Scrolls Chapter 13: World Building for Dummies

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Reunited at last, the Scrolls gang bite off more than they can chew with the titanic topic of World Building in the genres we love so much.  As the rubber-ball of conversation bounces around we try to get a grip on what makes for a convincing Secondary world – how atmosphere, character, otherworldly physics and location can be combined to produce a satisfying and all-encompassing experience for the reader.  Through all of this we touch upon themes of authorial imagination and self-indulgence, world vs story building and what a reader’s sense of ownership means.

Along the way we also get distracted by trouser disfunctions, podcast power-struggles, what a petard actually is, and trying to figure out just how Frodo could navigate Middle Earth without the handy maps in the front of the book.
Links You May Like –
For an in-depth look at the worlds of HP Lovecraft and JRR Tolkien could could do no better than to check out the following links:
Chad Fifer & Chris Lackey do an incredible job of exploring the literary and wider world of Lovecraft’s mythos at and you can download their brilliant and entertaining podcast here.
Likewise, Corey Olsen’s fascinating explorations of Middle Earth and beyond can be found at and you can download his excellent podcast here

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