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I read a space-opera-y series and really enjoyed it for what it was (because I love the Dark Jewels Trilogy, so sue me), but can I just mention how frustrating it is when you have kingdoms that span solar systems and somehow everything feels N. European as fuck?
You find touchstones everywhere as a reader, even if you're not necessarily thinking about it.
This means it behooves the author who wants to write inclusively to be more careful about the spoken and unspoken traditions that they are adding to the world.
Solstices, for example.
They're a big thing in China too, so one could argue that "hey, if there's solstice celebrations, it doesn't have to be Euro-centric."
Sure, but add in a tree and presents and boom, hey look, what holiday are we referencing?
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#DnD pondering about my island

Would you as a PC, prefer locations that are spoken/written in your native tongue (for me, English), or using a language that conveys a more remote distant feeling (for me, Arabic).

E.g; 'The Land of the Spear' or Al'ard Ramal

#worldbuilding #rpg
Disclaimer - I think the phonetics of Arabic are wonderful and the visual appearance of the script is stunning. I will however translate, use and modify words in my #DnD world, so they are not perfect, good or even true translations. No offence is meant by this.
Eg 2: The large central mountain range:
'The Dragon's Back' or 'Zahar Altanin'

Eg 3: A famous ship wrecked off the southern tip
'Sailor's Grave' or 'Qabr Bihaarn'

Eg 4: The poisonous 2x vents in the volcano
'The Nostrils' or 'Alhaysheem'

(Some words written more phonetically)
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(So 3rd attempt writing this thread. Now condensed)

#DnD World Building thread:

I'm writing up a largely sandy island for a #DnD5e campaign 🏝 The island is loosely shaped like a spear head, with a mountain ridge running along what might be seen as the spears ridge / fuller 🗡
I love the phonetic sounds of the Arabic language for this location. I'm currently thinking the island is called internationally as Al 'Ard Ramali. Which roughly translates to The Land of the Spear. Is that too many syllables for a countries name? Does it flow? ⁉
At the very tip of the island (the pointy end), is the capital, a large trading port city that is literally & physically split in two ⚓ It is known for trading in exotic items, precious metals & precious gems. Due to the desert environment that largely covers the island, food...
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Brief thread on Star Trek, Star Wars, and emergent vs necessary worldbuilding. 1/11
There's a lot of discussion on here about #worldbuilding, and I basically love all of it. Writers like @JeannetteNg, @tinytempest and @juliettewade talking about what to think about, what makes it feel real or believable, how it's politicised and so on. Do check 'em out. 2/11
Today I'm going to talk about it in very broad, structural terms. The question here is "why worldbuild?" What purpose is it going to serve in your writing, and what does that say about your story? Emergent and necessary worldbuilding are two answers to that question. 3/11
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I keep thinking back to a discussion a few months on reddit about THE BELGARIAD. Several comments were made about it being cliche and pedestrian, and someone said, “Yeah, it’s a fine story, but it’s never going to be a classic.”
And all I could think to respond was, “It’s over thirty years later and we’re still talking about it. How is that NOT ‘a classic’?
But that got me thinking- I cite THE BELGARIAD (and THE MALLOREON, its sequel series) as one of my influential works. But what is that influence? I know I’ve read the whole series several times. My copies of the books are in terrible shape.
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