How to design a town the fantastic maps way

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Jonathan Roberts of Fantastic Maps has published a fantastic quick tutorial that teaches you how to design a town. I’ve been a fan of Jonathan’s work for a long time especially since he was commissioned to produce The Lands Of Fire And Ice.

I’ve also been playing with the idea of focusing my whole world building efforts on just one city. So here is the result of a city I’ve sketched out using the tutorial and it may very well be the city I use for my future world building.

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Cosmology: Building the nature of your universe

Put in a nutshell, Cosmology is the science that deals with the nature of the universe as a whole, and what allows us to understand just how our world works and where it comes from.
Usually, there are two different approaches to help determine how a particular world has come into existence. The first of which would obviously be the creation of the universe by a single super-being or a group of particular deities, usually tied together nicely with a creation story.

That’s all well and good, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other ways through which a world could technically have formed. After all, how does one go about creating a new world when we don’t even understand how our own first came into existence?

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Interview with Creature Creator: Kathryn Zalecka

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The following is an interview with creature creator Kathryn Zalecka. I’ve long been a fan of Kathryn’s art style but especially a fan of her main race the Easkull, so I was rather excited when she agreed to do this interview. However, I must make a public apology to Kathryn as this interview was done month’s ago but I’ve only just published it. If you have questions for Kathryn please leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure she sees them.

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X-Men Artist Kickstart’s A Creative Commons World Building Project

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Steven Sanders has drawn a number of comics for Marvel and Image; from Wolverine and The X-Men to Deadpool and Five Fists Of Science. He has over a decade of professional experience in the illustration field and now he’s turning his attention to world building.

Symbiosis is a world where technology and biology are inextricably linked, where man and technology need each other to survive. Think of it as ”1940’s Bio-punk”.

However, the most exciting thing is that Steven is releasing the world of Symbiosis under a creative commons license. So that means you can write your own stories, games or any other project using this world and add to the existing cannon. Therefore if you’re an author looking for a new exciting world to write in then Symbiosis provides all of the world information and artwork you’ll need to get started.

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Sanderson’s Second Law Of Magic – The Power Of Limitations

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If you’ve read last week’s article on Sanderson’s First Law Of Magic then you’ll want to visit The World Building School and take a read of this second article.

When you add limitations to your magic system it makes it more interesting for readers. This article also focuses on the elements of a magic system defined by Michael James Liljenberg – the gears that power your system and then the knobs and buttons used to control it.

While this article is more useful for those of us who are building a hard magic system it doesn’t mean that Sanderson’s Second Law Of Magic is any less relevant for soft magic systems.

Read the article here.

Have You Mastered The First Law Of Magic?

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A great new article has been posted up on The World Building School. If you’ve ever wondered about how to add magic to your story and world then this law in the fundamental lesson you need to learn. It was first established by Brandon Sanderson in 2007. Click here to visit The World Building School and read the article.

A second article will be posted this Friday and it will delve deeper into the laws of magic in your world.

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A Beautiful Photoshop Map Tutorial

The 4th and final part of the Elfcarron tutorial is now up on The World Building School.

This tutorial teaches all about adding typography and a boarder to your map.

If you haven’t heard of this before then The World Building School has been publishing tutorials on how to draw a map similar to the Elfcarron map:

I’ve included links to the other articles below:

Part 1: How To Rangomly Generate Terrain Using Photoshop

Part 2: Adding Texture To The Ocean And Land

Part 3: Drawing The Sea And Coastline For Your Map

Part 4: Finishing Your Map With Typography And A Boarder

I hope you find the tutorial useful.

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