The Basics, Part XI – “Wrapping Up”

Welcome to final entry in the Basics Series (I). Today, we’re going to review what we’ve been looking at over the past three months (has it really been so long already?) and next time, we’ll begin our new series. Over the course of The Basics, despite only scrapping the very tip of the iceberg, we’ve … Continue reading The Basics, Part XI – “Wrapping Up”

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The Basics, Part X – “Communication & Disasters”

Welcome to the penultimate entry in the Basics Series (I). Today, dear friends, we will be looking at communication & disasters (natural and otherwise). But before we get stuck into that, I’d like to say that there is still so much more to write and the next series is incoming, so stay tuned! Communication Tradewinds, … Continue reading The Basics, Part X – “Communication & Disasters”

The Basics, Part IX – “Food & Drink”

Welcome back! Following on from fashion, what foods & drinks are fashionable? What is available, how easily, and why? Back to geographical worldbuilding, how do you label your foods? Are you transplanting foods from earth? For example, [place name] grape? Many Earth foods and drinks are tied to geographic location. Burgundy, champagne, sherry, to name … Continue reading The Basics, Part IX – “Food & Drink”

The Basics, Part VIII – “Fashion”

Welcome back! Today, I’d like us to take a brief look at fashion. Let’s think haircuts, beards, moustaches, top hats, monocles, spectacles, piercings and tattoos. Before we continue, we should probably appraise the culture’s technology. For tattoos, that doesn’t matter quite so much, (although, acquiring the pigments for inks might mean a trek or perhaps … Continue reading The Basics, Part VIII – “Fashion”

The Basics, Part VI – “Education”

Education Welcome back! This time, I’m going to pose some questions – and I’ll leave you, dear reader, to answer them. Today’s topic is on education. Do girls get the same education as boys? Is there a standard education? Does it follow the three ‘R’s? (one of which is not an ‘r’ at all… - … Continue reading The Basics, Part VI – “Education”

The Basics, Part V – “Magic”

Magic Welcome back! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet because there is such a lot to think about when writing about magic. Now, just as a disclaimer here, I’m talking about magic in the fantasy genre, not ‘real life’ magic – be that stage wizardry or actual magic (I’ll leave that to … Continue reading The Basics, Part V – “Magic”

The Basics, Part IV – “Resources Revisited”

Resources, Part II Welcome back! Last time we had a quick dip into Geography, Climate, Resources & People. This time, we’re taking another look at resources and commodities. This will be a relatively short post today. Resources Off the top of my head, I’d say that there are perhaps three categories of resources that you, … Continue reading The Basics, Part IV – “Resources Revisited”

The Basics, Part I – “Tone”

The Basics, Part I Welcome back to our series on worldbuilding! I’ve spoken a lot about the ‘art’ aspect of worldbuilding recently, and much less on the science, and I’m afraid that’s going to continue in this post. We will get around to the science sooner or later! Let’s delve in. So, you want to … Continue reading The Basics, Part I – “Tone”