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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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 ...
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What sort of claws would be best utilized for melee combat and quickly scaling the walls of a modern day building?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge, my protagonist, Joseph Norton is an "Ascended", a human that is able to draw upon an energy source called the Nexus (à la the Force) to enhance his ...
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Worldbuilding is getting out of hand. [duplicate]

I'm on a long and complicated journey with a world I'm building. Does anyone know of a worldbuilding tool for keeping track of it all? My usual methods don't really work right now. I mean a tool in ...
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What sort bridle would be needed to ride a multi-headed carnivorous mount?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge features an enemy faction called the Degenerates that are heavily inspired by the Scythians (Indo-Iranian horse nomads that ruled the Eurasian Steppes ...
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Characters or substructure? [closed]

My name is Paul and I'm french so excuse me about my bad english (and it's not a reason to read this with the accent !). I'm here because I began to dream and create my own scifi universe but I meet ...
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Einstein-Rosen Bridge Worldgate time-gravity travel issue

In this mostly hard-science universe I am using a theoretical "Hyperstable Gateway" to travel between planet X and Y; The wormhole has a ~5m diameter, The "Bridge" itself is negligible and a physical ...
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Creating a new Galaxy entirely, or just make minor Changes to an already existing one?

I'm really struggling with making my world, so I thought I would make it broad. Is it necessary to invent an entirely new galactic system for the sake of originality, or is it acceptable to write ...
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What good worldbuilding idea podcasts are there?

I love exploring interesting ideas of alternative worlds and what-ifs. Are there any good Podcasts on this subject? Good Podcasts are defined as ones discussing creative fictional words and ...
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Tips and principles for creating an accurate elevation map?

I'm continuing to hash out the map of my world, using tutorials found on this site and elsewhere. In some tutorials the starting elevation levels of a planet are treated pretty randomly, implying ...
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Process for determining how a new species affects other species

We are using Earth as the basis for our planet, so we already have very detailed information on the geography, species, etc. to work with. There are additional species we are adding, and I thought the ...
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What questions should I ask myself when designing a legal system for a fantasy world?

QUESTION In the real world, the history of law in pre-industrial states is as sprawling and complex as can be imagined, and includes all kinds of unique and fascinating systems, from the Code of ...
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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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Is it bad Worldbuilding to use the real world and history as a template for your own setting? [closed]

I love history and I love alternative history. But when I want to write alternative history myself, I quickly feel restricted. Now, I like mythologies and fantasy too. Now I came across an old map. ...
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How do I figure out my planet's biomes and weather?

I'm having trouble figuring out the various biomes for my planet. I have extensively read the post on "Creating a realistic world map - Currents, Precipitation and Climate". But to be honest, I'm hung ...
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How to build my adventure world [closed]

I am creating a world that a call "adventure world". The concept is loose because I am basing it on a game engine that I make for Android in Java. The way I create my world is like the following. <...
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I want my fantasy world to be as without magic as possible. Tips? [closed]

I want to make a high fantasy fiction world, but I don't like a whole lot of magic and I am falling into a trap that I need it. I don't want no magic, but just enough that it feels like another world. ...
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Is my world map unrealistic?

Just to say this first, the map is intentionally on a slant, and so the Northern cold areas are displayed at more of a North-West Angle, for example. I am designing the world from scratch, and am ...
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Advice on establishing a magical ecosystem? [closed]

A huge cataclysm struck the world several thousand years ago, in which debris from magical meteorites basically screwed up the whole planet, altering its ecosystems to include creatures that evolved/...
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Signature of destruction - kinetic bombardment

Following on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'm asking questions about the signature destructive patterns of different weapons systems. This is the ...
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How to craze the surface of a planet?

I want to generate a world with a surface that has the same sort of patterning is seen in the surface of a dried lake bed when the mud cracks, but greatly scaled up. Each individual plate/fragment of ...
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Signature of destruction - energy weapons

As an additional follow on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'm asking some questions about signature destructive patterns. This is the second one, the ...
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Signature of destruction - does tearing down a building leave noticeably different ruins to natural decline?

As a follow on from Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape? I'll be asking two questions about signature destructive patterns, this is the first: How, if at all, ...
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Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape?

Ruins of many kinds are a staple of stories whether for games or tales of high adventure. My question is about the design process behind such structures: should one start with a city or building and ...
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How to preserve scientific knowledge following a major nuclear war [closed]

Suppose we are at the brink of a nuclear war between two major nation-states. These states have many thousands of warheads and the war is likely to lead to a nuclear winter that would kill most of ...
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How to dampen the severity of weather on a tidally locked world

I am currently worldbuilding a setting on a hot eyeball world with the habitable zone located around the terminator rim between desert and ice sides. The world is terraformed with terran-descended ...
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How do I create a geologically realistic series of mountain valleys cutoff from the world?

How do I create an absolutely isolated series of mountain alpine valleys cutoff from the world in a geologically realistic way? I am trying to create an absolutely isolated series of alpine mountain ...
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How can I ensure that I don't miss something important to the functioning of society when building a government and set of statutes for my world?

So, I'm working on building a state (kingdom to be more precise) as part of my world, and as part of that exercise I want there to be some contact between characters in said world and the legal system,...
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What should be the special power of my fifth equestrian race? [closed]

In my equestrian world, the 5 equestrian races lived happily, These are: earth-horses, pegasus with wings, unicorns with magic, zebras of potions (and black magic), and in the end the donkeys of the ...
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Rain on a low gravity moon

Conceiving of a moon with a similar ecology and atmosphere to Earth, but with a gravity level equivalent to the moon. This is essentially a terraformed analogue to Earth's moon in terms of size and ...
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Land coral and filter feeding

I had posted a question recently for my world building project concerning fungal lifeforms in place of traditional plants in a certain region of a tidally locked world. Had really good and informative ...
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Naval warfare in medieval fantasy [closed]

So before cannons how would naval warfare work in a medieval fantasy setting? I only know of Greek fire and flaming arrows. Would soldiers still wear armour or use light clothes in case they fell ...
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Giant animals for mounts in a high fantasy world [closed]

So I'd like to write a high fantasy series and wanted larger versions of normal animals for people to ride instead of horses. Giant birds and wyverns would be for the air and large tigers, cheetahs, ...
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Source of a poisonous atmosphere harmful to intelligent races, but not wildlife

I am running a D&D 5e campaign and planning out the next arc. I want to do a Final Fantasy crystal chronicle-type world, where there is a miasma present throughout the world and major cities and ...
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Could reflected sunlight from moons provide heat to darkside of tidally locked world?

I was reading through a site describing terraforming the solar system. What interested me most was the idea of turning jupiter into a small star and what would happen to its tidally locked moons, ...
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How should I start worldbuiliding? [closed]

I know a little digital art. I can write and I am a science enthusiast who knows quite a lot about science. What are the to-go tips for a beginner at world building? How should I start? What are some ...
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Where do mountain occur in a continent? [duplicate]

Currently I am working on a world that has a continent which is nearly the size of Australia. So I wanted to know where in this world can mountain ranges and mountain occur and how frequently?
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Finding the area of a nation

How can I find the area of an irregular shape while taking into account the distortions of Equirectangular projection?
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Countries that have different genre settings but set in one world. Is that even possible?

I’m new to worldbuilding and have started building my world last week. The world that I'm trying to make is a paranormal fantasy but as I was building the world I had an idea that I wanted to ...
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How could my non-bipedal intelligent species advance technologically?

On the world i am creating, the lower hemisphere is dominated by what i am currently calling 'Sphinx's' due to that being the initial inspiration for the design. (current concept idea below) They are ...
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What factors need to take place in order for a society to place religious significance on both the primordial soup and intelligent design theories?

Intelligent Design theory, or ID theory, is the theory that life was created according to the designs of an intelligent being, i.e. God. Now, there's another theory: the primordial soup theory, a ...
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Does this summary make sense? [closed]

So I'm writing a story where two parallel earths end up fusing together and are becoming one and through some sort of "magic" they don't end up destroyed. So let's say that on the one earth its ...
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Create a status quo between two fantasy medieval powers

So, I'm creating a medieval setting with a bit of fantasy in it. Like, for example, Druids are really able to heal any wound (if their gods wish so tho.), Griffins are alive and kicking, still, there ...
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Rainfall - poles versus hadley cells

I am attempting to build an earth-like planet using this blog post (mentioned to me by @MonicaCellio). The post is great and I've been able to quickly and easily create a world. I've had a slight ...
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Justifications for a language learned via magical transference?

Say I've got a hero who's been summoned to another world. The inhabitants of this world have been expecting his arrival, and are armed with the knowledge that he won't speak their language. So the ...
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Creating a “Zelda: Breath of the Wild”–style topographic map?

One of my favourite aspects of world building is creating maps and I've done a few in various styles over the years ranging from traditional hand drawn style fantasy maps to more realistic satellite ...

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