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Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how ...
 
Lorekeepers is a worldbuilding podcast about two friends chronicling the journey of an ever-expanding tapestry of interwoven lore.While other podcasts may start a new world with each episode, Carter and Frank return to Halûme each week, determined to create the deepest, grandest, and most nuanced fictional setting ever. Never forget that in an infinite world, there are always more tales to tell.
 
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World Anvil Worldbuilding Podcast

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World Anvil Worldbuilding Podcast

World Anvil founders Janet (writer, worldbuilder, nutcase) and Dimitris (GM, worldbuilding wizard, techmonkey)

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Are you worldbuilding for homebrew RPG campaigns, novels, game development, films or anything else? Then you're in the right place! Designed to educate, inspire and entertain, World Anvil's founders - writer & RPG designer Janet Forbes and Gamemaster and RPG designer Dimitris chat with creators and academics about the brass tacks of worldbuilding, exploring a new theme each month. Expect topics like novel writing and short stories, game design, Cultures and Societies, Settlements and their n ...
 
Each episode, long-time worldbuilding duo Lauren Harris and Adryn Erickson pair with Farm to Taber's plant medicine PhD, Dr. Sarah Taber to interview experts on topics like Ancient Trade Routes or 3D Printing in Space, then use what they learned to brainstorm a sci-fi or fantasy world listeners can use and make their own.
 
We are creating a fantasy world from the ground up - literally! Join our adventure, from the origins of the universe to a new world full of magic. Cohosts (and boyfriends) Alan and Lee will be your guides as we explore different facets of the world and the people who inhabit it with each episode. Podcast airs every other Wednesday with some videos in-between and Bonus content for Patrons. This, is StarStuff Worldbuilding!
 
I want to write short stories or video games or movies or tv shows or all of the above. I want to make world settings for these works to live in that are insanely fleshed out. I want to make characters with so much depth its heartbreaking. I want to make the world laugh and cry. And I want to inspire others to do the same. As the title suggests my name is Karl Cutler and I want to do these things and I'm starting from zero. I don't have a book in my name, I have no experience or reputation. ...
 
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer absolutely changed my life, and I know it impacted countless others as well. Sally Tamarkin joins me to talk about what we love and.... don't love about the worldbuilding in this beloved franchise. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Sally Tamarkin is a writer, podcaster, and sensiti…
 
This week we look closely at the timeline of Aevum Tertius, and examine what exactly happened then. What was it like for those who lived? How did the conflicts between the demigods and gods of the Etherium impact the world? ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekee…
 
We kick off our fourth year of the podcast with a conversation about how to fill in the rest of your world, beyond the immediate scope of your plot. What's outside the borders your characters are familiar with? What's beyond the woods we know? Is it "here there be dragons" or a highly-detailed map with every corner marked? Your methods of showing t…
 
Mauricio Garcia tells me all about how perfumes and scents are made. We talk about surprising scent origins, sustainable perfumery, how perfumes match body chemistry, and the ways that smells connect us to other worlds. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mauricio Garcia is a perfumer and aromatherapist. You…
 
Thanks to another fantastic question from Thurston, we've got to clean up the mess we've made in the past couple episodes regarding "WaILa"s! We do our darnedest to iron out the strange wrinkles of this very strange idea, and Carter does his best to keep us both on track. Do we succeed in clearing it up? Well... we can only promise that we tried! —…
 
Your characters and the relationships they have -- romantic, sexual, friendly, familial, professional -- will drive much of what readers connect to in your stories. So what sort of relationship dynamics do you want to build into your world's cultures? Foz Meadows joins us to discuss all the things that make up the space between two or more hearts. …
 
A herpetologist and a conservationist join me to imagine life on a rainforest world. We decide it's run by a race of flying fish lizards who love community and pay for things with a toxic fruit. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Chelsea Connor is a herpetologist, birder, artist, and science communicator wh…
 
How do you prevent mortals from achieving godhood? Not by fighting, but by offering a deal. This week, we explore the world of the demi-divine, the stiched fabric between the mortal and immortal. What are demigods, exactly? Why do they exist? What roles might they play? What happens to the mortal who ascends? And does anything ever travel... the op…
 
When it comes to worldbuilding, what's the difference between going deep and going wide? Kritika H. Rao joins us to discuss finding the balance between the things that are tentpoles of your world and things that can be window dressing. How do you choose what to focus on? How many worldbuilding innovations might be too many innovations? In this epis…
 
In the Aevums, there is only War. Holy war! This week, we discuss divine conflict, crusades, and the tensions between divinity and mortality. How do the gods handle the insanity of the Whelming? Who are the bloated ascenders? How does the martial pantheon handle its internal civil war during Aevum Quartus? And for the love of all that is good, can …
 
Part 2! Peter Chiykowski is a modern day renaissance man who graces the podcast with their presence to show us how randomness can inspire your worldbuilding and gamemastering. Peter Chiykowski is a write, editor, illustrator, and creator of the Deck of Worlds and the Story Engine. Both being cards you can shuffled and compiled randomly to create in…
 
Peter Chiykowski is a modern day renaissance man who graces the podcast with their presence to show us how randomness can inspire your worldbuilding and gamemastering. Peter Chiykowski is a write, editor, illustrator, and creator of the Deck of Worlds and the Story Engine. Both being cards you can shuffled and compiled randomly to create inspiring …
 
Amanda McLoughin, CEO of Multitude Productions, tells me all about how to build a business from picking a name, to establishing a fair and ethical office culture. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Amanda McLoughlin is a podcaster, entrepreneur, and Forbes media luminary. You can follow her on twitter at @s…
 
This week the episode is about Oaths, Pacts, Vows and how they differentiate from each other. When are gods involved? What happens when one is taken? How does hieromancy come into play? We talk about all that and more! ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! …
 
Part 2! Ginny Di joins the show to share some amazing insights on how to bring characters to life through clothing and costume. Ginny Di is a creator, cosplayer, singer, and the loveliest bean in the world of roleplaying games. You can find full profiles of some of her original characters on her own world on World Anvil. Janet Forbes (pen-name J.D.…
 
Ginny Di joins the show to share some amazing insights on how to bring characters to life through clothing and costume. Ginny Di is a creator, cosplayer, singer, and the loveliest bean in the world of roleplaying games. You can find full profiles of some of her original characters on her own world on World Anvil. Janet Forbes (pen-name J.D. Blythe)…
 
Everybody's got to eat. But where does the food in your world come from? Who tends livestock, who transports it, who turns it into a meal -- and how? In this episode, guest Sarah Gailey helps us think through the practicalities of feeding your characters so that their hanger doesn't derail your plot! We also examine the intersection of food product…
 
Spirits. What are they and where do they come from? Are gods made of the same stuff as mortals? How does this relate to Wailas? If you're curious about these questions, well, here you go! ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! Website: thelorekeepers.com Ema…
 
Part 2! Eat Medieval! 10/10 would recommend. On this episode Professor Giles Gaspar and Andy Hook from the amazing project Eat Medieval talk about the key to creating an immersive game or story. Food. Giles Gasper is a Professor of High Medieval History at Durham University. He specializes in European history of the 11th-14th centuries, its culture…
 
Eat Medieval! 10/10 would recommend. On this episode Professor Giles Gaspar and Andy Hook from the amazing project Eat Medieval talk about the key to creating an immersive game or story. Food. Giles Gasper is a Professor of High Medieval History at Durham University. He specializes in European history of the 11th-14th centuries, its culture, ideas …
 
Mike Schubert joins me to determine the best world we've built on Exolore. Direct any complaints or disagreements to Brandon Grugle. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Mike Schubert is a professional podcaster with a background in engineering. You can hear his voice on his five wildly successful podcasts in…
 
In a foolhardy attempt, we address queries about the Tongue of Creation and the Language of the Dead. What exactly are they, and how do they correlate to the gods? ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! Website: thelorekeepers.com Email: lorekeeperspodcast@g…
 
Part 2! Matan Gilat, Co-Founder & CEO of Eldritch Foundry and long-time player of D&D joins the podcast today to talk about what to care about when creating characters. It's more than just finding the perfect miniature. Although Matan can help you with that as well. Matan started Eldritch Foundry back in 2018 and has helped countless Tabletop RPG l…
 
Matan Gilat, Co-Founder & CEO of Eldritch Foundry and long-time player of D&D joins the podcast today to talk about what to care about when creating characters. It's more than just finding the perfect miniature. Although Matan can help you with that as well. Matan started Eldritch Foundry back in 2018 and has helped countless Tabletop RPG lovers cr…
 
What makes a nation? Who decides where borders are, or even what borders are? What unites a people, within a country or across those borders? What differences are there between cultural identities, ethnicities, and nationalities -- and where do those concepts overlap and intersect? In this episode, we discuss ideas of citizenship, belonging, invasi…
 
Time for another godmill! This week, we roll on the table and learn much more about the divine Dwarven family than we ever knew. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! Website: thelorekeepers.com Email: lorekeeperspodcast@gmail.com Twitter: @thelorekeepers L…
 
Part 2! Dimitris Havlidis, Web Developer, Designer, CTO of World Anvil, and person with only one eye joins the podcast today to dive into what everyone gets wrong about one-eyed characters. They also discuss their own challenges around living with one eye, and their strengths! Dimitris has degrees in Computing, Social Psychology, and Graphic Design…
 
Dimitris Havlidis, Web Developer, Designer, CTO of World Anvil, and person with only one eye joins the podcast today to dive into what everyone gets wrong about one-eyed characters. They also discuss their own challenges around living with one eye, and their strengths! Dimitris has degrees in Computing, Social Psychology, and Graphic Design. They'v…
 
Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein joins me to imagine different universes from scratch. What if the quark was more massive? What if the strong nuclear force wasn't so strong? It turns out the universe is a fascinating and delicate balance. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a theo…
 
In this one it's all about the elementals, baby! We discuss the First, Second, and Third Elementus and their differences, and how they may all allow for the plane of Primordium to interact. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about …
 
Part 2! Amanda Hamon, Senior Designer for Dungeons & Dragons and Co-creator of Starfinder shares her secrets to creating one-shot adventures your players will love to play. Amanda Hamon has had a leading role in some of your favorite tabletop roleplaying games. From D&D to Starfinder, and more. See her full catalog of work on LinkedIn. Janet Forbes…
 
Amanda Hamon, Senior Designer for Dungeons & Dragons and Co-creator of Starfinder shares her secrets to creating one-shot adventures your players will love to play. Amanda Hamon has had a leading role in some of your favorite tabletop roleplaying games. From D&D to Starfinder, and more. See her full catalog of work on LinkedIn. Janet Forbes (pen-na…
 
Worldbuilding is, often, about choices. What bits stick out at the top of the iceberg, and what stays beneath the surface? What shiny ideas can you make tentpoles of your world, what might be cool ornaments but are not essential to the book's functioning, and what can you simply not find the room or justification for? In this episode, we return to …
 
This week it's all about Death. Beyond the Animus, untouchable by magic. What is Death, who is Death? WHEN is Death? Also, does Death know sign language? ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some ideas of your own? …
 
Part 2! Wolfgang Baur & Celeste Conowitch join the podcast to chat about all things pocket dimensions, shadow realms, and tiny planes of existence. From advice on how to use pocket dimensions as a storytelling tool, to fun expansions of the terms very definition. Step through the portal with us on this excellent episode. Wolfgang Baur is the head K…
 
Wolfgang Baur & Celeste Conowitch join the podcast to chat about all things pocket dimensions, shadow realms, and tiny planes of existence. From advice on how to use pocket dimensions as a storytelling tool, to fun expansions of the terms very definition. Step through the portal with us on this excellent episode. Wolfgang Baur is the head Kobold ov…
 
Where does the one power come from? Who can use it? Did Robert Jordan mean to have so many references to Irish folklore in his books? Professional TV critic Meghan O'Keefe joins me to answer these questions and so many more about the fantasy series Wheel of Time! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Meghan O'…
 
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