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Questions tagged [worldbuilding-resources]

For questions seeking resources intended to help people with building a fictional world, such as books and software relating to worldbuilding itself (rather than the world that is being built). Consider also [software-recommendations]. Not for use for questions on natural resources within a ...

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What are some real world sources of mental impairment that I can use in my magic system? [closed]

What are some real word diseases, disorders, drugs, effects, etc. that interfere with a person's thinking-ability (but do not cause blackout)? I am creating a magic system in which I want to create ...
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Creating a layout of the city [closed]

I want to create a layout for the city in my story(like streets, lakes, buildings etc..) or maybe we can call it town planning. I have the list of all the things that exist but I'm unable to keep them ...
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New Hologram World with touch and feel, Possible? Land, Water, Fire, Air, Sky with touch and feel Hologram? [closed]

I'm curious if it's possible for humans to create a Hologram World. Atmosphere for Hologram World: Touch and feel for all living and non living objects in the world Living Hologram objects which ...
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Is there software to help me model tides?

I have a planet orbiting a roughly Sun-like star, accompanied by a moon that's a bit more massive than our own Moon. The surface is about two-thirds water and one-third land, with most of the land in ...
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Anyone know of a good software for making a galaxy map?

Pretty straightforward one here, I’m just looking for something to design a galactic map with. I would like to not only name and mark planet/systems but also draw out borders between empires and ...
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Why would an elder god who depends on human worship limit the amount that it gets?

This is a follow up question to this older question: How can I use my dominance of the software industry to get my customers to worship an eldritch abomination that they don't believe in? Hastur, ...
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Map recources pre existing and creation

I'm looking for maps of Pangea Proxima/ Ultima that have biomes labeled. As I am basing a world build from them.
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Random word generation [closed]

Is there any generator available online that will let me input x amount of letters, and generate random words? ie if I used BHKDAIE, could generate all 4 letter words (non-English also) using any ...
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Tools for drawing on (Google) Maps

I'm creating alternate history and I need to plot my modifications on actual maps. I'm looking for an online tool (website) where you can add drawings on a base map with precision, zoom it in and ...
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Herb and plant creation with real life botany information

I've been on the worldbuilding StackExchange for a little while now and I have yet to see a specific line of questioning. How do I design and create flora for my world? As this particular question may ...
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Looking for an Explanation of Time Dilation I can program into a CLI calculator [closed]

Thanks but I can code it, not what I am looking for I am just looking for an explanation or equation that is clear and not too heavy in parlance for how these trips would be to people of Earth and ...
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In order to build a fantasy world, what basic pillars are needed? [closed]

In order to build fantasy worlds; The Lord of the Rings (novel) and Warcraft (Game), what basic pillars; maps, languages, races, history, characters, etc., are needed? What is a world building process ...
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How can I tell what my ringed planet will look like from the surface?

I'm considering writing a fantasy novel which takes place on a world with a ring. This ring is a very important part of the story, and I therefore want to be as accurate as possible in describing what ...
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Is there a software (preferrably free) that can help me make a map from a preset land mask?

I already have a land mask (view below) from a basic world map generator, but I need anyway that will help me place mountains, deserts, rivers, cities, etc on it. And, if possible, a height map from ...
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Rocky planet height maps [closed]

anybody know where to find real height maps/bump maps of all the rocky planets and moons large enough to colonize in our solar system? Building 3D models and i want to terraform oceans forests and ...
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Can Anyone Recommend a Tool for Map Building? [duplicate]

I would like to make a map for black & white inclusion in a book. I'd like to have lines of latitude and longitude, and be able to drop cities. Could anyone recommend a good map building tool ...
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Is there something like “Open Source Elvish”?

I am preparing world for my novel. One of the races in my world is elves. To make my world believable I would like to incorporate the Elvish language. I am big fan of Tolkien or Sapkowski's Elvish ...
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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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What tools are there to help me draw my symbol? [closed]

I'm designing an esoteric symbol to use in a story. I have zero experience with this but can use drawing/CAD softwares. Where can I find some resources on how to design a symbol? I guess a good list ...
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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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Where can I learn more about 1700 era boating?

I want to write about men out doing whaling and fishing with the type of technology similar to that of early 1700s boating. They are going to have a blunderbuss, use old harpoon fishing, sail boats ...
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What are the best books on geology and plate tectonics for worldbuilders?

I am trying to achieve the best possible accuracy for new planets, for determining landmasses and continents and then gravity, axial tilts, day length, tides, seasons and so, without going too deep ...
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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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Why animals have to breathe? [closed]

First time poster, let me know if this is not about world building. I am not asking about the function of respiration nor the chemical effect of oxygen and stuff. I am asking if there is any good ...
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References to evil star myths?

I'm in a D&D campaign where astronomy plays a big deal. I want to name drop and reference some good astrology myths about evil or cursed stars, but I'm having an awful time finding anything. The ...
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How do I make the grammatical evolution of my language realistic?

We've had questions on constructed languages (conlangs) before--their inventories, sound changes and phonotactics--but we rarely if ever talk about the grammar change. When designing a naturalistic ...
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Are there lists for magic spells where I can base my spells on? [closed]

Are there lists for magic spells where I can base my spells on? I found a site long ago but I can't find it anymore when I was about to use it on my story. Is there anything you can recommend where I ...
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Worldbuilding & Climate: How does the sun affect a simple sphere with atmosphere?

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 complex because, frankly, lacking anything that could be ...
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How can I figure out the territorial needs for my Werewolves?

There are lots of different creatures that are loosely based on wolves. The most prominent one is probably the Werewolf, a mix of a human and a wolf. But there are also others, such as Dire Wolves or ...
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Fantasy: Swords, Sorcery and Slavery -truth vs trope [closed]

I'm editing a fantasy novel that includes slavery -or the relatively new introduction of slavery. I feel the practical complications of slavery, moral and economic, have been overlooked. Questions: ...
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What would Alien Talking Heads sound like?

We know from the International Pronunciation Alphabet (IPA) and the research that gave us the IPA, what sounds typically used in human speech (certainly not all sounds that can be made). This is all ...
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What is (if any) the commonly accepted phonetic set for a fictitious language?

I am working on developing a fictitious language, and was wondering if there exists a commonly accepted set of phonemes which could be used. I specifically don't want it to be similar to Indo-...
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Program for simulating planets

I am currently constructing a fantasy world, where the sun and moon revolve around the planet, which itself is stationary. Because of this, it is quite difficult to imagine how the climate zones would ...
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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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Where can I look up information for creating a magic system based on Tarot?

I am currently trying to find information about different magic systems for an RPG. There are a lot of possibilities as to what could be a potential starting point for a magic system and I recently ...
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Building a small town with zero funding: first steps

Building a new city from scratch could cost around 20 billion dollars (ref [this article][1]) and could take around 50 years to reach a population of a few million (ref this post). If one had a large ...
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Real world datasets on medieval/early-modern military strength of cities/territories? [closed]

There's a lot of high quality discussion here on determining historically realistic values for military/population/economic/etc parameters for cities-countries-etc. I'm wondering if anyone is aware ...
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How to make a supermassive creature survive in space? [duplicate]

I want to implement a massive organic being into a comic im making. The story goes like this, there is a dying "birthing mother", a being that can edit DNA and births the common soldier within this ...
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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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Searching for a database of real historical names

I'm building a world builder out of a SQL database. I'm going to use an implementation of Markov chains to build up lists of 1,000's of names. I'd like those names to have some consistency, so I plan ...
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How To Make a Purple Sky? [duplicate]

So I'm making a world where one polar half of the planet is purple and the other is blue (in the middle it mixed, like purple/blue). I've done a lot of research on sky color and found that purple was ...
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What are some relatively detailed programs or resources for simulating planet-wide evolution?

A year ago, I asked a couple questions about a world I was building where the all the ecosystems in a planet were designed from scratch by a galactic consortium of species (1, 2, 3). I'm revisiting ...
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How would one go about making a star map for a planet that is within 50 ly of Earth?

I have a planetary system orbiting the star 18 Scorpii, 45.3 ly from Earth, and I would like to create a stellar map for it. My search for software showing the constellations from other stars has come ...
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How big were medieval cities?

My world includes a medieval city which contained a castle, a cathedral, university developed from a former monastery, a guild hall, a market place and number of houses and small farming families - ...
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Steam power in canister form?

So I'm writing a scifi/Fantasy story and the setting is a primitive steampowered era. No electricity, gun powder, etc. I was wondering how realistically storing steam power in canisters for mobile use ...
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How would a medieval doctor identify a poison that was administered through a cut?

How would a medieval doctor identify a poison that was administered through a cut? Is it strictly by symptoms? If the implement is produced, would that help in identifying the poison? The story is ...
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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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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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How far away does a planet need to be from its star to have Earth-like conditions?

So, for the sake of this question, let's pretend that this hypothetical planet has a similar or the same atmosphere, tilt, gravity, size, and mass as Earth. If you switch out the star--say to a blue, ...
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What realistic data for a game based on management of polluting plants?

I am not a writer nor an artist but I am creating a video game and I am looking for a realistic imaginary world based on science. I am looking for realistic data to support the strategical framework ...