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A list of worldbuilding resources

We are occasionally asked for advice about the worldbuilding process. By its creative and imaginative nature, the process of worldbuilding doesn't have a single obvious starting point or a step-by-...
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How do I create realistic geography?

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. There are many fictional worlds that don't make sense. How can I make sure my biomes flow with a realistic feel? Like where should I place ...
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How could constant or near-constant rain in an area be possible?

What would cause an area to get continuous rainfall (a la Blade Runner), and what implications would that have for other parts of the world? Ideally I'd like to hear about both natural conditions ...
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How do I figure out my planet's biomes and weather?

I'm having trouble figuring out the various biomes for my planet. I have extensively read the post on "Creating a realistic world map - Currents, Precipitation and Climate". But to be honest, I'm hung ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Vegetation/Biomes

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. My world is progressing. I still have a couple of days before my deadline to finish it. If I can make it in less that 7 days, the other gods ...
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Are human languages influenced by the climate?

Sometimes when building a world, and in particular since Tolkien, one may wish to create original languages for the inhabitants. There are some information around the site about the creation of ...
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Day and night temperature on an Earth-like planet with longer rotational period

DISCLAIMER: This question was closed on Astronomy Stack Exchange as off topic, so I'll try my luck here. I'm trying to understand the climatic effects of the far future scenario of an Earth-like ...
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Wet and dry seasons - what are they and how do they form?

While asking questions about building my fantasy world, I keep hearing about wet/dry seasons. Obviously, one has rain and the other doesn't, and I've gathered that they occur with regularity on an ...
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Centralised continent, with sea/wind currents?

I'm currently designing a large scale D&D based campaign, magic is based on winds and weather coming from two points, the 'northern pole' and the 'southern pole'. Currently the "world" is a ...
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What factors determine the type of tree in a given area?

The title of this question is fairly self-explanatory. I am developing a fantasy world, and I want to know what factors determine what kinds of trees I can have, where I can put them, and why. I ...
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Determining climate and biomes in a non-planetary setting

I'm currently playing with a geographical setting that's flat rather than round and thus doesn't follow a lot of the same rules as one modeled as a planet. I've found resources concerning climate in ...
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Can someone help me with ocean currents? I'm really confused

I've been working on a constructed world which started out as the home of an alien race from a sci-fi story I'm writing but just became a pure world building project. As you can see from the map it ...
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Resources for Climate World building

I'm trying to create a continent where desert areas are as maximal and fertile coastal areas as minimal as possible. I've been trying to find some tools to help me with this, but I've only been able ...
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What would happen in North America if California became drier?

My question is mainly related to the impact on food production if the climate changes made agriculture more difficult in the state of California but also in the other American and Mexican states from ...
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Could I get some guidance on this map in progress?

BACKGROUND So I was working on a map, when I suddenly realized that despite the many helpful tutorials on this site I have very little idea what I'm doing. I thought it might be a good idea to put on ...
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Creating a realistic world map - fisheries [closed]

I've sketched out my coastlines, my mountains, my wind currents, and my climate zones. If its Earth-like in all respects but geography, where should the inhabitants of my world expect to find fish, ...