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Guest Post at ProFantasy.com

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Nov 142017
 

The makers of Campaign Cartographer and other map-making programs I use invited me to write a guest post on their site, ProFantasy.com. It went live Monday and can be read at this link.

The article discusses subjects covered in Creating Places (The Art of World Building, #2), including how a continent’s hemisphere, prevailing winds, and mountain ranges causes rain shadows, which affect where vegetation and deserts lie.

There’s also a little quiz at the end to see how well you retained the lesson! Check it out and leave a comment on their site if you’d like to see more.

These guys have been very cool to me. How cool? They donated the three programs to the left for the giveaway I’m running for the next three weeks. Stop by their site and see what they have to offer!

 Posted by on November 14, 2017

Ultimate World Builders Giveaway!

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Nov 132017
 

In celebration of the release of Creating Places (The Art of World Building, #2) I’m doing a massive giveaway of world building tools, training, and advice! All you need to do is enter and get a chance to win $200 worth of stuff!

It gets better: once you enter, you’ll get an email with a link just for you. Send that to your world building friends, and if they click it and enter the contest, you’ll get an additional three chances to win! How cool is that?

What can you win?

  1. Three of the best programs from ProFantasy, allowing you to draw maps of land features, cities, and dungeons!
  2. A world building course by David Farland/Dave Wolverton!
  3. A bunch of world building ebooks, including mine!
  4. And even if you don’t win, all contestants get a free copy of THE EVER FIEND!

You can forward the contest to anyone who does world building and improve your own chances.

 Posted by on November 13, 2017

Podcast Launched!

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Nov 102017
 
Art of World Building Podcast LogoIt’s been months in the making, but The Art of World Building podcast has launched this week! You can hear the first three episodes now. Episodes are free and are scheduled to release every two weeks.
You can listen here:
The Art of World Building
iTunes
Podbean
Google Play Music
Stitcher (coming soon)
You can see a listing of all episodes, and each has its own page that includes a transcript at the bottom for those who prefer to read it.
 Posted by on November 10, 2017

Another Ed Greenwood Endorsement

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Nov 102017
 

Ed GreenwoodI just received another endorsement from Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms® and dozens of other imaginary worlds:

With CREATING PLACES, Randy Ellefson has penned a sequel to his CREATING LIFE that walks story creators through worldbuilding along an entertaining road that runs everywhere, making sure nothing is missed. Plentiful examples are provided, and a veteran worldbuilder can find just as much fun and comprehensive reminders in these pages as a novice. Some books are nice to have, and a rare few are “must haves.” Like Ellefson’s preceding book, CREATING PLACES is one of that rare breed: an essential reference work. Unlike most references, this one is fun to read. Not to mention a goad and spark for the imagination!

 

 Posted by on November 10, 2017

Creating Life Audiobook Released!

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Sep 132017
 

The audiobook of Creating Life (The Art of World Building, #1) is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and Audible. Running time is 5 hours and 13 minutes and it’s on sale for between $17-19. Now you can have it read to you while you go about your day!

Buy at iTunes! Buy at Audible! Buy at Amazon!
 Posted by on September 13, 2017

Creating Places TOC Updated

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Aug 262017
 
Creating Places (Vol. 2)

Creating Places (Vol. 2)

Now that the writing of Creating Places is largely finished and only needs editing, I’ve updated the table of contents (TOC) to reflect the final contents. This includes a new chapter on “Travel in Space” and some rearrangement of other items. This isn’t final as I might still move a few things, but you can certainly see what’s covered in volume two of The Art of World Building.

 Posted by on August 26, 2017

Creating Places on Pre-Order

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Aug 222017
 

Creating Places (Vol. 2)

You can now pre-order the Kindle format for Creating Places (The Art of World Building, #2), which will be published on November 14, 2017. Pre-orders don’t work for other formats, unfortunately, but the book will be available in paperback and ePUB as well. The audio book may be ready at that time, but I’m still working on the one for Creating Life.

The manuscript is almost done. Then it goes off to beta-readers for about 2-3 weeks, leading to a week or two of changes based on that feedback. Then it goes to my editor for another few weeks, then another week or two of me tweaking it. After that comes formatting, which takes another week.

I’m excited to get this volume done and move on to the finale, Cultures and Beyond, which is slated for spring of 2018. Meanwhile, you can expect audio books, a podcast, more blogging, and a big giveaway I’m arranging for the release of Creating Places.

 Posted by on August 22, 2017

Ed Greenwood Endorsement

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Jun 192017
 

Ed Greenwood

I just received an endorsement from Ed Greenwood, creator of The Forgotten Realms® and dozens of other imaginary worlds:

Worldbuilding—creating a fictional setting—is THE biggest job of a storyteller. It can be done badly or minimally, but doing so risks robbing a tale of richness and impact, by leaving the audience uncaring or making “the stakes” less clear or dramatic.

So, after “once upon a time,” where to begin this devastatingly big job? With CREATING LIFE by Randy Ellefson, even the first volume of which is THOROUGH. This book raises ALL the points, and asks all the questions. Not just recommended: essential!

This is super cool! I consider Ed to be one of the Four Horsemen of World Building, along with Tolkien, Gary Gygax (“The father of role-playing games”), and Dave Anerson (co-inventor of Dungeons & Dragons with Gygax). Sadly, Ed is the only one still alive.

World Building Podcast

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Jun 172017
 

PodcastI started recording The Art of World Building Podcast this month. I’ll be covering much of what’s in the three volumes but not everything (sometimes more, sometimes less). In addition to learning more about world building, you’ll have the chance to hear my lovely speaking voice. A transcript of each episode will also be available on the official site (note this one).

Most podcasters need to find royalty free music to use for opening and closing credits or other announcements, but not me. I’m just using my own!

The podcast will launch in July 2017 once I have a few episodes ready for release on day one. After that, the schedule will be every other week, usually Tuesday mornings.

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