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Klingon Death Metal with Biblaridion
Adam, Red, Slorany, and guest host, Biblaridion, discuss conlangs, phonemes, and—amongst other linguistic things—Klingon death metal. 'Nuff said. Follow the hosts! Adam @adamcbassett Red @hikitsune_red Slorany r/Conlangs Biblaridion @biblaridion Edited by Slorany
August 02, 2022
Another Magic Episode with C.R. Rowenson
You can't stop us from talking about magic at least once per season. This time, Devin, Jack, and Zaivy are joined by writing coach and content creator C.R. Rowenson. They discuss all the aspects of magic systems: why you might want to add one into your project, how to integrate it successfully, and much more! Follow the hosts: Devin https://linktr.ee/DevinPigman Jack [N/A] Zaivy @ZaivyA C. R. Rowenson https://crrowenson.com/ Edited by Rebecca Walker-Wain.
July 19, 2022
Horror and Suspense with Zin E. Rocklyn
Adam, Cathy, and Red are joined by Horror author Zin E. Rocklyn to discuss the genre, how to write and worldbuild for it, and much more. Stick around 'till the end, because we (accidentally) saved all the advice for the outro. Follow the hosts: Adam @adamcbassett Cathy @overpreparedGM Red @hikitsune_red Zin @intelligentwat Edited by Rebecca Wain Walker
June 28, 2022
The Arts of Your World with L.D. Lewis
Adam, B.H. Pierce, Seán, and Zaivy, are joined by L.D. Lewis—a founder of the Hugo award-winning FIYAH Magazine, publisher at Fireside Fiction, and all kind of other projects. We talk about L's experience accepting the Hugo for FIYAH, then dive into a discussion on how you can use art and music as a part of your worldbuilding. Follow the hosts! Adam @adamcbassett Seán @caorabhan B.H. Pierce (Hexarch) @BHPierce203 Zaivy @ZaivyA L.D. Lewis @Ellethevillain
June 14, 2022
Character Design with Claire Hummel
Inky, Devin, and Lizy are joined by illustrator and concept artist Claire Hummel for a discussion on character design! Claire may be best known for her work on games like Half-Life: Alyx and Bioshock Infinite. So you can probably imagine how excited we were to talk about both her work in the games industry, and the larger question of how to best design characters for your worlds and stories. Inky linktr.ee/inkythoughts Devin linktr.ee/DevinPigman Lizy @Lizy_Br Claire linktr.ee/shoomlah Edited by mattvarley.
May 24, 2022
Collaboration and Games with Ashley Warren
Adam, B.H. Pierce, Seán, and Ashley Warren (Storytelling Collective) discuss the importance of collaboration on creative projects. Then, we dive into a discussion on how we can use the presence of games to enhance our worldbuilding. Follow the hosts/editors! Adam @adamcbassett Seán @caorabhan B.H. Pierce (Hexarch) @BHPierce203 Ashley Warren @ashleynhwarren Sean “Dirtnap” Gooding @HNB_Dirtnap
May 10, 2022
Is It Cyberpunk? with Tim Hickson
Adam, Cathy, Red, and returning guest Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me) discuss what the genre means, why it is becoming so popular in recent years, and answer the question you didn’t ask: is Tron cyberpunk? Follow the cast! Adam @adamcbassett Cathy @overpreparedgm Red @hikitsune_red Tim @TimHickson1 Edited by Adam. Game show music and sound effects from Zapsplat.com.
April 26, 2022
Conflict and Self-Publishing with Daniel Greene
Adam, Hexarch, and Red are joined by YouTuber and self-published author Daniel Greene. They discuss the things writers often don’t think about in regards to war and conflict, as well as some insights into their journeys through self-publishing. Follow the hosts: Adam @adamcbassett B.H. Pierce (Hexarch) @BHPierce203 Red @hikitsune_red Daniel @DanielBGreene McKenzie @mckenziepower1 Dave @DJLProjects
April 12, 2022
Retconning & Rebooting with Chris Solo
Adam, Cathy, Devin, and returning guest Chris Solo discuss retconning and rebooting projects. There are ways we’ve seen it done well, and ways in which it has seemed rushed or forced. Plus, some insight into examples of when our hosts had to retcon or reboot projects in order to fix issues or tell the story better. Follow the hosts: Adam @adamcbassett Cathy @overpreparedgm Devin https://linktr.ee/DevinPigman Chris @fabled42 Dave @DJLProjects
March 29, 2022
Story Themes with Benjamin Cook
Red, Inky, Sam, and Benji (Tale Foundry) discuss the broad topic of story themes. Themes can add to your story and provide a valuable structure to your work, but themes can also prove dangerous when followed too strictly. Listen in on what we’ve learned in utilizing or observing themes in media. Follow the hosts! Red @hikitsune_red Cathy @overpreparedgm Sam/Emily King @emily_o_brydain Benji @TheBenjaminCook Adam @adamcbassett
March 16, 2022
Science in Fantasy with Rachel Shaw
Adam, Cathy, and Sam are joined by neuroscientist and author Rachel Shaw to discuss the presence of science in fantasy settings. From medicine to magic, they discuss some of the ways you can use science to inform or inspire fantasy. Adam @adamcbassett Cathy @overpreparedgm Sam/Emily King @emily_o_brydain Rachel @RachelEmma_Shaw Dave @DJLProjects
March 01, 2022
Game Writing & Mythologies with Greg Kasavin
Adam, Red, and Seán are joined by Greg Kasavin, the writer behind Supergiant Games’ many titles such as Pyre and Hades. We discuss what it’s like to write for video games as a medium, as well as the origins of Supergiant’s critically acclaimed title, Hades. Then, we explore how to create mythologies, or adapt existing ones for our stories. Spoiler: we talk about doing research a lot, so pull out your bingo cards! Follow the hosts! Adam @adamcbassett Red @hikitsune_red Seán @caorabhan Greg @kasavin Dave @DJLProjects
February 15, 2022
Publishing and Poetry with Nadia Saward
Welcome back to Worldcasting! To kick off season four, Adam, Taylor, BK, and—all the way from Orbit UK—Nadia Saward talk about publishing and poetry. BK has experience as an indie publisher, and Nadia is a poet and editor at Orbit Books. Between them, they answer our burning questions about preparing your first draft, writing your query letter, and more! Follow the hosts! Adam @adamcbassett Taylor @TaylortheSkald BK Bass @B_K_Bass Nadia @chronicles_of_n McKenzie @mckenziepower1
February 01, 2022
The Unsung: Part 2 with Daniel Greene & Hello Future Me
In this final episode of season 3, Taylor, Cathy, and Zaivy, are joined by our guests Daniel Greene and Tim Hickson for a chat about representation of indigenous cultures in popular media—especially (but not limited to) those in the area sometimes referred to as the "New World." We'll be back for season four in 2022! Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss it when that comes out, and keep an eye out for more issues of Worldbuilding Magazine coming later this year to help curb the wait! We'll chat again soon! This episode was edited by McKenzie Power and Monochrome (Andrey T.).
August 10, 2021
Crafting Compelling Characters with Michael J. Sullivan
Emory, Chris, Red, and NYT/Washington Post bestselling author Michael J. Sullivan discuss creating compelling characters, plus some general writing advice. Get some behind the scenes details of how they develop their characters and what they’re looking for in them, and get Michael’s and Red's unfiltered thoughts on Patrick Rothfuss! This episode was edited by Jaren J. Petty (Red).
July 27, 2021
The Unsung: Part 1
Join Taylor, Ianara (Imachinate), Inky, and Zaivy as they discuss some of the less represented African, Asian, and European cultures in popular examples of worldbuilding—and some exceptions to that rule. A sequel episode, which focuses on the Americas and Oceana, will air later this season. This Episode was edited by McKenzie Power & Jon Krebs.
July 13, 2021
Writing & Organizing It [or Not] with Levi Johnson
Red, Ianara (Imachinate), B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), and our guest Levi Johnson from Campfire Technology discuss their endeavors and thoughts on the more strategic parts of writing. They discuss their own projects and processes for writing, plot structures, methods to keep your notes together, and more! Edited by Adam Bassett.
June 29, 2021
The Fellowship of the Thing with Daniel Dickinson
Join Taylor, Chris, Sean, and our guest author Daniel Dickinson for a conversation about fellowships. Obviously, they discuss the Fellowship of the Ring, but in addition they also break down what a fellowship is, how to represent each member, and even explore the idea that a fellowship can still work even when the characters are not together. Also a quick note, we are aware of some technical issues that came up during this episode and are working to prevent them from happening in the next season of Worldcasting. Thanks for your understanding! This episode was edited by McKenzie Power & S. King.
June 15, 2021
Golden Ages with Janet Forbes
B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), Seán, and John, are joined by Janet Forbes—co-founder of World Anvil, podcaster, and author! Together they define what a golden age is, what it means to the people who lived through it, and how to use golden ages in our worldbuilding. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
June 01, 2021
Our Wolves are Different with Sean Fallon
Adam, Red, Ianara (Imachinate), and Sean Fallon—CEO of Smunchy Games—discuss a favorite topic of ours: creature design. Plus, a number of tangents about tabletop games, dragons, and more! This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
May 18, 2021
Magic Systems with Devin Pigman
Adam, Cathy, Ianara (Imachinate), and our guest Devin Pigman—a former moderator with our friends at the Writing Cartel Discord Server—talk about magic systems. We discuss a few of our favorite systems, things we've learned from creating our own, as well as some best practices for creating your own kinds of magic! Plus, along with the hard and soft magic scale, Cathy hypothesizes a second axis that we might want to begin considering when discussing magic systems... This episode was edited by J.D. Venner.
May 04, 2021
Organizing as a Game Master with Jacob Waterman
Ianara (Imachinate), Lizy (AC), B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), and President of the multimedia group Nerdolopedia and lead game designer at Smunchy Games Jacob Waterman discuss how to prepare and organize your role-playing games as well as how to integrate your worldbuilding into the game. This episode was edited by J.D. Venner.
April 20, 2021
Emory, Taylor, Inky, and Adam take a quick dive into what makes dark fiction work, and the trap violence and traumatic events present. Also, the importance of hope in dark fiction, and how it gives the reader something to hold on to! Note: This episode contains some discussion on sensitive topics. If you're not interested in dark fiction or some of the discussion topics within this episode, no worries! You can always skip it and listen to the next one, or catch up on the backlog. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
April 06, 2021
On World Themes with Hello Future Me
Adam, Chris, Seán, and our guest Tim Hickson of the YouTube channel Hello Future Me ponder the ways in which we can use our worlds to fit a theme. It’s an abstract kind of discussion, but one we’re excited to try and tackle. Edited by Monochrome (Andrey T.).
March 23, 2021
Mapless Worldbuilding with Chris Solo
Adam, B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), Red, and our guest Chris Solo, founder of the Fabled 42 network discuss the usefulness of maps, as well as the drawbacks they present. Learn about the first known map created for fiction, become inspired by their ramblings, and steal their ideas for a story about a cartographer who illustrates the map throughout the story! This episode was edited by Enrico Carli.
March 09, 2021
Representation with Angela Abreu
Adam and Zaivy are joined by Angela "Angy" Abreu, the founder and creative director of the Dominican Writer’s Alliance. Together we discuss the importance of reading outside your comfort zone, of representation in literature, as well as some conversations specific to Angy’s work with the DWA. This episode was edited by J.D. Venner.
February 23, 2021
Out of the Wardrobe
Inky, Emory, Lizy (AC), and Red get deep into a discussion on clothing. From fabrics and coats, to dyes and corsets, they’ve got some things to say on how wardrobes are treated (or ignored) in media—and it’s all inspired by the history of clothing. This episode was edited by S. King.
February 09, 2021
Success in Writing with Nicholas Eames
Welcome to the start of season 3 of Worldcasting! New episodes will release every other week on Tuesdays (until the season ends). This season is going to be packed with new and returning guests discussing worldbuilding, the craft of writing, game mastering, and much more! To kick off the release of season 3, Taylor, Adam, Emory, and Nicholas Eames—author of Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose—discuss what success means to us. We also talk about the importance of setting achievable goals, about genre, and all of the delightful tangents that come with an episode of Worldcasting! This episode was edited by Sean Gooding & Adam Bassett.
January 26, 2021
Creating Candlekeep with Justice Arman and Anthony Joyce
Justice Arman and Anthony Joyce join us in this episode, discussing their newest publication Elminster's Guide to Candlekeep, written in collaboration with Ed Greenwood. Tyler discusses with them the process of creating the definitive guide to a place in the Forgotten Realms that many have claimed was impossible to define through maps and guides, which has too many spires to be counted, and which Justice and Anthony expanded upon with new magical items and creatures to encounter. This episode was edited by Sean Gooding and Adam Bassett.
July 14, 2020
Apocalypses & Prophecy with Tale Foundry
Tyler and Imachinate are joined by Benjamin Cook, creator of YouTube channel Tale Foundry. They discuss how these events affect people, worlds, and simply how to approach writing apocalypses and prophecies for stories and games. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
July 07, 2020
Join Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Ragolution as they discuss cartography, geology, geography, and how to use these as tools to shape your worlds. They cover the importance and uses of maps as well as plate tectonics, and give a simple breakdown to cut through the unnecessarily complicated tutorials out there. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
June 30, 2020
Artifacts and Wonders
Join Tyler, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss artifacts and wonders. Places like Minas Tirith and items Excalibur are iconic to their setting, adding a sense of awe and depth to the lore. We will discuss why this is helpful to have, and how you might trap that essence. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
June 23, 2020
Divining the Elder Scrolls
Join Tyler, Imachinate, and Red as they discuss The Elder Scrolls, the popular setting of games such as Skyrim, Oblivion, and Morrowind. They focus on on how it uses ambiguity in its lore to help the player tell their own story, as well a dissection of how the games share their lore, to better help you understand how to share yours. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
June 16, 2020
Fireside Chat: Hexarch
In this Fireside Chat, meet B.H. Pierce, also known as Hexarch. He is a Writer here at Worldbuilding Magazine, published author, and an avid fan of centaurs. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in this episode of Worldcasting. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
June 13, 2020
Discerning Core Races
Join Tyler, Anna, Chris, Imachinate, and Inky as they discuss the concept of the Core Races in fantasy. Be it Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, or Halflings we briefly touched on each of them to try and cover: who they are, what they can do for you, why they exist, and how to discern when to use them or to throw them out. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
June 09, 2020
Join Tyler, Chris, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss the concept of evil empire. From their rise to domination, and eventual defeat evil empires and the heroes who topple them are a long held fascination in fiction. Their rise and fall can help audiences understand your world, and are a classic backdrop to many stories This episode was edited by Adrian.
June 02, 2020
Fireside Chat: B.K. Bass
In this Fireside Chat, meet B.K. Bass. BK is the Writing Chair at Worldbuilding Magazine, published author, and Editor-in-Chief of Kyanite Publishing. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in this episode of Worldcasting. This episode was edited by Alyssa Wejebe.
May 30, 2020
Heroes and Villains
Join Tyler, Imachinate, Rag, and Red as they discuss creating heroes and villains, the archetypes that they fit into and how varied their motivations can be. As well as covering some of their favorite villains, and what about them makes them so memorable This episode was edited by John DV
May 26, 2020
Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Red discuss creating new—magical—ecosystems for your setting. Going beyond your classic dragons, they consider what else exists around them, and how new introductions to that ecosystem might change the balance in it. New episodes air on Tuesdays. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
May 19, 2020
Fireside Chat: Adam Bassett
Fireside Chats are a new type of episode we're trying out on the Podcast. They're much shorter, and feature just two people in conversation. To begin, we're using it as a chance for you to better get to know the hosts of Worldcasting. The Fireside Chats will be released in addition to your usual full-length episodes of Worldcasting every other Saturday, starting today, through the duration of season 2. We plan to release three Fireside Chats for now. If you enjoy them, we'll continue to release a couple each season. So, please let us know what you think of the format by leaving a review, or by dropping us a message on social media! In this Fireside Chat, meet Adam Bassett. Adam is the Vice Editor-in-Chief at Worldbuilding Magazine, a lead game designer at Smunchy Games, an author, artist, and a UI designer. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in this episode of Worldcasting. This episode was edited by J.D. Venner.
May 16, 2020
Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Taylor discuss how we view and examine worldbuilding. They bring a discerning lens to discuss what works and what doesn't in a setting—and how to apply those discoveries about other worlds to your own. New episodes of Worldcasting air on Tuesdays. This episode was edited by Opal.
May 12, 2020
The Iceberg Principle
In this episode of Worldcasting, Tyler, B.K. Bass, Inky, and Imachinate discuss the iceberg principle: only showing a portion of your total worldbuilding. The practice, popularized by American author Ernest Hemmingway, helps us put the story first in our writing and storytelling. Because as much as we all may enjoy worldbuilding, people are usually more interested in the story around it. New episodes of Worldcasting air on Tuesdays. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
May 05, 2020
Join Tyler, Chris, Imachinate, Opal, and Red as they cover the basics of the various -punk genres: cyberpunk, steampunk, and many more. It’s a strange, complicated collection of (micro)genres, and they’re here to help you through them. New episodes of Worldcasting air on Tuesdays. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon and Opal.
April 28, 2020
Worldbuilding 102 with Hello Future Me and Tale Foundry
Welcome to the start of Worldcasting’s second season! In this episode, join Tyler and Adam as they talk with Youtubers Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me) and Benji Cook (Tale Foundry). Together, they discuss a flurry of topics ranging from how they got started, to how they approach worldbuilding, and more. Keep an eye out for new episodes of Worldcasting, airing each week on Tuesdays. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon. Hello Future Me on Youtube Tale Foundry on Youtube
April 21, 2020
On the Realms With Ed Greenwood
Join Dino (Tyler), BK, and Imachinate as they discuss worldbuilding with Ed Greenwood. Ed is a New York Times bestselling author, an award winning game publisher, author of over four hundred books and thirty settings, and the creator of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons setting The Forgotten Realms. They talk about Ed's background, tips on writing, and a whole bunch of small things you can do in your worldbuilding to make your world feel more alive. This episode was edited by Aaryan Balu. Ed's Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse
February 18, 2020
Join Dino (Tyler), Adam, B. K. Bass, and Imachinate as they discuss the necessity for including the arts in your setting in celebration of our February 2020 issue of Worldbuilding Magazine, The Arts! This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
February 11, 2020
Boba & Kissing Games
On this episode, Dino (Tyler) is joined by Hexarch, Imachinate, Inky, and Ragolution as they discuss cultural norms, customs, and some overlooked pieces of culture to help your peoples feel just a little bit more alive. Focusing on how to add activities for your peoples to do, as well as small every day acts that can help flesh them out. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
February 04, 2020
Every World Needs a Platypus
Join Dino (Tyler), Aravar, Imachinate, Inky, and Red in a discussion on the Importance of magical beasts and animals in fiction and mythology. From iconic creatures such as the dragon or gryphon, to lesser known and ancient ones such as the Sirrush. The roles they play in the narrative, and the perception of the wilder lands that they create. In defense of the magical beasts of our world, we here at Worldcasting would like to call upon you to donate to the WWF- Australia to help them combat the devastation of the bushfire. Together, we can beat the destruction and save the mystery and wonder found in our world. Link to the WWF-A >> https://www.wwf.org.au/#gs.vdc53l This episode was edited by Zaivy Luke-Aleman. Works referenced: The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings (book/animated/movie series) - J.R.R.Tolkien How to Train Your Dragon (animated series) - Cressida Cowell Dragonology (book) - Dr. Ernest Drake Narnia - C.S. Lewis Stormlight Archives (book series) - Brandon Anderson Aesop’s Fables - Aesop Anasi the Spider (folktale) Avatar (movie) - James Cameron Avatar the Last Airbender (series) - Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino The Supernaturalist (book) - Eoin Colfer Dürer's Rhinoceros (woodblock painting) - Albrecht Dürer Mo Dao Zu Shi (魔道祖师) (animated series/book) - Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (墨香铜臭) Carnival Row (television series) - René Echevarria and Travis Beacham Fables (comics)/The Wolf Among Us (game) - Bill Willingham The Witcher (game/television/book series) - Andrzej Sapkowski Dresden Files (book series) - Jim Butcher World of Darkness (game series) - White Wolf Gaming Studio Shadowrun (game) - Fantasy Productions Catalyst Game Labs Final Fantasy (game series) - Square and Square Enix Terry Prachett (author)
January 28, 2020
Join Dino (Tyler), BK Bass, Hexarch, and Imachinate as they discuss the implications and use of magic in settings. As well, they dive into the difference between a hard and soft magic system, examples of good uses of both, and how to make the distinction in your own setting. This episode was edited by J.D. Venner.
January 22, 2020
Dino (Tyler), Adam, and Imachinate discuss best practices for talking about your worlds with others—what helps lead to a productive conversation and ways to avoid overexplaining things. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
January 14, 2020
History is Cyclical
Join Dino (Tyler), Adam, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss using history as a springboard for creating a backstory for your story, and how to frame a timeline. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
January 08, 2020
Inside RPGs With Phil Athans
Join Dino (Tyler), Chris, and Ragolution as they discuss worldbuilding for RPGs. Focusing particularly on worldbuilding as a shared setting, and getting a behind the scenes look into the RPG publishing world from their special guest. Joining for this episode is industry veteran Phil Athans, who is a New York Times Best Selling Author, founding partner of Athans & Associates Creative Consultants, and former senior editing manager for Wizards of the Coasts on their Forgotten Realms DnD line. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon. Phil is running a worldbuilding workshop for Writer's Digest, it can be found here: https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/courses/worldbuilding-in-science-fiction-and-fantasy-writing Phil's Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PhilAthans?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Website: http://www.athansassociates.com/index.html
December 31, 2019
Join Dino (Tyler), Chris, Hexarch, Red and Imachinate as they discuss using mythology and religions in our world, to help you better construct your own. This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
December 24, 2019
Join Dino (Tyler), AC, Adam, and Anna as they turn a discussion on Tolkien into one on naming conventions, how they name places, and the way stories in our world can change the names of places. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
December 17, 2019
Occupied With Worldbuilding
Join Dino (Tyler), Adam, B. K. Bass, and Imachinate as they discuss governments, economics, trades and occupations in celebration of our Trades & Occupations issue that released December 2019! This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.
December 13, 2019
Join Dino (Tyler), B.K. Bass, Hexarch, and Imachinate as they discuss worldbuilding for your medium—plus some general tips and tricks along the way! This episode was edited by Zaivy Luke-Aleman.
December 12, 2019