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Previous blog posts Previously on Universe Factory... 2018 and later 2017 December Golden Sails, Part 3 by gryphon Call of the Night Raven by Secespitus Golden Sails, Part 2 by gryphon Luna's Experiments: Wolf Nose by Secespitus Cuban Missile War (Introduction) by Future Historian Golden Sails, Part 1 by gryphon Prudus Explains Magic: A Wizard’s ...


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Considering that most posts on here are intellectual - that is, the people who write them are intelligent, and probably mature - I'm sure vulgarity won't offend the majority of people. That being said, the group of people on here will want a reasonable amount of maturity - no excessive or unreasonable use of vulgar or crude language. For the sake of ...


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We want to make it easy for people to contribute to the blog, whether there's one article that you want to write or you have an idea for a whole series or you're just not sure and want to check us out. This post is for you. How to get your work on the blog If you have an idea already, please either comment here or tell us about it in the blog chat room. If ...


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One possibility would be interviews. Maybe once a month a community member gets interviewed about what brings them to worldbuilding, what they are interested in, etc. Interviewees could be high rep users (both long term and newcomers with a high impact on arrival), moderators, etc. Want to be interviewed? If so, leave a note there. Also leave a note there ...


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Oh, I got lots: Abusing the Kardashev Scales for Fun and Profit, Economics of Space Colonization, or Why I'd Sooner Colonize the Gobi Desert Why AIs Love Paperclips Tropes, Subvert or Play Straight? Lampshade Hanging for Dummies Worldbuilding 101: Worldbuilding Or Why You Can't Have Oxygen-Hydrogen Atmospheres Worldbuilding 102: How to ...


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How to Use Medium Each time a new contributor has been brought on board, we've had to get them up to speed on the tools we're using - specifically, we've had to explain how to use Medium. This is through no fault of the fine folks who write for the blog, so we'd like to smoothen the onboarding process by providing this guide on how to get started writing ...


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Badge Idea: Keyboard Coffee A question/answer that surprised you or made you laugh so much you nearly sprayed your keyboard with your beverage of choice.


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I'm interested in... Writing/contributing, either on a one-time basis or more frequently: ✓ Monica Cellio (heavier on writing/presentation/etc and probably some fiction; probably some "what I learned from the WB community" stuff; light on science) ✓ HDE 226868 (mostly harder science articles, but also focused on applying these principles to a world, not ...


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Masterclasses TimB posted some great questions a little while ago around creating a realistic world maps. Landmass formation Currents, Precipitation and Climate Erosion These could be turned into great How To articles.


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A general purpose Blog I think world building has plenty of topics to write about in a blog and probably more than enough people who can write the entries (writers are a large part of the audience after all). Here is what I would suggest as appropriate topics for our blog: Remarkable questions and answers, possibly in the form of a quarterly recap. ...


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Badge Idea: Clickbait For a question title that when it made it onto the HNQ list people just had to click on it to find out what was going on...


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Previous blog posts Previously on Universe Factory... Edit this post 2021 Febuary: Salvage - Part two of Landed by Topcode 2020 December: Supers: Chapter 1 by Firestryke June: Worldbuilding with stellar grids by HDE 226868 May: You are a flat-earther (Or how I learned to stop worrying and model less) by Joe Bloggs Arrival - Part One of Landed by ...


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At this point, I'm (technically) the guy who runs it. Back when we started Universe Factory in 2015, we had a whole lot of activity - lots of interest, lots of authors, lost of posts. People gradually drifted away, in many cases from Worldbuilding Stack Exchange itself, something that was exacerbated by a network-wide crisis this past fall (see here for a ...


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I would be interested in one of the ideas from the last post: community interviews. One possibility would be interviews. Maybe once a month a community member gets interviewed about what brings them to worldbuilding, what they are interested in, etc. Interviewees could be high rep users (both long term and newcomers with a high impact on arrival), ...


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I would love to see an article on Suspension of Disbelief: Suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a "human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend ...


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Deploying your world A blog is a good vehicle for covering topics related to worldbuilding that wouldn't actually be on-topic on Worldbuilding.SE. We could have articles about writing, game-mastering, or theatre/scripting that focus on how to reveal your world in interesting, informative ways that aren't just visits from the exposition fairy. That's kind ...


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The temporary name I put in while we figure out another, for voting: Universe Factory


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overactor makes good points, and I'd like to see everything he suggests. But I'd also like to see blog posts written on the process of world-building itself. From the organization of ideas down to how much history you need to think up down to whether you need to define the gravity. We get a lot of questions on subjects like: How does one go about ...


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Selection of best questions and answers: What caused buzz in last month and some comment to that by author of such article


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If per-site blogs are ever coming back, it won't be for a long time. We love the enthusiasm, and we still think new ongoing blogs would be super cool, but site blogs are just not anywhere near the front of the line for resources right now. It'll be 6-8 something... but it definitely isn't "weeks". I've suggested Medium publications as a solution to this ...


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Clever names are fun, and one of my favorites since the first time we discussed this topic is Daedalus' Workshop That said there is a lot are a lot of positives to using something simple (as we chose to do with the chatroom) and go with The world builders' blog Makes it abundantly obvious what the purpose/intent of the site is.


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First a general comment. I like this idea and would be happy to help. We have an insane range of people here and it is a very entertaining community. That should make for good blogging. So. Here are the areas I feel I can contribute. My specialty (academically) lies in international relations and philosophy (how in the world did I end up working in IT?)...


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What-if questions and answers This question asks about what-if questions, which tend to be too broad and open-ended to work on our Q&A site. (See the answers there for much discussion.) But these questions are popular with readers, and people here enjoy answering them. Those posts don't fit our main Q&A well, but they sure would make interesting ...


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Another suggestion is to have a short blog post/story/description of a world the author has created. Describe your world in 3 paragraphs... I'd be happy to write one about "Oss". I'd describe briefly that Oss was a world I envisaged when writing about my character Delta Fay, I'd give a brief overview of how it's an archipelago of islands ruled by the Lords ...


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I say that an SE hosted blog is the way to go! Like you said, it really makes it part of the site. More importantly perhaps, it is under the control of the community when it is on there. Upvote for yes to this.


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As a supplement to other answers, another type of blog post I'd like to see is case studies. I mean a blog post where somebody used this site to help build a world and writes about that, including linking to the questions he either asked or found that helped him. Particularly if there's a case where somebody used several questions for one project, it'd be ...


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What about an article about when to stop? Imagine that after having decided on the geography and atmospheric composition of your world, you rent a supercomputer to do a climate simulation, so you'll get a realistic climate on your world. I think everyone here would agree that this would be overkill. On the other hand, you certainly don't want to just claim ...


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A workflow for creating the world


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I think the first topic I would like to put up on the blog is about the world building process. We have had several very good answers and discussions here on the topic. If anyone would like to contribute let me know. This will be macro-level. Then perhaps down the road we can go into some more specific topics.


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Some of those specific topics I'd love to eventually write to let out my mad inner storyteller: Handwavium or Hardcore? What does my story need? Building an Economy 101: Supply and Demand Chekov's Shotgun vs. Scenery Porn Of course, no idea when I'll get around to actually writing any of that; especially since May and June tend to be busier months at ...


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