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Discussion in 'World Building' started by Ban, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

    Ban submitted a new blog post:

    Worldbuilding on the Crossroads
    by Ban


    When I imagine the world — our world or my worlds — I imagine it as a vast, almost incomprehensible network. It sprawls in a million directions, up, down, left, right, and is one big web of chaos on the surface. But when you zoom in, the network becomes manageable, the million lines are replaced by dozens. Instead of a black blur, you can see the lines crossing, and all tales, all knowledge, all events play out on the crossroads. I want to replicate that vastness in my worldbuilding, to make a person believe that the world surrounding the story transcends the story’s setting. In this article I will tell you my methods of building worlds that are intricate and rich.

    My goal is to create complex worlds rife with conflict. In this context, conflict is not necessarily violent, I instead use it to refer to anything that may cause change and interaction. My first approach does this from the level of individual cultures, the second from the level of regions and the third from the level of individual people. You can use one, you can use two, or you can use all three, it all depends on what resonates with you and how strong your desire for a dynamic world is. These are (somewhat unorthodox) methods that have worked in my own worldbuilding but are not necessarily suited to everyone’s worlds. Nevertheless, I hope they will help you out, or inspire you to approach your worldbuilding from a direction...
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  2. Firefly

    Firefly Troubadour

    Great post. I especially like the cultural archetypes model. I tend to get really lost in the details when trying to worldbuild at a macro level, so having a good idea of the general values of a culture is really helpful to me. I've sort of already found these for the story I'm currently working on, (And they actually fit the model pretty well) but I can see this being really useful in figuring out the cultures in my future stories without so much flailing.

    The character map is fun to, though I probably wouldn't use it in a story. I like your example with the roommates :)
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  3. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

    I'm happy to hear this Brie, and I'm sure there are plenty of other articles on the site to interest you :)
  4. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

    Roommates are an endless source of stories (and frustration). I'm glad to hear the article helped you out Firefly :)
  5. Thoras

    Thoras Minstrel

    Awesome post. I've had this tab up in my browser for weeks because I knew from the start that this was going to be a interesting read, finally got to it and I must say this is probably the best thing I've read on MythicScribes so far. This helps a ton to simplify making the world more authentic and truly gets the brain juices flowing. I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate this post. Awesome work, thanks!
  6. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

    Thank you very much for such high praise Thoras. I love to hear that my article resonated so well with you!
  7. Futhark

    Futhark Inkling

    Fascinating! Great article, thanks Ban.
  8. Ban

    Ban Sir Laserface Article Team

    You're very welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it Futhark.
  9. ScorpionWoman

    ScorpionWoman Dreamer

    Very helpful!
    I wish there was a picture example for the Map that didn't involve the color aspect but still extremely helpful I find myself having answers for a lot of required questions but at a loss on how to implement and organize them.

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