The Wayfarer's Guide to Worldbuilding

The Wayfarer’s Guide to Worldbuilding is a tool to help writers, DMs, and creatives build unique, scientific, and magical worlds. Each episode explores one facet of worldbuilding—such as drafting the perfect city map, making a monster, or building an ancient religion—and gives practical advice on how to design these elements.

Hosted by the Mythos & Ink staff—Kyle Rudge (Marketing Director), Allison Alexander (Editorial Director), and Emma Skrumeda (Publicist)—the three discuss strong examples of worldbuilding from science fiction and fantasy books, TV shows, and movies. They also give a glimpse into the world of publishing every episode, discussing what they are working on and the inner workings of a small press.

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Allison Alexander

Editorial Director

Allison is an earthbending bard from Hoth who loves other-worldly stories. After studying English and Publishing at university, she found her home in books, and now she writes and edits full time. Her favourite parts of working at Mythos & Ink are overseeing projects, collaborating with other creatives, and making words come alive.

In her book SUPER SICK, Allison explores living with a chronic illness and how pop culture’s representation of disability perpetuates the stigmas associated with it. In her newsletter, INVISIBLE INK, she discusses writing and media from a disabled perspective. During chill time, Allison can be found in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away, probably in the company of her husband and imaginary pet owl.

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Kyle Rudge

Marketing Director

Kyle has over ten years of experience in marketing and has been the program director and morning show host for two successful radio stations. He loves giving authors the individual attention they deserve and is passionate about working with science fiction and fantasy projects.

A geek through-and-through, Kyle loves Ender’s Game, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly. He’s also a jungle main, a Ravenclaw, and The Wayfarer’s Guide to Worldbuilding podcast host! He’s a husband and father of 2 humans and retains guardianship over 2 furry companions. And he’s someone who loves seeing others reach their full creative potential.

Emma Skrumeda


Emma Skrumeda is a makeup artist, writer, and half-elf Tempest Cleric. She owes her allegiance to the Fire Nation and House Hufflepuff. Emma has been writing since elementary school, and likes to think that she has improved since then. She can usually be found staring at a laptop while muttering about sentence structure and character arcs. Fantasy is her jam, which makes worldbuilding her bread and butter. Delicious.

In the real world, Emma lives in the frozen wasteland known as Winnipeg with her husband (Quynn), their two cats (Arthur and Pippin), and the four plants she has been managing to keep alive (Len, Bertie, Zhu Li, and Treebeard).