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 Unknown

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 46 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
46 Ratings

46 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.

Bwholeton ,

So much advertising

The ideas gone over in this podcast are good things to think about when building a world, but the narrator stops at least 3 times over the course of each episode to advertise themselves (and ends each episode with 4-5 min of their own guitar music (which, though I like that music, isn’t what I came to the podcast for).

I’m not saying that the narrator shouldn’t ask for support, but, rather than stopping the podcast constantly, pick some stuff to share in the middle of the episodes and save the rest for the end.

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!

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