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The Worldbuilders Podcast
85 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Special Guest: Great Moustache!
Join the Worldbuilders as we chat a little bit about what makes Open Legend so wonderful, but also how we would make specific Xanthuru artifacts and items in Open Legend. We make reference to suddenly zombies, how to customize a came system to make it your own, and how Great Moustache has modified Legend Points to make his heroes more invested in their characters. If you have enjoyed the content for our season 0 of The Worldbuilders Podcast, we are never done exploring Xanthuru, but you will see it next in a different format. Please also visit Openlegendrpg.com for the full rules and resources for the rpg system, but also for the store.https://store.openlegendrpg.com/We have a special coupon code for our listeners. Use "rhinobot" to get 10% off your order. Here is a link to the GM binder page we make reference to in the episode.https://www.gmbinder.com/share/-LmlSSDiGg2sS91K0RvN
49 minutes | Nov 14, 2020
And Everything Else Under the Sun
In this final episode of season 0 of the Worldbuilders Podcast, we talk about varying subjects across Alteiryn. We chat about what the black market for artifacts would look like in a society that doesn't have currency. We chat about religion across Alteiryn, as well as how bad it would be to call a situation "lamentable."
60 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
The Zodiac Story
In this episode of the Worldbuilders Podcast, we explore how sense of place can be important to understanding folklore. We explore this idea by examining what could be seen as a "pointless" piece of flavor that may make a small appearance in the final product, but can make a world of difference to the audience. Also we ask two very important questions: Can I unsubscribe from snow? and How do you cause a problem for things like birds?
57 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
See What an NPC Sees
The Worldbuilders dive deep into the 3 rules of NPC creation, the lineage of the Piestrong family, and answer important questions like Can a Planet be a Character? and What does it take to bring life to a character idea?Join the Worldbuilders Podcast as they explore Xanthuru through the eyes of the NPCs that inhabit that world.
39 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
The Bear Necessities
In this episode we explore another player created race with a special guest! We ask a few simple questions like: how important is contrast when developing a culture? We also explore how ad-libbing can enhance your story telling, you just have to remember to write down what you created so you don't forget those brilliant ideas you have. We also explore the really important questions about how clean bears keep their houses, and the importance of remembering whether to use salt or sugar when cooking with lightning.
60 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Torunn or Not Torunn
How can a concept for a single character expand into an entire civilization? Should you yeet your friends to get around quickly? This episode of The Worldbuilders Podcast explores the Torunn culture and history. We chat about how Kerry tried to make them different than your standard fantasy race, but also make them unique in a unique world.Join us to answer questions about how to introduce new concepts to an already established world. but more importantly... Do you think cities can become sentient?
49 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
Hocus Pocus Magic Focus
How is magic comparable to water? What is hard magic vs soft magic? And what’s more effective: a bucket or arm-pinwheels? Join us as we continue our deep dive into the world of Xanthuru, this time exploring the magic system and getting the Ley of the land.
63 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
Do you want to find out where to stop history and begin the real story? or maybe you wonder constantly how much backstory you should include in the prose that your audience actually reads? This episode of the Worldbuilders Podcast dives deep into Alteiryn's history and exactly how the Enlightenment started and how it ended. What gets passed on to future generations when all of the world's knowledge is locked into one place? We explore the cause and effect method of world building in this episode, and chat about how you can bring some of that into your own stories.
70 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
Have you ever wondered what arm lizards and great apes have in common? And how can the races present in your world affect the development of cities and industries? In this episode of the Worldbuilders Podcast we discuss the philosophisticated Seelvah, the archipelago they originate from, and their outlook on life. We also delve into how the different races and cultures we've explored so far interact with each other, and how you can use cause-and-effect to write organic relationships between the peoples in your world.
70 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
What's in a Name?
In this episode of the Worldbuilder's Podcast, we explore how to come up with good names for fantasy races, and explore why Aloe Vera could be good for worldbuilding. Join us as we explore another of the fantasy races developed by Josh to subvert expectations of fantasy races in Alteiryn.
58 minutes | Jul 18, 2020
What types of people live on Xanthuru? This episode talks about subverting your expectations of what kinds of fantasy races are possible to have on your worlds. You don't always have to go with the "Fantasy standard" elves and dwarves.For Xanthuru, we begin the discussion with the Earthshells, a mysterious and ancient race who are difficult to find, and even harder to hold a conversation with. We also talk about the Ohnyrek, who are the rebellious middle children of Xanthuru. They're a proud, strong race with a soft spot for storytelling.Settle in and learn about how the people and the planet shaped each other on this unique world.
48 minutes | Jul 4, 2020
The Worldbuilders Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast where your hosts - Kerry, Josh, and Monica - explore settings in genre fiction by crafting them here and now for you, our listeners. Every season, we’ll explore and build a new world right here on air - and then, at the end, we’ll debut a creative work set in that world. This will usually be a piece of short fiction, but sometimes we might be doing something different.In this episode we introduce a world known as Xanthuru, which has been one of Josh's long-term projects. He has already created a world that we get to explore and learn about with the audience. We wanted to get our toes wet in the pool of worldbuilding with something that was already created so we can get a feel for how each of us sees worldbuilding.
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