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 fictional world; use [natural-resources] instead.

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Is it okay to use real-world literary figures? [closed]

In my world's lore and history, there a mythical figures and heroes in it. My world is not Earth, but rather a different world (think ATLA or skyrim kind of different). I was wondering if I am able to ...
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Are there any non-organic resources that are rare in the grand-scheme of the Universe, but common on Earth?

I have been world-building a setting where a species of advanced aliens invades Earth, only to be forced off after the humans resort to guerilla tactics. In this setting, biological life is abundant ...
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At 1.5 g of constant acceleration, how long does it take to get to 0.93c?

I just finished reading Andy Weir’s “Project Hail Mary”. He crafted a situation where a ship with was able to travel to Tau Ceti, some 13 light years distant. Having crew, he limited the ...
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Software for simulating a slice of an atmosphere?

For my world, I want to simulate a 2d vertical slice of an atmosphere, to test if my assumptions about it are correct. The software needs to support gas compression via gravity, different gasses used ...
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Biblaridion's equation for making a star based off its luminosity

I have searched for at least 45 minutes and I can't seem to find it. If you don't know what I'm talking about, in Biblaridion's first Alien Biospheres Video, he mentioned the you could calculate a ...
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Which fictional universes make good examples for formal analysis? [closed]

I am writing a paper on a way to apply category theory (WP, nLab) to literary analysis. My plan is to explain allegories (WP, nLab) as a way of formalizing the structure in fictional universes, and to ...
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Technology disparities between nations and internal organizations [closed]

I'm doing a series of world-building for an alternate world in a very low magic setting, basic premise is that 3000 years ago, in a dnd like a world, Wizards in order to prevent magical wars from ...
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What will real space vehicles look like in the future?

Most sci-fi today is imho unimaginative and unrealistic when it comes to future orbital and interplanetary vessel design. What will spaceships and habitats look like when we build them in zero-g using ...
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3D models for steampunk components [closed]

I'm looking to do design/fabrication of some steampunk accessories. I want to find component-level models of stuff like gears, pistons, gauges, etc. Can anyone point me to resources? I've done ...
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I've got the world, story and scenes...where do I go from there to make them real? [closed]

More of a do and show person, not really good with words. Got movies in my head and remember them for years to the most miniscule detail...as If I was inside them. Collected memories seen through the ...
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Tools for workshopping celestial body orbits

I am working on a scifi setting that mostly takes place among the moonlets and boulders of a gas giant's ring system. The humans living in this world travel slowly, in primitive spacecraft, between ...
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Creating new world [closed]

I'm not very talented in painting. I'm looking for an app or website where I can create my fantasy planet, a uniform or a plant. Are there any?
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How to transfer a fantasy map onto a globe and back

I made a nice fantasy map with some really interesting geographic constellations, fitting my story. The climate zones don't fit, however. I found the tool, Map to Globe where I can upload my map to ...
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How do i make a galaxy map similiar to this?

https://imgur.com/uvveadM This is a star wars galaxy map i found. I have inkarnate but i dont think its possible to make a galaxy map like this on it.If anyone knows of any tutorials that could help ...
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Are there any tools that people use to generate borders during alternate histories?

I personally think that this question is only slightly more suited for Worldbuilding Main rather than the Worldbuilding Meta, but I'm not sure where else to ask. Is there a website that I could use ...
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How do I find collaborators to help build a new world? [closed]

I'm new to worldbuilding, so it would be good to find more experienced people who can help me build my first world. I know this isn't a discussion forum, so where would I go to find the support that I'...
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Guide to medieval combat [closed]

There are many questions that ask about how medieval combat would work in one situation or another. What I am looking for are some books that document how medieval combat works, so I can learn more ...
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Sorts of members, shapes and its creatures

I've been searching for a, at least for now, undefinable material that is other sort of creatures that has shapes and members on a different quantity/format from the habitual to us humans to see. ...
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Feasibility of Capturing high energy atoms and energy in electromagnetic wave in cosmic rays, how to implement near planets?

I read this question about feasibility of capturing hydrogen from the Solar wind a while ago. Hydrogen in solar wind was exploited in that discussion. Here, does cosmic ray often close in towards a ...
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Can solar energy be used to desalinate seawater in Australia? [closed]

An Australian company is going to send solar energy 1, 2 to Singapore and likely to Indonesia. Could or shall Lake Eyre basin be flooded with desalinated seawater using the solar energy harvested at ...
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A universal formula to predict which gas can or cannot stay within bound of a natural satellite or planet?

Given the following graph: , Relations exist among the escape velocities, molar masses of gases and the masses of natural planets and satellites. Is there a general math formula where inserting a ...
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How Much Solar Wind Does A Star Produce?

I need someone to give me a way to figure out how fast the solar wind from a star with a known mass travels, as well as how much solar wind the star releases in a given amount of time. I hope that it ...
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What Tools to use to generate a fantasy world map with some preset parameters?

I have a world I would like to use for a fiction I am using, and the free tools I got from google (first page) mostly don't do it well. The world is a Disc. The landmass is about 475 million square ...
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Maps of star clusters

Inside star clusters, there are regions where stars are within 1 light year of each other. I wish to create a sci-fi setting in one of these regions. To start, I have tried to find maps/charts of ...
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Would categorizing planes of existence be considered dumbing down or enriching when it comes to worldbuilding?

The world that I'm making draws strong influence from a multitude of religions, mythology, and folklore, and that extends to the planes from occult beliefs. These planes are the Physical Plane, Astral ...
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What software should I use for making phylogenetic tree/cladograms?

So I'm currently drawing lots of creatures to fill the planet of my world building project. But I would like to show them in a organized way - in a phylogenetic tree. Sure I can draw the line myself ...
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A tool to keep track of asynchronous events on a calendar?

I've got an urban fantasy story set a few decades ago that heavily involves vampires and werewolves, and as such, when exactly the sun and moon were out on a given day is important information for me ...
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A tool that draws the borders around settlements automatically [closed]

So im really not sure if this is the correct place to ask this, however i cant think of another place where it would be more appropriate to ask, so correct me if this is the wrong place to post! So i ...
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Does anyone know of a stellar map that gives the distance between the nearest systems? [closed]

What im looking is for something like this but with more stars
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How much do stars brighten as they age? [closed]

Typical worldbuilding resources give some approximate equations for the luminosity of a main sequence star as a function of its mass, e.g. L = M4 (relative to the Sun's mass and luminosity, for stars ...
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What basic goods do I need to make a functioning High-Fantasy trade system

This is my first time ever posting. Please let me know If I've done anything wrong and I'll do my best to correct it. This is my first time attempting to create a functional world in D&D5e and I'm ...
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Finding out the mass of a black hole for it to last ten thousand years

In my story, one of the characters essentially possesses something akin to true invulnerability and is essentially immortal due to [redacted]. In this part of the story, a group of terrorists with ...
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Timeline Building Tool/Software for parallel timelines

This is my first post on this site. I have done some searching here and elsewhere and was unable to find an answer, so here goes: I'm working on a story that exists both in real-world Earth and a ...
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Is there a site where I can simulate injuries or external events on humans?

As a sort of follow up to this question, I'm looking for a (preferably free and no download needed) site that will let me simulate events on humans so I can get an accurate idea on how my characters ...
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Is there a website that will allow me to create a fictional calendar?

Is there a website that will allow me to create a fictional calendar? I have already created the actual system, named the months, days of the week, and so on, but I would like to create an actual ...
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Books about Insults Across Cultures

I am trying to come up with insults and swears for some fictional races. Their cultures pretty well mapped out, but I am still having some trouble. I figured the best source of inspiration would be to ...
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Basic/core vocabulary for a general-use fantasy language? [duplicate]

So, when it comes to words, people cut corners. With various rules, they combined pre-existing words into new ones. While it's true the results were often horrifying (giraffe/zsiráf = foltos ...
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Magically binding contract or oath: text example template

I find myself in need of the rules and text body of an oath for a magic and/or devil contract. Here are my thoughts: Does magic rely on the collective subconscious, or personal minds involved to ...
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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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What sets of stellar models are freely available for reference when worldbuilding?

Often, when I'm building a world, I want to start out by determining some of its key properties. Maybe I'm trying to calculate a habitable zone, or figure out how long a year would be on a particular ...
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Poison Detection Trials

I want to make an assassins competition which would involve players being presented with a number of poisons and having to identify them. I have thought of using Hellebore, Hemlock, Foxglove, ...
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Names based on real world culture

I'm trying to name the gods of the pantheon of my world with names inspired by real world cultures and civilizations. My concern is that I come up with names that aren't culturally insensitive; ...
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What tool or Program can be used to add "info pins" to custom fantasy maps

Firstly, Allow me to apologize if this is not relevant on on topic for this stack exchange, but I'm at a loss here and hope someone can help. I have created a rough map for my world using Krita (...
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Resource request: Biogenic materials with super tensile/shear/compressive strength or stiffness

I think a list of biogenic (i.e: produced by life processes) materials with remarkable properties would make everyone's lives on the site easier. Of course, super is pretty objective, so we're ...
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What are resources that would help realize an underwater world?

Like how mermaids would experience and perceive life underwater. Want something grittier then the inconsequential, and uninspired in my opinion, way the Aquaman movie portrayed an entirely underwater ...
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Factors that determine the geology of a planet (what factors determine the elemental composition of the planet)

This is my first world and I want to build in a way that is physically possible (if this is possible, otherwise make the necessary changes) for my civilization (which is mostly fleshed out) but I don'...
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What fantasy worldbuilding 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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Resource Request: Myths and Believable Exaggerations, Creation

So, a lot of conflict in my story comes from misunderstanding and false information, here's a small sample: Myth: Dragons represent the sin of greed Fact: Being partly modeled after lace monitors ...
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What are some of the most powerful theoretical sources of energy?

So, in most sci-fi worldbuilding, there inevitably is a need for powerful energy sources to do all the magic, which simple energy sources such as burning coals, energy from the earth and possibly even ...
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Software for creating a 3D planet [duplicate]

(Sorry for my English, it's not my native language. I use Google translate.) I am looking for one or more software programs to create a sphere in 3D with longitudes, latitudes, etc. I want to be able ...
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