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Important Worldbuilding Links

Here's my most-important resources, both how-to's and general information:

TableSmith: http://www.mythosa.net/Main/TableSmith?from=Utils.Html
Not necessarily a link, but TableSmith is a great resource for creating random generators. The ones that come with it are only so-so, but it's incredibly easy to make your own (good for, let's say, generating random names/words/places in a conlang). I'm fully willing to share the tables I've created with everyone

Creating Fantasy and SciFi Worlds: http://www.elfwood.com/farp/thewriting/liljenbergworlds/index.html
Good tutorial that outlines how to create a science fiction or fantasy world. Also includes several pdfs that are useful for making reference sheets

Medieval Demographics Made Amazingly Easy: http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/blueroom/demog.htm
  A MUST for city and nation building! Designed for medieval worlds, but easily modifies for pretty much everything even vaguely related. I use this in all my worlds - dnd, novels, short stories. If there's a city involved, I look at this site. There're also calculators and random generators online based on this article.

30 Days of Worldbuilding: http://www.web-writer.net/fantasy/days/index.html
  Designed for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Has thirty fifteen-minute exercises, meant to allow you to build a basic world in 30 days, in just 15 minutes a day.

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions: http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/
A huge list of questions/prompts designed to get you thinking on details of worlds. Filling these out is very useful, as it'll force you to cover bases you might not have otherwise thought of.

Dr. Zahir's Ethnographical Questionnaire:http://www.frathwiki.com/Dr._Zahar%E2%80%99s_Ethnographical_Questionnaire
Similar to the above, although specifically for cultures/peoples

Fantasy Map-making 101: http://www.fantasymaps.com/101/

A Way with Worlds: http://www.seventhsanctum.com/www/wwwfull.html
A large list of short articles on various topics in worldbuilding,

The Language Construction Kit: http://www.zompist.com/kit.html
Really great and extensive information for creating your own language.

The Mythopoet's Manual: http://www.rpgmud.com/WorldBuilding/Mythopoets/tmm.html
Really good resource, goes fairly deep into myth and religion and describes how to incorporate them into your world (or even build your own)

Test Challenges for Alien Encounters: http://laetusinpraesens.org/docs/alien1.php
On communicating with aliens. Actually not intended for worldbuilding, which makes it all the more epic. A great reference for realistic depictions of first contacts

Someone else's list of memorable how-to-write entries. Has a rather disproportionate number of articles about sex
Atomic Rockets: http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/crossindex.php
This is basically an incredibly extensive series of thorough, well-written articles examining common tropes in science fiction and, more than anything, the science behind them (mostly pointing out why certain things wouldn't work and/or what would blow up if you built a spaceship that actually has those stats). Has extensive information on everything scifi - rockets and spaceships, aliens, suns, worlds, the laws of physics, you name it. In addition to all the "you'd blow up a planet if you tried that!" it has a lot of "no, this is how it's done."

Legal Systems Very Different from Our Own: http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Academic/Course_Pages/legal_systems_very_different_12/LegalSystemsDraft.html
Lots of really good, detailed information on Gypsy, Amish, Jewish, Islamic, Somali, 18th century English, Athenian, Irish, Chinese, and Plains Indians law, plus articles on various others and topics related to legal systems

Medieval Worldbuilding Information: http://writemedieval.livejournal.com/
Information on how to accurately worldbuild in a medieval-inspired world. Some of these articles are also in my memories

Medieval Bestiary: http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beastalphashort.htm
Information on animals, real and imaginary, and how they were perceived in the medieval world.

Encyclopedia Mythica: http://www.pantheon.org/
Comprehensive encyclopedia of world mythology. Very thorough, and covers even the more obscure topics

Growing Up Sexually, Volume 1: http://www2.rz.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/INDEXATLAS.HTM
An index of sexology around the world, mostly as relates to adolescent (i.e. sex ed and such)

The Astrobiology Web: http://www.astrobiology.com/

Countries and Their Cultures: http://www.everyculture.com/

The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts: http://www.thearma.org/essays.htm
On fighting, swordsmanship, etc

History of Martial Arts and Combative Sports: http://ejmas.com/kronos/

Internet Sacred Texts Archive: http://www.sacred-texts.com/

The Costumer's Manifesto: http://www.andrewkahn.me/manifesto/
Has details on historical and ethnic dress

A Primer in SF Xenolinguistics: http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/lingo.html


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