World Building Links

This is my collection of world-building links. Please let me know if there are any dead or broken ones. Thanks!

About Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding How-To and Guides

Maps, Map-Making, Cartography

  • The PALEOMAP Project of Christioher R. Scotese offers a several historical Earth maps; that is, historical in geological timeframes.
  • Dr. Ron Blakey offers very beautiful “satellite image” style Paleogeographic Views of Earth History.
  • Strange Maps is a website that features strange and unusual maps. These are often – but not always – original ways of looking at our own Earth. It is a great resource not only because of the beautiful maps, but also because it offers unique and new ways of looking at old ideas.
  • 3D-Starmaps is a site dedicated to the creation of, well, star maps.
  • Fantasy Mapmaking with Photoshop video tutorials.
  • The Cartographers’ Guild is awesome for people to share their maps, discuss map-making, and so on. Be sure to sign up for the forums, which is the main part of the site.
  • Audio Slideshow: Mapping Africa is pretty interesting and much too short
  • Sci Maps – Awesome maps about all kinds of scientific topics.

Geography and Landscapes

  • PhysicalGeography.net, in their own words, is “an educational web portal that focuses on a specific area knowledge known as Physical Geography. Physical Geography is a sub-discipline of two much larger fields of study – Geography and Earth Sciences. The main purpose of Physical Geography is to explain the spatial characteristics of the various natural phenomena associated with the Earth’s hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere.” Looks very helpful!

Worldbuilding Software

Generic Software helpful for Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding Sites and Blogs

Linguistics and Con-Languages

Real World Resources

If you base your world on our current Earth, you’ll sooner or later have to look up facts that you do not know. Here’s where you should do so.

  • Wikipedia is always a good starting point for research.
  • The CIA World Factbook answers all the basic questions you have about the nations of Earth. Life expectancy in China? Male-to-Female ratio on the Bahamas? Here you go.

Everything else

Articles that didn’t fit elsewhere.

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5 thoughts on “World Building Links

  1. The flag generator link is gone. Pity, too. I suspect it would have been entertaining.

  2. It would be a relatively simple task to make a random word generator. All you need is some lexical rules for building a word, such as vowels that can be placed together and in what order they must be placed, what consonants don’t go together, what consonants require a vowel afterwards (Q for example) and then you build the world using a while loop to make a word of a predetermined length. Choose a letter to start with and then build it from there following those lexical rules.

    I will try to put something together between classes as an intellectual pursuit, but a list of lexical rules would be nice. I can think up some, but I won’t be able to account for them all… Assuming an English lexical rule set. It would be easier codifying it if people just use their own lexical rules and I just have a xml file to load those rules from. I’ll see what I come up with.

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