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  1. says:

    This book follows the model of Rosenfelder's Language Construction Kit; it's basically a worldbuilding reference guide meant to help writers GMs and other creatorsI bought it mostly for the portion literally referred to in the title the physics of designing a planet with proper geological meteorological and astronomical details The chapter on Astronomy and Geology is actually rather short It gives a lot of information about plausible planetology but rather than helping you simply answer uestions like How can I design a believable desert world? other than the note that planets shouldn't be monoclimates or What if I have a planet orbiting a red sun? you actually need to work out all the details of axial tilt rotation and the like plus there is a section on designing your planet's tectonic plates If you are that sort of absolutely thorough designer who wants everything specified down to the last detail the PCK won't leave any area unaddressed but it's not a uick reference for sketching out a few uick details about your worldThat's the major flaw with this book it's a kitchen sink with everything There are chapters on designing the physical planet creating maps designing life forms sentient and otherwise societies histories military and religion technology and so on There is a lot of salient information here but it comes in the form of long essays and examples from Earth's history and the author's own fantasy world There's nothing much here that you can skim uickly to answer a few uestions about the world you're building; it's like a textbook than a reference guideOverall I found it pretty well written and often interesting but Rosenfelder could have used some serious editing to chop this book down to a much concise volume with the same amount of information The last few chapters actually talk about illustration and 3D modeling seriously there's a How to draw people chapter That's 30 pages that could have been replaced with a couple of references in the bibliography No one is buying a Planet Construction Kit because they want drawing lessonsWorth the money? Yes but I was a bit disappointed as the Language Construction Kit while also a bit bloated stuck closely to its topic The Planet Construction Kit is very bloated and reuires a whole lot of reading to extract the nuggets of information you want

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    The worldbuilder has a lot on his or her plate From deciding whether the planet should be Earth like or something completely different to creating continents with their own geology climate flora and fauna to peopling the world with new cultures of humans or something else to inventing religions histories systems of governmentnot to mention things like magic psychic abilities advanced technology and other deviations from the mundane world Rosenfelder addresses all of these areas in this volume offering insightful and often surprising details and points of advice He even manages to cover mapping and illustration The book seems to focus on steering the reader away from cliches and other mistakes sparking creativity and providing a range of options in places where the reader might get stuck The amount of details provided is remarkable but the level of detail is uneven in a given subject we might get a general overview a fine level of attention to certain specifics or sometimes both at once determined apparently by the author's interests and level of expertise This is probably unavoidable given the ambitious scope of the book which is both its strength and its weakness Rosenfelder's previous book The Language Construction Kit was devoted to the single subject of inventing languages so it shouldn't be surprising that a book on inventing everything else should have some gaps I wonder for example if he would have been better off doing one book on planets and another on cultures Overall consider this a crash course on a ton of different subjects that one should know about in order to create a convincing and original fictional world If that's what you are looking for then I recommend this book It has its flaws but overall I consider it a good resourceA personal note I'm in the later stages of creating my own fantasy world I did it the hard way which involved spending several years researching nearly all of the subjects this book covers If that appeals to you then you can probably skip this purchase As for me I don't regret doing the legwork but if I had had this book a long time ago I could have focused my research effectively and saved myself a lot of time and effortI gave this book four stars at because I believe the ratings scale operates a little differently there a three star review is somewhat positive here but neutral at If I could give 3 12 stars I would

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    Short version this book will help you immensely with world building particularly if you're into sci fifantasy world building A lot of the stuff Rosenfelder talks about goes over my head I mean seriously I'm a WRITER not an astrophysicist but I enjoyed the topics and insight 100% worth your while to check outLonger version I 3 this book I've found it to be ridiculously handy as a newbie when it comes to worldbuilding and with the breadth and depth of topics Rosenfelder covers I'm certain it would also be helpful to seasoned individuals The thing I enjoyed most about this other than the vast array of topics was the versatility of it Readers are free to glean and incorporate as they wish Case in point Rosenfelder is hardcore about a lot of things and yet brushes the knowledge he presents as 'minimal' which comparatively it is but it's still a lot to take in especially math related things Like calculating sun size and subseuent planetary effects Math #%^^#^% multiply this number by 2576 because and thenMe Wait WHAT?Suffice it to say that I won't be uh focusing on bits like that Rosenfelder doesn't cheat you when it comes to information from creating a believable world with its own uniue history economy daily struggles religionsmagic and creatures to creating that world's maps and models if you so desire Plus it's extremely affordable Highly recommend

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    I cannot begin to stress how useful this book is for someone interested in worldbuilding It takes you into incredible depth into the process step by step starting as early as designing the entire solar system your planet is in and talking about how that would affect your world It also covers things about the creatures and people biologically and culturally in an easy to follow format that makes it extremely accessible to readers no matter how familiar they may or may not be with the subjectsPerhaps one of the most impressive parts about the layout of this book is that while you can certainly follow cover to cover for the linear development of your world you can also pick and choose sections according to your needs For my most recent project I was designing an entire world and needed the environmental details before I could begin to dig into culture but it's all thereThis book obviously won't write your story for you but it's indispensable as a guide to putting the backdrop together and making sure things have internal consistency Most useful for scifi and fantasy writers but really anywhere that you're using something new even on just a cultural level it's worth exploring I personally consider it one of my key handbooks in the writing process and it's an interesting read with lots of food for thought even if you don't need every subject covered

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    There is a lot of information to digest in this book I feel that I learned uite a bit from its details and perspectives I would give it a full 5 stars for the main content of the book My only hesitation is with the drawing and 3D modeling sections I appreciate the point of including these but don't feel that they added a great deal from a writer's perspective I know a visual representation is valuable but a strong written description can also Overall a great book for someone wanting to learn to world build like myself I'll probably end up buying a physical copy read on Kindle as a reference

  6. says:

    Nice book on how to create your conworld A lot of interesting pointers in the bibliography

  7. says:

    Ladies and gentlemen the Holy Bible of Worldbuilding

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    If you are doing world construction for a novel or a game it is a huge undertaking This book will make it easier for you in many ways First this book will stop you from making a lot of mistakes that you will find difficult to undo especially after you have made a commitment to a storyline or a definition of a character Second it also helps you to organize your effort to create something believable Even if you are not interested in planet construction you will likely enjoy how Rosenfelder leaps from one aspect of study to another This book covers biology religion plate tectonics magic war clothing and lots of topics that define how life is in different Terran cultures That alone makes it worthwhileAnyway this won't do the work for you but it will make the work you do better

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    Things to consider when building a world from scratch or creating a variation on a theme Mostly drawn from history and other sci fifantasy sources Rosenfelder discusses the primary bits that need to be considered in the construction of an imaginary world The importance is for consistency keeping all the aspects of the world in line so that things do not seem out of place or bend the suspension of belief too far Rosenfelder advocates creating realistic maps cultures languages the other book religions and modes of warfare where appropriate to a uite detailed level though also suggested that some degree of cheating may also be desirableThe last couple of chapters concentrate on drawing and creating 3D imagery of the worlds if that is what you are in to

  10. says:

    Very useful for worldbuilding and as a companion to the Language Construction kits both the basic and Advanced version Good conlanging needs good worldbuilding Tolkien created The Lord of the Rings just so that his Elvish languages could have somewhere to call home and this book is an excellent guide

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The Planet Construction Kit A companion volume to the Language Construction Kit this book explains everything you need to know about creating your own world with its own geology creatures cultures religions technology and styles of war plus how to create maps illustrations and 3 D models An essential whether you're writing science fiction or fantasy designing RPGs creating movies or video games or remodeling a spare asteroid