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Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how ...
 
We are creating a fantasy world from the ground up - literally! Join our adventure, from the origins of the universe to a new world full of magic. Cohosts (and boyfriends) Alan and Lee will be your guides as we explore different facets of the world and the people who inhabit it with each episode. Podcast airs every other Wednesday with some videos in-between and Bonus content for Patrons. This, is StarStuff Worldbuilding!
 
Each episode, long-time worldbuilding duo Lauren Harris and Adryn Erickson pair with Farm to Taber's plant medicine PhD, Dr. Sarah Taber to interview experts on topics like Ancient Trade Routes or 3D Printing in Space, then use what they learned to brainstorm a sci-fi or fantasy world listeners can use and make their own.
 
Are you worldbuilding for homebrew RPG campaigns, novels, game development, films or anything else? Then you're in the right place! Designed to educate, inspire and entertain, World Anvil's founders Janet (an entertaining nutcase) and Dimitris (relatively sane) chat with creators and academics about the brass tacks of worldbuilding, exploring a new theme each month. Expect topics like Cultures and Societies, Settlements and their needs, Myths and Legends and how to avoid worldbuilding plotho ...
 
I want to write short stories or video games or movies or tv shows or all of the above. I want to make world settings for these works to live in that are insanely fleshed out. I want to make characters with so much depth its heartbreaking. I want to make the world laugh and cry. And I want to inspire others to do the same. As the title suggests my name is Karl Cutler and I want to do these things and I'm starting from zero. I don't have a book in my name, I have no experience or reputation. ...
 
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We discuss our vision for the podcast and the namesake of the project - the magic of StarStuff. Support us as a Patron! Find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook Email us at starstuffworldbuilding@gmail.com Co-hosts are Alan Harvey and Lee Townsend Music by Tyler Townsend Discord admin is Oni Hadwin…
 
Let's talk about Whims. What are they? Who has them? What do they do? What role do they play in the Halûmian cosmos? And why is the episode called the Great Dance? We'll explore all of that this week. Enjoy! ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to…
 
This week, we're focusing on the physical environment of a planet orbiting an M dwarf star. We talk plate tectonics, atmospheric loss, compact multi-planet systems, and how uranium makes things HOT! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUESTS Dr. Wendy Bohon is an earthquake geologist, science communicator, and AAA…
 
In which Adryn finds a new way to annoy Lauren, and Sarah describes the advent of electric reefs (spoilers: it has to do with oil rigs), what makes current breakwater construction ineffective, and why municipalities are so hesitant to adopt electric reefs as protection for their coastlines. It's like no one told them electric reefs are the tits!…
 
The fantasy genre comes in many flavors -- but how do we tease those apart? How important are they when worldbuilding, and how much are they inventions of the demands of marketing? In this episode, we explore the structural conventions, aesthetic flourishes, and reader expectations the define the many glorious subgenres of speculative fiction. Tran…
 
This week, we respond to a listener question, and in doing so, clarify some of the strange and curious things occurring near the end of Aevum Secunda. Much thanks to gonzoblackpanda for their great question! ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to…
 
C.R. Rowenson is back to finish the magic system we started. We talk about runic magic systems, the recent supernova shortage in the Milky Way, and how Sky High is an underrated superhero movie. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST C.R. Rowenson is a trained chemical engineer who's passionate about writing an…
 
The Story Soil Crew and guest Dave Robison chat about Dave's awesome collaborative worldbuilding app, ARCHIVOS, then brainstorm several cities along a fictional trade route, including one with an AnCieNT cUrsE~על ידי Lauren Harris
 
It's a new season! Well, not really. In our first interim episode we re-open that aged folder wherein lie the planes of the Halûmic Cosmos. And in so doing, new light is shed on the border planes... Don't forget to submit your own questions and ideas! If you have a cool idea or a question to ask, now is the time! ——— Curious about something you hea…
 
Sarah regales Lauren, Adryn, and Dave with her favorite trade routes that nobody talks about, plus some juicy worldbuilding tidbits like celery's slutty cousin, cocaine mummies, and why you should always bring a bird with you on long trips.על ידי Lauren Harris
 
When you're building for the near future, how far can you go? Is technology going to doom us, save us, or a bit of both? How does a society make that determination -- and how can your worldbuilding show those choices in action? In this episode with guest PJ Manney, we explore cyberpunk, technothrillers, and other alternate-near-future fiction. We a…
 
It may be the end for Parresari, but the world of Sudar will continue to spin (partially because of Parresari's sacrifice). What's next for the island of Tensitung? The people? Thanks so much to listening to Season 3 of Lorekeepers! Stick around next week as we begin our inter-season explorations. Until then, there will always be more stories to te…
 
Julia Schifini joins me to talk about the worldbuilding in Netflix's adaptation series, Shadow and Bone. We talk about catholic sainthood, mythical deer, explaining your magic system, and much more! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Julia Schifini is a podcaster, voice actor, mythology buff, and fellow fan…
 
Our third season begins! We go back to the basics of worldbuilding -- and then we think about how to level up! When we're digging deep on our motto of "Choose, don't presume," what does that mean as we do more and more of it? How much work do you make for yourself as a writer? How does your worldbuilding serve your story and your characters? And, a…
 
The end is near! We take a short jaunt afield from Parresari proper to fully understand what's occuring during Aevum Quartus and how the destruction of our fair city plays into that. ——— Referenced Episodes Strife-spire, the cause of millenia of conflict: Ep. 1.25 The Bellum Obscura, the eternal war of all wars: Ep. 1.67 Parresari, beating heart of…
 
This week we imagined what life might be like on a world where the appearance of the night sky changes every year. Get ready for some 8-legged fun! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Dr. Lauren Esposito is an arachnologist and assistant curator at the California Academy of Sciences. Lauren co-founded the co…
 
As we continue to wrap up the last days of Parresari, the implications grow until we discover potentially very strange things about the whole strange city. What becomes of it all? Also Joe Rogan and Runescape. Hmm. ——— Referenced Episodes The Bellum Obscura, the eternal war of all wars: Ep. 1.67 Parresari, beating heart of the Golden-hour rush: Ep.…
 
We close out our second year of the podcast with another listener Q&A episode! Thanks to all of our wonderful listeners who supplied us with themes to riff on, from military ranks to looms to particular tools of worldbuilding. Transcript for Episode 52 (Thank you, wonderful scribes!)על ידי worldbuildingformasochists
 
The end has finally come. It's time to talk about the last days of Parresari, and what becomes of the city. Does it go out with a bang or a whimper? And why? What paracosmic implications hang in the balance? Enjoy. ——— Referenced Episodes Umak, Mutestriss of Anasthasia: Ep. 1.50 The Bellum Obscura, the eternal war of all wars: Ep. 1.67 Parresari, b…
 
Exolore is leaning more towards fantasy this week as C.R. Rowenson teaches us how to build magic systems! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST C.R. Rowenson is a trained chemical engineer who's passionate about writing and building magic systems. You can follow him on twitter @ClarkRRowenson, find fantastic r…
 
We start out this week by examining a fresh cult, worshippers of the Deep and Dark. What do the wealthy of Parresari think of ancient monsters? What do the monsters want? And how is it like golf? Anyways, in classic Lorekeepers fashion it tumbles down the hill from there. Listen to the chaos, and enjoy! ——— Referenced Episodes Spans, the Primal Ent…
 
Gender is a construct -- so how is it built in your fantasy world? There's hardly a better place to interrogate our assumptions about societies, from ideas about marriage and family to established power structures to fashion and fripperies. E. J. Beaton joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about how we can examine, investigate, challenge, and rei…
 
There are all sorts of different players in the growing spheres of Parresari. As we wrap up the season, we take one last look at who some of these individuals might be: the Lodge of Adamantine Artifact Investigations and Requesitioning. That's right, it's another absurdly named magicians group. We have a type. ——— Referenced Episodes Enchanters, th…
 
Multitude's very own Brandon Grugle joins us to talk about sound design in podcasting! HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Brandon Grugle is Head of Production at Multitude who has produced and sound designed absolute gems like Join the Party and Next Stop, plus many many others! You can learn more about Bra…
 
Somehow we developed a fascist dictator, a rebellion, and didn't truly consider the implications of any of it. But thanks to our loving listeners (that's you!), we gave the Parresarians a second chance to reclaim their home from the tyranny of Iulia Ano. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about …
 
For our fiftieth episode, we welcome an all-star panel of guests who write in major franchises! Delilah Dawson, Tini Howard, David Mack, and Mike Chen tell us what it's like to write for Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel comics, and other IP worlds, from having seventeen editors to bringing their own perspectives and values to established universes. Tra…
 
Not everyone has aphantasia. Most people don't! But it is easy to forget sometimes. This week the Lorekeepers take some much-needed time to fully explore the subdivisions of Parresari. Where does the wealth reside? How is the floating harbor divided? What are the "Pearls" of Parresari? And why do the rich rarely meet the Tidelings in person? Refere…
 
Game designer and computational linguist Kathryn Hymes joins us to talk about the games she's created and her process for making it happen! HOSTED by Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist GUEST Kathryn Hymes is 50% of the indie studio Thorny Games, where she makes games about language and cryptography. She is a multiple time Indi…
 
It is a Parresarian struggle to do all the good one wishes to do. Sometimes, they bite off far more than they can chew. What happens when refugees from a far-off war seek a home on the island of Tensitung? This week we return to the "homesteaders," those individuals gifted an artifact which can create magical air bubbles deep beneath the waves. Tha…
 
Picture it: It's a sweltering summer day, ninety degrees in the shade, heat mirages glimmering on the horizon. Can your characters strip down to their skivvies? Roll up their sleeves? Hike up their skirts? Or might they be shamed for so much as unbuttoning their collar? What cultural factors of religion, economy, gender, and sexuality play into tha…
 
Life on the Marion Ocean isn't always easy, nor are the inhabitants fair to all. This week, we investigate the Honorless and "Seeple" (blame Carter), people who call no dry land their home. Referenced Episodes Cepulus, ascended goddess of inspiration: ep. 3.21 ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more …
 
In this episode, I explain what plate tectonics, stellar chemistry, and galactic dynamics have to do with habitability AND how I think they can be used in cool worldbuilding. HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist. You can watch Moiya's public talk about her research on YouTube here. SPONSORS! - Inked Gaming: inkedga…
 
The Story Soil trio and guest host, herbalist Isaac Vars, brainstorm a science fiction world involving herby space monks. So, basically, Isaac. Listen in for the process of going from information to inspiration to full-on idea as we build the bones of a sci-fi system and religious group you can take and make your own.…
 
Though it has hardly been acknowledged, there are other towns on the island of Tensitung. What are their relationships to Parresari? Do they get along? What are the people like? This week we investigate the town of Borristi, a small hamlet outside of Parresari. ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more…
 
If your character finds an ancient mask half-buried in a field, is that just a cool remnant of an older culture, or are they about to unleash a demonic apocalypse? This week, Marina Lostetter joins us to talk about artefacts, archaeology, and the interpretation of material culture over time! Some of the ancient artefacts in your world might be plot…
 
CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes conversations about Nazis, Nazism, and Kristallnacht. What is the legacy of the Ano Occupation? This week we explore the Night of the Burning shore, a (erroneously-named) weeks-long celebration of a now-distant battle. The way that people perceive the past may have change, yet it still holds a place in the mem…
 
Ever want to know what a trained herbalist would keep in his saddle bag, or how he might poison an evil witch king? In this episode, Lauren, Adryn, and Sarah interview their first guest--herbalist and spiritual cunning man, Isaac Vars of Deep Earth Arts and the Three of Cups Podcast.על ידי Story Soil Podcast, Isaac Vars
 
This week the Lorkeepers take a chance on a wild idea from the mind of Carter: lava crabs! Who are they? Where do they come from? What are they doing in Parresari? Enjoy! ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can find out more about it in the Record of the Lorekeeper! ——— Want to learn more about Halûme? Got some id…
 
Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care? Well... Yeah! If you're building a world, the concept of the passage of time is likely to matter. How long is your year? How do you name the months and days? How small or large are your units of measuring time? And how can you convey all of that to a reader without making it feel l…
 
Lauren and Adryn brainstorm a fantasy world with a wild warp magic that can only be stopped by a tree with special properties, reaffirm their love of Fire Babas, and learn a few clutch environmental details from a boozy Sarah.על ידי Lauren Harris
 
In a nice, abbreviated package we introduce a new figure to the continuing tale of Parresari. She's a mermaid by the name Mezami and goes from being a damp Mister Rogers to Ataturk. Enjoy! Related Episodes The Occupation of Honor Ano, imperious elven conquerors: ep. 3.18&19 ——— Curious about something you heard in this episode? Chances are you can …
 
From ballads to books to TikToks, how do the people in your world communicate their own stories and information? The consideration involves answering a lot of questions about literacy, technology, and your culture's values. C. L. Clark, author of The Unbroken, joins us to discuss the texts-within-texts and how to build them into your fantasy world!…
 
It's back to the godmill again to discover a new being of great power, this time localized to the Marion ocean and with a twist: they've ascended from mortality. Along the way, we discuss everything from the Whelming to dragonborn to lightning and divine inspiration. Related Episodes The Drakenfall, storm of dragons: ep. 1.2 Najani, guiding hand of…
 
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