46 episodes

In every episode of The Art of World Building podcast, host Randy Ellefson discusses how authors, screenwriters, game designers, gamers, and hobbyists can do world building better, faster, and have more fun doing it. Popular topics include creating gods, species, animals, plants, races, monsters, undead, continents, settlements, kingdoms, star systems, time, history, cultures, magic systems, religions, the supernatural, naming everything, and travel estimates for land, sea, and space.

The Art of World Building: Creating Breakout Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds In Stories and Gaming Randy Ellefson

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 42 Ratings

In every episode of The Art of World Building podcast, host Randy Ellefson discusses how authors, screenwriters, game designers, gamers, and hobbyists can do world building better, faster, and have more fun doing it. Popular topics include creating gods, species, animals, plants, races, monsters, undead, continents, settlements, kingdoms, star systems, time, history, cultures, magic systems, religions, the supernatural, naming everything, and travel estimates for land, sea, and space.

    EP 33: World Building Strategies

    EP 33: World Building Strategies

    The podcast presents approaches to world building, how to organize files and folders, ideas on partnering with others, and more.

    • 38 min
    EP 32: Other Systems

    EP 32: Other Systems

    Explore how to create other systems, including legal, health, IT, education, and more.             

    • 45 min
    EP 31.2: Magic Systems

    EP 31.2: Magic Systems

    Explore how to create magic systems, including a brief look at types of magic (brief), the principles of creating a good systems, creating limits, how to invent spells, and more.

    • 38 min
    EP 31.1: Magic Systems

    EP 31.1: Magic Systems

    Explore how to create magic systems, including whether we need to create them, sources of magic, whether spells are needed, a look at the life of wizards, and more.

    • 33 min
    EP 30: Creating Items

    EP 30: Creating Items

    Explore how to create items. This includes regular ones, supernatural ones, and technological elements, like an AI, and more.

    • 36 min
    EP 29: Creating the Supernatural

    EP 29: Creating the Supernatural

    Explore how to create the supernatural. This includes supernatural energy, magic paths, alternate realities, supernatural beings, and more

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

kireteiru ,

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This podcast is incredibly helpful when it comes to world building and thinking about what needs to be added - or NOT added - to your world to make it seem as real as possible to readers. The reason for 4 stars rather than 5 is the narrator has a tone and way of speaking that throws me off (not Bad, just a way I find Odd), but over all a very good podcast.

JenniferJohnston ,

Such a helpful podcast…

I’ve recently begun the journey of creating my own world, Kiso, the hidden planet that swarms with mythical creatures and plants.

This podcast has been so helpful in giving me tips and tricks for building my world. He gives you chunks of advice that you wouldn’t normally think of and that just “make sense” once you think about it.

Such a great podcast and I’ll be following along with my headphones as I work!

Philinna Wood ,

Excellent podcast for world building!

This is why you should listen to this podcast:

1. Awesome and unique advice on every aspect of world building. (Races, places, magic, you name it)
2. The host’s voice is great.
3. His music is atmospheric and inspiring and he writes it himself.

I’m so happy I discovered this gem.

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