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Using RL Cultures For Worldbuilding

Discussion in 'World Building' started by D. Gray Warrior, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. TheKillerBs

    TheKillerBs Inkling

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    Ask yourself if you would gain anything from using fantasy equivalents for these things. If the answer is no, I see no reason to redress the Western elements. Cowboys with magic sounds pretty flipping awesome.
     
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  2. Miskatonic

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    I'm using real cultures as a foundation for the "human" realm of the planet so that the audience can jump right into the story without having to adapt to a whole new "alien" culture. It lets me skip a lot of worldbuilding. When the world of the supernatural beings is introduced I can start introducing something that's a bit different. Yet even then it isn't something radically different. At least to the point where there are no parallels between the worlds.

    The only thing I have to do is make sure to let the readers know that this isn't an alternate history of our own world.
     
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  3. Then here's a question, how do you let your readers know that your fantasy world isn't just some sort of Alternate history of the real world?
     
  4. Miskatonic

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    When they ask you and you say "No, it isn't an alternate history of our world".
     
  5. Russ

    Russ Istar

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    Put in some features that make it clear that it is not an alternative history. Things like magic, fictional creatures or different geography all come to mind.
     
  6. Nomadica

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    Name the world something other than just earth.
     
  7. Thanks all!
     
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