Books

Most courses at WBU are based on the popular series of non-fiction books, The Art of World Building, by author and instructor Randy Ellefson. Clicking the titles below will take you to each book’s page at ArtofWorldBuilding.com for more details, including tables of contents, endorsements, and book blurbs.

Vol 1

Volume 1 – Creating Life

  • Gods
  • Species and races
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Monsters
  • Heroes and villains
  • Undead
  • And more…
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Vol 2

Volume 2 – Creating Places

  • Continents
  • Land features (forests, mountains)
  • Sovereign powers (kingdoms)
  • Settlements
  • Travel estimates
  • Time and history
  • Maps
  • And more…
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Vol 3

Volume 3 – Cultures and Beyond

  • Culture
  • Languages
  • Religions
  • The supernatural
  • A system of magic
  • Magic items
  • Naming everything
  • And more…