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PostSubject: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:44 am

So I was digging around the web for some world building questions, and I found a lot of fun ones and.. I figured it'd be nice to have another Q&A game more focused for the creators of these stories and characters to answer XD

Responses can still be with words, or just art, or mix of both!
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Stories and Worlds to ask questions about:


((And anyone else who'd like to be added and answer questions about their stories - and the universes them stories take place in XD! ))

Questions should just be fun general world building type questions! Here's the few example ones I've found to get started with:



Feel free to respond to any of these! Or think up more questions you'd like to be answered! :3
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:45 am

I'll answer some for Jackie's Story to get it started~ XD

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Weeeh~ That was fun~ And I hope didn't bore you with text walls aahh..
I figured text wall games are fun though when you're in the mood like I am. Can't draw - but can still ramble on and on about your stories! XD
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:07 am

oooh a shiny new topic!!! 8D

Hmmm.... I'm really curious about the Z'narnians and their genders! (You mentioned they didn't have genders until after outsiders came to their planet; does that mean there is no physical difference, or are there different sexes but they just didn't have any associated gender roles?)

Annnd.... tell us something about the world of the CaF AU! The setting seems to be sort of post-apocalyptic-y, with all the ruined buildings.

I'll poke a few of those questions myself and submit them later xD
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:45 am

Hehe yes! Z'narnians are genderless, they have no physical anatomical differences that would make them male or female XD They don't even have the means to reproduce with each other - since that's all Rehtom's job! (Rehtom being just this mystical swamp place that is basically just their recycling system for life. Put dead bodies in - new babies come out!)

But yeah, genders and clothes were so NEEEW and COOOL to them so they started mimicking it best they could XD

And oooh~ Just general questions about the AU world? XD I'll just use some of those same questions from above for it:

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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:52 am

Okay here's a few answers about From the Machine!
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I'm happy to take Qs for any of my stories! Ones I've posted here are FM of course; Alizaron (Phantom and Shru's story; Lin also appears in it), and Abyssal (the Lin/Spirit story, which is sort of a tangent/sequel to alizaron); and bc (ie, the general continuity that contains Drystan and R├Ątsel, Zena, and the Niralats). There's a lot more characters in these stories but those are just the ones I've intro'd. xD;;
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:39 pm

Ooo~! XD I have s'more questions for you then for From the Machine:

-What initially inspired the story idea?

-What character design came easiest to make? Which one gave you the most trouble?

-Does your world have any interesting taboos? Things that are simply NOT DONE even though there is really no rational reason not to do them?

-What kind of body decorations are common in your world? Tattoos, piercings, etc

-How do people get around? (Do they all just walk?)
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:42 pm

Wooo this seems like a fun topic!

I'm about to go for food so I'll think of questions later tonight, but in the meantime if anyone's curious about any of my stories (which... I guess the only ones I've talked about publicly are Chirault and maybe some fragments of Wychwood), feel free to ask!
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:56 pm

answers to Skyyy!
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:51 am

So fascinating! =3 Love reading about you guys' stories.

And I just have a basic question for everyone, if anyone feels like answering it. XD I've been dying to know... how do you come up with your character's names? c= Do any names you use have special meanings?
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:24 am

Ah Thane! I'd love to read your answers for all (Or as many as you're up for) questions that have already been posted up on here for Chirault! :3 Including the ones I asked Dusk.


And oh gosh, names! XD Kinda mentioned before but I am honestly the worst when it comes to names and figuring out names. (Drake and Oliv were just Deer and Dragon for too long that I still call them that sometimes)

But um, for Jackie- because I already knew I wanted her to have a boy's name that could have a nickname that would work for sounding not-as-boy-namey I went with Jack! So Jack could become Jackie.
Nic was actually named after my friend Nicole heehe.

Ferdie I got from the fox from a cartoon episode of Casper the friendly ghost. Chester came from Fairly Odd Parents because thats where I discovered and really liked that name XD In the end, stealing names you really like from other places is the easiest thing to do! Ehehe.

For my Contact story though - I've been trying to give them meaningful names... but.. it's been a lot harder XD Names and fancy meanings just isn't really my thing I guess. (Just gonna keep stealing ones I like from 'baby name' sites because I think they sound cool rofl)
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:12 am

Nameees....I feel like it changes depending on the story or the mood.

A bunch of mine are sneakily named after painters and professional artists I admire in non obvious ways by taking a piece of their name alone and altering it if needed for gender. Particularly my younger characters seem to follow this trend.

Sometimes I use baby books and find a name that matches the meaning that embodies the character.

Sometimes I steal names from Mythology.

Other names are just placeholder names I thought up off the top of my head...
Jack is one...she got named after the troublesome male lead in fairy tales...because she finds trouble.
And Alice was the same...because she falls into trouble.
So is Ryuu...it just means dragon.

Masao means purity...trying to wean myself off Japanese names though so he and Ryuu will both probably eventually change names. Mashimizu I don't want to use anymore too but I used it anyway since you guys are familiar with it. XD

Ademus is from Utopia, it's the modern title of the prince of Utopia and means "without people" The prince of nowhere, without people. It suits the character to a tee. It also happens to be a Dutch name I believe. Razz

Better than the story where I was too tired to think of names so they have names like "catlover" and "moleboy" and "toomanyguns."

In other words I don't really know what I'm doing haha.
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:19 am

Almost all of the place-names in FM are after stars; I was in an astronomy class at the time xD (some are tweaked a bit or entirely invented once I had an established sound system though)
But this doesn't have any symbolic meaning for the story; I just liked the names. xD
I saw the name Luthe in a book I was reading and lifted it; I don't remember where most of the other character names came from (I think I used a name listing site for most of them...)

a lot of the bc and alizaron names have meanings!
For the Niralats, they each have two names; the first is just their given name, the second was given to them in the ritual when they became Niralat masters. Azerein means 'golden light'; Zashret means 'desert-shadow'; Tenziel means 'speaker' (in a spiritual/nonverbal sense); Nolzerash means 'dragon'.
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:56 am

I forgot to say in my last post, but you shouldn't feel you need to stop using Japanese names, Mashi! As long as you keep the naming consistant with the world/setting and character backgrounds...
Though I agree that Ryuu seems a little out of place, with the other characters being called Jack and Alice. I think the fairytale-themed naming is really interesting; it'd be cool if you kept with that for his name, too! (Maybe a character from a fairytale containing dragons, or something not dragon-related at all, but a character with a similar personality to his?)

waaaaah I was going to wait for someone else to post because wehh double posts but I'm getting impatient....... xD;;;

A-anyway, heeere are some of the previous Qs answered for Alizaron!
(warning: massive textwalls ahead! 8D;;; )
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annnd I was bored so I thought up some more general worldbuildy-type questions to add to the list, for anyone to answer:


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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:25 am

I answered the questions for Chirault! If these are a little rambly and incoherent I apologize, I'm pretty tired right now XD;;

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QUESTIONS! 8D These are general for everybody:

Did you pull from any real-world cultures for your fantasy world? How about mythology/fairy tales?

What kind of beliefs about the afterlife are there in your fantasy world? How widely agreed-upon are those beliefs?

How about beliefs surrounding the sea, the sky, and the earth? Is there a spirit world or another dimension of existence? Religion?

Do you think, on the whole, the world you invented is one you would want to live in?
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:23 am

I used Ryuu rather than Drake originally because his father is of Asian decent, hence the dark hair and eyes. Very Happy The world is a colonized planet so not all of the people on it are of the same ethnicity. Jack's coloring is because...I wanted her hair to remind me of a black sheep haha. Her coloring is her mother's though, she has silver wind rider eyes.

Filling this out will be a marvelous distraction from editing a paper on educational law so I am glad to do it.

Dusk's
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Thane's
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EDIT: Added the questions posted in the top post! This is fun.
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:14 am

it isssss fun!
/wastes more time playing this game

More Alizaron stuff; this time I only talked about the Daimonen cause it's a little disjointed and tiring to do both cultures at once xD;;
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a few more general questions:
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:33 pm

Mashi, I had the same issue with Japanese-named characters. Except, in my case, I had literally everyone in their world with a Japanese name. ._. At least I had the consistency thing down I guess? This was a story I wrote ~10 years ago and is probably embarrassingly bad, but I still do like the concept and want to rewrite it someday. And I guess after I grew out of my obsessive anime phase, the Japanese names bugged me a lot. It just didn't really seem to fit their world. There are five distinctive races/cultures in their world, so I ended up renaming them using a different type of names for each one. (For example, one culture with Greek-based names, another with Native American, etc.)

Overall I love naming. x) I tend to look for names with meanings that relate to character in some way. Sometimes it can be a tiny clue to their role, without being overly obvious. Sometimes that meaning might be ironic (like a character whose name means "calm" when she most certainly is not). I use resources like babynamesworld.com quite often, and I also have a giant book of names. I also like to look to other languages, and give names based on the meaning of a word in a different language. Sometimes I will base a name on an English word too, though that is rarer.

So I use a lot of methods, but overall I really do place a lot of importance in the meaning. Of course, I try to go for names that sound nice as well, and that fit the feel of their world.

Anyway, awesome thread, and I'm loving all the questions and answers! So interesting to read. n.n I'd like to answer a few more when I have time.
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:19 pm

Kynale- Yes I am the same. I used to prefer Japanese comics but now I am more balanced. Also after living in Japan and knowing people with the names or what names are actually commonly used it threw me off haha. It's harder for me to keep names when I know actual people with the name since I associate it with them...my co-workers boyfriend's nickname was "Masao" and they used it to make fun of him so it's weird that I have a character with that name for example.


Yay more questions. I need to stop being a lazy bum and think of some myself. XD

Dusk's new questions.
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:41 pm

Oh gosh, so many more interesting story answers to read- and questions to answer!!

OH MAN Japanese names - I remember I had a phase were I would name all my girl characters Yuki. ALL OF THEM. THEY WERE ALL YUKI XD I don't.. even remember where I got Yuki from.

And before that Kira was my favorite girl name for characters. And they'd all be KIRA!

Now I don't have anyone named Kira, and just a super ooold and forgotten-for-the-most-part character named Yuki. XD Good times though, good times.

How about some text wall answer responses now!

Jackie's Story
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WHEW that was a lot XD But fun!
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:38 am

Soooo I felt like playing around a bit with a more recent story idea! It's still pretty vague; I'm hoping doing a few of these will help to flesh it out! c: I used a mashup of the question sets here.
(one of the characters from it appeared in the dating game; the zombie space pilot xD The story is a sorta fantasy space opera! Working title is Celestials.)

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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:16 am

I still plan on answering some questions when I have time, but for now here are a few random ones I am curious about, if anyone feels like answering. (If I accidentally repeated a previous question, I apologize.)

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Does marriage exist in your world, and if so are there any specific practices associated with it? Do people marry for love or for a different reason? If there is no marriage, how do people pair up and procreate? Is it a monogamous society?

How is child rearing dealt with? Does one of the biological parents raise the children, or both? Or someone else entirely? Are there any special/unusual practices associated with raising children in your world?

There was already a question about the afterlife, but what kind of practices do the people of your world have associated with death? Do they bury their dead? Cremate them? Hold a funeral? Is there anything special they do to honor their fallen?

Is there a main antagonist in your story and if so, what is their role?

Which of your characters do you find is the easiest (or most fun) to write about? Are any of your characters more challenging to write about than others?

How do you develop your stories? Do you plan the whole thing out in advance? Develop characters first and let them do their own thing?

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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:44 pm

Ooo more questions~

For Jackie's Story
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And then some questions for CaF AU:

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And this last question I'm gonna add on seperatly since I answered it based on ALL stories and not specific ones.

How do you develop your stories? Do you plan the whole thing out in advance? Develop characters first and let them do their own thing?

Still a process I'm trying to work with and fix all the bugs with! Originally I'd just have the basic idea in my head, and maybe some thumbnails for really interested scenes I've already figured out in my head.

But now I've started created folders for them - organizing the stories by parts and chapters. Making scripts for the parts, concept art, and trying to now also storyboard as much as I can before I actually begin working on the story!

I've learned the hard way that even though careful planning can be long and tedious (and sometimes boring) it often REALLY pays off in the end once you've started actually working on the story.

(But I also want to keep it balanced and not have TOO much worked out before I begin. Because figuring the story out is the most fun~! And I don't want all the fun to be gone and have just the 'work' part left XD )
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:38 am

The CaF bit on burials reminds me of this one story I read where there was a culture that ate their dead, and it was a really big deal and an insult to the dead if you didn't eat them. (Sorta like the dead continuing to live on by providing nourishment to the living.)

Okay question time:
How do you develop your stories? Do you plan the whole thing out in advance? Develop characters first and let them do their own thing?
It's mostly character-driven. I dislike planning too much in advance, though I'll usually know the general direction. (Like I know where the first arc of my comic will end, and vaguely where it will go after that, but the details of the scenes are only planned about a chapter in advance.)

And some more Alizaron stuff:
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:43 am

This board need s'more questions! Cause I'm low on draw energy. But got loads of blabbering energies XD



I'm going to save answering these questions for late though~! XD And just answer some older ones for the other story of mine I haven't rambled about yet.

Contact:
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Okay! I'm sleepy now, so I'll maybe save the rest of the OLD questions for Contact later as well hehe XD
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PostSubject: Re: World-Building and Story Q&A Game   Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:29 am

Interesting!
....So, in the Contact world, you said there is a lot of magic but not many who use it, though everyone has the ability... is there a reason? Is it just too hard, or not very useful?
And, how is it used? Do people ever use spells by accident, or does it require really specific spells/rituals?

Which is the oldest character of yours you can find/think of?
(Share pics of them too if you have them!)

Phantom has been around longest in one form or another, though they're not really the same character as that original one. (Alizaron is the oldest story I'm still working on, though again, the concept has changed drastically-- a lot of the current concept was developed within the last year.)
And yeah, I've already posted pics of Phantom all over the forum, but I'm too lazy to dig something up xD;;
(I suppose technically I have older characters, but I.... have no memory of them, at all ._. )

Which is your newest character?
(Also share pics if you'd like!)

I guess probably that spacepilot dude... he still doesn't have a name, and I haven't made any good art, but Thane drew a sweet pic of him! 8DDD
He is undead and he flies a space plane; his story is still very rough.
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