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Questions tagged [worldbuilding-process]

For questions about the process of creating a new world or changing and developing an existing one, as opposed to questions about some element of the world being created or changed. NOTE that this is NOT a generic, catch-all tag; this tag should be used to address process, meaning HOW you world build not what you are building. See also the extended tag information for when to use this tag.

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How to introduce/fit fantastical elements into a realistic story?(Article/Book recommendations) [closed]

"Follow the characters," this is the advice that I've been following after reading interviews with Stephen King's, Orson Scott Card's and Brandon Sanderson's advice. However, I noticed I have come ...
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Procedural Map Creation - Software or Program to create? [duplicate]

Trying to create a map for my fictional world. Obviously, I can do bits like color a paper blue and throw some random green shapes on there to create the land masses. However, the more I look into ...
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When creating a fantasy nation, how deeply should I dive into it, and what parts aren't required to know? [closed]

I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making ...
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Habitability: Can liquid Water Exist on the Moons of this Gas Giant? [duplicate]

https://i.stack.imgur.com/FWd8a.jpg I drew a quick picture of the system I had in mind. I want to know if these moons would be habitable. My understanding is that currently the way we determine if a ...
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Solar insolation/flux's effect on biome diversity/richness on an alien world

The Questions I'm trying to answer three main questions: Does a three-axis biome chart make sense for my world? How productive/life-rich should a biome be given a specific level of solar flux (...
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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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Designing a worldbuilding workshop for policymakers [closed]

I'm an economic researcher and I think that worldbuilding as an exercise could offer some valuable tools to policymakers as they try to imagine possible futures and then design policies which would ...
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How can a new country break out from a developed country without war?

I'm in need of the backstory on how a country was able to form and break out from a rich western and well developed country. I basically had to hit a reset switch in order for some of the future plans ...
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Worldbuilding Materials [closed]

When you create a religion, organization, or any other object within your world, can related materials be useful for realizing the world? For example: If you create a religion, will an excerpt of a ...
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Realistic Landmass Formation on Torus-Shaped Planet

Having recently discovered that torus-shaped planets can actually form, I've started to consider using that design as a setting for a map(no real purpose in mind, just map making for the sake of it). ...
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Is there a clever one-letter code to describe worlds?

I am a Traveller (game) referee. I've generated lots of worlds before, using a basic system that describes a world in eight fundamental pieces of data. For the record, those data are: Starport ...
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Building a Realistic Food Web

So far, I've begun developing a food web for a swampy biome. Currently, the result of this free building is shown in the mess below (built = orange, aquatic = blue, producer = green, not built yet = ...
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If the SUN of our planet was the same size and proximity of the moon, would it still work as usual?

I'm building the world of my story for my comics and I've come to a bit of a standstill with a particular idea. Assuming there were no other planets in our universe, just a single planet Earth. The ...
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How to create naming conventions for a fantasy society with its own language? [closed]

I'm not a proper linguist or anything, but over the years I've created a fairly basic language for a magic people that I use in my D&D games. So far I've got by with them being ancient and long ...
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Are Planets with mainly one climate Biome Plausible? [duplicate]

So i'll start by saying it feels like a somewhat stupid question in the sense that the answer is no, but im wondering if (for back story of races in a story) its realistically possible for a planet to ...
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Whats the difference between the plane, dimensions, realm and realities [closed]

I'm trying to trying to world build a high fantasy and sci-fi. But I can't differentiate the difference between the plane, dimensions, realms and realities. So, I want to know what the difference ...
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50% O₂ 25% Neon 23% Nitrogen and 3% trace gasses?

Could an atmosphere of 50% O₂ 25% Neon 23% Nitrogen and 3% trace gasses be survivable for a human being at the similar or slightly less atmospheric pressures as Earth?
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Climate checking my map

So I've decided to come here to see how my map would be effected by climate. Notes: The planet has a 10° axial tilt, it's a little smaller then earth, and has earth like conditions. So my questions ...
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Underground condition preventing plant growth on a planet

As title, what condition could prevent plant growth from below a planet surface? I've considered considered removing all water from the planet, both underground and above the surface, but that doesn't ...
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What checklist should I go through before mapping my world? [closed]

Now that I have a bunch of cool ideas to expand from, one part of the world-building process I am most eager to deal with is map-making! However, maps are quite tricky in the sense that they are ...
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Designing a river which does not overflow

... And if it absolutely has to, then such river should overflow in predictable matter. I have a city idea in mind, where such the city has a river contained in an artificial tunnel beneath such city....
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How to develop ecosystem in science based way? [closed]

I want to create artificial ecosystem. I don't want to do it in random way like "We have cats but lets name them kads. They live in forest... of mushrooms. And there is a river. I think it is enough....
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Waterless planet with vapor geysers

Humans find themselves on a really hard to survive planet. I have a good idea on how I'd like it to be, but no clue on how that could be possible. Atmosphere is breathable and temperatures make it ...
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Is there a best place to begin Neo medieval world building? [closed]

I'm just barely starting out with trying to get a basic idea of what architecture, infrastructure, and systems would work best as I'm drawing my world. I have a twin characters who are raised in a ...
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How to prevent regenerators from becoming slaves?

When some humans, humanoids and mythical creatures have an incredibly powerful magical regeneration it seems quite obvious that in times of need and growth some countries would try to capture them and ...
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How do I justify spending time to create a world in the first place?

I'm having a very hard time justifiably spending lots of time building a world of my own. On one hand-- I express myself very creatively, and even browsing through this site gives me a plethora of ...
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In a world without Magic or Gods, what is the source of people's supernatural abilities? [closed]

I want to build a world, probably modern, basing most of the built world on Earth, just with different countries, history, etc. What I would like is to find a way to give people their powers, but ...
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How to cut off a (unaware and unwilling) city (not an island city) from the rest of the world for a short period of time? (about 12 hours)

How could a group, very possibly militarized, cut off a small-medium sized city from the rest of the world for an overnight period? This includes outside responses like police, national guard, so on ...
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What is a good way to explain why magic doesn't work on people's bodies?

My magic system is based on the mind fundamentally altering the properties of matter for short periods of time. But it should be limited to non-living subjects. The magic has to do with the physics of ...
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System consisting of a Super Jupiter (10 Jupiter Masses) and several earth-like moons

I have created a planetary system consisting of a Super Jupiter (10 Jupiter Masses) and up to 8 Earth Sized/mass Moons (on average) and now I wonder if it would be stable. I already tried to create ...
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What would happen if the quantities of silver and gold mined by humans were switched in a fantasy world?

Basically the title. What would happen if, in the world I'm writing, people have thus far found considerably more gold deposits than silver? Specifically, I'm wondering how this might affect their ...
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Help balancing my six-sided magic system?

I'm basically looking for advice on how to balance the magic system I'm designing for my novel. Basically, the way it works is this: There are six known Realms beyond this one where almost magic ...
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Building a fantasy world different from Tolkien? [closed]

I love reading fantasy stories, but I frequently find that most fantasy seems to directly emulate the world built by Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I want to build a fantasy world, what can I do to make ...
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Would that be too big for an island?

It was thought that the "island" has the size of 5,000,000 km². After reading a bit about geography, I'm unsure. My island would be far bigger than even the largest islands on Earth. But it would ...
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How Would The Listed Towers Be Described? [closed]

In some foreseeable future, we have had transdimensional historians studying alternate Earths with multiple different points of departure, sometimes within the same Earth. In one of them, the Black ...
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What sort of seasonal changes might exist that we don't see on earth?

NASA recently shared a photo that used a term "araneiform terrain" and said that the terrain formation was an effect of seasonal changes we don't see on earth. NASA publication How would I go about ...
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How do I make an ancient culture without borrowing from known ancient cultures?

Everywhere I've looked, the way we traditionally make a civilization or society feel ancient is by applying ages or architectures from our own history, hence my term "bronzification." A similar ...
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When Super Mario catches Pokemon, and the Yoshi dinosaur is none other than Charizard! [closed]

I am trying to build a world where many video/mobile game characters will share the same space and time. For example, our own Super Mario trying to catch pokemon and save princess from dinosaur ...
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Can a planet have soil in form of powdered gems?

Is it possible for planet to have gem mountains? That is to say, diamond mountain, emerald mountain etc. Is it possible for a planet to have soil as a mixture of powders that are different gems? That ...
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A planet with 7 light sources [closed]

How can a planet(with inhabitants) possible with 7 different sources of light and heat? They can be satellites, stars or anything. The temperature level should lies between 5°c to 25°c and most ...
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How to name planets in a sci-fi setting? [closed]

So, I’m working on a Sci-Fi story called The Dark Edge. It focuses on two unlikely friends from different species, the Qualians and the Humans. They discover a Von Nuemann probe from outside the ...
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Does fictional geography need to be rooted in real-world geography?

If I use, say, Greece as a reference for a fictional country, do I need to write that country as mountainous and coastal also?
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In order to build a fantasy world, what basic pillars are needed? [closed]

In order to build fantasy worlds; The Lord of the Rings (novel) and Warcraft (Game), what basic pillars; maps, languages, races, history, characters, etc., are needed? What is a world building process ...
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How/Where Do I Begin? [closed]

I've got an endless stream of ideas in my head, I'm just not sure how to begin organizing them all. I've got multiple universes brewing in my mind of various genres, and I'm just clueless as to what ...
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Rules to follow when creating a Fantasy world [closed]

My question is « kinda » basic : Which are, for you, the points and basic rules when creating a credible and coherent FANTASY world ? By this I mean what’s for you the most important things to think ...
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How to name a post apocalyptic town? [duplicate]

I cannot think of good names for towns in my country in the post apocalypse. Most of the time I just call the towns “New Houston” or “New Seattle”, but I need more creative names. What are methods ...
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Simulating Cave Formations

Having recently been to Mammoth Cave National Park, I've been considering the caves of my own worlds, and more specifically their formation. Now while not all caves are formed from limestone, it is ...
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Are the mountains and rivers on this map okay?

It's not finished yet, so it's still pretty empty. But I can't stop worrying about the rivers and mountains, so I ask for help. It's about 1100-1200 miles from north to south.
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Are dreams a good place to begin world building? [closed]

I know this seems obvious but I wish to know I would like to say that I am quite a vivid dreamer, and it may seem truly obvious that dreams are where many worlds are born, such as Tolkien's Lord Of ...
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What kind of technologies are required for a society to regularly produce jet engines?

Specifically, I'm looking for what areas of science would need to have been developed for the manufacturing process of jet engines to be commonplace for large manufacturing firms. For context, my ...