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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Organism that can produce water on its own (possibly from air?) not requiring a water source. Is it plausible and if how?

I have thought of a sort of desert planet that has a atmosphere pretty similar to earth and with gravity a little lower which has little to no water source and most of it is empty dry wastelands. I ...
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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 would companies capitalize on the existence of magic, forcing the little peopel to rise against them? [closed]

I wanted to combine "Shadowrun" - "industrial espionage runs rampant in a near-future setting. A "Shadowrun" is successful data theft or physical break-in at a rival ...
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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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Evolution of biotech [closed]

So, I want to write a realistic alternate timeline where people switch to biotechnology in the 21st century, assuming that the technology to make it it already there. I have postulated several reasons ...
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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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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 fast could a 300 foot wide, 300 mile long road be constructed in the same manner as the Roman Empire would?

The road is to be used to resupply a city siege. The best estimate of speed for how fast the Roman's could build a road I can find is their construction of the Appian Way or "Queen of Roads". This ...
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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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How to reduce the lethality of Strangelets?

So, as far as science fiction is concerned, Strangelets are very potent. They are so stable that they convert normal matter into strangelets as well, 100% conversion, emitting gamma radiation in the ...
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How can I integrate science and magic? [closed]

(third and last question in a span of a few hours, I hope I'm not breaking a rule) If in my world, magic is just "cosmic energy" or just energy that exists in the "gray area" of every atom, element, ...
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Binary star system i need help finding habitable zone [duplicate]

I have revamped my queshton a 3th time so i can get my ansure. The last 2 times i forgot something or got my math wrong. so i hope i got it all and got my math right, third times a charm. I have a ...
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I need help with the math of this Binary star system [duplicate]

I have talked before about this system in one of my other questions. I have figured out some more info about the planets/stars. I want to know where is the habitable zone and any other info you can ...
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What could hinder a highly developed species from erasing humanity from the surface of earth? [closed]

Sorry for my poor English. Me and google translator are doing our best to translate my question properly. My story evolve around sentient planets. Let’s imagine every Planet in my universe is ...
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How to maintain a large empire with pre-industrial revolution technology? [closed]

Putting the corruption of the political system and internal strife aside. Lets assume a Roman empire, something like Trajan's border, type empire that has a decently strong central government, but ...

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