Table of Contents
E-Z Fantasy World Test — Answer a simple questionnaire to generate quadrillions of different cultures
Storytelling — The basics of stories: what makes a history worth reading and why you must let things go wrong; common mistakes
Astronomy and Geology — How to choose a star, how to set the parameters for your planet; how to decide on climates— with excursions into ringworlds and exotic physics
Biology — Designing humanoids and more exotic aliens; robots and monsters; why you should get beyond orcs and dragons; how to feed your people and how that affects their culture
History — Creating an interesting history, from a two-line summary to an outline to an entire historical atlas
Culture — How to create a culture: culture tests, governments, law, economics, travel, sex and marriage, clothing, architecture, money and prices, and more
Religion — What belief systems are for; what people believe and do; what they fight about
Magic — How to do magic, whether a tech-like magic system or a numinous and mysterious discipline
Technology — The missing dimension in fantasy: how technology develops
War — Make your people fight! Everything from how to win a sword fight to why nomads terrorized peasants to what makes a good general; with sections on fantasy and futuristic warfare
Making maps — How to make beautiful and effective maps
Illustrations — Pictures make a world come alive, but you can’t draw! Not to worry, you'll learn the basics here
3-D Modelling — Go a step beyond and learn how to create 3-D models of your world
Further reading — An annotated reading list
DetailsThe Planet Construction Kit is the same size as the LCK (6" x 9"), but about 20% longer— 371 pages. It has to cover a lot of ground!
The list price for the print edition is the same as the LCK, $14.95. (Amazon often puts its books on sale, thugh.)
The new Kindle edition is $6.25.
I'll post supplementary information here, and there will be more to come. To start with...