World-building references

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  1. goblinfoundry

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    I've been writing up some screenplays for my machinima project, and realized I'm eventually going to be doing some world-building.

    I posted to my blog :

    And I thought I'd post here to ask what other people use as resources for world-building. I know it's been asked before in other threads, but maybe compiling them here might provide a single reference point.
     
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    I tend to use my own imaginations and bounce ideas off others. I rarely (if ever) seek outside help from this. I feel that in doing so, I'm simply taking someone else's ideas and using them for my own.
    I generally try to start with the seasons and I also find that a little develping on the story line helps if done first as then you have an idea of where you want to head and what you need to be in place in order to do so.
     
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    Ah, sorry, I wasn't clear in my original post. I didn't mean other fictional references; I mean historical, cultural etc. that you've used to provide authenticity to your worlds. For intstance, here's a few that are on my shelf:

    1.) The character-naming sourcebook : Great reference of names that breaks them out by country or language-type if applicable.

    2.) Lost Country Life : A really nice look at what life was like on a practical level for people in the Middle Ages.

    3.) A Gaelic to English Dictionary: For help with placenames and character names.

    4.) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies