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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Yonagu Books (9 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984470034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984470037
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Rosenfelder is a conlanger, creator of zompist.com and author of the Language Construction Kit.


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I looked on Mark's website for some help in finding out some of the finer points of world-building for my book and I noticed he had a book about this. I decided that it was pretty cheap so I bought it. I'm glad I did.

It's a very good book that provides a good number of pointers and aspects of a world that you need to keep in mind when world-building that I had not thought about. For example, I have been building my world for the best part of 4 years and not once thought about marriage customs or clothing styles. I had just written them in with little thought to what cultural styles and how things would develop.

This book is very good for those wishing to create a world based on either a fantasy or a sci-fi theme but if you're doing one or the other, you have to sometimes miss out certain bits which refer to the other genre such as planet generation en mass.

What this book covers are methods to develop an entire planet, complete with realistic year lengths and distances from the sun, plate tectonic's etc. There's also chapters on developing Culture, clothing styles, War and the use of various weapons, law and how to develop a logical set, Religious orders, Economy (which I think is very important but often glanced over) and how to develop an ordered history of the world.

There's little more that I can say that would put this book any higher on the must read list for conworlder's. It's a valuable tool that you can go through, almost list like, and make sure you've got at least something for the each point. The difficulty when you have this book, however, is that you'll realise that you are spending far too much time working on the world and not writing the story that you made the world for!

Only problems I've got with this book is that in at least one place it actually looks like a page is missing and there are a few typo's and spelling mistakes.
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A rare find, one of those off the wall books chock-full of fascinating information, a bit like Shott's Miscellany or 1st Edition DMG, this book fulfils and transcends its mission statement of allowing the reader to construct a credible backdrop for a novel or for gaming. I learned a lot about things I thought I already knew about. Brilliant! One thing for the second edition - I think the author means 'gamete' when he talks about 'zygote'.
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This should be titled 'Fantasy Planet Construction Kit' as it is 'light' on the Geology.

Plate Tectonics got three (3) pages, although those process define the bones of the land, many major river valleys, most mineral deposits, 'rain shadow' zones etc etc etc. Didn't even mention 'Wilson Cycle' of ocean basin formation & destruction.

"If you're ambitious, you could simulate the last billion years or so of plate tectonics and draw maps of the various supercontinents and how they divided. This would give you a very realistic set of old and new mountains. I'll be the first to admire your perfectionism, but it's overkill for most conworlders"

Yeah, right...

Upside, is it is very good on civilisations & society, with lots of thought-provoking check-lists to jog the creativity, prevent silly blunders and avert over-simplifications...
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I bought this simply as a companion to The Language Construction kit and wasn't disappointed. It hasn't YET prompted me into researching geology, planet formation, climatology, oceanography etc. But I do mean YET!
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A really fun book! I already knew the astro phys and got it for the bio zones. But the the culture sections are mind boggling; to quote my Mum 'There's none so queer as folk!' Very nicely written with a light manner.
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