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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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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Superpowers In A Medieval Setting [closed]

I'm working on a setting for a piece that has the set up of having a primitive/feudal style human civilization in the far future where the magic is based on the forgotten/mysterious relics of 'the ...
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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 ...
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What basic goods do I need to make a functioning High-Fantasy trade system

This is my first time ever posting. Please let me know If I've done anything wrong and I'll do my best to correct it. This is my first time attempting to create a functional world in D&D5e and I'm ...
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Quantum Wonderland? 🐰 [closed]

I want to create a world that demonstrates the basic ideas of quantum physics but also gives off 'Alice in Wonderland' vibes. I want there to be a law in Quantum Wonderland that goes something along ...
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Is There Any Possible Way A Semi-Tropical Island Could Exist South of New Zealand?

I'm writing a story where a group of explorers discover a semi-tropical island just south of New Zealand. I know for instance that oceanic currents and geography have lead to some areas of the world ...
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How can I make the food of my (fantastical) culture believable?

I'm going through my novel in the editing stages, and I'm realizing how flat the culture of my food is. How can I develop a good food culture that is believable without drawing too much on human ...
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Assigning realistic climate zones

I'm thinking about the Koeppen climate zones for my Earth-like planet. It is all very roughly painted, because I would like to get it right first before fine-tuning the world. I've so far started with ...
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How to create a realistic river without knowing the whole map beforehand?

Intro I'm developing a real time game that have dynamically generated map and I'd like to add rivers going from mountains to the sea. Brief info about the map In my game, when a player moves to the ...
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How do I simulate the path of a river?

In Creating a realistic world map - Waterways, I asked about exactly what processes affect how rivers flow and meander. With some of that knowledge in mind, I'm curious as to how a worldbuilder (like ...
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When designing a map of the local universe how should currently unknown/obscured areas be treated?

I am building a map of the local universe for my story and for the time being I will base it on the real universe and our current understandings and observations although later will likely change the ...
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Characterbuilding- I feel like my characters are getting repetitive, any suggestions? [closed]

I've written three public stories, one personal, and am working on my fourth public one. By this time, I'm starting to notice my characters are starting to get a bit repetitive. In story 1, my ...
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Where else would mountains be on this continent?

Okay fellow nerds, I am in need of assistance. I am making a fan-made map for a book series and I have run into a problem. The problem being while I love making maps (fun hobby) I am trying to ...
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Can you combine chromatophores with exoskeleton

I've got an idea of an alien organism that is a powerful predator that shares its environment with extremely intelligent, strong, and dangerous apex predators, and so it evolved an exoskeleton. Its ...
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Making Laws for your world [duplicate]

How do you create laws for your fantasy world? do you just have code of honour? or do you have a list of rules?
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What is the best procedure or program for creating a 'realistic' worldmap to suit my setting?

I have a fairly-straightforward alternate modern-day Earth setting, somewhat similar to Ace Combat's Strangereal or the 'America' seen in Rockstar North's GTA series (real life, with the serial ...
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How to introduce fictional technology without creating plot holes [duplicate]

Many books, shows, and videogames have technologies in them that often lead to plot holes emerging as the author tries adapt thier fictional technology to a variety of different scenarios over time. ...
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What sci-fi discovery creates the most new technology with minimal explanation? [closed]

I had a hard time figuring out exactly how to word this question so I'm going to explain a bit. I'm thinking of an idea for a videogame where the game mechanics are heavily focused on the logistics ...
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What do I bear in mind, creating an earth-like world with TWO moons?

I'm writing a series that takes place on an earth-like planet, and I really want there to be two moons, specifically. I want there to be tides, but I don't want them to be so intense that they ...
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Is it possible for a planet to have the same seasons in both hemispheres?

Our spherical planet has two hemispheres divided at the equator. Those living in the north hemisphere experience the opposite season as those living in the south hemisphere at any given time of year. ...
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World-Building Suggestion [closed]

I started recently diving deep into World-Building and i'm looking for some guidance on how to start build foundations about World-Building. Is there something you suggest like books, movies etc?
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Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires Due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere

So, I've heard that above around 35% O2 concentration in Earth-like atmospheres leads to wildfires that just never go out. I'm thinking of using this like California, with its regularly occuring ...
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How would a region with no government affect the people, local villages and farms in a medieval setting?

I'm writing a story at the moment where a griffin has imprisoned a lord while taking his castle as a new roost. Almost all the lord's men and servants have been disposed, therefore any kind of ...
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How do different color eyes affect eyesight?

To put it simply. How would the color an eye affect what one could see? I ask this due to watching some of an anime called, "Somali and the Forest Spirit" If I remember correctly in episode 2 the ...
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Sunrise and Sunset In a Ternary/Trinary Star System

I have looked around for some time attempting to find a post that could help me answer the question I have, but I've come up short. I'm attempting to visualize in greater detail what my planet would ...
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What tool can I use to draw a simple map of a fictional world?

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. I want to draw a map of a fictional world, which consists of two regions (countries), separated by mountains. Are there any tools which ...
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Creating a realistic world - Governments

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. One problem facing worldbuilders is the wide range of possible, hypothetical governments: robot-overlord, zealous AI, mages, vampires, an so ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Countries Borders

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. From previous questions, I made a nice mass of land, which was enriched up until the drawing of precise coastlines. But all that nice lands ...
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Creating a realistic world - Spreading languages

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. Many languages exist on Earth and many languages will also exist in a detailed fantasy world. The influence of some languages will spread ...
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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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Creating a realistic world map - Fuel

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. Following the question Creating a realistic world map - Mineralogy , I realized that it was a very large topic to cover all the possible ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Mineralogy

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. I know how continents are formed and how they evolve over time but what does it look like under the surface? The crust of the planet is ...
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Creating a realistic world - Thermohaline circulation

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. One crucial aspect of the climates have been left out so far, deep water circulation. It's the major force driving the heat transfer form ...
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Worldbuilding & Climate: How does the sun affect a simple sphere with atmosphere?

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. I'm working to build a procedure that will help me understand the climate of the worlds I create. I'm beginning with simple and building to ...
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Creating a realistic world - Spreading religions

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. This is a follow up of this question: Creating a realistic world - Spreading languages When it comes to spreading a religion, is it the ...
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In order to build a fantasy world, what basic pillars are needed? [closed]

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. In order to build fantasy worlds; The Lord of the Rings (novel) and Warcraft (Game), what basic pillars; maps, languages, races, history, ...
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Is there a “best” way to start worldbuilding?

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. I've never tried building a world before. That is, I haven't tried to put it on paper. At most, it's just day dreaming. Is there a ...
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How would blood types and blood transfusions work in a setting with widely different humanoid races? [closed]

This is something I think is almost always overlooked in science fiction settings. Do different races have completely different blood types from those of say humans? Could a Klingon from Star Trek ...
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Developing Factions - Secret Societies

I have a few factions in mind from various nations/cities in my world and even a couple that span the continent. I am having trouble with depth. The groups I have feel shallow and overly simplified. ...
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Problems related to breathable liquid and deep sea diving

I was reading a bit over the idea of modifying a human to be able to withstand diving great depths/adequately function underwater and the mention of a lung filled with per-fluorocarbon and a machine ...
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My setting has a multiverse, how could the agency in charge of naming them and documenting them tell them apart?

They'd be documented and named similar to how NASA give names to planets or stars. Since there is literally an infinite number of universes, I think they'd have a name followed by a Roman numeral. ...
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An amusement park in space

I am wondering what could make an amusement park better if it was in zero G? the people that will visit are already used to living in zero gravity, so something that would amuse us earthlings for them ...
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Is it possible to go too far with fantastical worldbuilding?

All my ideas are really far fetched fantastical, way stranger than one would be used too, crazy unrealistic with its magic, and I worry about the accessibility of these worlds to an audience. Is ...
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Different ways of going about worldbuilding besides making up words and drawing maps?

I'm really not interested in creating a language for my world, especially having to make up names for the peoples and places. Or drawing maps. Mainly because I'm neither a good linguist nor a good ...
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Outside of architecture, what other things can be considered city “style”? [closed]

In the design of cities, you add a style factor to a city to flesh it out for your readers and players to give it a solid foundation as a place to visit. The primary style is its architecture. ...
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What fantasy wordbuilding tools do you know of and recommend? [closed]

First time participant here. I'm in my research phase looking for world building tools that will help me build my world and product D&D quest modules. Any assistance would be appreciated. ...
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How far is too far when worldbuilding?

I am a fiction writer, and I'm designing several worlds for my various novels. As it so happens, I really like designing worlds. I seem to like it so much, that I'm beginning to wonder if I'm carrying ...
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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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How would a binary star system with a planet with 2 moons work? If possible

I am creating a solar system that has a binary star system. The system has 3 planets. The closest being like Mercury. The next being the planet that supports life and being slightly larger then earth....
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How long would a medium sized city last if transplanted to another world?

I'm creating a story where a couple of cities across the globe have been transplanted into a different world. About a five mile sphere around a centered point in a city has been taken. They are neatly ...

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