WorldCraft Club

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

Joker Reflections: Soundtracks

I found out the other day that the score to Joker was recorded before they filmed. I’m given to understand this is unusual in film making. When talking about worldbuilding I’m not certain soundtracks counts if we’re going to get picky about definitions and boundaries and Seth and I love definitions and boundaries. But! on…

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Joker Reflections: Soundtracks

Joker Reflections: Two

I wrote both this blog and the prior one while reflecting on Joker, I didn’t necessarily know where I was going with it initially. I thought this train of thought was interesting so I continued to write, this is the second iteration of my thoughts on the movie. What do we know about the world…

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Joker Reflections: Two

Joker Reflections: One

I’ve loved The Joker for a little while. Not nearly as long as some of the true fans harkening back to comic books or the animated series’. My introduction, like many fans, was with Heath Ledger’s Joker in Dark Knight. He’s a mesmerizing idea. And I say idea because I mean idea. The very distillation…

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Joker Reflections: One

The Empire Did Nothing Wrong

Okay, so that was click baity, sorry. the Empire did tons wrong. Alderaan (autocorrected to Alfa tan which is a great band name) being blown up was pretty bad, killing all the Jedi too (especially the younglings), but, when you think about it the Jedi were kinda problematic anyways. You have an armed organization of…

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The Empire Did Nothing Wrong