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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 ...
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Worldbuilding Blueprints

Marie M. Mullany from Just In Time Worlds

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Worldbuilding Blueprints is brought to you by Just In Time Worlds! This podcast aims to guide you through step by step world building. Each season of the podcast will close out with a book that collects the information of the podcast as well as a series of worksheets in one easy to digest and use resource.
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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 ...
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Hi! I’m Fox Keyes. Shortly after my fourteenth birthday, I was tricked into passing through an inter-dimensional gateway to a world called Dunari. Years later, I’m still here. And ready to talk about it. From killer toilets to killer Spirit Storms, and just about everything in between, I will describe how I learned to survive living in another world. This podcast is for creatives who think outside the box. Perhaps you are a role-playing gamer searching for a unique character angle? Or maybe ...
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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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Join Marie in discussing how to build cultures by starting with the status and hierarchy that defines the cultures. My website: World Building | Marie Mullany Writing My Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Marie-Mullany/author/B099QJMV6C Join the YouTube Channel! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxvBH0EkwuHsQ9ryHHQNi2Q/join Support the sh…
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Moiya and writer Victoria Male talk about best pracices for adapting old stories into new versions and discuss their favorite/least favorite reboots. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Victoria Male is an award-winning writer and multimedia producer. Find her on IG at @victoriamale1 and learn more at her we…
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Critters, creatures, and things that crawl -- part of the fun of building a new world is getting to populate it with not just sapient characters, but all the flora and fauna. And sometimes, that means the things you find in the smallest corners and crevices. Guest Premee Mohamed joins us to talk about the role of bugs and other biology in worldbuil…
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In this episode I meet some future school classmates, learn about the Dunari school system, and explore how to use education in your world building. And the Strange but True explains how the education system can sometimes cause more trouble than good. This episode is sponsored by Del Starr, makers of the best snow resistant clothing in Sevenoath. I…
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Moiya and astrobiologist Dr. Seven Rasmussen imagine life on some distant gas giant's moon. What they come up with is cute and curious and exceptionally weird. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Seven Rasmussen is a writer and astrobiologist whose debut science book LIFE IN SEVEN NUMBERS: THE DRAKE EQUA…
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From the Minotaur to xenomorphs to the undead, monsters and their ilk have long been a staple of the sci-fi and fantasy genres. But what exactly is it that makes a monster? Guest John Wiswell joins us to discuss how monsters in fiction often reflect not only our primal fears, but also the people that society seeks to Other. When monsters reflect wh…
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In this episode I learn more about the Dunari spirit world, I explore how spirits are essential to world building, and the Strange but True tells the story of how the trend for spirit pets originated. This episode is sponsored by Death Wish Funeral Services. Death Wish will send your departed loved ones through the Great Spirit Gateway in style. Fr…
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Moiya's here with a little update on her second book, a history of invention written by the Greek Muses. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist MESSAGES Join the multicrew at multicrew.club HOUSEKEEPING Order my book, THE MILKY WAY: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/978153875415…
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We spend a lot of time thinking about how to work with worldbuilding as writers -- but how does a reviewer approach the topic when they're reading works of sci-fi and fantasy? Guest Paul Weimer joins us to share his insights as a prolific consumer and critiquer of speculative fiction! Paul talks about the details that he pays attention to, the thin…
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In Episode 3 of "Worldbuilding Blueprints" we go beyond the creation of a magic system and plunge headlong into putting the wonder in fantasy worlds by creating fauna, flora, minerals, places and even weather! My website: World Building | Marie Mullany Writing My Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Marie-Mullany/author/B099QJMV6C Join the…
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In this episode I tell how I learned about the cure houses which are the Dunari equivalent of hospitals, I describe how illness can be useful in world building, and the Strange but True describes the lengths some diseased people will go to find a cure. This episode is sponsored by Cranbow, makers of the finest pain killers in all of Dunari. They sa…
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When you're creating your world and bringing it into a story, how much do you let show? Guest John Hartness joins us to discuss balancing the off-page and on-page elements, and how that balance might shift based on what kind of a world you're working in and what sort of a story you're telling. How do you ensure that the worldbuilding serves a purpo…
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In this episode I describe how I first experienced extreme weather in Dunari, I explain how to use weather in your worldbuilding, and the Strange but True tells what happened when a group of crackpot inventors tried to use a tornado as a weapon. This episode is sponsored once again by Island Fire. If you enjoy the show, please consider leaving a re…
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Moiya and neuroscientist Devon Collins build a homeworld for that species in sci-fi that spread its humanoid DNA around the galaxy. They end up being curious amphibious with grander memory palaces than you can imagine. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Devon Collins is a neuroscientist and science comm…
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We've talked before about the difference between aesthetic-driven genres, like sci-fi and fantasy, and structure-driven genres, like mystery and romance. So what happens when you want to build a world just ripe for all your favorite romance tropes? How can your world create the obstacles to your characters getting their happy-ever-after? Guest Gwen…
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The worksheet for this episode (free!): https://ko-fi.com/s/38fa08728c Dive into Episode 2 of "Worldbuilding Blueprints" with me, Marie Mullany from Just in Time Worlds, as we explore the art of crafting magic systems in harmony with culture. This episode challenges the traditional approach to fantasy world-building, advocating for the integration …
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In this episode I experience utter isolation in Dunari. I examine the relationship between isolation and world building. And the Strange but True tells the story of the Lavun Guild’s disastrous attempt to introduce an ‘Instant Isolation’ spell to the people of the City of Bones. This episode is sponsored by Island Fire, distillers of the finest ‘fi…
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Moiya talks with debut author Christy Healy about UNBOUND, an exciting new twist on Beauty and the Beast. They chat character creation, irish folklore, and whether Happily Ever Afters are really necessary just in time for V Day. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Christy Healy is an English and Rhetoric pro…
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When you've put your heart, soul, blood, sweat, and tears into building a world -- what happens when you then have to leave it behind? Most SFF authors will, at some point, close up their work in one world and start building a new one, but that comes with its own set of challenges! You know the old world so well; it's become comfy and familiar. The…
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In this episode I tell how I was taught to navigate the City of Bones by using landmarks to build a mental map in my head. I explore how to understand a city better by creating a mental map. And the Strange but True tells about a mysterious and ancient city map that inspired the construction of a replica city. There is a growing list of potential s…
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Moiya invites musician and writer Roux Bedrosian to gush about a world they love: the video game Bioshock! Long live Sander Cohen, the little sisters, and the big daddies! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Roux Bedrosian is a musician, writer, and a multi-talented creator. Their website is rouxbedrosian.co…
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When you're creating tomes of information about your world -- spreadsheets of demographics, maps at every level of geography, tomes of lore -- how do you keep tabs on it all? How much can you keep in your head, and how much has to be written down, codified, and carefully tracked? In this episode, we explore our tools of worldbuilding. We use all so…
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Embark on a journey through the intricate art of worldbuilding with Marie Mullany. This episode kickstarts your world and plot, guiding you from nebulous idea to the solid ground of story and setting. In this episode, we unveil the secrets to defining the 'north star' of your narrative—ensuring your creations resonate with coherence and depth. Whet…
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I had planned to talk about map making in this episode. But on the morning I was supposed to begin investigating how to navigate the City of Bones, Ganhook shocked me by giving me chores. So, in this episode, I describe how I started ‘earning my keep’ in Ganhook’s compound. I explore how to use boring, common tasks to build characters and locations…
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Moiya invites game streamer Jenna Stoeber to imagine a world and it gets crafty fast! The Great Crafter invited some beetles to their word of yarn and glitter, and the rest is history. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Jenna Stoeber is a podcaster, twitch streamer, and internet personality. Find her on soc…
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Why do we worldbuild the way that we worldbuild? The start of a new year seems like a great time to take a zoomed-out view of how we do this thing that we do. In this episode, we consider, contemplate, and cogitate on the major concepts that guide our worldbuilding. Why is it important to us? What parts of it are important for us, and help us find …
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In this episode I learn more about the Bone Jewelers, and how humans behave like humans no matter what dimension they inhabit. I also analyze how to create realistic neighborhoods for your secondary world. And in the Strange but True I relate how, after losing their human rights when they died, the spirit population of the City of Bones gained new …
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Moiya invites food sustainability expert Alice Guillaume to imagine a world without food inequities. What they come up with is bright, colorful, and spectacularly diverse for something so genetically similar. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Alice Guillaume manages the Cambridge Food Hub and Cambridge Org…
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In this final episode of 2023, we have a momentous announcement! Rowenna Miller is stepping down as a full-time co-host of the podcast, because... well, life! It happens to us all sooner or later. But fear not! Rowenna will still be joining us from time to time, and she's still working with us on the Traveling Light anthology. And we're welcoming a…
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In this episode I describe my first introduction to the many varied cultures in Dunari. I analyze how to create cultures for your your world. And the Strange but True tells how some of the streets in the City of Bones are paved with gold. This episode is sponsored by Plantaval, the developers of the most effective air freshening vegetation in the C…
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Moiya returns to her conversation about constructing languages. They talk mouth and nose shapes, the relevance of trees, and the brain-melting subject of sentence word order in different languages. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Dr. Jessie Sams is a linguist and conlanger who has helped make languages …
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