Blog Posts - Worldbuilding



The Worldbuilding Leviathan goes Spanish!

I love how many people have discovered the Worldbuilding Leviathan and I’m always quite chuffed (and just a little bit amazed) whenever someone drops me a line to tell me how useful they’ve found the template. One such person was Juan...
by Belinda Crawford on Jul 17, 2016

On space opera, YA and druids: an interview with Janine A. Southard

Janine A. Southard is the author of the Hive Queen Saga, a sci-fi (space opera, to be exact) trilogy about a group of teenagers who steal (kinda) a spaceship and take off on the adventure of their lives. If you haven’t read the first book, you...
by Belinda Crawford on Mar 8, 2016

WANTED! Creators and worldbuilders for interview

If you’re one of the following, I’m looking to interview you. An author, of books or comics A game designer/game master A worldbuilder in general. Interviews are posted here and promoted via my newsletter, Twitter and Facebook. From time...
by Belinda Crawford on Jan 29, 2016

On starcats, worldbuilding and cinematic storytelling

This is a reposting of an interview I conducted as part of the launch of Leonie Roger’s second book, Frontier Resistance, and has been edited to reflect the growing list of Leonie’s published works. Starcats are the kind of animals that...
by Belinda Crawford on Jan 4, 2016

Building a New World for Myself

When a writer builds a world for her novel, she can either begin with the known earthly world and add details to make it her own, or she can create a world from scratch, building the world from the outside in. First, the broad view of how the world l...
by Bertram's Blog on Oct 20, 2015

Defining Human

After a recent break from writing, I’m back in the chair and am assessing my unfinished stories and the world I’ve forged around them. One story in particular, The Rage Within, was written to explore a race called the Dagorans. They are a gray-sk...
by Mythic Scribes on Jul 26, 2015

The Problem with Puppet Characters ~ Jessica Rising

Let’s just admit it: writers are megalomaniacs. It’s okay, we deserve to be. At least in our own worlds. We control everything that happens within the pages of our stories, from the last breath of a character to the turning … Continue readi...
by Second Wind Publishing on Mar 30, 2015

White Knight wiki – Zashemism (& religion)

As requested. Please request more, this is fun and encourages me to make the wiki entries readable (aka more than jotted notes and half-sentences.) Zashemism is one of the religions in the world of the White Knight. I’ve decided that at least s...
by Curiously Lydean on Apr 27, 2014

Random Island Generation Tables

I was discussing my upcoming Middle Isles campaign with someone the other day, and they asked for my random island generation tables. I thought I'd go ahead post them here again, for those who haven't seen them. They're great if you need a mysterious...
by RPG Blog II on Jul 17, 2013

Unrealised potential: YA fantasy review of ‘Some Quiet Place’ by Kelsey Sutton

Some Quiet Place Kelsey Sutton Flux Books Pub Date   Jul 8 2013 This story had a lot of potential but overall I found it an unsatisfying read due to lack of conceptual clarity, a disjointed plot in the first half of … Continue reading →...

Puzzled

Even now, in the age of computer games, puzzles are my thing. The more pieces there are, the better I like them. Creating the ‘big picture’ is thrilling. For a few years now, there has been only one puzzle on my table. I’ve fit piec...

Folklore Friday: Feet of Clay: The Golem

Feet, hands, and heads of clay, Folklore Friday looks into the tales of the Golem and similar creatures in tales from around the world. The Golem.    While many, if not most, of my readers play Dungeons and Dragons, those who I sp...
by Good Gaming Blog on Jun 22, 2012

Economy of D&D: Childhood Mortality: The Stunning Facts

A look into a very basic interpretation of the rules of Childhood Mortality as compiled through analysis. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you... How have you been?  Hope you enjoyed your Father's Day weekend, had a nice grill out. &n...
by Good Gaming Blog on Jun 18, 2012

Rough Sketch: The Assistant Hireling

A rough sketch of rules involving Assistants, Specialized Hirelings for the Party to manage their affairs. To the Order of the Blessed Weasel, Wherever This May Find You: Above: Working Hard So You Don't Have To. Your Guild Memberships ha...
by Good Gaming Blog on Jun 10, 2012

Iron Reforged: Secrets of the Green Pt 2: An Arrival by Sea

A second installment of Iron Reforged, Containing travel by sea, a port of call, and new adventure seeds. Links to Pt. 1 For this second installment I have included the path if the PCs decide to take the seaside route.  Hope you enjoy it... As...
by Good Gaming Blog on Jun 7, 2012

Iron DM Adventure: Secrets of the Green: A Fantasy Tale for 4 Stalwart Adventurers

The Post containing the full wonders of art and direction for my (winning?) Iron DM Entry at ENWorld. Players: Generated via Fantasy Shields Widows Hawken: Three ladies (Prata – Silvery-blond, bichromatic eyes, terse, has a cat in tow, e...
by Good Gaming Blog on Jun 5, 2012

Guest Post by Jason T. Hutt author of Dust

Building Better Worlds Before you type one word of your trend-setting, earth-shattering epic, you need to answer one very important question: Where am I? Or more specifically, where is my story?  A solidly built world will make your reader feel imme...
by alchemyofscrawl on Feb 23, 2012

winwithebooks guest post by Pavarti Tyler author of Two Moons of Sera

World Building is a full time job. When I read a book I love it when I can lose myself in the landscape of the story. Sometimes, there are even stories I enjoy despite weak plots because of the excellent World Building (Across the Universe). But what...
by alchemyofscrawl on Feb 15, 2012

winwithebooks guest post by Pavarti Tyler author of Two Moons of Sera

World Building is a full time job. When I read a book I love it when I can lose myself in the landscape of the story. Sometimes, there are even stories I enjoy despite weak plots because of the excellent World Building (Across the Universe). But what...
by alchemyofscrawl on Feb 15, 2012


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