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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.
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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.
Shaping Worlds

Shaping Worlds

2020-06-3001:20:581

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.
Artifacts and Wonders

Artifacts and Wonders

2020-06-2301:08:08

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.
Divining the Elder Scrolls

Divining the Elder Scrolls

2020-06-1601:15:091

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.
Fireside Chat: Hexarch

Fireside Chat: Hexarch

2020-06-1325:181

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.
Discerning Core Races

Discerning Core Races

2020-06-0901:30:421

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.
Evil Empires

Evil Empires

2020-06-0201:11:05

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.
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.
Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

2020-05-2601:20:15

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
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 release three Fireside Chats for now. If you enjoy them, we'll continue to release a couple each season. So, please let us know what you think of the format by leaving a review, or by dropping us a message on social media! In this Fireside Chat, meet Adam Bassett. Adam is the Vice Editor-in-Chief at Worldbuilding Magazine, a lead game designer at Smunchy Games, an author, artist, and a UI designer. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in this episode of Worldcasting. This episode was edited by J.D. Venner.
The Iceberg Principle

The Iceberg Principle

2020-05-0501:10:59

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. This episode was edited by Adam Bassett.
Punkography

Punkography

2020-04-2801:24:55

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.
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. Hello Future Me on Youtube Tale Foundry on Youtube
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 upon with new magical items and creatures to encounter. This episode was edited by Sean Gooding and Adam Bassett.
Magical Ecology

Magical Ecology

2020-05-1901:17:041

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.
Examining Worldbuilding

Examining Worldbuilding

2020-05-1201:15:341

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.
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 world feel more alive. This episode was edited by Aaryan Balu. Ed's Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TheEdVerse
The Arts

The Arts

2020-02-1101:13:141

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.
Boba & Kissing Games

Boba & Kissing Games

2020-02-0401:16:421

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.
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 upon you to donate to the WWF- Australia to help them combat the devastation of the bushfire. Together, we can beat the destruction and save the mystery and wonder found in our world. Link to the WWF-A >> https://www.wwf.org.au/#gs.vdc53l This episode was edited by Zaivy Luke-Aleman. Works referenced: The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings (book/animated/movie series) - J.R.R.Tolkien How to Train Your Dragon (animated series) - Cressida Cowell Dragonology (book) - Dr. Ernest Drake Narnia - C.S. Lewis Stormlight Archives (book series) - Brandon Anderson Aesop’s Fables - Aesop Anasi the Spider (folktale) Avatar (movie) - James Cameron Avatar the Last Airbender (series) - Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino The Supernaturalist (book) - Eoin Colfer Dürer's Rhinoceros (woodblock painting) - Albrecht Dürer Mo Dao Zu Shi (魔道祖师) (animated series/book) - Mo Xiang Tong Xiu (墨香铜臭) Carnival Row (television series) - René Echevarria and Travis Beacham Fables (comics)/The Wolf Among Us (game) - Bill Willingham The Witcher (game/television/book series) - Andrzej Sapkowski Dresden Files (book series) - Jim Butcher World of Darkness (game series) - White Wolf Gaming Studio Shadowrun (game) - Fantasy Productions Catalyst Game Labs Final Fantasy (game series) - Square and Square Enix Terry Prachett (author)
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