42 episodes

The Wayfarer’s Guide to Worldbuilding is a tool to help writers, DMs, and creatives build unique, scientific, and magical worlds. Each episode explores one facet of worldbuilding and gives practical advice on writing these elements.

Hosted by the Mythos and Ink staff—Kyle Rudge (Marketing Director), Allison Alexander (Editorial Director), and Emma Skrumeda (Publicist)—the podcast explores strong examples of worldbuilding from science fiction and fantasy books, TV shows, and movies and offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of publishing.

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The Wayfarer’s Guide to Worldbuilding is a tool to help writers, DMs, and creatives build unique, scientific, and magical worlds. Each episode explores one facet of worldbuilding and gives practical advice on writing these elements.

Hosted by the Mythos and Ink staff—Kyle Rudge (Marketing Director), Allison Alexander (Editorial Director), and Emma Skrumeda (Publicist)—the podcast explores strong examples of worldbuilding from science fiction and fantasy books, TV shows, and movies and offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of publishing.

    2.16 - Library Full of Secrets

    2.16 - Library Full of Secrets

    Searching for the answer to a mystery? Need a rare, magic spell? Is what you know about history not adding up? Well, then you obviously need to make a trip to the library full of secrets, for it holds the answers to life, the universe, and everything. But be careful, because the library is usually dangerous, potentially an inescapable labyrinth or guarded by magical beings that only let the one who is worthy read its books.

    Episode Hosts: Kyle, Emma, Christiana.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    • 23 min
    2.15 - Artificial Intelligence

    2.15 - Artificial Intelligence

    The development of self-aware computers will have a huge impact on the world. Whether the A.I. goes haywire, decides to wipe out the human race, or becomes the super smart pilot of your crew’s spaceship, society will look different with artificial intelligence in play. Let’s take a look at how some stories have masterfully applied this trope.

    Hosts: Kyle, Allison, Christana

    Produced by: Mythos & Ink

    • 31 min
    2.14 - Evil Has Been Locked Away For Centuries

    2.14 - Evil Has Been Locked Away For Centuries

    Eons ago, people faced a terrible evil and were unable to defeat it. But they locked it away so it would never bother the earth again! Er… did we say “never”? We meant, of course, that the bars of its prison will weaken in a thousand years and it will be set free to ravage the world once more. But that’s future humanity’s problem. This trope lends a certain panache to your villain… they are legendary. They are powerful. They are feared (and probably immortal). Who wants to go up against that?

    Episode Hosts: Kyle, Allison, Christiana.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    • 28 min
    2.13 - The Plants Have Risen Up Against Us

    2.13 - The Plants Have Risen Up Against Us

    Today's Trope: The Plants Have Risen Up Against Us. There’s something sinister about your surroundings trying to kill you—especially when those surroundings include giant, human-eating plants, trees that try to smother you with their roots, or other dangerous flora. Guns, swords, and sometimes even fire aren’t effective against shrewd shrubbery.

    Episode Hosts: Emma, Kyle, Christiana.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    • 33 min
    2.12 - The Government is Out to Get Us

    2.12 - The Government is Out to Get Us

    Today's Trope: The Government is out to get us. Want your character to face off against impossible odds? Pit them against a corrupt, evil empire who’s hiding something important from the people or taking advantage of them in some way! This trope usually involves oppression of the masses, and a hierarchy of a few people who benefit from the system while many others suffer.

    Episode Hosts: Emma, Kyle, Christiana.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    • 33 min
    2.11 Clones are People, Too

    2.11 Clones are People, Too

    Today’s Trope: Clones are Humans, Too. Are clones expendable, since they’re just copies? Do they have souls? Are they evil doppelgangers who need to be destroyed? Not in this trope! In these stories, clones become characters in their own right, with individual personalities and everything. 

    Stories Covered: Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Moon, The Prestige.

    Episode Hosts: Emma, Allison, Christiana.

    Produced by Mythos & Ink.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Nomes1723 ,

Creative and fun

I appreciate the creative views explored in this podcast. A lot of interesting stuff to think about.

Seiryu Blue ,

Great for Writers and Worldbuilders!

I love the banter between the hosts and how they take examples from books and movies to demonstrate good world building.