Episode 192 The Total Eclipse of your fantasy sun

Or Suns

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Episode 191 3 Methods to create your fantasy world

Wish I could get I or my, I bet those are better keywords!!!!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/gardul/Episode_191_3_Methods_to_create_your_Fantasy_World.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Today’s Topic Creating a fantasy story from a world I have been asked several times what is the best way to start a new world building project? The problem is that is not one good way to start. However, in general, there are three good ways to construct […]

Episode 190 The crap we forget when fantasy world building

Listen, do you smell something?

http://traffic.libsyn.com/gardul/Episode_190_The_crap_we_forget_when_fantasy_world_building.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s Topic Creating a fantasy story from a world So you have created your hero, villain, geography, cultures, kingdom, and monsters.  However, when you look at your fantasy world it still feels like something is missing.  Something is just flat.  And your fictional fantasy world just seems….FAKE!!! What […]

Episode 189 Considerations when writing about polarizing topics

Oh Boy

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Episode 188 Manipulating time, before you run out of time

And yes, a female Doctor Who is perfectly fine

http://traffic.libsyn.com/gardul/Episode_188_Manipulating_time_before_you_run_out_of_time.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s Topic Look at fun with time travel in story telling Just when you think you fixed it, Michael and Jeffery break the timeline again. How can you deal with two fiends that are so icky! Learn about using time travel to add some juice to your fictional […]

Episode 187 Pathway to DOOM

Summer fun, Michael had himself a blast

http://traffic.libsyn.com/gardul/Episode_187_Pathway_to_DOOM.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s Topic The Background for a fun game and deeper character development Michael steps up again and tries to torture another player character.  We will work to develop a fun and action based adventure. We will explore the world of Gardul and have some fun in this new […]

Episode 186 How to start your fantasy story

You have the world; how do you start stories

http://traffic.libsyn.com/gardul/Episode_186_How_to_start_your_fantasy_story.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s Topic Creating a fantasy story from a world Question from Charles L. in the Facebook Undercroft Group Let to this great topic. I have characters – detailed, fun, and ready to go to work in my story I have a setting – A vibrant world of myth […]

Episode 185 Game of Thrones and other confusing musings

Tournament of the pointy chair

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Episode 184 Develop your Fantasy Royal Court

Hail to the King

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Episode 183 The Rules of your magic system, part 3


http://traffic.libsyn.com/gardul/Episode_183_The_Rules_of_your_magic_system_part_3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s Topic A look at the first four rules of the magic system So now we covered the basics of magic systems in episode 181, and we covered the first 4 questions in part of this series in episode 182. Let’s finish up our magic system in this […]