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Worldcasting Podcast

58 EpisodesProduced by Worldbuilding MagazineWebsite

Join us for some casual discussions about the craft of worldbuilding aimed at giving general advice, best practices, and support on the meta topics in the craft.If you enjoy Worldcasting, check out Worldbuilding Magazine for free-to-download worldbuilding articles, inspiration, interviews, and artwo… read more

58 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Halloween Special

October 31st, 2022


Join Inky, Opal, and Sean in this extra spooky Halloween special episode of the Worldcasting Podcast.

Edited by Slorany.

Demons in Fiction with Tom Bloom

August 23rd, 2022


Devin, Hex, Seán, and guest host Tom Bloom of Kill Six Billion Demons webcomic fame slowly burn as many bridges as they can from Star Wars to Christianity to NFTs in this raucous, season 4 finale episode on how to play …

Klingon Death Metal with Biblaridion

August 2nd, 2022


Adam, Red, Slorany, and guest host, Biblaridion, discuss conlangs, phonemes, and—amongst other linguistic things—Klingon death metal. 'Nuff said.

Another Magic Episode with C.R. Rowenson

July 19th, 2022


You can't stop us from talking about magic at least once per season. This time, Devin, Jack, and Zaivy are joined by writing coach and content creator C.R. Rowenson. They discuss all the aspects of magic systems: why …

Horror and Suspense with Zin E. Rocklyn

June 28th, 2022


Adam, Cathy, and Red are joined by Horror author Zin E. Rocklyn to discuss the genre, how to write and worldbuild for it, and much more. Stick around 'till the end, because we (accidentally) saved all the advice for the …

The Arts of Your World with L.D. Lewis

June 14th, 2022


Adam, B.H. Pierce, Seán, and Zaivy, are joined by L.D. Lewis—a founder of the Hugo award-winning FIYAH Magazine, publisher at Fireside Fiction, and all kind of other projects. We talk about L's experience accepting the …

Character Design with Claire Hummel

May 24th, 2022


Inky, Devin, and Lizy are joined by illustrator and concept artist Claire Hummel for a discussion on character design! Claire may be best known for her work on games like Half-Life: Alyx and Bioshock Infinite. So you …

Collaboration and Games with Ashley Warren

May 10th, 2022


Adam, B.H. Pierce, Seán, and Ashley Warren (Storytelling Collective) discuss the importance of collaboration on creative projects. Then, we dive into …

Is It Cyberpunk? with Tim Hickson

April 26th, 2022


Adam, Cathy, Red, and returning guest Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me) discuss what the genre means, why it is becoming so popular in recent years, and …

Conflict and Self-Publishing with Daniel Greene

April 12th, 2022


Adam, Hexarch, and Red are joined by YouTuber and self-published author Daniel Greene. They discuss the things writers often don’t think about in regards to war and conflict, as well as some insights into their journeys …

Retconning & Rebooting with Chris Solo

March 29th, 2022


Adam, Cathy, Devin, and returning guest Chris Solo discuss retconning and rebooting projects. There are ways we’ve seen it done well, and ways in …

Story Themes with Benjamin Cook

March 16th, 2022


Red, Inky, Sam, and Benji (Tale Foundry) discuss the broad topic of story themes. Themes can add to your story and provide a valuable structure to …

Science in Fantasy with Rachel Shaw

March 1st, 2022


Adam, Cathy, and Sam are joined by neuroscientist and author Rachel Shaw to discuss the presence of science in fantasy settings. From medicine to magic, they discuss some of the ways you can use science to inform or …

Game Writing & Mythologies with Greg Kasavin

February 15th, 2022


Adam, Red, and Seán are joined by Greg Kasavin, the writer behind Supergiant Games’ many titles such as Pyre and Hades. We discuss what it’s like to write for video games as a medium, as well as the origins of …

Publishing and Poetry with Nadia Saward

February 1st, 2022


Welcome back to Worldcasting! To kick off season four, Adam, Taylor, BK, and—all the way from Orbit UK—Nadia Saward talk about publishing and poetry. BK has experience as an indie publisher, and Nadia is a poet and …

The Unsung: Part 2 with Daniel Greene & Hello Future Me

August 10th, 2021


In this final episode of season 3, Taylor, Cathy, and Zaivy, are joined by our guests Daniel Greene and Tim Hickson for a chat about representation …

Crafting Compelling Characters with Michael J. Sullivan

July 27th, 2021


Emory, Chris, Red, and NYT/Washington Post bestselling author Michael J. Sullivan discuss creating compelling characters, plus some general writing …

The Unsung: Part 1

July 13th, 2021


Join Taylor, Ianara (Imachinate), Inky, and Zaivy as they discuss some of the less represented African, Asian, and European cultures in popular …

Writing & Organizing It [or Not] with Levi Johnson

June 29th, 2021


Red, Ianara (Imachinate), B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), and our guest Levi Johnson from Campfire Technology discuss their endeavors and thoughts on the more …

The Fellowship of the Thing with Daniel Dickinson

June 15th, 2021


Join Taylor, Chris, Sean, and our guest author Daniel Dickinson for a conversation about fellowships. Obviously, they discuss the Fellowship of the Ring, but in addition they also break down what a fellowship is, how to …

Golden Ages with Janet Forbes

June 1st, 2021


B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), Seán, and John, are joined by Janet Forbes—co-founder of World Anvil, podcaster, and author! Together they define what a …

Our Wolves are Different with Sean Fallon

May 18th, 2021


Adam, Red, Ianara (Imachinate), and Sean Fallon—CEO of Smunchy Games—discuss a favorite topic of ours: creature design. Plus, a number of tangents about tabletop games, dragons, and more!

This episode was edited by …

Magic Systems with Devin Pigman

May 4th, 2021


Adam, Cathy, Ianara (Imachinate), and our guest Devin Pigman—a former moderator with our friends at the Writing Cartel Discord Server—talk about magic systems. We discuss a few of our favorite systems, things we've …

Organizing as a Game Master with Jacob Waterman

April 20th, 2021


Ianara (Imachinate), Lizy (AC), B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), and President of the multimedia group Nerdolopedia and lead game designer at Smunchy Games …

Dark Tidings

April 6th, 2021


Emory, Taylor, Inky, and Adam take a quick dive into what makes dark fiction work, and the trap violence and traumatic events present. Also, the …

On World Themes with Hello Future Me

March 23rd, 2021


Adam, Chris, Seán, and our guest Tim Hickson of the YouTube channel Hello Future Me ponder the ways in which we can use our worlds to fit a theme. It’s an abstract kind of discussion, but one we’re excited to try and …

Mapless Worldbuilding with Chris Solo

March 9th, 2021


Adam, B.H. Pierce (Hexarch), Red, and our guest Chris Solo, founder of the Fabled 42 network discuss the usefulness of maps, as well as the drawbacks …

Representation with Angela Abreu

February 23rd, 2021


Adam and Zaivy are joined by Angela "Angy" Abreu, the founder and creative director of the Dominican Writer’s Alliance. Together we discuss the importance of reading outside your comfort zone, of representation in …

Out of the Wardrobe

February 9th, 2021


Inky, Emory, Lizy (AC), and Red get deep into a discussion on clothing. From fabrics and coats, to dyes and corsets, they’ve got some things to say on how wardrobes are treated (or ignored) in media—and it’s all …

Success in Writing with Nicholas Eames

January 26th, 2021


Welcome to the start of season 3 of Worldcasting! New episodes will release every other week on Tuesdays (until the season ends). This season is going to be packed with new and returning guests discussing worldbuilding, …

Creating Candlekeep with Justice Arman and Anthony Joyce

July 14th, 2020


Justice Arman and Anthony Joyce join us in this episode, discussing their newest publication Elminster's Guide to Candlekeep, written in …

Apocalypses & Prophecy with Tale Foundry

July 7th, 2020


Tyler and Imachinate are joined by Benjamin Cook, creator of YouTube channel Tale Foundry. They discuss how these events affect people, worlds, and simply how to approach writing apocalypses and prophecies for stories …

Shaping Worlds

June 30th, 2020


Join Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Ragolution as they discuss cartography, geology, geography, and how to use these as tools to shape your worlds. …

Artifacts and Wonders

June 23rd, 2020


Join Tyler, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss artifacts and wonders. Places like Minas Tirith and items Excalibur are iconic to their setting, adding a sense of awe and depth to the lore. We will discuss why this is …

Divining the Elder Scrolls

June 16th, 2020


Join Tyler, Imachinate, and Red as they discuss The Elder Scrolls, the popular setting of games such as Skyrim, Oblivion, and Morrowind. They focus …

Fireside Chat: Hexarch

June 13th, 2020


In this Fireside Chat, meet B.H. Pierce, also known as Hexarch. He is a Writer here at Worldbuilding Magazine, published author, and an avid fan of centaurs. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in …

Discerning Core Races

June 9th, 2020


Join Tyler, Anna, Chris, Imachinate, and Inky as they discuss the concept of the Core Races in fantasy. Be it Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, or Halflings we briefly touched on each of them to try and cover: who they are, what …

Evil Empires

June 2nd, 2020


Join Tyler, Chris, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss the concept of evil empire. From their rise to domination, and eventual defeat evil empires and the heroes who topple them are a long held fascination in fiction. …

Fireside Chat: B.K. Bass

May 30th, 2020


In this Fireside Chat, meet B.K. Bass. BK is the Writing Chair at Worldbuilding Magazine, published author, and Editor-in-Chief of Kyanite Publishing. He and Tyler discuss his work, worldbuilding, and more in this …

Heroes and Villains

May 26th, 2020


Join Tyler, Imachinate, Rag, and Red as they discuss creating heroes and villains, the archetypes that they fit into and how varied their motivations can be. As well as covering some of their favorite villains, and what …

Magical Ecology

May 19th, 2020


Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Red discuss creating new—magical—ecosystems for your setting. Going beyond your classic dragons, they consider what else exists around them, and how new introductions to that ecosystem might …

Fireside Chat: Adam Bassett

May 16th, 2020


Fireside Chats are a new type of episode we're trying out on the Podcast. They're much shorter, and feature just two people in conversation. To begin, we're using it as a chance for you to better get to know the hosts …

Examining Worldbuilding

May 12th, 2020


Tyler, Adam, Imachinate, and Taylor discuss how we view and examine worldbuilding. They bring a discerning lens to discuss what works and what doesn't in a setting—and how to apply those discoveries about other worlds …

The Iceberg Principle

May 5th, 2020


In this episode of Worldcasting, Tyler, B.K. Bass, Inky, and Imachinate discuss the iceberg principle: only showing a portion of your total …


April 28th, 2020


Join Tyler, Chris, Imachinate, Opal, and Red as they cover the basics of the various -punk genres: cyberpunk, steampunk, and many more. It’s a …

Worldbuilding 102 with Hello Future Me and Tale Foundry

April 21st, 2020


Welcome to the start of Worldcasting’s second season! In this episode, join Tyler and Adam as they talk with Youtubers Tim Hickson (Hello Future Me) and Benji Cook (Tale Foundry). Together, they discuss a flurry of …

On the Realms With Ed Greenwood

February 18th, 2020


Join Dino (Tyler), BK, and Imachinate as they discuss worldbuilding with Ed Greenwood. Ed is a New York Times bestselling author, an award winning game publisher, author of over four hundred books and thirty settings, …

The Arts

February 11th, 2020


Join Dino (Tyler), Adam, B. K. Bass, and Imachinate as they discuss  the necessity for including the arts in your setting in celebration of our February 2020 issue of Worldbuilding Magazine, The Arts!

This episode was …

Boba & Kissing Games

February 4th, 2020


On this episode, Dino (Tyler) is joined by Hexarch, Imachinate, Inky, and Ragolution as they discuss cultural norms, customs, and some overlooked …

Every World Needs a Platypus

January 28th, 2020


Join Dino (Tyler), Aravar, Imachinate, Inky, and Red in a discussion on the Importance of magical beasts and animals in fiction and mythology. From …

Talking Magic

January 22nd, 2020


Join Dino (Tyler), BK Bass, Hexarch, and Imachinate as they discuss the implications and use of magic in settings. As well, they dive into the difference between a hard and soft magic system, examples of good uses of …

Avoiding Overexplaining

January 14th, 2020


Dino (Tyler), Adam, and Imachinate discuss best practices for talking about your worlds with others—what helps lead to a productive conversation and ways to avoid overexplaining things.

This episode was edited by Anna …

History is Cyclical

January 8th, 2020


Join Dino (Tyler), Adam, Hex, and Imachinate as they discuss using history as a springboard for creating a backstory for your story, and how to frame a timeline.

This episode was edited by Anna Hannon.

Inside RPGs With Phil Athans

December 31st, 2019


Join Dino (Tyler), Chris, and Ragolution as they discuss worldbuilding for RPGs. Focusing particularly on worldbuilding as a shared setting, and …

Divine Oomph

December 24th, 2019


Join Dino (Tyler), Chris, Hexarch, Red and Imachinate as they discuss using mythology and religions in our world, to help you better construct your …

Cape Disappointment

December 17th, 2019


Join Dino (Tyler), AC, Adam, and Anna as they turn a discussion on Tolkien into one on naming conventions, how they name places, and the way stories …

Occupied With Worldbuilding

December 13th, 2019


Join Dino (Tyler), Adam, B. K. Bass, and Imachinate as they discuss governments, economics, trades and occupations in celebration of our Trades & Occupations issue that released December 2019!

This episode was …

Worldbuilding 101

December 12th, 2019


Join Dino (Tyler), B.K. Bass, Hexarch, and Imachinate as they discuss worldbuilding for your medium—plus some general tips and tricks along the way!

This episode was edited by Zaivy Luke-Aleman.

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