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Do you have visions of fantasy world’s dancing through your head? Are you a gamemaster that wants to tell stories in your world? Are you a fiction writer who wants your next setting to be your best?

Do you want to build better fantasy worlds?

Then the Worldbuilder's Anvil podcast is for you. Learn to create the physical world, characters, cultures, kingdoms, races, species and monsters. Learn it all, with some banter to boot.

Join Michael and Jeffery on the weekly podcast that looks at stor… Continue Reading >>
Do you have visions of fantasy world’s dancing through your head? Are you a gamemaster that wants to tell stories in your world? Are you a fiction writer who wants your next setting to be your best?

Do you want to build better fantasy worlds?

Then the Worldbuilder's Anvil podcast is for you. Learn to create the physical world, characters, cultures, kingdoms, races, species and monsters. Learn it all, with some banter to boot.

Join Michael and Jeffery on the weekly podcast that looks at storytelling, game mastering, pop culture and life through the lens of fantasy world building. Subscribe TODAY!

Listen to new episodes every Monday and BUILD BETTER FANTASY WORLDS. << Show Less
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Season 4 Episode 9 Final Worldbuilder’s Trap Today's Topic – When you use a hobby to block your passion   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow From 2015   WBT Do the creative task you want to do RW  Task Read More   Michael's Resources Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Were alive Podcast Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes )))))))))))))))))))))))))   https://gardul.com/blog/season-4-episode-9-final-worldbuilders-trap/ ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
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Season 4 Episode 9 Final Worldbuilder’s Trap Today's Topic – When you use a hobby to block your passion   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow From 2015   WBT Do the creative task you want to do RW  Task Read More   Michael's Resources Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Were alive Podcast Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes )))))))))))))))))))))))))   https://gardul.com/blog/season-4-episode-9-final-worldbuilders-trap/ ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
Season 4 Episode 8 How the Caravan Guard Changed the World Today's Topic – How a common person can change the world   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow The Role Anyone who is one the road How could a minor personal? What is the job? Why does it matter Do they have family Friends How long are they gone How much information and goods can they carry They will help destroy the economy WBT Create a character to be a friend of your guard RW  Task Check in with your loved ones Michael's Resources Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Were alive Podcast Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://gardul.com/blog/season-4-episode-8-how-the-caravan-guard-changed-the-world/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links )))))))))))))))))))))))))   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
Season 4 Episode 7 How do you get around Today's Topic – A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!” And More if you can teleport   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow Is the Tavern trope bad? I know more about Mainly English travel. Japan and Arabic versions are being looked into Surplus or Religion leads to Traveling for all peoples in the middle ages Until Trains and massive ships changed it all again Before long-distance travel was for the rich and their parties Caravans if stuck on land, ships being preferred Walking, Eating, Sleeping for the lower classes Walking and maybe hitchhiking 10 miles a day up to 40 for courier Up to 6o miles by horse Eating Travel food stews and porridge not 9 days old Inn if in a larger town or at locals house (bed and breakfast) Hunting and fishing might have local laws Dog or Ferret Camping or lodging Inn if you could, private homes, barns, or empty stables Under the thicket How could this be affected in a fantasy setting Good Bad WBT Think about your setting how far do people have to travel to work, How far can they go for fun RW  Task Walk to work for a month   Michael's Resources Medieval Travel info Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Try Audible Plus Trial + 2 Free Book Credits Get Kindle Unlimited Membership for free Kindle books Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.gardul.com/blog/season-2-episode-7-finding-the-nouns-for-bottoms-up-world-building/ ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links ))))))))))))))))))))))))) Travel https://abbeymedievalfestival.com/2016/07/medieval-modern-transportation/ ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Affiliate Mentions links ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://amzn.to/3F9gOfu Audible Plus Trail https://amzn.to/3ibuJsQ Kindle Unlimited Membership for free Kindle books
Season 4 Episode 4 Finding your Worldbuilding People Today's Topic – Part 2 on Worldbuilding culture nouns   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow The parts of Culture Characters served up last season Religion (In 2 episodes) People Starting in a minute give or take a Michael People Questions Who are they? What makes them different Where do they live? When are they? How do they live Why do they exist? WBT Bring your people home RW  Task Widen The Window   Michael's Resources Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Were alive Podcast Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://gardul.com/blog/season-4-episode-4-finding-your-worldbuilding-people/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://gardul.com/blog/season-3-episode-1-the-character-primer/ ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Affiliate Mentions links ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://amzn.to/3dJAeMS Widen The Window
Season 4 Episode 3 The Threefold Path of People (Virtue not included) Today's Topic – Cultural Worldbuilding Nouns starter kit   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow Not the Buddha’s training on virtue, mind, and wisdom Not with Wasteland of the Aeil My neither holy or unholy trinity of ideas that merge into an culture The Collective, Beliefs, and Characters of a group of common people The Collective is how I look at fantasy races or ethnicities The Beliefs which can be religious or other important ideas The Characters… see season 3 The Three parts working together create the cookie dough of culture. WBT Look at your main race, culture wargame changing major changes see the variations. Even character changes could be massive think of Greek culture with no alexander. RW  Task Level up some virtue, mind, or wisdom into your life Joy with the sitcom letterkenny   Michael's Resources Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Were alive Podcast Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://gardul.com/blog/season-4-episode-3-the-threefold-path-of-people-virtue-not-included/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links ))))))))))))))))))))))))) http://www.letterkenny.tv/ ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
Season 4 Episode 2 Culture as a Spoon Today's Topic – It’s the circle… the Circle of Culture   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow Choose your cultural pill Red or Blue The Red Truth – What is a Culture? The Blue Truth – There is no Spoon… Culture only exist from the outside because it is believed to exist from within A Culture Exist through argument between its parts … To Be a real Member you must” … We must be better by” … We must remember” …We must forget” Culture is a Circle There is not beginning or Ending The idea culture is an illusion caused by the nature of it changing and consensus No Beginning or End (Hopefully) Rapid Changes are possible Names Can Change new tribes can form How to make it work Treat cultures like Characters Some or Static and Some are dynamic Realize you can never finish them WBT If you have an epic story how would your main culture change RW  Task Little Changes for big problems Michael's Resources Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Were alive Podcast Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://gardul.com/blog/season-4-episode-2-culture-as-a-spoon/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links )))))))))))))))))))))))))   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
Season 4 Episode 1 The Worldbuilder’s Culture Guide Today's Topic –Steps to awakening your inner worldbuilder   Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunesFor complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com Podcast Show Flow What is culture not A state, nation, or tribe… but Achievements of human another races achievement…. A batch of bacteria What is culture? the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group. A building block for another culture A group of 2 or more people that share believes and ideas working together towards a collective goal. A Venn diagram mosaic of smaller culture groups Is Culture the Chicken or the Egg? Games and Stories (at a VERY basic level) A set of nouns we use to do something How is it 7 prongs of Worldbuilding Cultural Ladder Social groups (RPG Game group) Local group (City, village) Region groups Status Groups Culture Ethnicity Common Language Ethnicities World Group WBT What is your main setting's cultural ladder? RW  Task Look at the artifacts in your life that have lead to your current believes Michael's Resources Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show Were alive Podcast Links ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://gardul.com/news/season-4-episode-1-the-worldbuilders-culture-guide/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links )))))))))))))))))))))))))     ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/   ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link ))))))))))))))))))))) http://gardul.com/Amazon   ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  ))))))))))))))))))))))))) https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
Season 3 Episode 12 The Character’s Full Monty Today's Topic – Clothing is not optional    Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunes For complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com  Podcast Show Flow    You need to know them  Stories or list or both  +1/-1 from norm  Meta and Extended  Where are they?  Now  Are They from here  Who Are they?  Name  Attributes  Personality  Quirks  What is their voice  What do they do?  Class  Skills (Physical, Mental, Social, and Vocational)  What is character goal?  Do they achieve it?  When do they do it?  When do they exist compared to the setting date  How do they get it done?  What is need to learn to reach the goal?  How are they connected to the world?  Allies and Enemies?   How do they fit into the settings society?  Is the setting society theirs?  What is their status  Why are they doing it?  The Motivation  Why are they doing what they are doing?  Do they think their reason is the actual reason?    WBT   Find your Favorite characters in life and use it  RW  Task  Live in the present  Michael's Resources  Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show  Were alive Podcast  Links  ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://gardul.com/blog/season-3-episode-12-the-characters-full-monty/    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://www.gardul.com/bonus    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/    ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link )))))))))))))))))))))  http://gardul.com/Amazon    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
Season 3 Episode 11 Beyond Metadome Today's Topic – The making of a good feather duster… err character    Please Subscribe, Rate and Review us on iTunes For complete Fantasy Worldbuilding, show notes go to Gardul.com  Podcast Show Flow  Beyond the Meta   We have lots of create episodes on character going back to at least episode 48 and 49  We have talked, Traits and flaws, stories, backgrounds, create great detail and motivation.   Talking characters one dimensional or complex and sometimes even flat  Before we take a break on three we need to cover one more very important character concept, voice  Voice is the finishing salt to a great character this leads from   Hi to “do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?”  How does a character speak  How intelligent is the character?   How articulate  Do they like speaking  Refer to your characters background does it make sense?  When does their expression break the rules  How does it break the rules    WBT   Please find a voice for my character.   RW  Task  Use a smoothaive if needed.  Realize people you disagree with at not they enemy.     Michael's Resources  Use Gardul.com/Amazon when shopping online to help support the show  Were alive Podcast  Links  ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Visit Show notes )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://gardul.com/blog/season-3-episode-11-beyond-metadome/    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Mentions links )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://gardul.mykajabi.com/bonus    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Rate and Review us in iTunes )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/worldbuilders-anvil/id956705643    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Like our Facebook Page )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://www.facebook.com/GardulStories/    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Join our Facebook Group )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://www.facebook.com/groups/undercroft/    ((((((((((((((((((((((( Support us by using our Amazon Affiliate Link )))))))))))))))))))))  http://gardul.com/Amazon    ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Jeff on Twitter  )))))))))))))))))))))))))  https://twitter.com/JefferyWIngram
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