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 is world building? [closed]

personal psychological architecture / brain wiring ? society ? Our connection with others? natural world ? what kinds of worlds ?
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How to approach the creation of fairy-tale world

Here be the dragons, here be the elves, here be the humans, here be the trolls. I get the basic, but I am torn apart: How realistic does the fairy tale world have to be for average 12 year old reader?...
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How do you not lose your mind when thinking about Structural Politics?

Structural Politics is a research field (I just invented) that attempts to codify and study the wildly complex interactions between political systems, individual personalities, language, culture, ...
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How can I make a shared world less restrictive?

I've considered making a shared world, a world with a setting that can be used by more than one writer or worldbuilder. I have a basic story planned out, and it has certain requirements of the world's ...
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What are important factors to take into consideration when building a timeline in order to design a world

Okay, so it's kind of a silly question, I think, but the idea is to design an effective timeline leading from present day to roughly one hundred and fifty years into the future. I have a pretty good ...
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What would an ideal society look like in terms of religion? [closed]

Imagine you are building a new world from scratch and there is no such thing as religion yet. This world is much like earth and is populated by humans, plants and animals. What would an ideal new ...
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Organizing Lore [duplicate]

I have been compiling some lore notes on my world by hand for some time now. I realize they will only get more extensive and am currently looking for a way to organize them digitally. Does anyone have ...
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What is essential to creating languages?

A group of cloaked smugglers and thieves use an unspoken language of hand signals, like ASL. However, I was imagining they use finger digits, the position of the thumb, and the rotation of the hand ...
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Recommended book/framework for fantasy worldbuilding [duplicate]

I have been following worldbuilding for quite sometime. I am writing a fiction with a setup from ancient Indian mythology. It is an alternate universe where Aryans have dominated all the continents ...
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Constants/properties of a very small-scale and compact universe that is still recognisably like our own (and is it possible)

Is it possible to tweak the gravitational constant and the "starting amount" of matter so that: My universe has 1-5 galaxies There are a few thousand stars per galaxy (a solution with an order of ...
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How can I make names that are racially similar, yet diverse? [duplicate]

I've always had trouble with inventing names. They refuse to come, or when they do, they sound funny or cheesy. However, a name will occasionally pop into my head, fully formed and sounding perfect. ...
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Questions considering the Worldbuilding process [closed]

When creating a fantasy world, would it be better to first come up with the land or decide the people living in it?
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What Common Ancestor Would the Basic Fantasy Races Evolve From? [duplicate]

In the world that I am building, I have four (major) races: Human, Elf, Orc, and Dwarf. Humans are the run of the mill; average in physiology, psychology and magical ability. They can survive almost ...
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Can characterization contributed by actors (not the writer) have a significant effect in building a rich and enduring imagined world? [closed]

I originally entitled this How has Leonard Nimoy's "Method" character development contributed to imagined worlds beyond the conventional writing of the authors? but that was apparently too ...
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How do I set up a political conflict in this large city? [closed]

Many of my players express interest in "political intrigue," but I'm not really sure where to place power and what conflicts regarding it might be. The setting is a large, well-armed city that was ...
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How to build a world that can still be reused if the associated work to be published is rejected?

This is a suggested question by Monica Cellio, who I want to thank for providing. I hope I kept the idea in spirit as possible. How to build a world that can still be reused if the associated work to ...
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Where would deserts form on this world?

I think the mountains are positioned well. I used Fractal Terrains.
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What determines where a desert is?

Especially like the sandy Sahara. I read a little and found said desert lost its lushness from a change in Earth's tilt. Are there other reasons?
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When building a world, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a top-down and a bottom-up approach respectively?

I'm in a project with other people where some of us, me included, prefer to go from general aspects to more specific details (top-down). But others do not share the same view and because of that, I ...
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How do I keep my worlds simple?

I have a tendency to overcomplicate the worlds I build, to the point that it gets in the way of the purpose the world needs to meet. I put in too many characters and places, but more problematic is ...

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