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How Do Cannons Affect Your Naval Combat?

Recently, I went over the naval tactics your characters might use in a world without gunpowder. This raises the natural question, what happens when gunpowder is introduced? As you might imagine, the answer is complicated. Gunpowder isn’t a single toggle switch. There are hundreds, possibly … read more »

Worldbuilding

Water Travel Before Engines

A photo of the Olympia, a replica Trireme from the Greek Navy.

Some time back, Chris wrote an excellent treatise on the difficulties of Land Travel Before Engines, and now it’s time to cover the other half of that equation. Water covers most of our planet’s surface, and voyages are a common staple of fantasy. Whether your … read more »

Podcast

229 – Research

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Sometimes we want to put something in our stories, but we don’t know much about it. What’s the answer? Research! Whether it’s the specifics of knotwork on a Phoenician trade ship or the grand sweep of empires colliding, research is a vital skill for speculative … read more »

Worldbuilding

Building a Democracy in Your Fantasy World

A painting of the Roman Senate.

Most governments in fantasy settings are authoritarian. From feudal hierarchies to autocratic empires, readers and authors alike are used to power being wielded by a select few through force of arms, divine right, or whoever has the fanciest hat. But those aren’t the only options … read more »

Worldbuilding

Five Ways Terrain Can Affect Fantasy Battles

Armies clashing on hilly terrain.

Writing fantasy battles can seem overwhelming when you’re first starting out. There are so many factors at play, from what type of armor everyone is wearing to how orders are issued across the battlefield. Where do you even start? Fortunately, you don’t usually need to … read more »

Podcast

220 – The Iliad & Misconceptions About It

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The Iliad is a critical work of western literature that has influenced countless works throughout history and into the present day. But when a story is retold and adapted this often, important elements are distorted until they barely resemble the original. That’s why we’ve invited … read more »

Q&A

How Can I Justify a World Without Colonialism?

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Hi, it’s me again! History buffs: What do you think of this? Demons (more monster- than villain-like) have made sparse attacks on humanity since forever, and all cultures have had mages to defend themselves. However, in the thirteenth century, there was a massive surge of … read more »

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Do the Mages in My Story Count as Oppressed Mages?

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Hey, Mythcreants, I’m planning a new story, and I’d like to know if it falls into the “oppressed mages” trope or not. Here’s the situation. A powerful empire has recently conquered a small tribe on its border. Both groups practice necromancy as their main form … read more »

Podcast

193 – The History of Haunted House Stories

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Two weeks into October, we’re finally ready to start our spooky podcast topics with an episode about haunted houses – but not just any old episode about haunted houses. Today, we’re specifically talking about the subgenre’s history, from the ancient times of Pliny the Younger … read more »

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