Wayfarer's Guide to Worldbuilding
A podcast on how to write unique, scientific, and magical worlds.
The Wayfarer’s Guide to Worldbuilding is a tool to help writers, Dungeon Masters, 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 writing these elements.
Hosted by the Mythos & Ink staff—Kyle Rudge (Marketing Director), Allison Alexander (Editorial Director), and Emma Skrumeda (Editorial Assistant)—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.
We’re continuing in our series on the Netflix show Shadow and Bone, which is based on novels by Leigh Bardugo! Our topics today: magic and societal structure. What is the distinction between “small science” and magic? What is magic’s narrative purpose in the show? How are the societies structured and how does considering structure provide ample opportunities for inserting conflict into a story’s narrative?
Produced by Mythos & Ink.
Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission)
A unique magic system is a great way to make your fantasy world unforgettable. The most important thing is that it makes sense for your world and the story that you are telling.
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Hosts of Wayfarer's Guide to Worldbuilding
A geek through-and-through, Kyle loves Ender’s Game, Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly. He’s also a jungle main, a Ravenclaw, and Mythos & Ink’s marketing director! He’s a husband and father of two humans and retains guardianship over two furry companions. And he’s someone who loves seeing others reach their full creative potential.
Allison edits sci-fi and fantasy, writes books, and plays video games the rest of the time. She is the incurable author of Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness, a geek’s guide to living with a disability. You can find her chasing bokoblins in Hyrule, traipsing with hobbits in Middle-earth, or blogging at aealexander.com.
Emma is a makeup artist, writer, and half-elf Tempest Cleric. She has been writing since elementary school, and likes to think that she has improved since then. She can 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.