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. If you enjoy Worldcasting, check out Worldbuilding Magazine for free-to-download worldbuilding articles, inspiration, interviews, and artwork. Worldcasting is an affiliate production of Worldbuilding Magazine.

Episodes

August 2, 2022 80 min

Adam, Red, Slorany, and guest host, Biblaridion, discuss conlangs, phonemes, and—amongst other linguistic things—Klingon death metal. 'Nuff said.

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Adam @adamcbassett
Red @hikitsune_red
Slorany r/Conlangs
Biblaridion @biblaridion

Edited by Slorany

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You can't stop us from talking about magic at least once per season. This time, Devin, Jack, and Zaivy are joined by writing coach and content creator C.R. Rowenson. They discuss all the aspects of magic systems: why you might want to add one into your project, how to integrate it successfully, and much more!

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Devin https://linktr.ee/DevinPigman
Jack [N/A]
Zaivy @ZaivyA
C. R. Rowenson https://crrowenson.com...

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Adam, Cathy, and Red are joined by Horror author Zin E. Rocklyn to discuss the genre, how to write and worldbuild for it, and much more. Stick around 'till the end, because we (accidentally) saved all the advice for the outro.

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Adam @adamcbassett
Cathy @overpreparedGM
Red @hikitsune_red
Zin @intelligentwat

Edited by Rebecca Wain Walker

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Adam, B.H. Pierce, Seán, and Zaivy, are joined by L.D. Lewis—a founder of the Hugo award-winning FIYAH Magazine, publisher at Fireside Fiction, and all kind of other projects. We talk about L's experience accepting the Hugo for FIYAH, then dive into a discussion on how you can use art and music as a part of your worldbuilding.

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Adam @adamcbassett
Seán @caorabhan
B.H. Pierce (Hexarch) @BHPierce203
Za...

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Inky, Devin, and Lizy are joined by illustrator and concept artist Claire Hummel for a discussion on character design! Claire may be best known for her work on games like Half-Life: Alyx and Bioshock Infinite. So you can probably imagine how excited we were to talk about both her work in the games industry, and the larger question of how to best design characters for your worlds and stories.

Inky linktr.ee/inkythoughts
Devin linkt...

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Adam, B.H. Pierce, Seán, and Ashley Warren (Storytelling Collective) discuss the importance of collaboration on creative projects. Then, we dive into a discussion on how we can use the presence of games to enhance our worldbuilding.

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Adam @adamcbassett
Seán @caorabhan
B.H. Pierce (Hexarch) @BHPierce203
Ashley Warren @ashleynhwarren
Sean “Dirtnap” Gooding @HNB_Dirtnap

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April 26, 2022 79 min

Adam, Cathy, Red, and returning guest Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me) discuss what the genre means, why it is becoming so popular in recent years, and answer the question you didn’t ask: is Tron cyberpunk?

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Adam @adamcbassett
Cathy @overpreparedgm
Red @hikitsune_red
Tim @TimHickson1

Edited by Adam.

Game show music and sound effects from Zapsplat.com.

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Adam, Hexarch, and Red are joined by YouTuber and self-published author Daniel Greene. They discuss the things writers often don’t think about in regards to war and conflict, as well as some insights into their journeys through self-publishing.

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Adam @adamcbassett
B.H. Pierce (Hexarch) @BHPierce203
Red @hikitsune_red
Daniel @DanielBGreene

McKenzie @mckenziepower1
Dave @DJLProjects

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Adam, Cathy, Devin, and returning guest Chris Solo discuss retconning and rebooting projects. There are ways we’ve seen it done well, and ways in which it has seemed rushed or forced. Plus, some insight into examples of when our hosts had to retcon or reboot projects in order to fix issues or tell the story better.

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Adam @adamcbassett
Cathy @overpreparedgm
Devin https://linktr.ee/DevinPigman
Chris @fabl...

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March 16, 2022 106 min

Red, Inky, Sam, and Benji (Tale Foundry) discuss the broad topic of story themes. Themes can add to your story and provide a valuable structure to your work, but themes can also prove dangerous when followed too strictly. Listen in on what we’ve learned in utilizing or observing themes in media.

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Red @hikitsune_red
Cathy @overpreparedgm
Sam/Emily King @emily_o_brydain
Benji @TheBenjaminCook
Adam ...

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March 1, 2022 67 min

Adam, Cathy, and Sam are joined by neuroscientist and author Rachel Shaw to discuss the presence of science in fantasy settings. From medicine to magic, they discuss some of the ways you can use science to inform or inspire fantasy.

Adam @adamcbassett
Cathy @overpreparedgm
Sam/Emily King @emily_o_brydain
Rachel @RachelEmma_Shaw
Dave @DJLProjects

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Adam, Red, and Seán are joined by Greg Kasavin, the writer behind Supergiant Games’ many titles such as Pyre and Hades. We discuss what it’s like to write for video games as a medium, as well as the origins of Supergiant’s critically acclaimed title, Hades. Then, we explore how to create mythologies, or adapt existing ones for our stories. Spoiler: we talk about doing research a lot, so pull out your bingo cards!

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February 1, 2022 60 min

Welcome back to Worldcasting! To kick off season four, Adam, Taylor, BK, and—all the way from Orbit UK—Nadia Saward talk about publishing and poetry. BK has experience as an indie publisher, and Nadia is a poet and editor at Orbit Books. Between them, they answer our burning questions about preparing your first draft, writing your query letter, and more!

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Adam @adamcbassett
Taylor @TaylortheSkald
BK Bass &#...

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In this final episode of season 3, Taylor, Cathy, and Zaivy, are joined by our guests Daniel Greene and Tim Hickson for a chat about representation of indigenous cultures in popular media—especially (but not limited to) those in the area sometimes referred to as the "New World."

We'll be back for season four in 2022! Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss it when that comes out, and keep an eye out for more issues...

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Emory, Chris, Red, and NYT/Washington Post bestselling author Michael J. Sullivan discuss creating compelling characters, plus some general writing advice. Get some behind the scenes details of how they develop their characters and what they’re looking for in them, and get Michael’s and Red's unfiltered thoughts on Patrick Rothfuss!

This episode was edited by Jaren J. Petty (Red).

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July 13, 2021 73 min

Join Taylor, Ianara (Imachinate), Inky, and Zaivy as they discuss some of the less represented African, Asian, and European cultures in popular examples of worldbuilding—and some exceptions to that rule. A sequel episode, which focuses on the Americas and Oceana, will air later this season.

This Episode was edited by McKenzie Power & Jon Krebs.

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Red, Ianara (Imachinate), B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), and our guest Levi Johnson from Campfire Technology discuss their endeavors and thoughts on the more strategic parts of writing. They discuss their own projects and processes for writing, plot structures, methods to keep your notes together, and more!

Edited by Adam Bassett.

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Join Taylor, Chris, Sean, and our guest author Daniel Dickinson for a conversation about fellowships. Obviously, they discuss the Fellowship of the Ring, but in addition they also break down what a fellowship is, how to represent each member, and even explore the idea that a fellowship can still work even when the characters are not together.

Also a quick note, we are aware of some technical issues that came up during this episode...

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June 1, 2021 67 min

B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), Seán, and John, are joined by Janet Forbes—co-founder of World Anvil, podcaster, and author! Together they define what a golden age is, what it means to the people who lived through it, and how to use golden ages in our worldbuilding.

This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.

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Adam, Red, Ianara (Imachinate), and Sean Fallon—CEO of Smunchy Games—discuss a favorite topic of ours: creature design. Plus, a number of tangents about tabletop games, dragons, and more!

This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.

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