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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What are the implications of a post-apocalyptic society entirely populated by children and what might the aftermath be like? [closed]

A disease with an incubation time of 18 years spreads, unnoticed. 18 years later, its timer goes off and kills the majority of the earth's population, leaving only those under 18 and not infected by ...
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What would the cockpit design and ergonomics be of fighters designed by a caninoid race and how would they operate them?

Let's say that my Verrisirs (see here for more info on them: What factors would allow this caninoid species to evolve successfully? ) have achieved space flight and have developed starfighters. I was ...
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What factors would allow this caninoid species to evolve successfully?

There's not much on this, so I'm winging it. Plus, I'm curious to see if this species could actually succeed in advancing to the Stone Age. Basically, a species that I have created (the Verrisirs) ...
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What would make an earth-like planet have a solar eclipse everyday?

What would make an earth-like planet have an eclipse every day? does it need additional moons and what would happen if it had those? A Total Solar eclipse across most of the planet's surface
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Star System/Galactic Map Creator?

I was wondering how people generated star maps/galactic maps for their world, I've been struggling to find any tools. Thanks!
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How could I maintain unofficial diplomatic relations?

There's a pariah country in your neighborhood that is in war with one of your enemies. Officially you condemn the war and support the UN resolution for peaceful settlement, which presents yourself as ...
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The Search for Earth Science Forums

Finding online forums on the really big picture of worldbuilding--geography, geology, climatology, meteorology, ecology, glaciology--has proven to be very tedious with very few rewards. It is crucial ...
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What type of world would encourage competing ideologies?

This question is about creating a world or society where people can try to advance their own idealogy. In the real world, people can become trapped in a society or country with cultural or political ...
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Foundation Component of New World

I perceive multiple distinguishable and yet interdependent components of any world. Things like: individual creatures societal constructs / interaction geography history sources of strife etc. ...
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Industrial Space Vehicle Naming - How to generate realistic names? [closed]

There is a certain art to naming. And I don't have it. But, like any art-form, there are technical aspects which, if followed correctly, can help improve one's overall outcome. Industrial Space ...
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How can asymmetrically powerful states be balanced? (AKA why don't legendary heroes rule the world)

We've all heard the stories. The unbelievably chaste Sir Prancealot having the strength of ten men. The undefeatable members of the Kung Few, equal to any five hundred lesser mortals. The frankly ...
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What are some steps / guidelines for making a constructed language?

I wanted to create a constructed language for a species in my world that other people will be able to speak , but I have no idea where to start at all , and I am very confused. My Question is : what ...
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Word lists for constructed languages

When building a language for your world, words are "surprisingly" important. All natural language have words of some kind and only extremely experimental constructed languages lack them. Word choice ...
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Rules for Geological Structures [closed]

I'm trying to create a Random World Generator. To create this, I need to be able to generate geological structures like mountains, volcanoes, etc. What rules (i.e.: min 200 miles between 2 islands) ...
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Recommended resources to describe an environment you have never been to?

When you write about the world you built, you have to immerse the audience on it by describing the environment. I'm on the process of worldbuilding a world with lots of deserts in it. Problem is: I'...
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What if the notion of 'Nationalism' was eradicated?

Today we have associated so much love with our nationalities that we have little of it left for humanity. Billions if not Trillions of dollars every year, are dedicated to defense budget's of ...
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A Clear Map of Lake Makgadikgadi [closed]

In prehistoric times, the Makgadikgadi pans were part of the largest lake Africa has ever seen. Covering 250,000 square kilometers (96,500 square miles), it was far larger than present-day Lake ...
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How to make a fantasy world immersive and believable without making it low fantasy?

I've been thinking of imagining a world and am currently decided whether its gonna be science fiction, science fantasy or fantasy. However unlike the first two, fantasy is very hard to make immersive ...
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How to make visually distinct factions in a modern setting

I'm trying to build a world set in the future, but mainly using modern culture and technology. I plan on this world to be explored mainly through illustration, so I need to design how things look. One ...
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Is the human bias in fictional universes a best-practice or a lack of imagination?

In most sci-fi literature, the 'human bias' is very visible in every aspect of fictional universes. Here are some examples. Future technology is just a modified version of today's items. In 2001, a ...
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How big in terms of the galaxy is hundreds of star systems? [closed]

As the title states, how much of our galaxy are we referring to if we speak of a portion "hundreds of star systems" in size? The Orion Arm? The whole quadrant?
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Is there a method of generating a simulated region of a world with bathymetry?

I would like to generate a relief map of a portion of imaginary world which would be about the size of Europe. I do not want to define the outline of land masses or bathymetry myself; I want the ...
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Designing planet with observable “ring eclipse”

Question inspired by How would a primitive society react to a cataclysmic event that disproves their beliefs? So, I need a planet which: Can support life and has attributes as close to Earth as ...
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Do I need permission to use a species of creature from a story and add it to my own?

I am wanting to do a story that revolves around Orcs. Orcs are generic that any fantasy story can use them without getting any permission. Would I be allowed to use Uruk-hai as a sub orc species (or ...
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How do you work out the history of your races, classes, characters? How much amount of time do you need for it? [duplicate]

I started creating a fantasy world, but I don't know how to start layering the story? Start with the global history and then build up from it the history of the races, the nations and so on, or should ...
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How can I make my languages structurally less like English?

Making vocabulary for a language isn't too difficult (at least, not as hard as it might seem at first!). You can come up with some simple patterns of letters and syllables, and work off of those to ...
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How should I approach building on/reimagine a pre-existing work?

So I've been toying with an idea I've had for awhile: a reimagining of the Land of Oz series by L. Frank Baum. While Baum was a prolific writer, supplying no shortage of ideas, he was by no means a ...
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Name of people inhabiting the Kingdom of Bonfrith? [closed]

would people living in the Kingdom of Bonfrith be called Bonfrithians, Bonfrisians, or something else, according to correct grammar?
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The Pie Chart of Life on an Alternate Earth [closed]

In this alternate Earth, all the species of fish, amphibian, reptile, mammal and bird combine to make up only 0.5% of all animal life on the planet (presented on the pie chart in blue.) It doesn't ...
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How to decide/determine what kind/genre of world one should build? [closed]

Are there some factors one should ask oneself to determine what kind of genre his world should be? Im in a situation where i simply have trouble deciding. Whether it's Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Post-...
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How can a person's ability to contribute to a Merit based society be measured? [closed]

I've been working on a book about a Merit based society where Emotional Quotient (EQ) testing and Intelligence Quotient (IQ) testing are used to determine how much a person can be expected to ...
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Is there any concrete benefit in justifying all supernatural phenomena with one system?

TL;DR: Is there any objective benefit in explaining supernatural phenomena using a single, well-defined and universally applicable system resembling a set of laws of physics? A friend of mine is ...
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Measures of power: Nation States

So in my world I have a variety of nations states ranging from independent city-states to empires. I am in the process of defining the socio-political landscape of the world and have a few story ...
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Is there a dictionary of interesting/useful worldbuilding words?

Something that isn't quite like a thesaurus. For example when writing fantasy it would be nice to have a list of established fantasy terms, partly so that I don't plagiarize other writers (words that ...
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How do I blend cultures - naming world features?

In my world I have a variety of nations and city states but I also have a history/background that means they are not and have not been completely isolated. In fact there was once a continent spanning ...
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Single Resource Cities - Economy

It seems fairly common in fiction for a single city to be known for a single trade good (resource or manufactured item). It then follows that any discussion of economy, which is rare enough in ...
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Naming the forces of the Purgatory?

I'm trying to build a world loosely based on ideas about afterlife in Christianity. In my world God is nowhere to be found and supernatural forces are split into three factions: Hell, Heaven & ...
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How can we prevent the Media Bias? [closed]

How can we prevent the Media Bias? I think it's a signifcant issue our world is facing today
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Which are the key questions in worldbuilding that, if answered, add the most to the context? [closed]

People (maybe even you) are running obstacles very often when it comes to worldbuilding. The internet is full of worldbuilding question lists to help it: factions, people, magic, tech and so on. ...
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What kind of human habitable planets should in put in the goldilock zone?

I want to have 3 different habitable BY HUMANS planets in a single system, I don't know much about physics so I bought Universe Sandbox2 and I'm trying to build solar system with 3 habitable planets ...
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Culturally Correct Naming Conventions

Names are important, in fact one could argue that they are as important as the people behind them. They help add feeling to the characters and likely come from a specific cultural or subcultural group....
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How would it be possible to have a singular island that is the only place suitable for human life?

I've been mulling over a way to create a post-apocalyptic world where all plant life in densely populated areas have died off and caused humans to die from lack of oxygen. In this world I would like a ...
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A snowglobe-esque world [closed]

I'm imagining a world on the inside of a sphere, rather than on the outside. In this way it is effectively hollow, and gravity pulls equally "down" in all directions, with the center of the sphere ...
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Technology level of South African Vikings in 1488?

In my timeline fleet of Viking ships reached South Africa in 10th century, and settled there. They defeated indigenous tribes and created a Viking kingdom. They also stopped the Bantu expansion in ...
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Creating a realistic timekeeping system for a fantasy world

When reading fantasy novels, I have as a rule been left with the impression that exact timekeeping is either avoided as a topic, or referred to only vaguely and obliquely. In many cases, the author ...
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What would be the effects on the courts if Jury Nullification becomes common? [closed]

Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it ...
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How can I make the cultural evolution of my world believable?

Designing a single isolated culture isn't too difficult. There appear to be 12 aspects of culture that need to be described or accounted for, which isn't too hard without a history. Some of these ...
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How to bring Vikings to South Africa?

I want to explain large Viking kingdom that keeps the worship of the Norse Gods (Odin, Thor, Loki) not the Christian nonsense of the Normans. So I was thinking of bringing a Viking fleet to South ...
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Would reverse draw crossbow win Mohi?

I want Hungarians to win at Mohi in my alternate timeline. Without damaging too much the technological level, I want to arm Hungarian army with reverse draw crossbows like Scorpyd VTEC The recurve ...
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How to prevent alien's synthetic biology knowledge from destroying my setting?

My story happens in the near future on the research station located on Callisto, Jupiter's second largest moon. The mission has just started when the crew discovers an abandoned alien station. ...

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