I'm a huge supporter of LGBT gaming (how could I not be as an LGBT person myself?), especially around the tabletop, and I was blown away when I reached out on Twitter to discover some great LGBT RPGs. The feedback was incredible and so many people have favourite RPGs to suggest or products they had … Continue reading LGBT RPGs you need to know about!
Myths are one of the most important parts of worldbuilding. Cultures use myths to explain the causes of natural phenomena, ascribe the meaning of words, or just to entertain. I almost always start writing myths early in my worldbuilding, because I find them the perfect way to explore what my cultures think about. A creation … Continue reading Myths: 5 Tips on How To Write Mythology
I was super excited to chat with a pair of fellow Australian RPG enthusiasts, and the brains behind Good Society, a Jane Austen RPG. Good Society is running a kickstarter right now to fund Good Society: An Expanded Acquaintance, four expansions to the original RPG. Tell us about yourselves - who makes up Storybrewers Roleplaying? … Continue reading Interview: Good Society, a Jane Austen RPG
Today, we are discussing Orcs. Stock fantasy species get a bad rap lately. It can be the first thing you want to do when you start a new fantasy world: Reinvent the wheel. Or in this case, reinvent the elf. But these races have an interesting history that makes them a useful writing tool. The … Continue reading How To Make Orcs Interesting and Unique
The second season of She-Ra has just dropped! As with the past season, we got a great set of LGBTQ+ characters to give us some hope.
Ever since cyberpunk took off, people have loved adding the word punk to genres. I'm planning to write a post on the why, and should we? of this phenomenon. But first, for the confused layman, I'm going to lay out the different types of punk genre you can find around! Links provided in this blog … Continue reading Different punk: A to Z of punk genres
Introducing your world, and writing that elevator pitch, is a really hard step to take. You know your world better than anyone, but sometimes that can make it even harder. Which parts are important? How do you sum up all the things you've made quickly and without overwhelming readers? Even if you're writing for fun, … Continue reading Introducing Your World and Writing Elevator Pitches
There are a lot of movies with really underappreciated worldbuilding. I could probably write an essay about the topic. Sometimes, the projects that have been crafted with the most care just don't see the success they deserve. But I'm going to shine the spotlight on five of my favourites today. Dinotopia The 2002 Dinotopia movie … Continue reading 5 Movies with Underappreciated Worldbuilding
When I started creating my high fantasy world of Macalgra, I stumbled onto a serious issue very early. I went into things with the intention of creating a medieval world (spoiler: it didn't happen). But I'd created a magic system that rendered the classic staples of a medieval world defunct. Plate armor, knights on horseback, … Continue reading Castles Don’t Make Sense In High Fantasy
If you write much fantasy, you know the feeling of trying to come up with terms for your magicians, mages or witches. I put together this resource ages ago for my personal reference. I was just sick of using mage. Sometimes it doesn't fit the feel you're going for, and sometimes you just want to … Continue reading 60 Alternative Words For Mage and Magician