Worldbuilding - resources & literature

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Resources for the craft of creating fictional worlds.


""The game’s creator isn’t the storyteller. The storyteller is the person playing the game. All a creator can hope to achieve is constructing the best kind of experiential world for that person, so when she comes out of it, her memories craft a story both profound and powerful.

... We are the builders of worlds, the makers of storytellers.""

Jessica Brillhart - https://medium.com/the-language-of-vr/how-to-greet-a-rebel-unlocking-the-storyteller-in-vr-d40b2cc05f55



FICTIONAL WORLDS IN GENERAL

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, Jeff VanderMeer

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wonderbook-Illustrated-Creating-Imaginative-Fiction/dp/1419704427/ref=pd_sim_14_1/257-4939607-5893820?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1419704427&pd_rd_r=266df2bb-b269-11e8-9d19-530a15f05916&pd_rd_w=2ZsGt&pd_rd_wg=VxTWQ&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=84a780ce-12ed-4544-a9d7-b922bd82349c&pf_rd_r=43JW4637Z9DPXXB6H04Q&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=43JW4637Z9DPXXB6H04Q


Building Imaginary Worlds: The Theory and History of Subcreation, Mark J.P. Wolf

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Building-Imaginary-Worlds-History-Subcreation/dp/0415631203


Kobold Guide to world building, Wolfgang Baur & Jeff Grubb,

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_23/147-8760883-4468132?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=kobold+guide+to+worldbuilding&sprefix=A+kobold+guide+to+world%2Cdigital-text%2C230&crid=RP9I077E5YZ6


World-building: A writer's guide to constructing star systems and life-supporting planets, Stephen L. Gillet.

https://www.amazon.com/World-Building-Science-Fiction-Writing-Stephen/dp/158297134X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1517771553&sr=8-6&keywords=worldbuilding&linkCode=sl1&tag=latinresource-20&linkId=b61129b865872c64fb3d3417ee4f389a


World-building from the inside out, Janeen Ippolito

https://www.amazon.com/World-Building-Inside-Out-Janeen-Ippolito-ebook/dp/B00ZW4JH9O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1517771553&sr=8-5&keywords=worldbuilding&linkCode=sl1&tag=latinresource-20&linkId=b3e01aa436caa0f2658975531e4dd3c4


Way With Worlds Book 1: Crafting Great Fictional Settings, Steven Savage,

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JARWVSC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=latinresource-20&linkId=6159f0415d16bc763bb65c7ac70137e9


GURPS Space, Steve Jackson, William A. Barton & David Pulver

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GURPS_Space


Literary Wonderlands, Laura Miller

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Literary-Wonderlands-Journey-Greatest-Fictional/dp/191113034X?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q&tag=duc08-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=191113034X


MAPS

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans, Jared Blando

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Draw-Fantasy-Art-Maps/dp/1440340242/ref=pd_sim_14_3/257-4939607-5893820?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1440340242&pd_rd_r=266df2bb-b269-11e8-9d19-530a15f05916&pd_rd_w=2ZsGt&pd_rd_wg=VxTWQ&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=84a780ce-12ed-4544-a9d7-b922bd82349c&pf_rd_r=43JW4637Z9DPXXB6H04Q&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=43JW4637Z9DPXXB6H04Q

Polygonal Map Generation for Games

http://www-cs-students.stanford.edu/~amitp/game-programming/polygon-map-generation/

Generating fantasy maps

https://mewo2.com/notes/terrain/


ENVIRONMENTS & LEVEL DESIGN

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School, Matthew Frederick

https://www.amazon.com/101-Things-Learned-Architecture-School/dp/0262062666


An Architectural Approach to Level Design, Christopher W. Totten

https://www.amazon.com/Architectural-Approach-Level-Design/dp/1466585412/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536562776&sr=1-1&keywords=An+Architectural+Approach+to+Level+Design+by+Christopher+W.+Totten


Filmcraft: Production Design, Fionnuala Halligan

https://www.amazon.com/FilmCraft-Production-Fionnuala-8-Oct-2012-Paperback/dp/B011T8D5TE/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536562879&sr=1-2&keywords=Filmcraft%3A+Production+Design+by+Fionnuala+Halligan


101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School, Matthew Frederick

https://www.amazon.com/Things-Learned-Urban-Design-School-ebook/dp/B073R25NKW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1536562988&sr=1-1&keywords=101+Things+I+Learned+in+Urban+Design+School


Level Design - Processes and Experiences, Christopher W. Totten

https://www.crcpress.com/Level-Design-Processes-and-Experiences/Totten/p/book/9781498745055


LANGUAGES

The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building, David J. Peterson

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Language-Invention-Horse-Lords-World-Building-ebook/dp/B00TY3ZMVG/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1536301474&sr=1-6&keywords=worldbuilding


BLOGS & ARTICLES

https://medium.com/the-language-of-vr/how-to-greet-a-rebel-unlocking-the-storyteller-in-vr-d40b2cc05f55

https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/the-ultimate-guide-to-world-building-how-to-write-fantasy-sci-fi-and-real-life-worlds/

https://gizmodo.com/7-worldbuilding-tropes-science-fiction-and-fantasy-need-1659804610

https://io9.gizmodo.com/7-deadly-sins-of-worldbuilding-998817537

https://berleykerr.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/berleys-top-10-world-building-tips-for-sci-fi-or-fantasy/

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/tips-on-world-building-for-writers-how-to-make-your-imaginary-world-real


RELATED SUBJECTS

The Visual Story: Crafting the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media, Bruce Block

https://www.amazon.com/Visual-Story-Creating-Structure-Digital-ebook/dp/B00BY79JEQ


How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card

https://www.amazon.com/How-Write-Science-Fiction-Fantasy/dp/158297103X