Month: January 2020

The Built Space

This post on YouTube got me thinking about a lot of stuff related to architecture and our manufactured world. The places we walk through say a lot about the needs and fashions of the time. The great numinous experiences when our breath is taken by the scope of a cathedral were intentionally built to evoke…

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The Built Space

Cyberpunk – The Culture you Counter

Seth and I frequently talk about fairycake, the very core of your Worldbuilding on which all other things tilt. This can be a specific Worldbuilding concept or it could be a theme or tone you want to convey. With cyberpunk we’re really looking at a few things that can be found in the name of…

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Cyberpunk – The Culture you Counter

Every Sign Has a Meaning

I’m an engineer by trade which means that, as I look at the world around me, I’m often searching for design and questioning the purpose and meaning of what I’m seeing. When I look at my built space I often ask, ‘why this column right here, what’s it supporting?’ ‘Where does this vent go?’ Etc….

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Every Sign Has a Meaning

James – GURPS Apologist

I’m an avowed table top RPG guy. I love writing stories, I love spreadsheets, I love making characters and, you probably will have guessed, I love building worlds. The systems we might choose says a lot about, not just our GM style but the worlds we’re making. The question of narrative tone, of the established…

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James – GURPS Apologist

Investing in Questions

Getting Players to Buy In to Asking Questions When we’re worldbuilding in games, GMs tend to add a lot of background details and histories about the world. Maybe the villain has a killer backstory, the town has a strange past that people fear, or this particular landscape was formed by a cosmic event. In games…

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Investing in Questions

Worldbuilding Strata

Reflections on our Interview with Jon Bell I’ll start by saying this: Jon gets me. He just does. He’s the type of guy that sends me a list of D&D adventure premises based exclusively on bear puns which is exactly the kind of thing I want almost all the time. More bear puns, please. Anyway,…

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Worldbuilding Strata

How Much Does Death Weigh

There’s a scene in the first Austin Powers that was deleted from the final cut where a henchman is killed and it cuts to sometime later where his family finds out. His wife and child are mourning at his passing as the result of being run over by a steam roller. It’s an amazing scene…

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How Much Does Death Weigh

I’m with the science team.

Reading Expanse Book 4: Cibola Burn, and something stood out to me. The basic premise of the book is that humanity is given a quick way to explore new worlds and some enterprising belters exploit a lithium deposit on an alien world so quickly that no charters had yet been written up for the planet’s…

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I’m with the science team.

What are the Interest Rates Like at Gringotts?

As you may have heard from our recent interview with IE Horton I have a problem with Gringotts. They’re the only Wizarding bank, the only one! What’s more, they’re run by goblins and goblins occupy a strange place in the Wizarding World. A subjugated people, to be sure (there seem to be a lot of…

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What are the Interest Rates Like at Gringotts?

Fred Jones and the Art of Worldbuilding

I’m a big Ben Folds fan.  Tonight, as I was rocking my son to sleep, I sang Fred Jones Pt II.  My son, 7 months, probably didn’t understand it. With that said, I, 32 years, probably don’t understand it either.  Fred Jones Pt II is about a man losing his job in his autumn years…

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Fred Jones and the Art of Worldbuilding