Bored of SimCity? Try Banished the Video Game.


If you love the idea of building your own town then you will LOVE this game.

Banished is a city-building strategy game that is all about life and survival as you control a group of exiled travellers who decide to build their own city. The object of this game is to keep the population alive and to grow it into a powerful civilisation.

It has the feel of a modern Caesar 3 or Zeus: Master of Olympus but with much deeper gameplay. That’s because sustainable resource gathering must be considered if you want your settlement to survive in the long term.

This game has appeared out of nowhere but the initial youtube videos look brilliant. What’s more impressive is that it’s been developed by just 1 guy, Luke Hodorowicz .

Read the full article here.


Interview with Creature Creator: Kathryn Zalecka


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.

Read the full article on The Worldbuilding School Here

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


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.

Read More Here

Introducing The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps

The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps

This is a quick article to introduce The Authors Guide To Drawing Maps.

The guide currently features 4 of the tutorials on drawing maps that can be found on The World Building School, however they are all presented on a single page so it’s now even easier to follow the tutorials and draw your own map.  Also, as they are now all collated on a single page it makes it easier to link to the articles. So if you ever need to reference a guide for drawing maps then you only need one link:

And you can be sure that as soon as new map articles are written they will be added to The Authors Guide ready for reading. Please help to spread this resource amongst your writing buddies – I’ll be forever grateful and offer plenty of hugs in return. Thank you :)


Landscaping Your World Map

“Continuing on from last week’s tutorial on Tectonic plates we’re looking at how the plates affect the landscape of your world and so the environment your characters will see and experience.

If you’re following the tutorial and drawing your own map then you will have the main islands drawn along with the tectonic plates of your world and the directions that they move. As a reminder here are the 3 different movements of a tectonic plates and what they do to the landscape around them.”

Read the rest of the article on The World Building School Here.

The World Building School Is Live

If you haven’t seen already then The World Building School Is Live!!

In the 3 days The School has been live we have had around 100 unique visits and the number of email subscribers is growing. It’s easy to join the other writers, world builders and artists who have subscribed to The World Building School and its also completely free. All you need to do is visit the email subscription page and enter your email into the box. You’ll then receive an email every time The School is updated with new articles. Join Here.

I’m quite excited about the initial success of The World Building School and looking forward to serving the world building community through it. Suggestions, ideas and comments are always welcome.

Visit The World Building School here.

The World Building School Goes Live Wednesday 11th July!

I’m really proud to announce that the long awaited re-design of The World Building School will be put live tomorrow (that’s Wednesday 11th)

Here’s what you can expect from The World Building School:

  • A new world building article posted every Friday.
  • A free email subscription – so you can keep informed every time a new article is posted up on the school.
  • A growing library of World Building resources and guides.
  • Artwork featured from members of the DeviantART World Builders Guild.
  • Guest posts from other world builders and writers.

I will be sending out a special launch email to everyone who has requested notification of the new World Building School launch. If you’d like to be included on this email then please visit the website and add your email address to the box.

After I’ve sent out the launch email I will be deleting that email list so you can be sure that your email address is safe with me.

I will post another journal as soon as The World Building School goes live. If you’re an artist interested in featuring your artwork on the school to gain more exposure then please let me know, similarly if you would like to write an article for the school then that is also welcome.

E.g. if you’re a creature artists then maybe describe one technique you use to create realistic creatures. Or an armour designer may want to write about the different types of armour.

I look forward to the launch of The World Building School and hope it adds another dimension to the inspiration being collected over at The World Builders Guild on DeviantART.

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What would you like to see from The World Building School?