Worldbuilding for Masochists

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June 22, 2020  

About the Show

June 22, 2020

2-time finalist for the Best Fancast Hugo Award (2022, 2021)

Tide charts -- a stack of books on constellation mythology -- an elaborately sketched map -- a bulletin board covered in illustrations of obsolete technology -- research on textiles, naming conventions, architecture and a dozen ways to cook lentils -- what could it all mean? 

It means worldbuilding. Big worldbuilding. Elaborate worldbuilding. Obsessive worldbuilding. Dare we say… masochistic world building?

Play along with fantasy authors Marshall Ryan Maresca, Rowenna Miller, and Cass Morris as we delve into the intricacies of building a fantasy world from the ground up. Make that from the molten core out, because this is a worldbuilding deep dive.

With new episodes every other Wednesday, guest authors, the occasional expletive, and a follow-along wiki as we build a new fantasy world together, we explore history, culture, science, and more as we learn new and exciting ways to choose the shape of our invented worlds, rather than merely repeating the presumptions of common tropes.

Episodes drop every other Wednesday at 10am Eastern. Visit us on Twitter as @worldbuildcast, and join in the conversation on our fan Discord chat!

The music used in our intro and outro is an excerpt from "Into the Woods We Ran" by Vindsvept (licensed under CC BY 4.0).

Questions? Email us at worldbuildcast (at)


"A fascinating podcast for fans of fantasy and aspiring writers alike. The hosts are all boundless wells of enthusiasm and knowledge on worldbuilding and a delight to listen to."

--TheFantasyInn (Podchaser review)


"I find myself listening to this whenever I need a little extra motivation to write. It helps to build my excitement for writing and sparks creativity. Plus the hosts are fantastic!"

--lmk54321 (iTunes review)


"A great way to dive into a really important piece of writing. The hosts are fabulous!"

--booksnyarn (iTunes review)


"This podcast offers a ton of fun and interesting ideas for world building. The show is off to a great start, I can’t wait to see how it will grow."

--Joelbeno (iTunes review)


"10/10 Would world build again!"

--zachieV (iTunes review)