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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Any advice on world building when magic world is separate from modern world? Maybe questions I should ask myself? [closed]

Like with Narnia being through a closet and the situation with Hogwart. Mine is basically a hidden magical country (I might make it a world). I intend for some events to take place in the normal world....
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I'm making a story about a clash between two cultures I made one but need help with the other, please help [closed]

So the story is set hundreds of years in the future after a modern bronze age style collapse occurred. the Protagonist is an Arab Christian warrior serving an Islamic Caliphate that borders the Ottawa ...
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How would blood types and blood transfusions work in a setting with widely different humanoid races? [closed]

This is something I think is almost always overlooked in science fiction settings. Do different races have completely different blood types from those of say humans? Could a Klingon from Star Trek ...
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Problems related to breathable liquid and deep sea diving

I was reading a bit over the idea of modifying a human to be able to withstand diving great depths/adequately function underwater and the mention of a lung filled with per-fluorocarbon and a machine ...
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My setting has a multiverse, how could the agency in charge of naming them and documenting them tell them apart?

They'd be documented and named similar to how NASA give names to planets or stars. Since there is literally an infinite number of universes, I think they'd have a name followed by a Roman numeral. ...
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An amusement park in space

I am wondering what could make an amusement park better if it was in zero G? the people that will visit are already used to living in zero gravity, so something that would amuse us earthlings for them ...
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Is it possible to go too far with fantastical worldbuilding?

All my ideas are really far fetched fantastical, way stranger than one would be used too, crazy unrealistic with its magic, and I worry about the accessibility of these worlds to an audience. Is ...
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Different ways of going about worldbuilding besides making up words and drawing maps?

I'm really not interested in creating a language for my world, especially having to make up names for the peoples and places. Or drawing maps. Mainly because I'm neither a good linguist nor a good ...
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Outside of architecture, what other things can be considered city “style”? [closed]

In the design of cities, you add a style factor to a city to flesh it out for your readers and players to give it a solid foundation as a place to visit. The primary style is its architecture. ...
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What fantasy wordbuilding 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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Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires Due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere

So, I've heard that above around 35% O2 concentration in Earth-like atmospheres leads to wildfires that just never go out. I'm thinking of using this like California, with its regularly occuring ...
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How long would a medium sized city last if transplanted to another world?

I'm creating a story where a couple of cities across the globe have been transplanted into a different world. About a five mile sphere around a centered point in a city has been taken. They are neatly ...
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How to reduce the lethality of Strangelets?

So, as far as science fiction is concerned, Strangelets are very potent. They are so stable that they convert normal matter into strangelets as well, 100% conversion, emitting gamma radiation in the ...
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How can I integrate science and magic? [closed]

(third and last question in a span of a few hours, I hope I'm not breaking a rule) If in my world, magic is just "cosmic energy" or just energy that exists in the "gray area" of every atom, element, ...
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Binary star system i need help finding habitable zone [duplicate]

I have revamped my queshton a 3th time so i can get my ansure. The last 2 times i forgot something or got my math wrong. so i hope i got it all and got my math right, third times a charm. I have a ...
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I need help with the math of this Binary star system [duplicate]

I have talked before about this system in one of my other questions. I have figured out some more info about the planets/stars. I want to know where is the habitable zone and any other info you can ...
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How would a binary star system with a planet with 2 moons work? If possible

I am creating a solar system that has a binary star system. The system has 3 planets. The closest being like Mercury. The next being the planet that supports life and being slightly larger then earth....
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What could hinder a highly developed species from erasing humanity from the surface of earth? [closed]

Sorry for my poor English. Me and google translator are doing our best to translate my question properly. My story evolve around sentient planets. Let’s imagine every Planet in my universe is ...
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How to maintain a large empire with pre-industrial revolution technology? [closed]

Putting the corruption of the political system and internal strife aside. Lets assume a Roman empire, something like Trajan's border, type empire that has a decently strong central government, but ...
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How can I break down the task of designing alien commodities and items? [closed]

Most sci-fi stories depict aliens as humanoid; walking upright, having two arms and two legs, and a head on top. Sometimes the number of appendages varies, but they more or less resemble humans in ...
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How to make a long lasting peace at the Medieval ages?

as known in the medieval ages wars and death were a normal thing and wars were frequent, in my world, there are two super nations with equal power, but I want to eventually unite them against a third ...
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How do I resolve science-based problems in my worldbuilding?

I want my story to be science-based. I want there to be technical jargon that goes over most people's heads (the average Joe shouldn't question it). But I keep running into a problem... I'll come up ...
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What could the motivation be for god-like beings to create sentient life? [closed]

In the process of creating the backstory of my world, I came to a major roadblock. That roadblock is: why would the gods of my setting create a world for multiple species of sentient life? Context: ...
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How will forced memory loss work?

So I'm writing a gag comic about a superhero blessed with a plethora of abilities collectively called "Omnipotence" but with it comes two catches. Everything that is directly or indirectly affected ...
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Designing society for happiness

I’m designing a utopia but there’s one problem remaining. The setting is one of a highly advanced human society. We’ve eliminated disease and allowed the natural environment to replenish. ...
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How can demon technology be prevented from surpassing humans?

A being known as Dea is the creator of all things in the multiverse. It created human beings as living batteries in order to fuel him and give him power. Dea feeds off of human worship, which he uses ...
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What are the components of a Von Neumann probe? [closed]

A Von Neumann probe is a theoretical space probe based on the 'Universal Assembler' concept. The probe would be capable of using raw materials found in the universe to create copies of itself, thereby ...
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How can I avoid scientific genetic engineering in a story about a biological creature's DNA manipulation?

I have a story based around DNA manipulation by biological creatures that evolved into what they are today, but can gain abilities by taking the DNA of other creatures. The story is set in the ...
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Tricks for naming worlds [closed]

One thing I have seen time and time again are people giving their worlds names. Personally, I find this a rather difficult process, since everyone in my world calls their Earth 'Earth' and the people ...
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What's a Good Sphere-Mapping Resource?

After reading the help sections for asking questions, I am now confident that my question does in fact appear to be on-topic and in scope for this website. I currently use a page called PlanetMaker ...
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Creating a Realistic-Looking Rocky Moon

Originally I was going to ask for help in the process of designing moons in general, but this is such a vast topic that I decided to narrow it down. I'm trying to create rocky moons or planets. I ...
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How can a super consciousness contend with the erasure of a soul?

What we call "God" is actually a catch all term for the human consciousness, which we are all apart of. This super consciousness is connected to all human souls, and binds us together on a lower level ...
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Can Someone Help Me Determine Plate Divisions?

I have a world designed called Ser. I want to place tectonic plates so that they can explain how the current landmasses formed. Below shows the 6 major continents of the world. As continents are ...
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How Can I Explain a Giant Equatorial Gash?

I have a moon in my story that has a thin, deep gash or canyon that lies on its equator and spans the entire moon. My original idea involved the sudden orbital decay of a ring system, caused by a ...
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How Can I Draw a Realistic Topographic Map?

I have a planet I created. I have the water and land boundaries, and I have the important mountain ranges, forests, and deserts defined. Now that I've done this, I want to turn my cartoony world map ...
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Explaining Planet Colors/Compositions

I want to be able to explain: the coloration of my planets when I create them, but I don't have enough knowledge on the colors of elements or chemical compounds. I have done extensive research into ...
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What are some resources for mythopoesis?

I would greatly appreciate any info or resources for building an appropriate artificial mythology for a world. For reference, I am reading "The Gods of Pegana" and I already went through the ...
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Making a Wainscot Fantasy From Scratch - Where to Begin? [closed]

Many wainscot settings are loosely based on a bunch of inspirations, in part or in full, while also having a lot of stuff added on. However, some 'splats' (types of entities living behind the wainscot)...
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Do I have to rename all creatures in a new world? [closed]

I'm building a whole new world for a table top RPG so I don't want to completely alienate my players from the world. But if I want to include horses or whales, do I need to reinvent the wheel and make ...
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To Handwave or Not to Handwave

...That is the question. In my previous question, I asked about coilguns, how powerful we could make them and their plausibility. In that thread, and the discussion I had with Starfish Prime ...
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How can my story take place on earth without refering to our existing cities and countries [closed]

My story shall take place on Earth with the human race as the dominant species. I imagine the technological and scientific progress to be 10 to 20 years in the future from now (our current real life ...
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What levels of Argon and Neon (along with other factors) are needed to make the entire sky orange and sustainable for life?

I've read several sites and even questions on here where the sky would appear almost white or light blue if it orbited an orange dwarf star. However, that is if the planet has the same atmosphere as ...
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How would a militaristic society that viewed the laws of war sacred develop? [closed]

While different nations have different laws of war, this society has laws of war similar to those followed by the United States Armed Forces; how would a militaristic society develop that saw its laws ...
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How to introduce/fit fantastical elements into a realistic story?(Article/Book recommendations) [closed]

"Follow the characters," this is the advice that I've been following after reading interviews with Stephen King's, Orson Scott Card's and Brandon Sanderson's advice. However, I noticed I have come ...
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Procedural Map Creation - Software or Program to create? [duplicate]

Trying to create a map for my fictional world. Obviously, I can do bits like color a paper blue and throw some random green shapes on there to create the land masses. However, the more I look into ...
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When creating a fantasy nation, how deeply should I dive into it, and what parts aren't required to know? [closed]

I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making ...
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Solar insolation/flux's effect on biome diversity/richness on an alien world

The Questions I'm trying to answer three main questions: Does a three-axis biome chart make sense for my world? How productive/life-rich should a biome be given a specific level of solar flux (...
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A list of worldbuilding resources

We are occasionally asked for advice about the worldbuilding process. By its creative and imaginative nature, the process of worldbuilding doesn't have a single obvious starting point or a step-by-...
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Designing a worldbuilding workshop for policymakers [closed]

I'm an economic researcher and I think that worldbuilding as an exercise could offer some valuable tools to policymakers as they try to imagine possible futures and then design policies which would ...
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How can a new country break out from a developed country without war?

I'm in need of the backstory on how a country was able to form and break out from a rich western and well developed country. I basically had to hit a reset switch in order for some of the future plans ...

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