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?

Read the full article 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

The Map Generator For Photoshop


There have been a few of my followers asking when the cartographic Photoshop actions I’ve been working on will be available well today is that day! The World Building Store is now live and ready for your order. I’ve bundled the Photoshop actions up into one package “The Map Generator For Photoshop” and there is currently a special offer on to celebrate the launch of the store.

Normally the bundle will sell for £7 but as a special launch price you can buy The Map Generator for just £5 (and if you subscribe to the weekly world building articles from The World Building School then I’ll be sending out an extra offer for the bundle within the next day or two. So keep checking your inbox.)

What’s included in “The Map Generator For Photoshop”?

This bundle includes 3 of my most popular map styles in the form of Photoshop actions. You can see examples of some of these styles in my gallery on here. The Map Generator for Photoshop also includes the very useful Random Terrain Generator and a tutorial showing you exactly how to use the actions. I’ve even added a bonus into the package “The World Typography Action” which will generate a number of labels to use on your map.


So please click here to visit The World Building Store and buy “The Map Generator For Photoshop”. Thank you for your support.

Customise Your Own Map on Graphic River

Are you an author, dungeon master or simply looking for a treasure map to use in a school or for kids parties? Well I’ve just published my first map pack on Graphic River – and it’s only $3.

This pack provides a fully drawn map detailed in two different styles and supported by 4 jpeg renders of the map, 2 for each style.

So it doesn’t matter if you don’t have Photoshop, you can still benefit from purchasing the map pack thanks to the inclusion of the 4 renders.

The first render is an ‘out of the box’ map complete with location names so you can instantly use it to create a world for your RPG , print and hang it on a wall or use it in an exotic treasure hunt.

The second render is the same as the first render however all of the place names have been removed. This means you can write on your own place names and even add extra icons and features to the map. All without the need of Photoshop. Simply print off the map and draw directly on it or take it into paint and draw in there.

However if you do have Photoshop you’ll be able to customise each map layer by layer.

Included in “Elfcarron: Customise Your Own Map”

1 Map
2 Styles
4 Jpegs
1 Layered PSD

Visit Graphic River to purchase the map. I would also really appreciate it if you could help spread the word about my maps and help me to rank on the Graphic River market place. It all helps towards the running of The World Builders Guild group on DeviantART and The World Building School website.

P.S. the link to the map pack is here. Please share.

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.

Please share.

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.

Visit the World Building School.

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

Facebook World Building

Greetings fellow World Builders,

I’m sure many of you use Facebook on a daily basis but what you may not know is there is a World Building page on Facebook.

This page is for those of us interested in World Building to show our interest. You can visit the page at the below link:

World Building On Facebook

If you enjoy world building then please visit the page and Like.

Currently there is a great interview with George R. R. Martin about his Fire & Ice series. Definitely worth a watch if you’ve been watching the HBO Game Of Thrones.

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You can also like the page in the sidebar on this blog.

Keep safe and have fun building 🙂

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