Volume 3 – Cultures and Beyond

Creating a unique, immersive setting one culture at a time

A guide for authors, gamers, and hobbyists

Vol 3

Written to help authors of fantasy and Sci-Fi, Cultures and Beyond (The Art of World Building, Volume 3) is a how-to guide for filling an imaginary world with fascinating societies. It includes chapters on creating cultures, calendars, monetary systems, military groups, religions, the supernatural, systems of magic, magic items, names, and more.  You’ll also learn how to leverage real world cultures while making them seem original.  Even those who’ve never invented a world will soon be masters as Randy Ellefson’s decades of experience walk you through using pre-made templates that make world building faster, better, and easier to complete.

Understand how to use analogues to quickly build unique societies based on Earth.  Invent interesting crimes and punishments that involve imaginary creatures or technologies.  Create currencies for different places while keeping them easy for your audience to fathom.  Master the art of creating naming styles for different societies.  Fashion new military groups in gritty detail.  Dream up sensible rules for magic, its practitioners, and the supernatural and what happens when things go wrong.  Learn what kind of files you’ll need to create, how to organize them, and get jump started with the free templates you’ll use again and again.

Cultures and Beyond is the third volume in The Art of World Building, the first and only how-to guide of its kind.  Readers will learn how much world building to do for each scenario they encounter and whether the effort will be rewarding for them and their audience.  An included short story helps illustrate how the invention of culture can be used to add spice to your work..

Release Date: TBD

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