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  1. GUIDES
  2.  
  3. 1) http://www.web-writer.net/fantasy/days/days/01.html
  4. A guide for building a fantasy setting.
  5.  
  6. 2) http://arcadia.net/Cruinne/DnD/Articles/worldbuilding.html
  7. A checklist for an elaborate setting.
  8.  
  9. 3) http://bethisad.com/conculture/questionnaire.htm
  10. A big cultural questionnaire, for fleshing out your cultures.
  11.  
  12.  
  13. BESTIARIES
  14.  
  15.  
  16. 4) https://abookofcreatures.com/
  17. Website dedicated to documenting and drawing creatures from all over the world. The bibliography alone is impressive.
  18.  
  19. 5) http://bestiary.ca/
  20. Medieval bestiary.
  21.  
  22. 6) https://auroswords.com/hic-sunt-dracones/
  23. Information about dragons.
  24.  
  25. 7) https://www.blackdrago.com/
  26. Another site focusing on dragons.
  27.  
  28. 8) https://archive.org/details/BaneTheresaEncyclopediaOfDemonsInWorldReligionsAndCultures/mode/2up
  29. What the link says.
  30.  
  31. 9) https://archive.org/details/AChineseBestiary/mode/2up
  32. Where I found out that the Chinese myths also had winged dragons.
  33.  
  34. 10) https://archive.org/details/EncyclopediaOfUndead/mode/2up
  35. Also includes werewolves.
  36.  
  37. 11) https://archive.org/details/EncyclopediaOfVampireMythologypdf/mode/2up
  38. I'm not sure I would agree that some creatures shown here can be classified as vampires, but there are many interesting iterations.
  39.  
  40. 12) https://archive.org/details/BriggsKatharineMaryAnEncyclopediaOfFairies/mode/2up
  41. 514 pages about supernatural creatures.
  42.  
  43. 13) http://patagoniamonsters.blogspot.com/
  44. Find out more about the monsters from Patagonia.
  45.  
  46. 14) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/33071790/
  47. Regarding werewolves.
  48.  
  49. 15) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/4847968/
  50. 16) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/4847968/
  51. Vampire lore.
  52.  
  53. 17) https://finnmyth.wordpress.com/
  54. Illustrated creatures from Finnish mythology.
  55.  
  56. 18) http://yokai.com/
  57. Within these pages you’ll find an ever-growing collection of yokai and legends from all parts of Japan and all periods of Japanese history. Some of them have never appeared in English before, while others will be intimately familiar to fans of Japanese folklore. They have been collected from books, from the internet, and by word of mouth from yokai lovers who remember the tales from their childhoods. The illustrations accompanying each yokai are based on written descriptions or on Edo-period illustrations painted on scrolls hundreds of years ago.
  58.  
  59.  
  60. CARTOGRAPHY
  61.  
  62.  
  63. 19) https://www.cartographersguild.com/forum.php
  64. A whole forum dedicated to making maps.
  65.  
  66. 20) https://map-projections.net/singleview.php
  67. A comprehensive list of common map projections you may want to consider using. 2:1 is generally the most useful projection.
  68.  
  69. 21) https://celestia.space/
  70. Interactive planetarium which allows you to build whole planetary systems, nebulae, galaxies or fictional objects.
  71.  
  72. 22) https://worldbuildingpasta.blogspot.com/2020/01/an-apple-pie-from-scratch-part-va.html
  73. A pretty decent basic guide on the workings of plate tectonics and its effect on landforms, with an example of a workflow at the end.
  74.  
  75. 23) http://www.fantasticmaps.com/2015/02/how-to-draw-a-map/
  76. Lessons for mapmaking in GIMP or photoshop.
  77.  
  78. 24) https://inkarnate.com/
  79. A program for making fantasy maps. Has both free and paid content.
  80.  
  81. 25) https://www.gplates.org/
  82. Tectonic plate simulator.
  83.  
  84. 26) https://mythcreants.com/blog/crafting-plausible-maps/
  85. Tutorial to improve your maps.
  86.  
  87. 27) https://www.otherworldmapper.com/
  88. Paid program that allows you to build from dungeons all the way up to continents.
  89.  
  90. 28) http://rpgmaps.profantasy.com/the-rules-of-rivers/
  91. Tutorial about rivers.
  92.  
  93. 29) http://vulpinoid.blogspot.com/p/map-tutorials.html
  94. What the link says.
  95.  
  96. 30) http://www.guildcompanion.com/scrolls/2014/aug/climatefinder.html
  97. For when you're not sure if the region should be a jungle or a desert.
  98.  
  99. 31) https://space.geometrian.com/calcs/climate-sim.php
  100. Climate simulator.
  101.  
  102. 32) https://www.floodmap.net/
  103. This tool will take an input of a hypothetical sea level (between 0 and 800 meters) and show you what Earth would look like if it were flooded to that level.
  104.  
  105. 33) https://imgur.com/a/Cb5ri#0
  106. This Imgur guide is a good way to express how plate tectonics and air circulation affect the climates and biomes of your world. Although it’s not entirely accurate, this is a good starting point to understand the steps to consider if you are looking for some sort of realism.
  107.  
  108. 34) https://imgur.com/gallery/zTR3A/
  109. This Imgur guide is a more advanced view of the latter half of the previous one. To get truly accurate climates, we have to consider how land masses affect pressure cells, which in turn affects moisture and temperature.
  110.  
  111. 35) https://www.reddit.com/r/worldbuilding/comments/1atjp8/i_think_yall_guys_could_profit_from_a_little/
  112. If you want to get more into the physical side of how land masses and niche geological features are formed, this guide is worth a read.
  113.  
  114. 36) https://www.reddit.com/r/worldbuilding/comments/22q75g/a_pretty_simple_guide_to_basic_tectonic_scenarios/
  115. 37) https://www.reddit.com/r/worldbuilding/comments/26h92j/a_follow_up_to_a_simple_guide_to_basic_tectonic/
  116. Both links offer info on tectonic plates.
  117.  
  118. 38) https://deepnight.net/tools/rpg-map/
  119. This one is for making maps of places like dungeons and taverns.
  120.  
  121. 39) https://www.reddit.com/r/history/comments/61fdp6/heres_a_collection_of_over_360_historical_city/
  122. 360 historical maps, from Antiquity to the 21st century.
  123.  
  124. 40) http://www.oldmapsonline.org/
  125. A staggeringly comprehensive repository of old maps from nearly any place on Earth. Pick a location and this tool will search its database and return any maps matching that region. Also useful if you need some artistic direction.
  126.  
  127. 41) https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/imladjov/maps
  128. This is a repository of maps detailing ancient historical events, sorted chronologically.
  129.  
  130. 42) https://www.davidrumsey.com/
  131. Online repository of historical maps, with some auxiliary tools to contextualize them in the modern day.
  132.  
  133. 43) https://jeanclaudegolvin.com/en/project/
  134. Artistic reconstructions of ancient architecture / city plans.
  135.  
  136. 44) https://www.sovietmaps.com/
  137. Repository of old Soviet maps, with some historical information mixed in
  138.  
  139. 45) http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/contents.html
  140. Fundamentals of Physical Geography.
  141.  
  142. 46) https://hollylisle.com/maps-workshop-developing-the-fictional-world-through-mapping/
  143. Holly Isle's Maps Workshop.
  144.  
  145. 47) https://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=9056
  146. Making coastlines look realistic.
  147.  
  148. 48) https://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=3822
  149. How To Make Rivers That Don't Suck.
  150.  
  151. 49) https://php.radford.edu/~swoodwar/biomes/
  152. Major biomes of the world.
  153.  
  154. 50) https://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#240
  155. Visualize the Earth through different prehistoric eras on a globe, with the ability to jump to important prehistoric events.
  156.  
  157.  
  158. CONLANGING
  159.  
  160.  
  161. 51) http://www.zompist.com/resources/
  162. Several resources for creating your language.
  163.  
  164. 52) http://www.incatena.org/
  165. One of the big forums for constructed languages and constructed worlds. They've got tons of good stuff. Useful as fuck if you want to make a language.
  166.  
  167. 53) https://draquet.github.io/PolyGlot/
  168. An elaborate tool for conlanging.
  169.  
  170. 54) https://www.vulgarlang.com/
  171. Constructed language generator.
  172.  
  173.  
  174. CULTURAL AND MYTHOLOGICAL REFERENCES
  175.  
  176.  
  177. 55) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37435457/
  178. A thread seeking to detail why and how cultures develop.
  179.  
  180. 56) http://www.armeniapedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  181. A digital repository of everything related to Armenia and Armenians. There are currently 8,924 articles.
  182.  
  183. 57) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/28/new-acquisitions-not-how-it-was-game-of-thrones-and-the-middle-ages-part-i/
  184. 58) https://acoup.blog/2019/06/04/new-acquisitions-how-it-wasnt-game-of-thrones-and-the-middle-ages-part-ii/
  185. 59) https://acoup.blog/2019/06/12/new-acquisitions-how-it-wasnt-game-of-thrones-and-the-middle-ages-part-iii/
  186. An extended look at the historicity of the world-building in Game of Thrones specifically and A Song of Ice and Fire more generally. Though focused around the question of how historical the setting is (it isn’t), there is also a fair bit in here for someone looking to craft their own more historically grounded setting.
  187.  
  188. 60) https://acoup.blog/2020/01/17/collections-the-fremen-mirage-part-i-war-at-the-dawn-of-civilization/
  189. 61) https://acoup.blog/2020/01/30/collections-the-fremen-mirage-part-ii-water-spilled-on-the-sand/
  190. 62) https://acoup.blog/2020/02/07/collections-the-fremen-mirage-part-iiia-by-the-princess-irulan/
  191. 63) https://acoup.blog/2020/02/14/collections-the-fremen-mirage-part-iiib-myths-of-the-atreides/
  192. 64) https://acoup.blog/2020/02/21/collections-the-fremen-mirage-interlude-ways-of-the-fremen/
  193. 65) https://acoup.blog/2020/02/28/collections-the-fremen-mirage-part-iv-desert-power/
  194. A six part extended look at a single historical and world-building trope you’d be best to leave out of your writing: the notion of the morally and martially superior ‘savage.’ It also includes discussions of state formation (handy if your setting has some forming states!) and frontier management (handy if your setting has some big empires).
  195.  
  196. 66) https://acoup.blog/2019/11/22/collections-why-are-there-no-empires-in-age-of-empires/
  197. About more than just the game, this is a look at how empires function at the most basic level. Handy if you are looking to build a setting with some empires in it!
  198.  
  199. 67) http://atmarpgsetting.blogspot.com/2018/08/african-fantasy-ideas-for-rpg.html
  200. Ideas for fantasy based on African cultures and mythologies.
  201.  
  202. 68) https://atmarpgsetting.blogspot.com/2018/08/chinese-fantasy-and-mythological-tips.html
  203. Chinese Fantasy and Mythological Tips.
  204.  
  205. 69) https://archive.org/details/AbrahamEralyTheMughalWorldLifeInIndiasBookZZ.org
  206. A book about India during the Mughal Era.
  207.  
  208. 70) https://www.everyculture.com/index.html
  209. Find out details about every culture our world has.
  210.  
  211. 71) http://www.germanicmythology.com/index.html
  212. To find out more about Germanic Mythology.
  213.  
  214. 72) http://www.inuitmyths.com/index.htm
  215. The mythology of the Inuits, also known as Eskimos.
  216.  
  217. 73) https://japanesemythology.wordpress.com/
  218. Detailed overview of Japanese legends and myths, as well as possible connections to the rest of the world.
  219.  
  220. 74) https://www.livius.org/
  221. Dedicated to Antiquity. You'll know more about Romans, Garamantes and other peoples.
  222.  
  223. 75) http://www.medievalists.net/
  224. Your place to go to find out more about the Middle Ages.
  225.  
  226. 76) http://sacred-texts.com/index.htm
  227. An extensive library containing dozens of mythologies and folklores. It also includes pre-Tolkien fantasy, such as Lord Dunsany.
  228.  
  229. 77) https://www.theoi.com/
  230. The best site for learning about Greek mythology.
  231.  
  232. 78) willsull.net/resources/HumanUniversals.pdf
  233. A list of the elements common to all human cultures.
  234.  
  235. 79) http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Folklore_%28Bookshelf%29
  236. Many folklore books.
  237.  
  238. 80) http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Anthropology_(Bookshelf)
  239. Anthropological works, although some are quite outdated.
  240.  
  241. 81) https://pantheon.org/
  242. Encyclopedia of world mythology, folklore and religion.
  243.  
  244. 82) http://www.iranicaonline.org/
  245. Detailed encyclopedia about the Iranian civilization.
  246.  
  247. 83) https://archive.org/details/EncyclopediaOfIndoEuropeanCulture/mode/2up
  248. Encyclopedia about the Indo-Europeans.
  249.  
  250. 84) https://archive.org/details/EncyclopediaOfTheAncientGreekWorld/mode/2up
  251. Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greeks.
  252.  
  253. 85) https://archive.org/details/EncyclopediaOfAncientAsianCivilizations/mode/2up
  254. To know more about the cultures of Ancient Asia.
  255.  
  256. 86) https://archive.org/details/EncyclopediaOfAncientEgypt_201802/mode/2up
  257. Encyclopedia of the Ancient Egypt.
  258.  
  259. 87) https://archive.org/details/historyanddescr01porygoog/mode/2up
  260. A travel log of Africa written in the 16th century.
  261.  
  262. 88) https://archive.org/details/cu31924020419275/mode/2up
  263. Myths of Mexico and Peru.
  264.  
  265. 89) http://www.mangkukulam.com/
  266. Legends and creatures of the Philippines.
  267.  
  268. 90) http://sms.zrc-sazu.si/index.htm
  269. Journal of Slavic Mythology.
  270.  
  271. 91) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/49940009/
  272. Information about the Sikhs, Bedouins, Pashtuns and Berbers.
  273.  
  274. 92) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/18350298/
  275. A sort of Starter Kit for making a setting based the One Thousand and One Nights.
  276.  
  277. 93) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/55657420/
  278. Ideas and information about Central Asia and how to use it in your fiction.
  279.  
  280. 94) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/47922177/
  281. An outlook of Jewish folklore.
  282.  
  283. 95) http://www.victorianweb.org/victorian/index.html
  284. 104,077 documents and images regarding the Victorian Era.
  285.  
  286. 96) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra91gray
  287. An overview of Oceanic Mythology.
  288.  
  289. 97) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra51gray
  290. This volume focuses on Semitic Mythology.
  291.  
  292. 98) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra31gray
  293. Celtic and Slavic Mythologies.
  294.  
  295. 99) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra21gray
  296. Eddic/Nordic Mythology.
  297.  
  298. 100) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra61gray
  299. Indian and Iranian Mythologies.
  300.  
  301. 101) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra41gray
  302. Finno-Ugric and Siberian Mythologies.
  303.  
  304. 102) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra71gray
  305. Armenian and African Mythologies.
  306.  
  307. 103) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra01gray
  308. Greek and Roman Mythologies.
  309.  
  310. 104) https://archive.org/details/mythologyofallra12gray
  311. Egyptian and Indo-Chinese Mythologies.
  312.  
  313. 105) https://archive.org/details/voicesofancestor00tony/mode/2up
  314. A nice overview of elements found on African Mythologies.
  315.  
  316. 106) https://archive.org/details/dictionaryofnati00gill/mode/2up
  317. Dictionary of Native American mythology.
  318.  
  319. 107) https://archive.org/details/nativeamericanmy0000lync/page/n7/mode/2up
  320. Another dictionary of Native American Mythology.
  321.  
  322. 108) https://norwegianfolktales.blogspot.com/
  323. As the names indicates, this blog seeks to translate and show Norwegian folktales.
  324.  
  325. 109) http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/
  326. This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906.
  327.  
  328. 110) http://viduramziu.istorija.net/socium/index-en.htm
  329. A website dedicated to documenting the Medieval Lithuania.
  330.  
  331. 111) http://www.eki.ee/books/redbook/introduction.shtml
  332. A guide to the many different peoples within Soviet lands.
  333.  
  334.  
  335. FORUMS
  336.  
  337.  
  338. 112) https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/wiki/books/
  339. Solve your historical doubts here.
  340.  
  341. 113) https://www.reddit.com/r/worldbuilding/
  342. The worldbuilding reddit.
  343.  
  344. 114) https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/
  345. Website dedicated to answering worldbuilding questions. I suggest searching past questions before posting yours, good odds someone already provided the answer you seek.
  346.  
  347.  
  348. GENERATORS
  349.  
  350.  
  351. 115) http://akana.conlang.org/tools/awkwords/
  352. Generator of words for conlangs.
  353.  
  354. 116) http://www.nomic.net/~uckelman/mkhexgrid/
  355. Hex grids can be created as PNG or SVG images, and as PostScript. Virtually every aspect of the output can be be adjusted—from grid line thickness and color, to style and size of hex centers, to the style and position of hex coordinates.
  356.  
  357. 117) http://www.allfamilycrests.com/makecoatofarms.htm
  358. Heraldry generator.
  359.  
  360. 118) https://rollforfantasy.com/tools/map-creator.php
  361. This map creator tool will allow you to the create a whole world of your own design using well over 1400 different images. I included natural parts for the inner landscape, like forests, mountains and hills. All of these elements can be dragged around if you enable this feature.
  362.  
  363. 119) https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/
  364. Creates continental-sized maps which can be customized in several ways.
  365.  
  366. 120) http://chaoticshiny.com/index.php
  367. Many different generators.
  368.  
  369. 121) https://donjon.bin.sh/
  370. Another site with plenty of generators.
  371.  
  372. 122) http://exupero.org/islands/
  373. Island generator.
  374.  
  375. 123) http://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/
  376. Besides the name generation, it includes description generators, coat of arms generators and several others.
  377.  
  378. 124) http://inkwellideas.com/free-tools/random-city-map-generator/
  379. Besides the map, it also generates things like inhabitants and price lists.
  380.  
  381. 125) http://www.inkwellideas.com/roleplaying_tools/random_village/
  382. For generating village maps.
  383.  
  384. 126) https://www.kassoon.com/dnd/town-generator/
  385. It creates stores and NPCs, but not maps.
  386.  
  387. 127) https://www.myth-weavers.com/generate_town.php?do=town
  388. Creates cities with NPCs for D&D 3.5.
  389.  
  390. 128) http://oskarstalberg.com/game/CityGenerator/
  391. Urban layout generator.
  392.  
  393. 129) http://qzil.com/kingdom/
  394. Kingdom generator.
  395.  
  396. 130) https://www.seventhsanctum.com/
  397. Another website with many generators.
  398.  
  399. 131) https://www.springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/index.html
  400. List of random generators.
  401.  
  402. 132) http://strategerygames.com/citygen/generate.php
  403. City generator. Includes a map, but a very basic one.
  404.  
  405. 133) http://topps.diku.dk/torbenm/maps.msp
  406. Planet generator.
  407.  
  408. 134) http://fast-times.eldacur.com/StarGen/RunStarGen.html
  409. Random generator for star systems.
  410.  
  411. 135) http://www.trisen.com/sol/static/wg/wg.html
  412. A randomized generator aimed at Traveller.
  413.  
  414. 136) http://web.archive.org/web/20070823084250/http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Corridor/8611/hard-sf.htm
  415. A bunch of Hard SF tools.
  416.  
  417. 137) https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator
  418. It creates maps for villages, towns and cities. With a bit of customization, you get very nice results. Improved from time to time.
  419.  
  420. 138) http://wizardawn.and-mag.com/tool_ftown.php
  421. Generates detailed cities, maps included.
  422.  
  423. 139) https://janus.astro.umd.edu/orbits/ssbuild.html
  424. Solar-system builder.
  425.  
  426. 140) https://space.geometrian.com/calcs/climate-sim.php
  427. Provide a height map of your world, followed by some basic parameters, to receive a rough mapping of what climates to expect where.
  428.  
  429. 141) https://experilous.com/1/project/planet-generator/2015-04-07/version-2
  430. Seed-generated, hex-based with climate information and day / night simulation.
  431.  
  432. 142) https://www.redblobgames.com/maps/mapgen4/
  433. Draw elevation and supply rainfall / wind parameters to roughly simulate rivers and biomes.
  434.  
  435. 143) https://www.redblobgames.com/maps/mapgen2/
  436. This map generator creates volcanic island style maps.
  437.  
  438. 144) https://sectorswithoutnumber.com/
  439. Random, space sector map, with locational information and name generator.
  440.  
  441. 145) https://probabletrain.itch.io/city-generator
  442. Create procedurally generated city maps in the style of American grid-based cities.
  443.  
  444. 146) https://app.fantasy-calendar.com/calendars/create
  445. Calendar generation.
  446.  
  447.  
  448. MILITARY MATTERS
  449.  
  450.  
  451. 147) http://byzantinemilitary.blogspot.com/
  452. Information on the byzantine army and navy, as well as battles, tactics and strategies.
  453.  
  454. 148) http://greatmingmilitary.blogspot.com/
  455. A blog dedicated to the armed forces of the Ming Dinasty. Includes curiosities such as paper armor.
  456.  
  457. 149) https://atmarpgsetting.blogspot.com/2018/09/real-life-dual-sword-wielding.html
  458. Find out the pros and cons of dual wielding swords, according to european swordmasters.
  459.  
  460. 150) https://deremilitari.org/
  461. Articles and primary sources regarding medieval warfare.
  462.  
  463. 151) http://www.salimbeti.com/micenei/
  464. Arms and armor of the greek Bronze Age.
  465.  
  466. 152) http://www.freelanceacademypress.com/duelingshield.aspx
  467. Article on the dueling shield.
  468.  
  469. 153) http://www.atarn.org/frameindex.htm
  470. Site dedicated to Asian archery.
  471.  
  472. 154) http://myarmoury.com/features.html
  473. Dozens of articles on weapons, armor and armies.
  474.  
  475. 155) https://sellsword.wordpress.com/
  476. Information on medieval mercenaries.
  477.  
  478. 156) http://warshipsresearch.blogspot.com/
  479. About warships through history.
  480.  
  481. 157) https://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15324coll10/id/130588
  482. Educational charts of arms and armor.
  483.  
  484. 158) http://napoleonistyka.atspace.com/index.html
  485. Details regarding Napoleonic warfare.
  486.  
  487. 159) https://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Main_Page
  488. Wiktenauer is an ongoing collaboration among researchers and practitioners from across the Western martial arts (WMA) community, seeking to collect all of the primary and secondary source literature that makes up the text of historical European martial arts (HEMA) research and to organize and present it in a scholarly but accessible format.
  489.  
  490. 160) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/10/collections-the-siege-of-gondor/
  491. 161) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/17/collections-the-siege-of-gondor-part-ii-these-beacons-are-liiiiiiit/
  492. 162) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/24/collections-the-siege-of-gondor-part-iii-having-fun-storming-the-city/
  493. 163) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/31/collections-the-siege-of-gondor-part-iv-the-cavalry-arrives/
  494. 164) https://acoup.blog/2019/06/07/collections-the-siege-of-gondor-part-v-just-flailing-about-flails/
  495. 165) https://acoup.blog/2019/06/14/collections-the-siege-of-gondor-part-vi-black-sails-and-gleaming-banners/
  496. A sustained study of a single campaign from the angle of all of the participants, these posts discuss campaign logistics, siege techniques, battlefield physics and cavalry dynamics.
  497.  
  498. 166) https://acoup.blog/2020/05/01/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-i-bargaining-for-goods-at-helms-gate/
  499. 167) https://acoup.blog/2020/05/08/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-ii-total-warg/
  500. 168) https://acoup.blog/2020/05/15/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-iii-the-host-of-saruman/
  501. 169) https://acoup.blog/2020/05/22/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-iv-men-of-rohan/
  502. 170) https://acoup.blog/2020/05/28/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-v-ladders-are-chaos/
  503. 171) https://acoup.blog/2020/06/05/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-vi-is-this-a-good-sword/
  504. 172) https://acoup.blog/2020/06/12/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-vii-hanging-by-a-thread/
  505. 173) https://acoup.blog/2020/06/19/collections-the-battle-of-helms-deep-part-viii-the-mind-of-saruman/
  506. Another sustained study of a single campaigns from the angle of all the participants. These posts discuss operations, the strategic function of castles, cavalry-on-cavalry battles, army organization, more siege techniques, cohesion, leadership and morale.
  507.  
  508. 174) https://acoup.blog/2019/10/18/collections-the-battlefield-after-the-battle/
  509. Exactly what it says on the tin, this post discusses both where our tropes of post-battle scenes come from, but also (more relevantly for this list), what it ought to look like.
  510.  
  511. 175) https://acoup.blog/2019/10/04/collections-the-preposterous-logistics-of-the-loot-train-battle-game-of-thrones-s7e4/
  512. 176) https://acoup.blog/2019/10/06/new-acquisitions-how-fast-do-armies-move/
  513. Both discussions of the difficult logistics of moving large armies over thinly populated terrain before the advent of modern transportation, which feature a lot of grounded, historical number crunching on speed of march, spacing, supplies, animals, etc. Professionals talk logistics.
  514.  
  515. 177) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/05/new-acquisitions-unsullied-kit-review/
  516. 178) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/12/new-acquisitions-lannister-infantry-kit-review/
  517. 179) https://acoup.blog/2020/01/10/collections-gondor-heavy-infantry-kit-review/
  518. Kit Reviews: These are shorter posts looking at a specific combination of props and costumes for arms and armor in film.
  519.  
  520. 180) https://acoup.blog/2019/06/21/collections-punching-through-some-armor-myths/
  521. 181) https://acoup.blog/2019/07/04/collections-archery-distance-and-kiting/
  522. These two posts discuss the evidence we have for armor penetration by both melee weapons and arrows; the second goes into some depth on what those limitations mean for tactics, specifically for horse archers. The topic of arrow-armor-penetration is a very active and debated one, so I’ll note that these two posts were written in June, 2019; I hope to update them as new experiments shed new light (and I will change the date above to reflect that when I do).
  523.  
  524. 182) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/03/collections-armor-in-order-part-i/
  525. 183) https://acoup.blog/2019/05/03/collections-armor-in-order-part-ii/
  526. Discussing some of the basic principles behind which parts of the body are armored first and most extensively, setting some general rules of thumb for crafting sensible fantasy armors (but of course, there are always exceptions).
  527.  
  528. 184) https://acoup.blog/2019/11/29/collections-where-does-my-main-battery-go/
  529. 185) https://acoup.blog/2019/12/20/collections-starships-in-silhouette/
  530. Two linked discussions of warship design and space-warship design, which may be interesting for anyone thinking about their own fictional warships who wants to think about how the function of the ship might inform its form.
  531.  
  532. 186) https://imgur.com/gallery/1iYye
  533. Imgur album with labeled images of European armor and weaponry.
  534.  
  535.  
  536. MISCELLANEOUS
  537.  
  538.  
  539. 187) http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/cities/cities.html
  540. The goal of these pages is to provide historical and cultural information and, where available, a generous photographic record regarding some of the important Silk Road urban centers and their building.
  541.  
  542. 188) http://www.levity.com/alchemy/
  543. Over 150 megabytes online of information on alchemy in all its facets. Divided into over 2400 sections and providing tens of thousands of pages of text, over 2500 images, over 240 complete alchemical texts, extensive bibliographical material on the printed books and manuscripts, numerous articles, introductory and general reference material on alchemy.
  544.  
  545. 189) http://www.cindyvallar.com/pirates.html
  546. Articles about piracy.
  547.  
  548. 190) https://acoup.blog/2019/07/12/collections-the-lonely-city-part-i-the-ideal-city/
  549. 191) https://acoup.blog/2019/07/19/the-lonely-city-part-ii-real-cities-have-curves/
  550. A look at the human terrain – that is, the landscape created by human activity – formed by agriculture outside of large pre-modern cities.
  551.  
  552. 192) http://www.cogandgalley.com/
  553. For those which wish to know more about ancient and medieval ships.
  554.  
  555. 193) https://acoup.blog/2020/07/24/collections-bread-how-did-they-make-it-part-i-farmers/
  556. 194) https://acoup.blog/2020/07/31/collections-bread-how-did-they-make-it-part-ii-big-farms/
  557. 195) https://acoup.blog/2020/08/06/collections-bread-how-did-they-make-it-part-iii-actually-farming/
  558. 196) https://acoup.blog/2020/08/21/collections-bread-how-did-they-make-it-part-iv-markets-and-non-farmers/
  559. 197) https://acoup.blog/2020/09/04/collections-bread-how-did-they-make-it-addendum-rice/
  560. A brief look at the pre-modern cereal farming. Most people in any pre-industrial society are likely to be farmers; this series discusses the different kinds of farmers we tend to see in the pre-modern world, the structure of their economy (including markets and trade) and the actual practice of farming. Includes an addendum on rice production.
  561.  
  562. 198) https://www.damninteresting.com/
  563. As the name says, interesting things: warmblooded plants, circuits developed according to the theory of evolution...
  564.  
  565. 199) https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/103852/Eighth-Day-Genesis--A-Worldbuilding-Codex
  566. A guide with 312 pages and 20 authors.
  567.  
  568. 200) https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/109707/KOBOLD-Guide-to-Worldbuilding
  569. Another worldbuilding guide. Writers include Monte Cook, Keith Baker e several others.
  570.  
  571. 201) http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html
  572. Written testimonies of many historical moments.
  573.  
  574. 202) https://heredragonsabound.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-naming-of-places-part-1.html
  575. Lessons on how to name places.
  576.  
  577. 203) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pu-2xp7V7oYoElESMtWfv4LP85yZCXyZ/view
  578. A quick and dirty guide to how people and places are named in real life, and how to apply these concepts to your own world.
  579.  
  580. 204) https://immortalmountain.wordpress.com/glossary/wuxia-xianxia-xuanhuan-terms/
  581. A glossary of terms which commonly appear in Wuxia, Xianxia & Xuanhuan novels.
  582.  
  583. 205) http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/
  584. If your setting includes space adventures, I suggest you to consult this site.
  585.  
  586. 206) http://www.xenology.info/
  587. An extensive xenology guide, the science which studies extraterrestrial life.
  588.  
  589. 207) https://archive.org/details/Encyclopedia_Of_Agriculture_And_Food_Systems/mode/2up
  590. It focuses on modern agriculture.
  591.  
  592. 208) http://www.ptgptb.org/0024/food.html
  593. The Importance of Food: A culture-building resource aimed at RPGs, based around an often-neglected element of culture.
  594.  
  595. 209) https://www.chemeurope.com/en/encyclopedia/Superseded_scientific_theories.html
  596. Guide to real-life scientific theories that have since been abandoned; potentially useful for developing how your denizens understand the world.
  597.  
  598. 210) https://humanvariant.wordpress.com/2009/10/11/worldbuilding-clothing-and-fashion/
  599. Blog post that discusses many important talking points for designing clothing and fashion in your world, including the types of clothing to consider, its composition, and significance.
  600.  
  601. 211) http://flyingpenpress.com/DavidRozansky/blog/government-types/
  602. Possible governments for fantasy and sci-fi.
  603.  
  604. 212) https://medium.com/migration-issues/notes-on-medieval-population-geography-fd062449364f
  605. Information on medieval population density.
  606.  
  607. 213) http://www.foodtimeline.org/index.html
  608. A very detailed timeline of food. Turns out ice cream was invented in 3000BC by the Chinese.
  609.  
  610. 214) https://68.media.tumblr.com/1529b669a667f52b5a249d64a2fc6037/tumblr_ndd591CXmV1u05pblo1_1280.jpg
  611. A table of realistic travel times.
  612.  
  613. 215) https://www.atlasobscura.com/
  614. Find out about real exotic and unknown places.
  615.  
  616. 216) https://www.worldbuildingmagazine.com/
  617. Magazine dedicated to worldbuilding.
  618.  
  619. 217) https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/
  620. This website seeks to offer sustainable options for current technologies. For me, its value is to present and detail pre-modern technologies, such as hydraulic power systems and human-powered cranes. If you`re worldbuilding a medieval or even industrial nation, take a look here. You might find interesting things to add, such as optical telegraphs and fruit trenches.
  621.  
  622. 218) http://www.orbitsimulator.com/gravity/articles/what.html
  623. Gravity Simulator provides amateur astronomers with a powerful numerical integration tool. By performing n-body simulations, you can study the orbits of planets, moons, asteroids, or any object in the universe. You can recreate simulations performed by professional astronomers, or experiment with simulations of your own creation.
  624. Using Gravity Simulator's rotating frame feature, you can easily study the complex orbital relationship between the various moons of Saturn, or the relationship between Earth's orbit, and the horseshoe orbit of Cruithne, an asteroid often referred to as "Earth's 2nd moon".
  625. You can run the numerous simulations that come with Gravity Simulator, and additional ones available on this web site. Once you are comfortable with the existing simulations, you'll probably want to create some of your own.
  626.  
  627. 218) http://www.calctool.org/CALC/phys/astronomy/escape_velocity
  628. Escape velocity calculator.
  629.  
  630. 219) https://orbis.stanford.edu/
  631. How long would it take the Roman army to travel between two points in Europe? I don’t know. Why don’t you ask ORBIS? This tool accounts for season, cost, and mode of transport.
  632.  
  633. 220) http://filteries.com/politics
  634. A resource to analyze your world's possible ideologies and how they fall on the political spectrum.
  635.  
  636.  
  637. ORGANIZING YOUR NOTES
  638.  
  639.  
  640. The links below offer sites and apps to help you organize the information about your world or setting. Each has ups and downs, depends on what you're looking for.
  641.  
  642. 221) https://evernote.com/
  643.  
  644. 222) https://tiddlywiki.com/
  645.  
  646. 223) https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener/overview
  647.  
  648. 224) https://wonderunit.com/storyboarder/
  649.  
  650. 225) https://www.worldanvil.com/
  651.  
  652. 226) https://www.notebook.ai/
  653.  
  654. 227) https://kanka.io/en-US
  655.  
  656. 228) http://wikidpad.sourceforge.net/
  657.  
  658. 229) http://www.wikidot.com/
  659.  
  660. 230) https://www.archivos.digital/
  661.  
  662. 231) https://github.com/digiwombat/WorldMuncher
  663.  
  664. 232) http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html
  665.  
  666. 233) https://gingkoapp.com/
  667.  
  668.  
  669. RELIGION
  670.  
  671.  
  672. 234) https://theosophy.wiki/en/Main_Page
  673. Find out more about Theosophy.
  674.  
  675. 235) http://inkwellideas.com/worldbuilding/worldbuilding-religion-design/
  676. Designing religions.
  677.  
  678. 236) https://archive.org/details/ConstanceA.JonesJamesD.RyanEncyclopediaOfHinduism/mode/2upHindu
  679. Encyclopedia of Hinduism.
  680.  
  681. 237) https://archive.org/details/EdwardA.IronsEncyclopediaOfBuddhismEncyclopediaOfWorldReligions/mode/2up
  682. Buddhist encyclopedia.
  683.  
  684. 238) http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Category:Religion_Bookshelf
  685. Both holy books and works about religions.
  686.  
  687. 239) https://acoup.blog/2019/10/25/collections-practical-polytheism-part-i-knowledge/
  688. 240) https://acoup.blog/2019/11/01/collections-practical-polytheism-part-ii-practice/
  689. 241) https://acoup.blog/2019/11/08/collections-practical-polytheism-part-iii-polling-the-gods/
  690. 242) https://acoup.blog/2019/11/15/collections-practical-polytheism-part-iv-little-gods-and-big-people/
  691. A discussion of the nuts-and-bolts of ancient polytheist practice, focused on practical knowledge, rather than moral belief. A good primer for anyone trying to get inside of the headspace of a polytheistic religion.
  692.  
  693. 243) https://acoup.blog/2019/06/28/collections-oaths-how-do-they-work/
  694. A fuller discussion of oaths and vows and how they are often got wrong in fiction. It also fits well into the practical part of Practical Polytheism, stressing that oaths and vows are meant to be practical devices for building trust, not empty rituals.
  695.  
  696.  
  697. SPECULATIVE EVOLUTION
  698.  
  699.  
  700. 244) http://worldbuilders.info/
  701. Collaborative project developing the planet Epona.
  702.  
  703. 245) http://www.planetfuraha.org/
  704. Project which develops the lifeforms of the planet Furaha.
  705.  
  706. 246) https://canopy.uc.edu/bbcswebdav/users/gibsonic/Snaiad/snduterus.html
  707. This one concerns the planet Snaiad.
  708.  
  709. 247) https://sunriseonilion.wordpress.com/
  710. Explore the planet Ilion.
  711.  
  712. 248) https://speculativeevolution.fandom.com/wiki/Main_Page
  713. Wiki focused on speculative evolution.
  714.  
  715. 249) https://specevo.jcink.net/index.php
  716. Forum about speculative evolution.
  717.  
  718. 250) https://exobiotica.tumblr.com/
  719. Fictional lifeforms.
  720.  
  721. 251) https://seademons.weebly.com/
  722. What if many of the legends regarding sea monsters were real?
  723.  
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