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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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We're big believers in doing all the work when it comes to the worldbuilding, but when it comes to putting it in the book, how do you know how much you need to have in the text? What do the readers need to know, and what goes in the ephemera or appendices? Who can help you figure that out? An editor, of course! So we sat down with Orbit Books execu…
 
And that's a wrap(-up)! We've concluded our exploration into the Mutes of the Absentium for now, and take a look over our work. What conclusions can we make? How do they interact with each other? What does this tell us about the Absentium, and their relationships? ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out m…
 
There's a second Avatar movie coming out, so I invited super-fan Jasper Cartwright to refresh me on the rules of this hit world. We talk about gravity's effects on biology, the wonders of Unobtanium, and the importance of consistency in worldbuilding. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Jasper William Cartwr…
 
We round out the Mutes this episode by investigating Para'ti and his brilliant and terrible power. ——— 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. In…
 
Many fantasy authors draw from history to shape their worlds and inform their worldbuilding choices. Where do you draw the line between hewing to the record and just using it for inspiration? How much do accuracy and authenticity matter? And, when those research rabbit holes are so very alluring, how do you make yourself stop? Guest Laura Anne Gilm…
 
Thank you so much for your patience! It has been a little bit, but we're back in the saddle with some fantastic worldbuilding coming your way in the next weeks. Before that though, we examine the most desperate figure in the realm of divinity: Khüşmoud [previously, Umbirok] What would you do if you lost divine paradise? ——— Curious about something …
 
Monster Expert Dr. Emily Zarka joins Moiya to talk about the origins of monster myths! Together, they conjure up some spooky monsters to inhabit three previously built Exolore worlds. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Emily Zarka is a professor, writer, host, and monster expert. Find her on twitter at …
 
We throw the word "aesthetic" around a lot on this podcast -- but we've never really slowed down to talk about what it means. How do we define the aesthetic of a work? Is that different from the aesthetic of a world? How do subgenres and plot structures intertwine with those ideas? Guest Mary Robinette Kowal joins us to explore the crafting of aest…
 
Moiya is joined by Emma Puranen to imagine life on a world being flung away from its home galaxy. Together they create a species of social but selfish airbags who insist on living in the moment. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Emma Johanna Puranen is an astronomer, historian, writer, and PhD student at t…
 
Can you see the climate fiction for the trees? In this episode, Brandon Crilly joins us to discuss solarpunk, cli-fi, hopepunk, and the places where these concepts overlap and intertwine. How do you build a world with a deliberately optimistic outlook? How much of that is about technology, and how much is about social paradigms? What other consider…
 
Moiya and guest Evan imagine a world fit for a eusocial species. They talk about toxic atmospheres, bat wing anatomy, harmonic resonances, collective consciousness, and of course, crystal turds! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Evan J. Peterson is a writer and writing instructor. Find them on twitter at @…
 
We continue the miniseries this week by examining Gogra, The Divine Child. Isn't it awful that such a joyful and sympathetic figure would be trapped in the Absentium, doomed to forever attempt to redeem the others? Exactly. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekee…
 
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 …
 
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