and also an INDIE designer and writer. They discuss: The advantages - and disadvantages - of writing outside DnD How different systems and game mechanics affect the way you write Tips for getting into designing p…
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Ever considered worldbuilding a Matriarchy? To celebrate mother's day, Janet from World Anvil chats with her own mommy, archaeologist and ancient historian Professor Lin Foxhall, about matriarchies and gender dynamics, both past and imagined. Glean insights into worldbuilding families, cultures and power structures in this expert discussion!…
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Ever considered worldbuilding a Matriarchy? To celebrate mother's day, Janet from World Anvil chats with her own mommy, archaeologist and ancient historian Professor Lin Foxhall, about matriarchies and gender dynamics, both past and imagined. Glean insights into worldbuilding families, cultures and power structures in this expert discussion!…
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What are the challenges and secret super powers of Autistic characters? What do classic or famous representations of autistic characters get wrong? In this episode, worldbuilding expert Janet Forbes interviews author Jonathan Fesmire about all this and more! Links: https://www.jonathanfesmire.com/ https://www.facebook.com/jonfesmire/ http://amzn.to…
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What are the challenges and secret super powers of Autistic characters? What do classic or famous representations of autistic characters get wrong? In this episode, Janet interviews author Jonathan Fesmire about all this and more! Links: https://www.jonathanfesmire.com/ https://www.facebook.com/jonfesmire/ http://amzn.to/2uLdE1q…
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World building inspired by real world cultures - and how to get it right!? 😅 In this episode, Janet chats with the AMAZING Basheer Ghouse, expert worldbuilder and RPG writer who's worked for Pathfinder, Kobold Press & Wizards of the Coast. Learn all about how to adapt real world cultures to create fasctinating and unique cultures for your own world…
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Worldbuilding inspired by real world cultures - and how to get it right!? 😅 In this episode, Janet chats with the AMAZING Basheer Ghouse, expert worldbuilder and RPG writer who's worked for Pathfinder, Kobold Press & Wizards of the Coast. Learn all about how to adapt real world cultures to create fasctinating and unique cultures for your own worlds…
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Is your world everything-and-the-kitchen-sink? And is that even a bad thing? In this episode, Janet interviews Peter Chiykowski creator of the award-winning webcomic Rock Paper Cynic, and The Story Engine Deck of writing prompts. They discuss Fantasy Kitchen Sink worldbuilding - what is it, what are the problems it can cause, and how to fix it. Lin…
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Is your world everything-and-the-kitchen-sink? And is that even a bad thing? In this episode, Janet interviews Peter Chiykowski creator of the award-winning webcomic Rock Paper Cynic, and The Story Engine Deck of writing prompts. They discuss Fantasy Kitchen Sink worldbuilding - what is it, what are the problems it can cause, and how to fix it. Lin…
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Part 2: So you've written a novel and edited it, and you're pretty sure it's ready for publishing—time for the next step! If you're going for traditional publishing, you'll want to query your novel to an agent, and to do that, you need a query letter! We interviewed Laura VanArendonk Baugh, a traditionally published author, to tell us all about the…
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Part 1: So you've written a novel and edited it, and you're pretty sure it's ready for publishing—time for the next step! If you're going for traditional publishing, you'll want to query your novel to an agent, and to do that, you need a query letter! We interviewed Laura VanArendonk Baugh, a traditionally published author, to tell us all about the…
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In this episode, we set sail on the always-current topic of waterways in worldbuilding! If this is your first episode, thanks for joining us. Janet's joined by special guest John Joseph Adams, award-winning editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, as well as the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies! Together they discuss r…
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In this episode our special guest is John Joseph Adams, award-winning editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, as well as the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies! He and Janet discuss the mysteries of traditional publishing, and how writers can set themselves up for success when submitting short stories and novels.…
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Part 1: So, you've decided to take the leap and start writing a novel—and now you don't know where to start. Don't worry, that's completely normal! Writing can feel intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. We interviewed Deleyna, a best-selling writer and Anvilite, and she gave us crash course on novel writing basics!…
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Part 2: So, you've decided to take the leap and start writing a novel—and now you don't know where to start. Don't worry, that's completely normal! Writing can feel intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. We interviewed Deleyna, a best-selling writer and Anvilite, and she gave us crash course on novel writing basics!…
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Hard and soft worldbuilding describe the approach or method you use when worldbuilding. If you've heard of the terms pantsing and plotting when talking about writing, it's a similar concept! Hard worldbuilding is more methodical, it has a defined process you follow, almost like a blueprint. Soft worldbuilding, on the other hand, is more organic and…
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Part 2! Hard and soft worldbuilding describe the approach or method you use when worldbuilding. If you've heard of the terms pantsing and plotting when talking about writing, it's a similar concept! Hard worldbuilding is more methodical, it has a defined process you follow, almost like a blueprint. Soft worldbuilding, on the other hand, is more org…
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Creating an entire RPG system is a very rewarding experience, as you're able to create a game exactly how you want it! But it's also a big endeavour, which is easy to get overwhelmed by. So Janet interviewed Celeste Conowitch and Jack Caesar, two incredible RPG game designers, to get their thoughts on the matter!…
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Part 2! Creating an entire RPG system is a very rewarding experience, as you're able to create a game exactly how you want it! But it's also a big endeavour, which is easy to get overwhelmed by. So Janet interviewed Celeste Conowitch and Jack Caesar, two incredible RPG game designers, to get their thoughts on the matter!…
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In this episode, we’re revealing the secrets to Making a Great Battle Map! Our special guest is Till Lammer, CEO and Founder of Dungeon Fog! We're talking about where to set your battles in DnD and RPG games - and how to make sure the location will create a great experience in play. You can make the most amazing battle map in the world, but if the …
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Part 2! In this episode, we’re revealing the secrets to Making a Great Battle Map! Our special guest is Till Lammer, CEO and Founder of Dungeon Fog! We're talking about where to set your battles in DnD and RPG games - and how to make sure the location will create a great experience in play. You can make the most amazing battle map in the world, but…
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