fantasy

32 – DinoBeasts

Ferror, the world of DinoBeasts, is merciless. Only the strong survive, the ones who pass the frequent testing of her savage jungles filled with deadly beasts. DinoBeasts is an action packed comic about a barbarian, the last of his species, on a desperate race against to the clock to recover a salamander princess who was…

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31 – Chekhov’s Obelisk

As worldbuilders we constantly desire more detail in our settings but is it possible that we’re writing checks that can’t be cashed? When an object is placed in the world it’s inevitable that at least some your audience will place significance on it but the very act of worldbuilding is making things that exist, at…

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30 – Gameplay Mechanics and Worldbuilding

Why do people keep honking at James’ bike? How come no one cares that Marcos is streaking? Why can’t Seth get free burritos? Gameplay mechanics are where the game you’re making intersects with the world you were hoping to create. The truth is that almost any gameplay mechanic be it gunplay, stealth, inventory or crafting…

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29 – Worldbuilding in CyberPunk 2077, Post Play Discussion Part I

Well, we finally played it. We had high expectations for this game, did they pan out? Seth, Marcos and James dive deep into the worldbuilding of cyberpunk and discover the truest core of the wordbuilding ethos that surrounds the game and its genre. We discuss how we approached the game, some of their general impressions,…

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The Forgotten Builds: Salt Marsh

   One of Wizards of the Coast’s “legacy” supplements, the book Ghosts of Saltmarsh is a setting guide and compendium of several classic adventures, guiding players into a campaign of sea-faring, mystery, and sometimes even horror. But what’s to know about this sea-shanty town? What sort of theming should you be going for with this adventure?…

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The Forgotten Builds: Salt Marsh

Revan and Mandalore

You’ll have to bear with me, I’m a little obsessed. You see, I played KOTOR (Knights of the Old Republic) at a young and impressionable age and it messed me up good and proper. I never really recovered. Though I loved the movies, it was this game and that novel that served as the true…

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Revan and Mandalore

Complexity Where It Counts

Atoms Knocking on Atoms I think worldbuilders are a strange bunch. We mostly grew up worshiping detail and intricacy because we’re the type of people that like to dive deep into detail. I knew this when my wife asked me what Tusken Raiders looked like under their desert regalia and I started talking about the…

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Complexity Where It Counts

Brandon Sanderson’s 0th Law

I’m late to the party. Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series has been around for a while but I just cracked open the first book. Why did I wait so long? The truth is I’ve always been late to the party, it’s like a personal preference or inbuilt mandate in my system. I just don’t do new…

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Brandon Sanderson’s 0th Law

23 – Worlds That Endure

Adventure Time and Lord of the Rings obviously have a lot in common, but how much? There is a strong temptation to write worlds that entirely consistent ships in a bottle, where all the details are ironed out. That world, as long as it stays bottled, is perfect. When you put characters in it, though,…

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21 – Interview: Matthew Selznick

The Shaper’s World is not limited by standard fantasy tropes or callbacks, it’s built on a system of real world physics. You won’t find elves or dwarves in The Light of the Outsider. But, what are the pitfalls of creating something altogether different? How do you manage a world where you can’t lean on tropes…

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