Welcome to the next Madness Worldbuilding series. For a long while I have been promising this series, and today I get to realize my dream.
My goal with this series is to bring you a great resource of information that has been my pleasure to bring in the past. It has always been my belief that when you write an educational article, you must identify the how and why beyond the initial what, and I will continue that work with this series.
I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.
Before I started my map making series, I had a few questions about how to design a world and I scoured the internet for a resource to answer my questions. I found none. There were bits and pieces here and there, but nothing to really to tell me what I wanted to know.
From that, I realized that in order to get what I needed, I had to make it. That gave birth to the Madness Worldbuilding series, starting with map making. At first I did maps just for myself, but then I decided to release how to make the maps and explain Geographical Worldbuilding.
With the completion of the Map Making portion (for now), I now work on how to build a world. Primarily, this series will cover the various elements that may be in your world. My guide provides a starting point to which to do your own research.
My goal is to do something that I have yet to see done anywhere else. Worldbuilding guides simply ask you questions of things to consider for your world. Problem is, you don’t know what to do for your world, which is why you are using a guide. This series will help you explore each question about worldbuilding and what you need to think about.
What I write about will be done in no particular order. This way, I can jump around the various categories to flesh them out. However, a single article may be part of several categories. Each article will also discuss how they were used during various time periods.
The categories will be as follows:
This will feature all my article listed in order by the number.
This section will discuss what it means to be a citizen in various types of cultures in relations to civic duties and governments. It will go over types of governments and how they interact with its citizens. Will also discuss what day-to-day life for a citizen as well as occupation and various skillsets.
Will likely have a lot of crossover with Culture and Infrastructure.
Technically all of Worldbuilding is Culture and Economy. However, those articles cannot really represent what is culture. This section will explore specific aspects of Culture, exploring values and artifacts, ranging from arts, entertainment, and even religion.
This section will different from other areas that encompass economy as it will specifically talk about markets, money, trends, stock exchange, banks, and any other types of trading or bartering.
The map making portion covered many elements of Geographical Worldbuilding. This discusses geography and what you need to know about it, whether on this planet or others, in order to properly design it in your world. Uses many articles from the Map Making category.
This will go over types of facilities, service systems, and municipal types of human settlements. Basically what it takes to run a function settlement, from villages to cities, utilizing roads and bridges, to telecommunications and electrical grids.
This is more of a tutorial system of how to use Paint.net to make maps for your stories or games for free. This may still be updated from time to time with new techniques. It also made use of information related to Geography.
Generally a product that is used for a need or benefit to our function of everyday life. This will go over a wide variety of types of resources, from livestock, to metals, to even renewable energy.
Practically everything we see today is some form of technology, that at one point in time didn’t exist until someone invented it. Hard to imagine things like books to the internet itself. This will go over technology and the importance it served to our world and culture.
We all have to go somewhere. How we get there is just as important as the final destination. Whether it is using animals to man made inventions, this will go over how man has traveled over long distances.
As I do this series, I may add more categories as needed. This is just a quick list I threw together of possible topics.
Not only will I explain what each article is to the same level of detail I did before, I will also attempt to discuss how each thing was used or benefited mankind through the ages. Of course, if we really broke things down, there are quite a number of ages throughout known history. So I wouldn’t get too bogged down in details, I have broke them up as follows:
Prehistory (2.5 million years ago to 3600BC)
This is a period of history before any sort of written record was collected. This is entirely dependent when a region developed the ability to record history with the use of writing systems. This may overlap other periods of history as some societies were written about before they could develop a writing system.
This will generally focus on when our ancestors became homo sapians (though I may discuss before that), though this period will primarily use archeological information, but will consider oral traditions of information that may have been used.
Ancient Age (3600BC to 8BC)
Also known as Ancient History. This period starts with the oldest record of known written history.
Primarily this will go over early Middle East and early European cultures, it will go over early Asian as well.
Age of Antiquity (800BC to 500AD)
Also known as Classical Antiquity and technically a part of the Ancient age. This coincides with creation of Greek and Roman societies. While there will be more of a focus on of Mediterranean cultures, we will also look at the rest of the world in their developments as well.
Middle Ages (500AD – 1500AD)
Also known as the Medieval Period, which began with the collapse of Western Roman Empire. This chronically a turbulent period of time that was met by the rise and fall of civilizations that helped shaped our many customs we have today.
Renaissance (1400AD – 1700AD)
Starting as a cultural movement in Italy in the late 14th century, soon spread to the rest of Europe, being described as an intellectual period or rebirth of many aspects of human culture and understanding.
Industrial Revolution (1700AD – 1900AD)
This was a major turning point in history that changed nearly all aspect in life and improved many aspects of daily life. It also changed the way things were made by utilizing heavy machinery with use of water and steam power. It was also the starting point of modern thinking an
Post-Industrial (1900AD – 1945AD)
Also known as Late Modern Period, this era of history led directly to our modern era, dealing with two major wars of the world as well as a great economic depression. Many modern technologies were developed or refined during this age.
Atomic Era (1945 – 1980)
Also known as the Atomic Age. Notable of the Cold War and the Space Race.
Information Age (1970 – Present)
Also known as Post-Modern Age, this overlaps with the Atomic Era, which is notable of the digital age. This era in history, to which we still live, is seen with expansion of great technology such as the World Wide Web and a number of other technology to improve communcation and knowledge.
This represents the hypothetical future based on current trends to the fictional fantasy future where we expect or hope technology or human development to be. Due to this being hypothetical, this will remark on how things could be and not be a true source of reliable information.
It is my hope that these articles will be of great value to you. As it stands, I will be doing 1 – 2 articles per month. A lot goes into these articles. With the number of articles I have planned, this series should last me 10 years. However, I am hoping to do more per month as time goes on, and have set up a Patreon account. I’m going to do these articles regardless of what I get from patreon, but if you like what I do or want me to do more, donating to my Patreon will be your chance to help me out.
My Patreon will launch August 8th with my first article on Metals.