Worldcasting Podcast

Worldcasting Podcast

Join us for some casual discussions about the craft of worldbuilding aimed at giving general advice, best practices, and support on the meta topics in the craft. Season 2 has ended. We'll be back soon with new hosts, guests, and lots of fun episodes! In the meantime, check out Worldbuilding Magazine for awesome new articles, ideas, interviews, and artwork. Worldcasting is an affiliate production of Worldbuilding Magazine.... Show More

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July 14, 2020 54 min

Justice Arman and Anthony Joyce join us in this episode, discussing their newest publication Elminster's Guide to Candlekeep, written in collaboration with Ed Greenwood. Tyler discusses with them the process of creating the definitive guide to a place in the Forgotten Realms that many have claimed was impossible to define through maps and guides, which has too many spires to be counted, and which Justice and Anthony expanded up...

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Tyler and Imachinate are joined by Benjamin Cook, creator of YouTube channel Tale Foundry. They discuss how these events affect people, worlds, and simply how to approach writing apocalypses and prophecies for stories and games.

This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.

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June 30, 2020 80 min

Join Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Ragolution as they discuss cartography, geology, geography, and how to use these as tools to shape your worlds. They cover the importance and uses of maps as well as plate tectonics, and give a simple breakdown to cut through the unnecessarily complicated tutorials out there.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

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June 23, 2020 68 min

Join Tyler, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss artifacts and wonders. Places like Minas Tirith and items Excalibur are iconic to their setting, adding a sense of awe and depth to the lore. We will discuss why this is helpful to have, and how you might trap that essence.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

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June 16, 2020 75 min

Join Tyler, Imachinate, and Red as they discuss The Elder Scrolls, the popular setting of games such as Skyrim, Oblivion, and Morrowind. They focus on on how it uses ambiguity in its lore to help the player tell their own story, as well a dissection of how the games share their lore, to better help you understand how to share yours.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

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June 13, 2020 25 min

In this Fireside Chat, meet B.H. Pierce, also known as Hexarch. He is a Writer here at Worldbuilding Magazine, published author, and an avid fan of centaurs. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in this episode of Worldcasting.

This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.

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June 9, 2020 90 min

Join Tyler, Anna, Chris, Imachinate, and Inky as they discuss the concept of the Core Races in fantasy. Be it Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, or Halflings we briefly touched on each of them to try and cover: who they are, what they can do for you, why they exist, and how to discern when to use them or to throw them out.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

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June 2, 2020 71 min

Join Tyler, Chris, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss the concept of evil empire. From their rise to domination, and eventual defeat evil empires and the heroes who topple them are a long held fascination in fiction. Their rise and fall can help audiences understand your world, and are a classic backdrop to many stories

This episode was edited by Adrian.

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May 30, 2020 26 min

In this Fireside Chat, meet B.K. Bass. BK is the Writing Chair at Worldbuilding Magazine, published author, and Editor-in-Chief of Kyanite Publishing. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in this episode of Worldcasting.

This episode was edited by Alyssa Wejebe.

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May 26, 2020 80 min

Join Tyler, Imachinate, Rag, and Red as they discuss creating heroes and villains, the archetypes that they fit into and how varied their motivations can be. As well as covering some of their favorite villains, and what about them makes them so memorable

This episode was edited by John DV

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May 19, 2020 77 min

Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Red discuss creating new—magical—ecosystems for your setting. Going beyond your classic dragons, they consider what else exists around them, and how new introductions to that ecosystem might change the balance in it.

New episodes air on Tuesdays.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

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May 16, 2020 26 min

Fireside Chats are a new type of episode we're trying out on the Podcast. They're much shorter, and feature just two people in conversation. To begin, we're using it as a chance for you to better get to know the hosts of Worldcasting

The Fireside Chats will be released in addition to your usual full-length episodes of Worldcasting every other Saturday, starting today, through the duration of season 2. We plan to relea...

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May 12, 2020 75 min

Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Taylor discuss how we view and examine worldbuilding. They bring a discerning lens to discuss what works and what doesn't in a setting—and how to apply those discoveries about other worlds to your own.

New episodes of Worldcasting air on Tuesdays.

This episode was edited by Opal.

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May 5, 2020 70 min

In this episode of Worldcasting, Tyler, B.K. Bass, Inky, and Imachinate discuss the iceberg principle: only showing a portion of your total worldbuilding. The practice, popularized by American author Ernest Hemmingway, helps us put the story first in our writing and storytelling. Because as much as we all may enjoy worldbuilding, people are usually more interested in the story around it.

New episodes of Worldcasting air on Tuesdays...

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April 28, 2020 84 min

Join Tyler, Chris, Imachinate, Opal, and Red as they cover the basics of the various -punk genres: cyberpunk, steampunk, and many more. It’s a strange, complicated collection of (micro)genres, and they’re here to help you through them.

New episodes of Worldcasting air on Tuesdays.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon and Opal.

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Welcome to the start of Worldcasting’s second season! In this episode, join Tyler and Adam as they talk with Youtubers Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me) and Benji Cook (Tale Foundry). Together, they discuss a flurry of topics ranging from how they got started, to how they approach worldbuilding, and more.

Keep an eye out for new episodes of Worldcasting, airing each week on Tuesdays.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

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February 18, 2020 119 min

Join Dino (Tyler), BK, and Imachinate as they discuss worldbuilding with Ed Greenwood. Ed is a New York Times bestselling author, an award winning game publisher, author of over four hundred books and thirty settings, and the creator of the iconic Dungeons & Dragons setting The Forgotten Realms. They talk about Ed's background, tips on writing, and a whole bunch of small things you can do in your worldbuilding to make your ...

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February 11, 2020 73 min

Join Dino (Tyler), Adam, B. K. Bass, and Imachinate as they discuss  the necessity for including the arts in your setting in celebration of our February 2020 issue of Worldbuilding Magazine, The Arts!

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

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February 4, 2020 76 min

On this episode, Dino (Tyler) is joined by Hexarch, Imachinate, Inky, and Ragolution as they discuss cultural norms, customs, and some overlooked pieces of culture to help your peoples feel just a little bit more alive. Focusing on how to add activities for your peoples to do, as well as small every day acts that can help flesh them out.

This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.

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January 28, 2020 75 min

Join Dino (Tyler), Aravar, Imachinate, Inky, and Red in a discussion on the Importance of magical beasts and animals in fiction and mythology. From iconic creatures such as the dragon or gryphon, to lesser known and ancient ones such as the Sirrush. The roles they play in the narrative, and the perception of the wilder lands that they create. 

In defense of the magical beasts of our world, we here at Worldcasting would like to call...

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