The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual is now on sale. Browse the table of contents, read excerpts, and hook up with hot deals (this week only!) here at the book page. Be sure to check out the Expedition Journals link on that page for even deeper discounts and book bundles [...]
This month the World Building Academy is publishing a book we’re really excited about: The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual: Creating Travel Guides for Fictional Worlds. Gazetteer writing can be both a master blueprint for documenting a world, and a nifty way to showcase aspects of it and inject bits and pieces of a setting (or the [...]
We’ve been bucking some cosmic forces on this one: at the 11th hour, as I added Section 6 to the book (which, upon consideration, I thought really important to include to have [...]
Instead I must tell you that it is almost here. I very unhappily report that a computer virus I’ve been battling for a week (and haven’t been able to eradicate) has obliterated some of our work on the eve of [...]
UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced on the 27th when we launch The Gazetteer Writer’s Manual.
The World Building Academy has just kicked off the GAZETTEER WRITING CONTEST. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and you get to work with a magnificent map by cartographer Alyssa Faden. This contest runs [...]
This is a post in our ‘Advanced Topics in World Building’ series. See this post for an introduction to this series of high-level discussions for the experienced world builder. A master list of these posts can be viewed on the “Free [...]
Our first book, World Building Tips Volume 1, launches on Monday at retail outlets for $4.99. You can snag a copy for yourself for free if you participate in our online scavenger hunt. See details at our contest page.
UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW [...]
* Writing Contest related to gazetteering–starting around mid-month, with cool prizes including a beautiful map by cartographer Alyssa Faden. Sharpen your pencils and keep an eye out for a detailed announcement after the 15th.
* Launch of our Gazetteer Writer’s Manual at month-end. [...]
We’ve got a new video online!
This video tip explains a simple way to simulate continental drift by creating a “Pangaea” type proto-globe, and “growing your continents” from that basis.
This is an easy method to model some big earth-shaping geological processes. It’s great how-to for map-makers, writers of fiction and [...]
The title suggestion portion of our Gazetteer “name that book” contest is now over. Now it’s voting time! Please visit this link and VOTE on what your favorites are. By doing so you will also help some finalist win some cool swag. Thanks, also, to everyone [...]