View Full Version : Worldbuilding Resources

2013-04-03, 11:24 PM
I'm working on a new campaign setting and starting from the ground up with a fractal world generated with Fractal Terrains 3. I have some basic ideas for civs and such fleshed out, but what I would like to focus on is the physical world itself. Once I create the basic continental map using FT3, I want to go through the entire thing and lay out all of the stuff that makes a world tick. This will include the following:

Plate Tectonics - plate boundaries, how they move
Climate/Weather - global, regional and localized
Flora/Fauna - plausible habitats for already existing fantasy creatures

I've browsed online and found a lot of very basic information on biomes and plate tectonics and stuff; the kindof stuff we all learned about in middle school lol, but I'd like to find some more detailed information explaining how and why biomes/climate/weather occurs the way it does where it does. For instance, there is a very specific set of conditions for a certain desert I remember seeing on the discovery channel or something where there is no rain(duh), but warm moist air condenses into mist over the desert every day spreading moisture in the form of dew. It seems like most information on biomes/climate/weather just takes for granted that our world is the way it is and doesn't go too far into explaining the details of why things are the way they are short of looking up specific information on each location individually.

Basically I wanted to create this thread as a repository for links people have found with useful related information. I'll post any links that I've found and try to add links that people post to the initial post as they are added to the thread.

What seems to be the quintessential world climate resource:
Geoff's Climate Cookbook (http://jc.tech-galaxy.com/bricka/climate_cookbook.html)

How about a resource that shows the correlation between climate and population density in different time periods. Has anyone seen anything like that?

2013-04-03, 11:50 PM
You might find this (http://jc.tech-galaxy.com/bricka/climate_cookbook.html) useful.

Wow what an awesome article. Thank You. With all the google digging I did I can't believe this never showed up -_-.

2013-04-13, 04:08 PM
this one is great: http://www.reddit.com/r/worldbuilding/

2013-04-19, 05:40 AM
Here's a great link for everything demographic: http://www222.pair.com/sjohn/blueroom/demog.htm